My brother flew into town over the weekend and was showing me the headphones he just got off of craigslist for $200. I found it funny that we were both into the headphone thing at the same time, as I just ordered a new set of Grado SR-80i's and they should arrive Tuesday or Wednesday.
All of the guys at the house were trying them on, enjoying the noise canceling. I admit, they have great noise canceling, which would be great in a very noisy environment or on an airplane, but my Sennheiser HD-280 Pro's do just as much noise canceling once you starting listening to something!
I wasn't blown away by anything, the bass sounds about the same as my Sennheiser cans do, the mids and the highs didn't sound as nice on the Bose though. I have never been a fan of Bose products, however my dad has used it off an on since the mid 90s, and my brothers seem to just follow in his footsteps like lemmings, regardless of what I have to advise, explain or demonstrate with what I have. Bose has a big "fan base", which helps their marketing and sales of products, but from the Grado cans I have listened to in the past, why settle for sub-standard stuff with a bigger price tag?
My question is...How do the Grado SR-80i compare to the Quiet Comfort 15's? I know the SR-225i sound better, and they can be had for $200 (the same price my brother dropped on the used Bose headphones).
Also, how would the SR-80i modded with vented driver and wood cups compare to the Quiet Comfort 15?
The $200 he spent on the Bose is the most anyone in my family has ever spent on headphones, and he believes that it's top of the line and got more for what he paid for. I can't help but to feel he got cheated on the cans and should have done more research before the impulse purchase he made.