Exactly....it's been stated that John Grado was pressed into showing a prototype GS1000 at the headphone meet, months before it was actually going in production. It's a prototype that didn't have its kinks ironed out (and I'm not talking about SQ....who knows if the differences were because parts couldn't be mass produced). Granted, headphones are completely different then amps, and their sonic characteristics can change more dramatically with tweaking. All I'm saying is that I think it's a bit presumptuous to assume that a prototype must be the same as the production model. Absolutely no product is like that. Anyway, if John Grado is reading this thread, he certainly won't be showing anymore prototypes now....no matter how much Head-Fi presses him
I wasn't at the meet, I haven't heard the GS1000 or prototype, and I'm not a huge Grado fan. So I guess I'm the one who isn't dissapointed that the prototype was indeed different then the final production run. I'm just pointing this out, because I know enough about production that prototypes are always going to be different then the final run. Aparently, others are saying that at the meet, John Grado was adament that the headphones he showed were prototypes. Maybe you have a point about the GS1000 write-up saying that the GS1000 was introduced at the Head-Fi meet. But you know, every company is guilty of making exagerated marketing claims.
Anyway, I'm done writing for tonight. My only arguement has been that you can't expect a prototype to be just like the production run. I hear you that you're dissapointed that the production GS1000 is a let down for you. At least there's no harm done returning it or selling it.