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Awesome, Grado on massdrop! I have the older SR80i, and they are absolutely rocking headphones. They honestly sound so good for the money, and there are small mods that you can do to make them sound even better. I have heavily modded my SR80 (opened for more air, wood cups instead of the plastic, custom cable etc) and they seriously rival the AKG K7XX from massdrop. Keep in mind because they are open back, they wont give you head blowing bass, but instead a clean and accurate bass (which I much prefer). These headphones will not disappoint, especially at this price!
DONT LET YOUR HEADPHONE DREAMS BE HEADPHONE DREAMS. JUST DO IT!
I have always been fascinated by Grados. I fell like no one leaves their pair completely stock and mods their sound, comfort and look. Which is why there is an ever growing 6,600 comment thread on Head-Hi. If these headphone are so amazing, why do people feel the need to tinker with them? Better yet, what does it say for the R&D process if that is all easily accomplished and improved upon by your average Joe? How amazing would they sound if the company got them to a level where no one wanted to change them from OEM set up? LOL
Just a thought...I personally found SR80i to pair well with rock and jazz music, but don't have experience with 'e' model.
I would say it's because people have different tastes and preferences. Yes, lots of people mod their Grados, but not everyone performs the same mods. I suppose that's the beauty of modding: to customize for personal preferences. I would also hazard a guess that Grados are among some of the easier headphones to mod. Their design is quite simple. Another reason could be that for some people it's cheaper to buy an SR60 or 80 and mod them as opposed to buying a more expensive model. The most popular mod by my knowledge is just swapping the foam pads, as Grados are known for many things, but comfort over long listening sessions is not one of them.
For the record, I own a completely stock pair of SR325is.
because they're easy to tinker with, the wood cups look great and you can get some very unique looking and sounding headphones. It's a flavour, I could never just own a grado, but I like to have one around.
The reason for modding is not because they dont sound good enough stock, but because instead, modding it makes it sounds better and more personalized to the sound you like. And if I might add, the fact that you CAN mod them in the first place makes them even more amazing, as that will only allow you to improve from stock if you so desire.
Also, to anyone who is getting one of these Grados, spend $20 and get one of the leather headband pads from amazon, they arent the best looking but are totally worth it!
While it might seem like a lot of people mod them because of a large, enthusiastic Grado modding community, I am sure the proportion of modded to non=modded Grados is low. Grados are great headphones as long as you know the sound signature you're getting.
The other thing to remember is modders will be modders, and because of the construction, Grados are very easy to mod - they are a good target for someone who wants to mod 'because they can'.
You are correct, the number of stock Grados would by all means outnumber the few that are modded. Something to keep in mind, I had my SR-80s for a year and a half before I started thinking about modding them, it wasnt something I did straight away.
As a hard core modder. (started with psp when I was younger) its a personality thing. My Sr80e have Purple Heart Cups and the leather band strap. It does change the sound but 1 it was stupid easy to do and 2 its looks so good with the new cups. The wood also give a more open sound too.