Originally Posted by SillyHoney
well, I almost pull the trigger for a RS225i on headphone.com...
How is the bass on RS225i? Rock can never lack of bass right? Powerful kick drum, bass guitar , low-mid electric guitar riffs... Can RS225i handle those well?
Positive answers are the last thing I need before I type in my credit card information
I just got back from the local headphone store and brought back with me a new SR325is.
Grado bass in the SR series is what I call the art of illusion. It doesn't really go that deep but it has a hump or presence in just the right spot to give the kick drum some punch and drive. It manages to give the illusion that it is going lower than it actually does. You don't get the full 40hz thud of a kick drum like I do on my Denon D2000, but you do get a punch. An open headphone that can give you a kick drum punch is a good thing. The kick drum has the necessary punch to still drive the music.
The reason for the Grado and the reason I got them is for the midrange. The guitar riffs up front and there. Guitar distortion that is beautiful to hear. The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East on Grados can make you melt (at least it does for me).
I'm still spoiled by the lowness and fullness of the bass in my Denon D2000. But the D2000 is recessed in the midrange and I've been having to EQ them to get them to rock. No need to EQ the Grado. The D2000 is also more reserved. The Grado is more aggressive and can give an energy to rock that the D2000 sometimes lacks. The Grado is for when I want a more aggressive rock experience.
I've never heard the Stax that you've got listed. Can't offer a comparison.
The Grados do have faults and I bought them knowing those faults. You get the Grado for what they do well in spite of their quirks.