I do however think you'll get more
response next time if you went to say the Grado Appreciation Thread and said something like 'Grados are only suitable for rock music EDIT and leak a lot"
Edited by godbluff - 8/24/15 at 2:32am
You're right about them being designed for location recording. The HMD-25 with attached dynamic microphone was also concieved for remote sports broadcasting and became a mainstay in this field. The HD25s offer excellent attenuation of ambient noise which can be excessivlely loud in a large sporting arena. Unfortunately this variation has been discontinued.
I am not trying to start a fight. I have a great deal of experience with them and believe they are an excellent professional headphone. But casual hi-fi listening is not what they were meant for. I'm not going to say anything about Grados. I have no experience with them and therefore don't have an opinion on them.
These 'phones are just perfect for both casual (and) hi-fi listening. They are especially suitable with Metal records, I can attest to that. True, I won't listen to classical with my HD-25, but other than that they are just perfect for casual listening. Actually, I'd give a pair to each "Beats by Dre" owner to see how much more they can get for the same money they've spent on their trendy headphones.
I can't disagree with your comments about "Beats by Dr Dre". The HD-25s would probably be good for metal, but then not really a genre I have much knowledge of.
I use nothing but the HD-25s for location monitoring (we occasionally are involved in outside broadcasting and the like).
To be honest I love the HD25s for what I use them for. At one point they were so important to me that I bought second pair just in case which are still sitting in the box but I don't really do as much of that kind of work as I used to. To me the HD25s do highlight sibillance more than I prefer. This is a subjective preference. Surely I can offer my impartial and unbiased impressions without everyone getting riled up with their backs up against me. It's just that if I were going to grab a pair of headphones to go out and listen to music on my iPod or phone, they would probably not be the first of the many pairs of headphones I own that I would reach for. If you guys have a differing tastes well then I don't have a problem with that.