It is threads like this that really do a disservice to the whole hobby.
The same arguments, gripes and bullish*t over and over and over....pizza boxes, joe vs. john, ergonomics, pricing, blah blah blah...it's been done to death and it's pathetic.
What I don't understand is the constant complaining about how Grado isn't pushing "newer technology" or completely revamping their designs...if they did then they wouldn't be Grado, they wouldn't look like Grado and wouldn't sound like Grado. Why should they spend a fortune on retooling their manufacturing simply to satisfy the need for "new and different"? If you want robotic looking hi-tech headphones there are lots of options, if you want classic designs there are options for that too but thinking that Grado should somehow try to be like Sennheiser or AKG or even Audeze is ridiculous. Grado is Grado and if you don't like them then don't buy them.
Senns are great, AKG has some good ones, I'm dying to try Audeze and HiFiMan and I absolutely love my RS1i...I'm glad that all these companies are very different, I'm glad that some are pushing the boundaries of tech and design (love the sound of the HD800 but can't stand the looks), and I'm also glad that some are preserving clean and simple designs with a sound that many people enjoy.
We are all very lucky to be in a position to spend the kind of money we do on this pursuit. Constantly getting at each other over differences in preference is idiotic.
go ahead, bash me now...