I recently ordered and received a new pair of Grado SR80i headphones from Crutchfield audio,they sound fine though do (even after burn in) have a bit more high end than my SR60i's and more detail ,crazy as it sounds I kinda prefer the SR60i (that could just be the source I am using which is a Sony NWZ-E345 walkman or the fact that my old ears simply prefer softer highs,either way I am happy with both models. but I noticed that when i look at the magnet on the back of the SR80i driver's (by using a flashlight to look inside the grille) I don't see the stamped ink lettering GRADO 32 like I do on my pair of SR60i's which I have had for approximately 4.5 years now,and I wondered is this normal?
It just seems to me that if Grado took the time to stamp the SR60i why wouldn't they do the same for the SR80i? the picture I submitted here is not of my pair of SR60i's but one I found online (I looked everywhere for one of the SR80i with no luck) these SR60i drivers/magnet look the same as the pair I own but when I shine the flashlight into the grille of my SR80i's,the magnet on the back of them I notice the finish is much shinier/smoother and there is no lettering of any kind stamped on them.
I just want to be certain I got real Grado's (I realize this may seem paranoid,after all I purchased them from a reputable distributor and besides if someone were going to swap out drivers I'm pretty sure they would do it with far more expensive Grado models and not the SR80i,still for my own peace of mind I would like to know.any feedback from other Grado SR80i owners is greatly appreciated.Thanks - Matt