Seems like there's a big aesthetic difference between the 250 ohm and 32/600 ohm version, is that strictly cosmetic?
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They are literally a love or hate 'em kind of headphone. But if you turn out to be the "love 'em" kind of person, you'll be VERY HAPPY.
If you get them through Amazon, you can return them if you don't like them. The fulfilled by Amazon seller for Grado is an authorized dealer. Let 'em break in for at least 20 hours or so before you pass judgment. Be sure to keep them in flawless condition and the box in perfect shape. I've sent back a few pair of headphones to Amazon. No problem as long as it's an Amazon purchase or fulfilled by Amazon (not 3rd parties that do their own shipping). Usually the shipping back through Amazon is very reasonable with their prepaid label. Last pair it was less that $7 for me.
I remember I hated my Shure SE215's until around the 100 hour mark, now I find them extremely fun. Only problem with fun headphones is you rarely get any work done with the music going. I'll be sure to check out the Grado lineup and see which would fit my needs best.
So here is an update, borrowed Grado 325i's and Little Dot Mk.II from a guy, Listened to everything from Led Zeppelin to Queen for a week. Let my ears get used to the Grado Sound, and just couldn't get into it. Didn't hate it, but didn't fall in love with them. Going to have to cross Grado's off the list.
I'm not sure what you mean? The Magni and Modi have been out for months and have lots of positive reviews.
I've had mine since their release and never had any problems with them. As long as you treat them with care, I don't see why you should have a problem. That and Schiit's warranty is fantastic!
Edited by KetchupNinja - 5/16/13 at 8:17pm
Update: Recieved a pair of Grado Sr60i, thoroughly enjoy them. Most balanced headphones i have atm. Now looking into headphone amps, both tubes and solid state. The amp part might be the hardest part as it's quite difficult to get a non-biased review on amplifiers for some reason, as well as full blown technical comparisons. Thanks for stopping by.
One way to make it easier to evaluate solid state amps is to see their purpose (as you go up in better models) as aiming towards transparency, of being true to the original recording. So if that's what you are looking for, just try to see if there is a consensus among many people whether the amp you are considering does that very well.
I don't mind the change in sound a tube would offer as long as I can use a tube amp for all genres. I really just need an amp to power my higher impedance cans efficiently while also being able to make my IEM's shine.