I've owned these Grado SR325is for about a week and let them burn in for 45hours. Being a fairly new member of the high-fi community my first purchase was MTPCs around a year ago. That paired with my iBasso T3 amp is the only setup I have had experienced until this purchase. My impressions will be compared and contrasted to sound I have grown accustomed to with the MTPCs(My Standard) listening to Metal music.
- Music sounds less compressed, more natural, and more organized.
- Quick drivers captures the speed of metal perfectly and puts the MTPC's slow drivers to shame.
- Mids are godly and really make the guitar distortion and tones shine. The MTPCs do well in this department as well.
- Clarity and Detail are amazing. I am able to focus on multiple complex patterns(odd time signatures, guitar sweeps and arpeggios, ect) much more coherently.
- Soundstage is an immense improvement. The Vocals and Instruments conflict much less and vocals especially have become much more distinguishable(definite plus for incomprehensible vocalists).
- The highs soar!
- Punchy, but extremely lacking bass. This makes the headphone sound extremely top heavy and a little thin to me. I wasn't expecting anything much from a open aired headphone anyway. My Cowon PMP and amp has helped somewhat with this problem.
- (MAIN GRIPE) Unbalanced sound. Cymbals sound distant and echoey and drums overall are too quiet. I find I have to strain too much on the drums individually to notice the fills and cymbal work.
- Exposes music to show glaring production faults. Music I never had a problem with, no longer sounds good to me :(
- Somewhat uncomfortable after extended periods of use.
I'm thinking of selling these and sticking to IEMs, because I've had the most success with them. I'm hoping I can find a pair that will take the sound of my Coppers and combine that with the speed, detail and clarity of a Grado phone.
Please help me find me a replacement IEM(if I end up selling the 325is) HERE
Edited by NonApplicable - 8/11/11 at 11:55am