Pros: Nice sound , Flat pads
Cons: Cheap feeling :-( The cups looks more flat
This is the very early version of SR60 I got . These are the best SR60 I ever had in terms of packing /sound / build quality!
It came in the White Box with Blue foam (HP1000 box replica similar to SR100/200/300) and has the early John Grado manual too!
The headphones have the famous "pink" drivers and are fitted with Flat Pads (as pictured).They do sound really great and smooth with Flats instead of using S or L pads.
The headband is plastic but is stitched all around (like the leather headband). The later are not and that looks more cheap imo.
The cable is quite different than the later SR60s SR80s as this is more flexible (more silicone feeling) and the conductors (red-blue-white) are looking more glossy and more "transparent", overall feels better quality.
The drivers are the famous "pink" ones ,they were "de-stressed" (not so precisely but they were) instead of the later ones but one thing I like to add here (and probably will dissapoint some dudes) is that the "pink" colour is a faded "black" over the years. John had the idea to paint the cheesecloth black so it will look similar to the HP1000 driver..The early Johns driver have a "gold" magnet , black glue at solder pads and a more clear diaphragm. And YES this driver (pink or not) sound more sweet,smooth and I really like it more than the later "i" driver!
The cups are plastic of caurse and gives a "cheap" feeling but and again just think that other Hi-End 'phones (from other famous companies) are almost 100% made of plastic and cost much more than the SR60!
Generic Thought: I noticed that at the early 90's John's Grado company was giving more attention in details of each product (packing, pads, assembly - Look early Prestige series and early Reference packing and assembly quality). By time they stopped the wooden boxes of the Reference phones with funny excuses, changed the Flat pads with S-cush and stop stitching the plastic headbands to increace their profit as the price tags remain the same!
Anyway I really enjoy these phones now!