So i bought the grado s60's off amazon after meticulous analysis of internet reviews. Costing €100 which is a huge amount more than what you pay for them in america($60!!!) i thought well at least they'll be worth it since i loved the clear and crisp sound of my XD-53's(which cost me €150) before the jack broke so i thought they'd still be good value for my taste. They arrived a couple days ago, they've been on my head since the get go and all i can say is... worst headphones ever.
The sound from them is completely washed out, slight improvement after 2 days of continuous play "burning them in", though my brain is completely scrambled from listening to my music through these things, only maybe 5-10% of my songs sound okay on them, the rest sound washed out and just painful to listen to... literally... i've had to go back to a €25 pair of failing razor gaming headphones i bought about 4 years ago because the grado's are just unbearable.
I also ordered a cheap usb sound card from amazon that arrived today which helped improve the sound a little more but still overall unbearable :(
So i decided this time before i buy a new pair to actually post asking for advise instead of just reading old threads.
My last 2 pairs of headphones before the grado's were:
Sennheiser HD 428 which were nice and comfortable but were slightly dull sound quality wise, the cable was also verrrrry thin and it wore out, splitting in several places and eventually losing connection to the cup/driver(whatever you call it) after a year of use
Allen & Heath XD-53 which had amazing sound quality but were incredibly uncomfortable; thin pads and hard metallic inside = very sore ears, i think they're intended for dj use though bass was surprisingly light.
I listen to all kinds of music, though when there's nothing specific i want to listen to i'll put on some electronic/chillout or classical for "background relaxation" which probably makes up a large percentage of my listening.
Sound quality is the most important thing for me, extra bass is okay as long as its not overdone. Good sound isolation is very welcome but takes a backseat, comfort comes next then looks last.
Right now i'm looking at the sony v600 or v700dj, which are proabably a more reliable all round choice.
Thanks for reading this far and if you have any suggestions for headphones that might fit my bill don't be afraid to chime in <3