The discomfort isn't unbearable. It just starts to take a toll once I wear 'em continuously stretching 2-4 hours. But I'd wager a guess that not all Grados are as heavy, which is probably true so wouldn't take my words too literally unless you're contemplatin' the exact same model. The gist of my post was to make you duly note Grado isn't known for the best comfort one could ask for the money. But the sonic quality is on the other hand appears capable enough to negate all the cussing that I have been spoutin' out all day, so that may explain why they continue to reign unabashedly in head-fi.
Well if I take good care of them and they aren't drastically uncomfortable, I should be fine. I just don't want to go with the sennheisers purely because of comfort. Audio quality is a must and I don't want to be disappointed by the senns.
Thank you joomongj for helping. From what I understand, sennheisers are good but the Grados are more "lively". For this reason I think I will go for them and take good care of them. TBH paper cups and string will probably be better than skullcandy lol. Great help from all of you guys. Thank you.
You're welcome. Yeah, from what my ears have heard, Grados have that "lively" presentation...in the kind of "I'm in your face and going to take your lunch money" kind of way. It's not my cup of tea (since I listen to a lot of soundtracks mixed with Jpop), but I can see how it certainly would be awesome for most rock music.
Oh yeah...and since I don't remember it being said, welcome to head-fi and sorry for your wallet.
I own the MS1i and the HF2's with quarter modded comfies and bowls. MS1i's will ship to anywhere for the same price IIRC, which is why the have the widerspread base (since they are grado-ish sound but with international shipping). Also, you could try to snag a pair from the For Sale forums...it would be noticeably cheaper and still retain the resell value if you don't like them.
As for comfort, personally I can listen longer with the comfies. The issues with comfort are not unbearable, however I tend to listen to music for 3-6 hour stretches, so that's when the discomfort might kick in with longer durations. I can't help but love the sound though, so for me its more than worth it!
The Grado SR60i are brilliant, not to mention bang on for your price range. The pads that come with them make them quite comfortable as well. Believe me, if you've only been listening to earbuds and skullcandys (oh, that name! lol) you will think Grados are the best thing you've ever heard, because they will be. Anyway, enjoy your Grados!