The best headphone I have ever owned
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I have owned headphones from Sennheiser, Yamaha, Sony, Beyer and others. Only the Sennheisers (higher-end models) present a satisfying experience for serious music, and they have the disadvantage of signal loss when you turn your head. This seems to be a chronic problem with the connectors that plug into the earpieces. So I began to look at the Grado models. I started with the SR-60, then bought an 80, and finally took the plunge and picked up this 225. Aside from the funky old-school appearance (people comment that I look like a WW2 radio man when I wear them) these things are phenomenal. They neither add to nor denigrate the sound of the source material. The sound is transparent and practically three-dimensional, especially in chamber music. In Mahler, you can push these phones until it hurts (not recommended) and they do not distort. Just imagine the kind of integrity that can invent a product of this quality, sell it for a more-than-fair price, and keep tight control over retail distribution. It is like a glimpse of the old pre-stereo era of the 1950s, when the man whose name was the brand was the guy you talked to on the phone when you needed customer service. These Grado people are in my pantheon of heroes. Needless to say, I love my 225s. I can wear them for hours at a time without fatigue, and the sound quality is everything I could possibly want. Highest recommendation!
Pros: Just about everything!
Cons: Coolness? Grados are not for bling wearers. I lowered the noise reduction but I guess I should have declared it non-applicable, as there is no attempt to seal the listener from the outside world. One small but serious flaw: the end of the cable is a quarter-inch phone plug of weighty construction. When you attach a 1/8th inch adapter for use in, say, a laptop, you can seriously strain the female jack, which is a delicate part. I suggest buying a short extension cord (1/4" female to 1/8" male).