When I looked into Grado, I was really impressed that it is a family company still manufacturing in Brooklyn. Throw into the mix that Crutchfield is a family-owned supplier, and how could I not? It seemed like a chance worth taking to support two independent businesses and make a "feel good" purchase. These last 7 months with the Grado SR60i's have been delightful. Until purchasing these headphones, I have only ever owned headphones with "closed" backs. There really is a striking difference in the sound from the "open" SR60i's, and it may not be for everyone. The Crutchfield details say the SR60i's are for "portable" listening, but I disagree. I bought these headphones to use at my desk, and for that they are perfect. The long cord makes it very easy to move around my office without worrying about pulling out of the jack. Downsides are minimal, but obvious. The headphones are "on-ear," so it can get a little hot and even painful wearing them for long hours. I concur that the head strap has at times been a little painful when listening for several hours. The fully open design means everyone else hears everything you are listening to. . . and you can hear them. While the sound leakage is a definite minus, I don't mind being able to hear when someone is trying to get my attention. The long cord is good if you are sitting, but can be a hassle if you are standing. In sum, I'm quite with these headphones, and I enthusiastically recommend them. Feel good, indeed.
Pros: Exceptional and balanced sound for a wide-range of musical tastes, relatively inexpensive, great for office use, decently portability, vintage style, family company!
Cons: Can be painful if worn with glasses, head strap is uncomfortable after several hours, no noise reduction