Ah yes, Grados, my favorite headphones! I’ve tried just about every other brand of headphones(the usual suspects anyways) and I just can’t get the same enjoyment out of them as I get with Grados.
I get that we all like different things, but I do wish people would give them an honest try before bashing them on the forums.
A few years ago I was that person who dismissed Grados as nothing really special after owning the sr125i and sr225i (at the same time). I thought their poor comfort was not worth the sound and I kept on my headphone journey trying as many other different “recommended” headphones out there as I could in order to find audio nirvana.
At the time I had a nice little collection of cans like the LCD 2, hd650, akg q701, Beyer dt880 and Denon d2000. Like most people, I dismissed Grados because of their build quality vs high price, so I wasn’t willing to pay top dollar for their higher tier RS series. One day, by chance I came across a used Rs2 on the FS forum at HF for a good price so I took a chance on it knowing that if I didn’t like it I wouldn’t be taking much of a financial risk because of the good price I paid for it I’d be able to recover most of my money back.
Best thing I ever did on my audio journey! I was hooked and have been a Grado junkie ever since!
Now as we all know, this is a never ending journey and quite frankly the road is meant to be enjoyed so of course I didn’t stop there but I never stopped trying other cans outside of Grados either, but in the end everything else seems to fall short for me.
So keep an open mind and open ears. If you come across a chance to listen to something that you usually don’t naturally gravitate to (like Grados), be adventurous and keep and open mind, you just might find yourself with a big grin on your face after finding something you’ve been searching for all along!