Hello all, I'm making a decision between the 225i and the 325is and I'm turning to Head-Fi for some valuable input~
I have a fondness for the higher frequencies. I don't shy away from them, especially when I'm in the mood for brassy jazz and especially electronica, where (timely) piercing bright flashes and sizzles = heaven, imo. This is coming from my experience with the Beyer dt990 which fits my musical tastes like a glove. On the other hand, I'm slightly bass-shy and prefer a tight & controlled but strong bass hit to a massive thundering boom. The Senns hd650's bass is about as much as I can take and it's kind of pushing it already sometimes.
There are a lot of comparison threads between the 225i and the 325is, and most contain complaints about the shrillness of the 325is, about how it is the black sheep of the entire lineup. I'm fine with the treble, but is the 325is also different enough in other aspects from the other Grados (225i in my case) that it won't sound Grado anymore? I'm simply craving for a very fun and in-your-face headphone; my preference for high frequencies could take a back seat in this case.
I would like to experience The Grado Sound (the forwardness and fantastic midrange one keeps hearing about) and I would like to start somewhere in the middle of the lineup- no flat cups for me! There is sufficient amplification available. Would the 225i be better for me or would the 325is seal the deal? Price difference is about $100, and that's always significant money towards the next upgrade/sidegrade so it's a real factor for me. Also, I just can't afford the Rs2i :( I'd get the Hifiman HE-500 first if I had that much money lying around!
Please help a bro out. Thanks all! P.S. No more pizza boxes? :D