Hey there head-fiers. I know this question has been asked to death as I've spent the past week just looking at many many comparisons between the two set of cans but I have some questions that I feel can be answered best by those who own the headphones already since I don't really have the means to sample them beforehand.
As for some background, I wanted to get into the world of Grados for some time now and I finally decided to make the plunge. I own a pair of Shure SRH840's and Etymotic HF5's and was looking for something more colorful and warm which is why I turned to Grados.
What I have read so far is that many think the 225i's blow the 80i's out of the water in terms of clarity, balance and bass. Some have noticed no significant differences but this a minority opinion. The problems I have with the Grados is issues with build quality. Since I'm a college student I can't afford to buy another pair of 225i's if they break on me which is why I'm personally leaning towards the 80i's with some bowl/414 pads. How is the build quality on the 225i's compared to the 80i's for those who own them?
Also I plan to drive these without an amp for the most part and I know that both are relatively easy to drive but I just don't know if I will ever splurge on a higher end amp. Will I be missing out if I buy the 225i's and don't drive it with an amplifier?
Finally, I was planning on using these on the move meaning I would just put them in my bag whenever I plan to do work on campus so portability may or may not be an issue. I wanted to know how much heavier the 225i's were in comparison to the 80i's.
I don't mind spending the money on the 225i's but once again I really can't afford to buy another pair if they break on me within the first 2 years. I don't mistreat my headphones but I do use them very heavily on a daily basis.
You guys have always been awesome so thank you in advance!