I started out when I was 17 with a pair of AKG 240s. I couldn't believe how many sounds I was missing, out of in the Music I've been listening to for years. Music production became a whole other experience as well: the sound designing, orchestrating the sound scape, so much life in the Music! Needless to say, years of first-time-quality-headphone-owner experiences they slowly lost there ability to stay together - but they had a big place in my life of sound.
Without quality headphones my digging for Music and Music production petered out. I've found that so much of the experience is in the reproduction of the sound, when great music becomes sensational. Missing this, I decided to invest in my life and picked up a set of Grado PS500's online (just arrived last night with some PS1000 bowls) as well as, under a studious audiophile friend's guidance, a uDAC-3 amp (arriving this eve).
Already I am completely impressed - even after becoming so accustomed to and in love with the flat reproductive nature of AKG. These are beautiful. I am again hearing so much I never heard in the music I listen to, from audience coughs in live recordings, to fire crackle sounds added to tracks (to bring some organic life to the song I'm sure). I found myself just wanting to opening up my DAW and get designing sounds ASAP... but couldn't pull myself away from listening.
I'm thinking I'll be a regular on the forum now and looking forward to exploring mods for these beautiful additions to my life.
One thing worries me though. While impressed, I was expecting more. My ears aren't as tuned as they once were, and I'm guessing this is probably the case. However, I had a hint of suspicion I'm hoping some other Grado heads may be able to help alleviate.
When I pulled off the stock pads to replace with the PS1000's, I notice a sloppy glue job around the drivers. A part of me wondered whether that was the result of hand build, or if it was tampering of the reseller, that someone may have had the gall to purchase some PS500's, swap drivers with a lesser model, then resell them. Possible?
Is this just poor attention in the manufacturing or a sign of tampering?
Edited by EcologyOfSound - 11/27/13 at 10:14am