OK, as a result of my continual predilection to place my Personal assets (which are not big enough to call "wealth") at the disposal of The Grado Fan Club of head-fi.org, I have BOUGHT a pair of the gold 325i's off eBay just now, with the goal of seeing whether they return the brightness for which the 325's are known. Oh the things I do for my hobby!
So I will soon be able to compare the older SR325i to the current 325e, hopefully finding the 325i's Much Brighter. Look for a report from me after they arrive in early June.
Aren't headphones FUN??????
The funny/sad thing is that the price of a 325 doesn't seem like much for a headphone these days, at least not compared to all of the flagships floating above $1,000. I remember a time—not that long ago—when there weren't really any production headphones costing $1,000.
But I digress…
Interested to hear your thoughts when you get the 325i.