To be fair, biker was posting his expectation, not what has happened for him personally yet. As far as I know he still thinks they sound pretty crappy. If in a couple of weeks he drops in saying they have changed to become his favorite headphone, then you can debate it.
Anyway, back on topic. For those of you who haven't particularly found this headphone to your liking yet, how do you generally like the Grado sound? I think a lot of the FOTM status has come from the fact that many people who said they generally don't like Grado's soundsig found the HF-2 to be one of the better (best) sounding phones from Grado's lineup... but they didn't necessarily like them all that well compared to other brands whose soundsig they prefer. I think some people might have misinterpreted that. It's been stated time and again that these cans still sound like a Grado, and I am wondering if some people who don't generally like Grado's thought this one would be a monster can that didn't have that house sound, and are more or less disappointed to find that they just aren't sounding that much different than the other Grado's they have hear, soundsig-wise.
He said they sounded "absolutely awful." Most people don't seem to say that. Then he indicated that he believed in burn-in and that if they did burn in, it would "prove" burn in was real (which of course it wouldn't). And you call me off topic?
Confusing the issue even more, other people now write in to say their experience "agrees" with mtbiker's. They say that their HF-2s sound better now "after some play time." But mtbiker didn't say that. He basically said they sounded like crap. So what part is keyid agreeing with? Did they sound like absolute crap at first to keyid, also? What is going on with this headphone? That's all I'm trying to find out.