Better than I expected!
6 days ago
To give some perspective to my review, I'll start with my previous headphones:
Sony MDR-7506 - accurate, flat response but harsh mid-highs. Good for mixing but maybe not optimal for general listening.
Audio Technica ATH-M50x - better for general listening, better bass response but noticeable lack of midrange. Smooth sounding and laid back.
Now to the Grados! After reading many reviews, a few negative points kept coming up.
1. Lack of bass response - Not true! These headphones have plenty of bass, just not muddy sounding as with many headphones. Bass is well defined.
2. Harsh high end - Again, not true! High frequencies sound wonderful. For me, cymbals are the ultimate test for a headphone and the Grados deliver with lifelike natural sound that just sparkles!
3. Uncomfortable - personally, I find that they are not as cozy feeling as my other headphones, but I'll trade that off for the "Grado sound" any day!
Overall, I am very pleased!