When I got my rs1 it was between them and the lcd2. I chose the grado because of my usual listening....metal.
Honestly, I could probably sell my he400 right now and not really miss them much, most of my headphone time is metal/rock/acoustic, which for me is grado all the way (truthfully most of my headphone time is on my athm50, as I'm out of town 8 months a year). When I have a chance to use my hi fi that's when I normally hit up hip hop or electronic....there is no headphone substitute for real bass, even the mightiest of planars!
I'm similar in some respects. I often will listen to electronic, jazz, indie on my hifi stysem partly as it's more conducive to wife and child, but also because I think jazz in partic really begs for good fidelity and later at night or at the computer, I often gravitate toward more laid back listening. The sound of classic 50s/60/s blue note/verve jazz recordings sound amazing on my RS1i-the separation of instruments just blow me away. Isolating the piano or drums, etc. in a way I don't think I've ever heard like you really were at a club.
Although, right now I have some time alone and I'm enjoying Sigh-Insmniphobia that has so much going on musically that they are really fun w/ my HP's.
It's often when I'm in the car-I want some really aggressive driving music.
Edited by markm1 - 6/18/14 at 6:24am