Ah, very well.
And it did help to read that - I'm gathering that the PS-500 are indeed bassier and darker (graphs said this before I read that). I'm curious about your sound-stage comments though - how do they stack up against non-Grados?
I haven't heard PS-1000, but I would agree if you were saying GS-1000 vs RS-1. I think SR-60 or SR-80 vs RS-1 though, the RS-1 is better. IMHO once you hit the SR-225 it's all differences and marginal improvements (e.g. the RS-1 has a better soundstage, but is not "oh my god" a better headphone, I think the 225 has redeeming qualities, as KG Jag pointed out - they're more forward, the 325 are brighter, etc), but I don't think the same case can be made for the SR-60 or SR-80 even relative to the 225. And that was what I was responding to - SR-80 vs RS-1. I think it's entirely reasonable to assert that yes in fact some things are better than others, and I don't think it should mean "stepping on toes" or "hurting feelings" to do so; products are not an extension of anyone's being, and this "walking on eggshells to avoid hurt feelings" mantra doesn't help anyone at the end of the day (because if that's where we're going - "everything is the best and if you said it is, it is, so forget even asking about it" is the singularity). I did qualify, however, that I don't want to quantify "how much better" they are - because that's sticky. They cost *a lot* more, and whether or not a 7-fold price increase is worthwhile to you is where it becomes a personal preference decision - the SR-80 are "good" and the RS-1 are "better" but if $600 cash is "better still" to you, pocket the cash and rock on. On that note, Grado is one of the few manufacturers that has inexpensive offerings where this discussion is even relevant, which I think is a testament to their quality and performance.