Extraordinary Musical Instruments
I've had the great privilege of owning both the GS1000e and PS1000e. Interesting that GooodCan says they prefer the sound of the GS1000e - after "loaning" - probably forever - the PS1000e, I had to decide whether to max my card on another pair or try the Statements, which some people seem to absolutely love, taking the chance that I would regret not putting aside a few more bucks for a few weeks and getting my own permanent pair of Professionals - after all, Grado themselves made it clear that I would not be really satisfied with the Statements after getting to know the P's. Guess what? The simpler, less-exorbitant Statements lack NOTHING after 50 hours of burn-in, might get better, and while they are not as sparklingly analytical as the Professionals in absolute terms, they are, first of all, HUGELY detailed, with great transient attack, harmonically fuller - both subtly much and revealing in a way that is both revelatory and delicious, making the P-e's feel dry by comparison. There is nothing to complain about with the more expensive cans, unless you just don't like Grados; it is more a matter of a signature that is independent of the extent of technology that went into the design. Like a perfectly balanced musical instrument, or an expensive vs mega-buck designer shoe, the extra techno-bang does not necessarily translate into a more satisfying user experience.
Pros: Lush but finely detailed, great transient attack without exaggeration, realistic bass and sweet but extended highs, harmonic verisimilitude, comfort, fantastic presence in a broad but natural soundstage. Matter of taste, but the wood and overall look are sculpturally beautiful.
Cons: Not good for isolation or public use. Who cares. I have noise-isolating phones that sound adequate if I need them, which is at times when I don't have my best front-end gear and I don't care about audiophile minutiae.