Firstly, I just want to let you guys know that I'm not one of those guys who just jumps in expecting everybody to do the leg work for me on this. I've been reading up on a few sets for the last few days and as I'm sure most of you know or have experienced, that has only made things worse.
Secondly, currently, my best pair of headphones are the Sony XB700's. Yes, I'm a bass head, or was...I'm not sure yet. My next set down which served me well for years are px100's. I usually listen to my music off a laptop using a cheap Fiio E5 Amp. I listen to a bit of everything but my taste is still with more of the hip hop/r&b style.
Thirdly, up until a few days ago I was content on starting at the bottom of the Grado line with the 80's. I know there are the 60's but I didn't want to start in the basement. The 80's have their fans but I've come to find that without breaking the bank, the SR225's and the 325's have their fans also. To add to my confusion is that the MS1 series has been said to better than anything in the SR line and it's half the price of the 225's. What I'm looking for is something to be impressed and to impress others with without having to buy a home system or a high end amp. I've called up a few shops and one tried to just sell me the highest priced set I asked about but another gentleman out of Washington mentioned that the 225's require more juice than your typical set of cans and that HIS suggestion for something "like me" would be the 80's. From my readings, other than the fact that I would need to buy an adaptor to use them on my portable set up, the 225's were designed to be used without the need of an amp so that added even more to all this.
Lastly, I know this same type of topic is brought up with other brands across the board daily but I'm hoping that with me pointing out what equipment I have, what type of music I listen to and what I'm interested and have found out through my research that I can hopefully get something to ease any anxiety I have regarding going with one particular set.
Thanks for reading and if you do choose to respond, I thank you in advance for your input.