Those are pretty harsh comments, i guess that's the risk was taking, speaking good about the PS1000 out of the shelter of the Grado fanclub.
For my part, i think that the LCD2/3, HD800, T1, and HE500 are all very good sounding headphones, i just happend to prefer the PS1000.
And speaking of high price of admission, i feel the same way about the Stax 007/9, they're good, but overpriced., especially when you consider that they need a dedicated headphone amp.
The PS1000 on the other hand could sing even if they were plugged directly in a canary's butt.
I'm glad you found your headphones! In the end, that's what its all about.
I always been a fan of grado since the first time I heard them. That was just the sr80, and it captivated me that fast. Though I had them for 5 months now, I've been longing for an upgrade, yeah that fast also! I have an AKG702, but it seems there is something missing?! So I was looking for another grado, the ps500. The rave reviews tingled my imagination that I should have that phone in my hand and ears! But not quite I may say, because here comes the LCD's. Boy o boy! Cannot decide anymore, whether to go with the much cheaper ps500 or the LCD 2, cannot go over to the LCD 3 cuz of price difference. I love rock, brassy music, vocals, blues, alternative! Classical reserve for my akg. Please help! Is it the price or the sound quality? Which would you prefer, budget is the key here!
I would go with the LCD-2s. They are much better than the other headphones you've mentioned here (especially for your musical preferences).