Summary: I am lost for words for 2 reasons, 1st: These in ears behave much more like over ears headphones in all the good ways.
2nd: these deserve to be much more popular than they are, I am simply shocked that there is not much more renowned!
I currently own the Shure SE535's as well as Sennheiser IE8 and have used and owned many of the 500 and under earphones, such as Monster Turbine Copper Pro and Etimotics.
Pros: Lots of space, instrument separation, depth, huge sound stage, highs that are not piercing(does not hit the wall of comfortable listening, so small
Cons: None for me, life is way too short to grumble about the price. It is cheaper than competing brands!
Summary: Gear used for testing: iPod Video 80gb (5th gen, Rockbox) + Fiio E17
Test tracks: "Survival" by Muse, "Take the Power Back" by Rage Against the Machine, "Finally Free" by Dream Theater, "Hessian Peel" by Opeth, "Sacred Worlds" by Blind Guardian
Sound quality and signature: Not transparent. Presentation is upfront.
Pros: They've managed to capture the Grado headphone sound with these little babies.
Cons: Isolation. The tips are kind of small "than they should be," at least for some people.
Conclusion: The GR10 I purchased from Sonic Electronix is my favorite earphone, and I have owned many, including Shure SE535, Sony EX1000, Westone 2, 3, UM3X, 4, 4R and the Etymotic ER4P. The GR10 (a moving armature) is a rare find in the crowded iem world. It has amazing clarity and is still musical w/ quality bass and amazing treble and lush mids. I believe it is the single best iem I've heard. While it lacks the weight/timber that the W4 has, the GR10 has a stunning clarity.
Conclusion: I really like how Grado kept the small design like they used on the GR8. Very lightweight and compact so they can really be used for anything! I've used the GR8 a few times and was impressed, but I heard Grado was working on a new model so I held out and kept using my Skull Candys... well worth the wait. I read they used an improved armature driver and its got a much lower impedance. Overall great balance!!!! Incredibly smooth!!!
Summary: The headphones are mind blowing, I have had many different high end in-ear phones but these are in a different league, I recommend these if you have an Ipad as even with sound limiting the result is still like putting your head in a bass bin at a Jean Micheal Jarre concert. Using a Creative Zen Juke box circa 2002 with high quality MP3's produces an experience that is like having your ears filled with expensive Swiss chocolate. Fanastic build quality.
Summary: very good product at very good price delivery on time, no problem i have other grado headphones for home use - these are just as good, maybe better at first they sound thin, but after a week of use & careful choice of the ear pad size, they open up after that, they sound very detailed, with strong sense of presence in the mid-range & very very realistic way too good to use just with an ipod overall, i can recommend
Summary: Un fois mis en place (un peu délicate, la qualité du son dépendant vraiment du parfait positionnement), le son est tout simplement fabuleux, détaillé mais équilibré, avec un grave tendu et profond, articulé et un aigu d'une finesse et d'une extension que je n'avais jamais entendue avec un intra-auriculaire. je possédais un Klipsch Image X10 et un Shure SE 425, pourtant excellents, ils sont vraiment surclassés.
Excerpt: Стандарты качества звука на высоте, хотя и тональный баланс несколько иной, чем у традиционных Grado, нет такого пика на hi-mids, более выровненные в плюс средне-низкие, разборчивость на уровне топов, но из-за тонального баланса звучат чуть иначе, кажется немного темнее. У некоторых людей, в том числе меня - вызывают адский дискомфорт при одевании (до боли), так как чтобы они зазвучали/появился бас (которого там достаточно) - необходимо Полностью герметично засунуть их в...
Pros: Качество звука, чувствительность, компактность.
Cons: Сомнительный комфорт, чувствительность (у меня слышны наводки от экрана), тонкий провод.