So I read this review and ("assuming the same ear cushions are used")…what cushions were used on the 80's??? I know the (S) cushion is mentioned, but what models were they used on??? What made the reviewer come to the conclusion that they reduce brightness/intimacy, and loosen the bass???
Also, I wear all of my Grados for 4-5 hrs for a listening session with no discomfort at all, and never feel the weight of any of them (including the PS1K) on the top of my head, and I can't see how the weight of the 80's-225's could even be an issue…there is no weight to them. I do agree that the 325's are very comfortable…but no more comfortable than the 80's-225's would be due to the 80's-225's weighing less. By all means I'm not trying to turn this into a debate…the reviewer heard what he heard and I'm not doubting that (everyone hears differently), but never mentions if the 80's were used with the stock (S) cushions or with the (L) cushions…which will make a world of difference for the 80's IMO, and put them strongly right up with the other models…especially for the price, being he did mention price/performance differences.
IMO the S cushions do reduce brightness and loosen the bass, not sure about intimacy though. I've heard about the quarter mod a lot, but in my own experience, the difference it made on the SR80i is not that much.
The mod also messed up my S Cushs, too.
And yes SR80i owners NEED to buy the L Cush. Huge difference on sound.
The 325is are really heavy. The weight, along with the clamping force of the headband, made the listening experience quite painful. So I had to bend the headband a few times to make it loose enough for every day use. Still, I can't use any L-cush Grados for more than 45 minutes or so.