I just got mine this morning (#213; ordered 5/29). Like others, I did not get any shipping notification email, they just showed up.
The build quality on my pair is quite good overall. I was literally saying to myself "pleeease give me a good one" before I opened the box. Other than a tiny nick on the outer edge + small "blotch" with the brush lines on the face of one of the cups + slightly crooked stitching on the leather headband, it is about as good as one can reasonably expect for a Grado headphone
Even though I have slight OCD, the "F1" error really doesn't bother me.
The bowl pads seem a little shallower than other Grados. This might be due to the extra stetching from the larger "lip" of the cups.
I'm at work right now listening to them from my DESKTOP 2
rig (see sig). The sound is pretty good, although somewhat on the bright and harsh side, but I've never listened to anything on this rig other than my KSC75's
. Over the next week, I will burn them in and listen to them from my much better HOME
rig (again, see sig) and compare them to my MS-Pros and RS-2's. I will post impressions in the big comparison thread. Stay tuned!