My Grado 80's which Ive had for maybe 10 years or so, bit the bullet. I only own one other pair of cans that I use in my small home studio. AKG K240DF's. Not bad, but not fantastic.
I enjoyed the Grado sound, as I tend to like things a bit on the detailed (read "bright") side.
My complaints with the Grados ...comfort. I got used to them over the years, but never loved how they felt when wearing them. They also felt kind of "chincy" to me. In addition, it never seemed to take very long before the pads (when I got them they had the "hollow middle" type...it looks like they don't anymore) started to disintegrate leaving me with little tiny black bits on my ears or hands or anywhere I laid them down.
But the sound was always to my liking.
Which leads to the question...what do I get now? I considered the Grado 225i or 325i...but because of the problems listed above, I'd like to try something else.
I am unable to try any of these before purchase:
Sennheiser 598s...supposedly not as dark sounding as most of their stuff. And they look comfortable. Not sure of durability...heard of some breakage, but that Sennheiser changed materials to alleviate that.
Beyerdynamic 880 or 990 ... have heard they sound detailed, but QC is an issue.
AKG K701 or K702 ... Wondering if the sound signature would be more "exciting" than my K240DF's, as those were meant as a monitoring/mixing headphone (The DF's are also a 600ohm headphone...so the 701s/702s should be much easier to drive.
Or...Just going with Grados....would the 225i/325i be a truly worthwhile upgrade from the 80i?
I'm currently coming out of my computer into a Parasound HCA-800II power amp that has what seems to be a decent headphone output, so not sure if I would need a different amp or not. I'm also going from the amp into a pair of mourdaunt-short bookshelf speakers.
So, essentially I'm looking for something detailed...not laid back or rolled off on top, that's comfortable and durable. I'm looking for something open-back.
Any and all suggestions (including ones not listed here, would be appreciated).