First of all, as any of the Grado fans here can tell you, there are *significant* differences in sound as you go up the Grado ladder. I agree that the RS1 and RS2 are overpriced, but they are great headphones. And the rest of the Grado line offer pretty competitive prices. How many headphones can best the SR60 for $69 or the SR80 for $99?
|Sony sucks, koss is low-end.
Don't know much about Beyerdynamic.
Isn't Ety mainly for their little earbuds?
Sennheiser just doesn't suit my music, sounds lifeless.
AKG, haven't tried them, but I never hear anyone say "Well if you mainly listen to rock, then AKG is the way to go."
Stax = too expensive
Wow, talk about blanket statements.
Sony has a lot of bad stuff, but some GREAT stuff, too.
Beyer makes excellent headphones.
Etys *are* only earbuds... but so what? They're amazing!
I don't even know how to respond to "Sennheiser sounds lifeless"
AKG also makes some great headphones. You might want to try a pair of 401s for rock...
Stax? Not for rock, but wow.
And so on...
Suffice it to say, there is a *lot* of competition in the headphone market, and Grado doesn't have a monopoly by any means.