Originally Posted by cel4145
You are one of the first people I've ever heard complain about Grado cables. They typically have a good reputation. That being said, the newer SR125i and up models (released 2009) now have a thicker, heavier duty cable than the older Grado models and the SR60i and SR80i. Perhaps you are familiar with older Grado models.
Interesting. There used to be a plague of people complaining about the comfort of Grado headphones and a big market for earpads to make them more comfortable. I bought a pair of Grado SR60s and they sounded pretty good for the day, but were not competitive for comfort in my opinon. I think that Grado has responded to the market since then.
Earphone and headphone comfort can be a big deal if you wear them in extended sessions.
In the end bass extension and response is facilitated by an air-tight fit. IME open air headphones are either light on bass or produce a lot of bass that gets lost in transmission for a more or less net flat response.
I prefer IEMs for lengthy listening sessions, but the phones I listen to the most are (for convenience) wireless semi-open ear phones - Sennheiser RS 160s which IMO require a fair amount of bass and treble boost to sound balanced.