Summary: First, some boilerplate stuff -
Audio setup -
FLAC files in MEdia Monkey -> Amazon Basics TOSLINK cable -> Schiit Bifrost w/Uber upgrade -> Knukoncept Shielded RCAS -> Project Ember with 80's Amprex 7062 tube
Nabucco, Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera Chorus conducted by Lamberto...
Pros: Imaging, clarity, mids
Cons: Price, Soundstage is a bit flat, the headband is still underwhelming
I have just acquired my first set of Grado GS1000's, at approximately 3-4 years old, these are the non-i version.
They have only had a claimed 15-25 hours use prior to my initial testing, these cans are not broken in, they will require 100-200 hours before properly warmed.
Pros: Amazing Soundstage, Precise Imaging, Nothing Short Of Breath-taking