Pros: Naturalness, dynamics, balance
Cons: a touch 'heavy' to wear. The cable is too fat .
love the musical and dynamic quality of the grado sound but I have a hard time enjoying most of their products. The HF2 rocks however and is easily my favorite stock grado phone for old time rock n roll, classic 70's and early 80's metal, bebop jazz and blues listening sessions. The ps500 is a slight devolution from this sound imo. They are similar but the ps500 sucked out the mids and favored a one-note bass humped sound that ultimately sounds more 'grey' and clinical than the warmer and more 'worn out jeans' sound of the HF2. Why grado went in the ps500 direction must have been the result of some kind of market research or rudderless management which is disconnected somehow from the good old days when Sr grado was at the helm. Smooth out those waves and offer a full sounding, warm, slightly bass belly'd sound. It'd sell like hotcakes. Many a person wants full, warm, musical sound with natural dynamics and reasonable detail. All these things the HF2 does better than 95% of headphones to my ears.