Righto before I start, a quick backround... I got brought up admiring hifi equipment from being a child. It has been my dad's hobby since I can remember (I'm 40 now) He has always wanted to try Grado phones but hasn't tried until now (he's 72) and they're not as comfortable as his 600's, so I bought them off him. He loves classical music and I can understand that (apart from possibly the HD800's) that he cant do better.
Im now going to keep this as short and sweet as poss (my other mid price cans are 650's and D2000's), The sr225i's have about approx 30 hours burn in (so early days)
My equipment is Foobar, Vdac, Atlas Navigators, OBH21se.
My portable rig is Sony X direct to E7.
Music: Shostakovich piano concerto's- (Askenazy), Beethoven late string quartets- (Alban berg), Thelonious Monk- Underground. Arctic Monkeys- Humbug, Radiohead- King of Limbs.
Highs: are very crisp and prominent in a good way, similar to d2000's but sweeter. slighly hard compared to 650's.
Mids: are very good, not forward or ressesed, just there and detailed. this is where these hp's work,there is a cohesive quality to the mid frequencies that keep the coloured highs sounding true. Not as sweet as the 650's different leagur to the d2000's.
Lows: are better than I expected, more coloured than I thought they would be. The bass is airy and punchy and is only there when there is real bass in the recording, I would never describe these as bass light, only in comparison to other cans- the bass heavy D2000's for e.g The 650's have similar bass, infact this where they are very similar, I think the 650's may have a little more control though.
These are the first Grado's that I have heard, and I have a feeling that they wont be the last. Forget the comfort issue, any comfort modification to the design would obviously change everything. They are not 650's or 701's or 2000's they are Grados. Similar to buying a old classic car- you wouldnt change it for the world.
Such an airy involving sound from such a small headphone, why have'nt I tried these before? probably because they look how they look. In reality they are better than they look on pictures but they still look like old bbc radio phones ha ha!
To be updated..