Any technical reasons or thoughts on this topic (I'm perplexed). Has anyone else also experienced this?
I would say you are one of the many that really likes the Grado house sound. Listening through quality headphones is a very intimate way to connect to music and good headphones give a presentation that even the best speakers can't give. High-end speakers do things headphones never will be able to, but to get into real high-quality music playback with speakers not only requires quality electronics but also very careful attention to room acoustics. Headphones not only are relatively cheaper themselves, require less expensive electronics and don't ever suffer from a bad listening space, unless you are on the deck of an air-craft carrier.
I would caution you on buying remastered audio, unless you know what exactly the goals of the remastering process were. Studio mastering is a touchy subject for audiophiles and the use of dynamic compression has caused untold grinding of teeth and pulling of hair. I personally try to spend more time with recordings from the mid 80's and earlier to keep away from the more dynamically compressed music of the last 2 decades. There are some remastered albums that are simply compressed and resold. In case you aren't familiar with dynamic compression, it's basically a engineering trick to make music sound better on cheap audio gear, like iPods and in your car. That's why audiophiles hate it.....on really nice gear it sounds like doodoo.
I hear you.
I am enjoying my old 70's music more than ever....it is amazing when you hear things that you never heard before, especially after you have listened to it for 35 years
Kick back, relax and enjoy The Allman Brothers, Little Feat, and Peter Gabriel's Genesis....with a smile on your face
You can now look at your cd collection and sort of think of them as a whole new experience....I know I sure have.