I bought a pair of Grado SR60 in the mid-nineties. The first time I heard them, plugged into my audio system, I swear they brought tears to my eyes. I had never heard sound so expansive, so well-defined. (My experience with audiophile-quality sound then, as now, was limited.) But, I knew when I first heard the Grados what good sound meant. The pair became my everyday headphones. Time passed, I went overseas for a number of years, leaving the Grados behind, packed in a suitcase with other valuables sitting in the basement of a friend. I recently came back, retrieved the suitcase and the Grados, excited at the prospect of hearing that special sound again. Six years has passed since I last saw the headphones. The pads looked a little frayed, but not much worse for wear. I plugged the headphones into my laptop and fired up some music. Alas! Gone was the control and clarity. Frankly, the phones sounded muddled. Imagine my disappointment. Now, I am wondering if the passage of time has somehow affected the headphones, even though there are no outward signs of damage to the drivers. I don't know if it's the headphones, or the (admittedly) less-than-audiophile quality of the sound drivers on the laptop. Or, perhaps, my ears have changed. Time plays tricks on mere mortals :) I would love to have some feedback. Is it possible to have the headphones tested somehow?
P.S. In the intervening time, I've been listening to closed-ear headphones, like the ATH-ES7 and a pair of Crossroads Mylar Ones.
Edited by jhumur - 11/27/10 at 7:34pm