Excerpt: I only have one set of decent headphones to compare these to (Audio Technica ATH-M50), so I will. I bought these for work, because the AT's were a little big, closed, and would warm up my ears after a while. These SR60e's are just the ticket. They're lighter and smaller, allow some sound in (and out, but that's not a problem), and stay pretty comfortable for hours on end. The sound is fantastic.
Summary: I have a huge number of headphones which I HAVE USED AND TESTED OVER MY 50 YEARS AS A HAM , B.C. engineer ,A/C Mechanic, Avionics Tech 39 years. etc. listening TO K1N on 40 from 7pm to 330AM I tried every earphone I have on them it was just a mess ,even the K1N op was having problems it was the worst mess I can remember. My bag of headphones are in a huge fleet farm bag too many to count ,yet all the popular good ones hams have grown to know .
Excerpt: My daughter "had" to have expensive celebrity-endorsed headphones because the sound was "awesome." After reading reviews, I got her these instead. One listen was all it took to make her an enthusiastic Grado fan. She was really surprised when listening to her favorite songs: She could hear details in the music that she had never heard before with lesser headphones.
Excerpt: I gave em 4 stars because the other reviews are true, the bass is weak so I knew that before purchasing. For my purposes they are effective because they are good at detecting high end clipping and digital harshness while I record with guitar simulations and other plugins, like synths. Contrary to most reviews, on this site and others, I find these cans to be comfortable and the heavy cord actually feels more substantial, rather than obtrusive.
Excerpt: I compare these headphones to the ones I normally use for mastering...the Sennheiser HD-580s. The Sennheisers are more comfortable, but both have similar response characteristics. Not exactly the same, but similar and very pleasing.For the price, you can't beat the Grado SR60e. I am very happy I purchased them.
Pros: Comfortable, Compact, Durable, Great Sound, Lightweight
Summary: Initial Thoughts/Observations on Grado SR60e:
I just received the loaner SR60e's on Thursday (Todd from Todd The Vinyl Junkie (TTVJ) and haven't listened for very long yet. I wanted to post a few initial thoughts and observations on them.
First of all, I really love mids--guitars and vocals are what I really enjoy hearing. The SR60i was my first journey into better listening and I still enjoy the SR60i but I've moved on.
Pros: Great mids, instrument separation, and detail for the price. More balanced than previous generations of SR60's.
Cons: Bass not suited to electronic or pop type music; bass increases with amping but also becomes brighter (sibilant)