Excerpt: I use these headphones to listen to music on my Android phone. I like that I can still hear sound from the surroundings while listening to music. The sound quality is very good and the construction quality and comfort of the headphones is excellent. My two complaints are that the cord is a little too long and that the mini-plug didn't plug into my headphone jack with the protective case on my phone. I had to modify the case to make it work.
Excerpt: These headphones sound amazing. The open design means that they aren't great at blocking out the sound of, say, an air conditioner, but they sound amazing, bringing out a full bodied sound from all my music.
Pros: Good Bass, Good Value, Great Sound, Lightweight
Excerpt: These headphones are simply great. They are relatively cheap (only $60) and are the entry-level headphones (or "cans" as us audiophiles call them) that Grado sells. These are open-ear headphones, which means that they can be pretty loud to those around you if you like to listen to your music very loudly.
Summary: Very warm and musical sound. In my opinion they need the flat pads to express all the quality. But also the comfies are good. Grado mids, i.e. absolutely astonishing, voices whispers and shout near you in a magic way. Good, warm and bodied bass; good, a little veiled highs. Not very comfortable, but sufficient. A real value for money, especially in USA.
Summary: A cheap headphone and likely the best "audiophile" entry point. Other headphones in this price bracket provide more sound in the thrills and excitement category but these are really the only ones that give you a taste of the high end. The bass, mid and highs are all competent with good balance and insight and the sound is not fatiguing as so many closed designs by mass market manufacturers at this price.
Summary: These are my grado entry pair of cans. The first thing i noticed about these cans is that they sound different from anything I've heard before. I suppose thats the grado sound i hear so much about. Since its an entry level can though, I know I shouldnt be too critical of it. I have to admit one thing though, these cans are very musical. It has a fun factor to it. At least more than my HD-555. I'm using these amped (corda headsix) and there is a noticeable difference.