Originally Posted by Trogdor
The problem I see is you are mistaking detail with presentation (regarding your TH-900 vs PS1K comparison). ... Joe's house sound has a very intimate headstage. The TH-900 was taking that away from you so you freaked out! ... I will bet as time marches on you will realize that the Grado's are FAR from neutral and that you will eventually get tired of the color. The Grado lush becomes fatiguing after a while. ... Grado's are like a drug habit. They are highly addictive, but ultimately they are not good for you. After years of rehab you look back and go, "what was I thinking?"
Originally Posted by gerry123456
I'll enter detox (i.e. try to go Grado free) for a couple of days (my deadline for sending the TH-900 back is Tuesday). I'll really give the TH-900s the absolute best chance to win my heart over.
Detox had sufficient of an effect that my final scores between the TH-900 and PS1K mean the TH-900 is a keeper. Still a close run thing. I think the thing that swung it was realizing that even if I returned the TH-900 and bought another flagship headphone (the Stax being way out of the question ... for now), the best I can realistically hope for, if we consider other things being equal, is a few percentage points difference, to put it crudely, in some part of the frequency spectrum. <-- Gerry opens can of worms with this remark
So, I'm not sure the TH-900 have quite won my heart over (yet), but I can appreciate what they bring to the party relative to the Grados now I guess now I'm not 'freaking out' because of my relentless A/B-ing.
Maybe the TH-900 have won my head over... If I can stick to a bit less Grado lush going forward, they may well win my heart in time, too.
Either way, it's good to re-evaluate from time to time, so thanks again for your frankness Trogdor.