Originally Posted by OtherSongs
Since you're talking "entry level" why did you choose the $99 Grado SR80i over the $79 Grado SR60i?
Both get excellent owner reviews on amazon.
Originally Posted by Summa
Well, basically just because $99 was sort of the sweet spot. No particular reason aside from that. I have heard that the SR60i is fantastic, as well. I was comparing it to some Sennheiser 518s that I had purchased in November, which were around $119, so seemed like the closest comparison. I had found that I enjoyed the sound of my little Etymotic MC5 IEMs better than the Senns, so I was a bit discouraged by that. I wanted to try something else in a headphone, and that led me to the Grados.
FWIW yesterday I took an extended look through the amazon "owner" reviews of both the Grado SR80i and SR60i headphones.
And decided not to go there.
For one thing they seem suspect on comfort and being too fragile.
For another thing I've already got plenty of lower cost headphones, and 3 that are mid to high-end headphones which are more comfortable and less fragile than the 60i/80i Grado's seem to be.
Nonetheless Grado headphones have a clear following and I don't know of any way to sort that out short of owning a pair of them.
Anyhow Sennheiser HD595; not truly high-end but somewhat expensive and which are ultra comfortable and which I can wear for many hours. My preferred choice when PC gaming.
And true high-end Sennheiser HD600 and HD650 headphones for listening to CD music via computer. Still slowly bending the adjustable metal head bands to make them more comfortable.
The one recent useful idea I've gotten here is from Nosferatu who commented on having split preferrence of dynamic headphone preference (Denon D7000 vs Sennheiser HD600) depending on the source material.
Meaning that there no perfect headphone and that headphone choice also depends on what you are listening to!
A new idea for me but one that rings true to me.
I still think that my next buy will be for a much better headphone amp/DAC/pre combo.
Expanding my "best places" to find useful info on headphones from amazon reviews I now include 2) www.stereophile.com
pro reviewer reviews
e.g. one of the stereophile reviewers that I have some respect for panned an expensive Stax electrostat headphone set as not being balanced enough for him, and that rang true for me.
Meaning that dynamic headphones are likely the current best balance.
But then I've never even tried an electrostat headphone like any of the Stax headphones.
Please post what you think of Grado SR80i headphones after you've used them for a week+
Thanks in advance.