I have read the forums here for a while. Head-fi was instrumental in my purchase of Grado SR-80's a few years back. I started with an old pair of sennheisers, but moving to the Grados was a mind-blowing experience for me. As I'm writing this I put Pink Floyd's Meddle album on because it's just magical with these headphones. The clarity moving from Sennheiser to Grado (comparably priced cans) was night and day.
Unfortunately I have abused them a bit over the last 5 years and they are starting to get some buzzes and crackling if I take them around town and now I am thinking about getting some new ones. I'm looking to spend around 300 or 400 (Canadian) but unfortunately don't have much in the way of being able to test headphones.
I am thinking about just getting the SR325i because I have tested them at a store and know I will absolutely love them, but I would hate to wreck them like I have the 80's. Is there anything with comparable sound that might be a bit more hardy?
I was looking at the V-Moda M-100 and like that it folds, has a removable cord (so if it gets tugged on it won't wreck the connection, which is what I suspect is happening to my 80's) and looks well built. I don't think I would get these because I'm not sure I will like the sound and they are really ugly (although sound trumps all, which is why I will probably just go with the 325's). The Beyerdynamic DT880's seem like they might fit my needs. I listen to a lot of rock, classic rock, electro-pop, hip hop and classical when I'm in the mood.
Any suggestions from other Grado lovers will be appreciated!