"Why would I ever want anything else?"4.5 starson by ivorygate
Pros: Excellent sound, great comfort (with the "flat" ear pads)
Cons: "Bowl" ear pads nowhere near as comfortable as the "flat" ear pads that originally came with my headphones
Summary: I'm not even sure how long I've had my Grado SR125 headphones, going on 7 years I believe it is. Bottom line is it was probably the best $150 I've ever spent on anything!
Now, what any given person gets out of a headphones is totally subjective to their personal tastes and expectations, so I can't help in that regard; having nowhere near tried out every model and make of headphone ever made, it would be pointless for me to try to make comparisons. The only frame of reference I can give is that for my home theater I have Definitive Technology ProCinema 80s; if you think those sound great, then I would expect/hope you'd think these Grado headphones also sound great.
The one thing I do want to point out, however, is that the ear pads that came with my older pair of SR125s are apparently *not* what Grado currently sells. They now have a thicker, "bowl" shaped ear pad, which I unfortunately received as part of the replacements I bought in 2004.
Having seen no reason to replace these excellent headphones, just because the ear pads wore out (from my thousands of hours of use), I was shocked to get this newer kind. Until I received the "bowl" ear pads, I could never understand why some reviewers of Grado SR headphones complained about comfort; I wouldn't have kept them all these years, regardless of sound quality, if I couldn't wear them for *hours* at a time!
So, after wasting $15 on the replacement pads, I searched and finally found toddthevinyljunkie.com who sells the "original, flat" 5/8" thick Grado ear pads, for $30. For what it's worth, if anyone has Grado SR125 headphones and don't like the thick, bowl type ear pads, I recommend checking out the flat kind I *very* much prefer!