We're meaning to say that a modded magnum setup, even with, let's say, my pad mods (which eliminate treble overshoot), have some significant flaws BUT (and it's a big "but"), a modded magnum setup is a better value for the money. You should note that it will NOT, from a purely performance standpoint, outclass a 1k flagship, or even the $700 HE-500. There are fundamental physical limitations to dynamics that create issues with certain aspects of their performance. Extension, THD, and excess resonance features are a few. Having a planar wavefront has a great number of benefits in terms of audio performance, so when you get down to the nitty gritty, the physics cap the Magnum performance.
TL;DR: Modded Magnum setups are not poor performers, they are in fact great values for the money. Are they Summit-Fi? No, sadly, they are not.
Yes, I knew this. I just thought for a second that maybe someone found a lot better bang for the buck with the same near grado sound. I fully understand these things arent gunna be on par with other flagships.
I know the grado sound in general has some flaws overall, but thats part of liking them. Currently gunna have them compliment my Denon D5ks, and after that a new DAC is in the way, after that maybe some fostexs, because im young, and have plenty to experience.
Looks like Ill be looking at the Fostex t50ps before im dead though, gunna have to take a look at their sound signature too. Anyways, thanks for the info guys, looks like ill be taking some sr60s and magnums. Wood cups later down the road.