Well, I've been reading so much about Grado at this site I thought I'd better sample them if I'm gonna stick around and feel honest. Naturally, I'd heard them in the past and remembered them as sounding very good. Since my return to headphones I've been using the Senn 600s, which I love. But with all the Grado fans lurking around here, I thought I'd better round out my collection. It wasn't easy getting a set of RS80s (I decided to start(?) my Grado journey with the 80s since the investment is relative minor and it seemed a good jumping in point.) I live in Thailand and there's no Grado dealer in Bangkok. I had to wait till a friend travelled to Singapore and had him track down the sole Grado dealer there, buying me a pair at exactly list price in the US - $95 dollars. My intial impression is that I sort of went the wrong route. I started at the top of the food chain (The Senns at $240 - okay, quit laughing you Sony RH10 owners, and you know who you are!) and then skipped back to the entry level Grados. I guess I'm a bit let down. Of course, what was I expecting? To find $95 headphones comparable to some costing, tentatively, three times as much? No, I suppose not. But what I did expect was a little Grado "magic". Something that made all the talk and awards they recieve seem of merit. Honestly, compared to the rich quality of the Senns, the Grados just sound a bit flat. I don't get any of the sense of refinement or spaciousness that I get with the Senns. Some people have likened the Senns to being in the front row of a performance, while the Grados are like sitting on stage with the band. I'd have to venture the Grados are definetly like sitting closer - but sitting closer to a pair of speakers and not instruments (Redwood is gonna kill me). Okay, look, I've only had them two days and these are just a first impression. Not to open up the can of worms called "break-in" time, but I really hope something loosens up on these cans. Bass extension isn't what I remember on them, but what I'd really love is for the treble to chill out a bit. They seem very prone - overly prone - to project sibilance. I'm afraind, right now, the RS80 are getting ready to tread the same path as my V6s - out the "overly bright" door. Go ahead now. Attack me. No offense will be taken.
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9/9/01 at 5:38pm