Summary: Simply put, it's a great heaphones for those who prefer a "nice" sound scape. The bass and treble frequencies are artificially "enhanced" while the mids and upper mids are scooped to sound "modern". That might be a plus for an amateteur consumer-level listener but may be a crucial obstacle for more experienced audience as it doesn't truly reflect the sound source.
Summary: Great headphones. I have spent time with the Audio Technica ATH-W5000 and Denon AH-D7000. I have owned the AKG K1000 and currently own the Grado RS-1. I use a Cary 300 SEI Integrated tube amp as a headphone amp. The ATH-W5000 has a great sound stage, tight bass, great detail but bright. The Denon has great bass but is uninvolving. The AKG K1000 is uninvolving but flat across the audio spectrum.
Summary: Takes alot of running in , about 200hrs but worth the wait. Not the best looking headphone around and not the most comfortable on small heads but the sound quality is magnificent. At low volume these phones will amaze.I have been using these for 5 months and they are a vast improvement on the already impressive SR125.How much improvement is down to the oversize earcushion which creates a 'wall of sound' is debatable but if there is a better sounding phone outthere then i...
Summary: These headphones are by far the most comfortable and lightweight I have used. I use them with a HeadRoom Micro Portable Amp and that does the trick just fine. They are expensive, but I am pleased. Strings especially do well on them--harps, piano, violin and cello sound incandescent and lovely. I wouldn't recommend them for hip-hop, though. No problems so far.
Summary: Until I bought my first pair of Grados, I found myself sending a lot of headphones back, including expensive cans from Bose and Shure. Louder is not necessarily better, especially if the signal separation is mud. It wasn't until I put on my first pair of Grados (SR80s) that I found the headphone equivalent of fine dining. Grado's open-air design may give new meaning to "goofy" but its crusade against resonance produces clarity that is just out of this world.
Summary: Compared to my UltimateEars UE Pro-10 monitors, the Grado soundstage is better, but the bass is tubby/unfocused. And: after a couple of months of use-- putting the phones on and adjusting the placement of cans/cups to ears/head-- the dang things fell apart: the cans/cups FELL OFF THE RODS TO WHICH THEY ARE ATTACHED; and I can see why, in light of the design: the metal rods do not go deep enough into the wooden disks to stand up to the stress on them in simply putting on...
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.
I shall start by saying that I am far from an audio or electrical engineer; I just know what I like and what I don’t.
Pros: Amazing Soundstage, Precise Imaging, Nothing Short Of Breath-taking
Summary: Well...initially with my Antique Sound Labs MG Head OTL Mark III with a Telefunken 12AX7 and a pair of very nice J/J EL84's in OTL mode I was lukewarm with these especially when comparing them to my Sennheiser HD-650's!!! The typical "in your face" GRADO sound is gone and what we have with the GS-1000 is pure fantastic NATURAL sound. NO embellishment of anything musical!!! Nothing!!! Everything sounds as it should. Reminds me of my NEW.... FANTASTIC.... ACCURATE.......
Summary: As a previous owner of the fantastic sounding! Grado RS1 I am amazed at the sound reproduction of the new Grado Flagship model the GS1000. Right out of the box the audio quality is superior to the RS1's. Great sonic detail!, great sense of musical spaciousness!, great instrumental layering!, fantastic bass response!.
Summary: These headphones are perhaps the world's best in currentproduction.To the majority of headphone listeners theothers,Sennheiser 650,AKG 701 simply cannot compare.1000$seems like insanity for a pair of cans and differences inquality become less per dollar as you spend more(eg a 1000dollar pair is not twice as good as a 500 dollar set.Theyrate with the best,Sony Qualia(no longer made),AudioTechnica 3000,Stax which are 3X the cost.There are manyexcellent reviews to be found...