A reviewer on amazon.com, "machina," recently posted a fantabulous comparison of the various Grado SR models. He lived with each one for at least a week (SR60, SR80, SR125, SR225, SR325). I recommend it:
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.