I am going to reiterate my opinion that in general Grado's are optimized for lower volume listening. ...The 225e's with backward pad mod once well broken in became my go to model... I consider the 225e to be the best value in the range for myself at least and prefer it to the 325 series...mainly due to the latter's weight and somewhat emphasized/sharpened highs...the 325e is very, very good but the 225e's are much lighter and are about as good musically (again, at lower listening volumes). I also love the SR80e's. ....any others enjoy the 225e?