Bob Surkein - an old audiophile

I have been a music lover and audiophile for many years. I hate to say for exactly how long. Let's just say that my first serious audio system dates back to the mid 1960s. My favorite headphones from around that era were Koss ESP-9 electrostatics, which had fantastic performance but were not very reliable. Then I had several sets of Sennheisers; and more recently Grados, for probably the last 20 years. I only became aware of Drop just last year; and the first thing I did was take the opportunity to buy a couple of popular, new models - the Sennheiser HD 6XX, and Hifiman HE-X4, mainly to check out what is available today at a reasonable (for me) price point. I have to say that I was disappointed with both, compared to my Grado SR-325Xs, or even my SR-80s and SR-60s. I seem to be addicted to the Grado sound. For what it's worth, and just as a point of comparison, I have also briefly listened to some multi thousand-dollar Focal headphones, which were awesome (and which my wife would NEVER understand or accept me bringing home). I will admit - THEY are better than my Grados. I don't see Grados very often in reviews or audiophile discussions, and of course not at all on the Drop website. They don't seem to be very popular. I wonder if there is something wrong with my taste in headphone sound, or maybe something wrong with my rocked-out old ears. Whatever it is, I find the new designs' sound to be muted and not as lively as the Grados, and their resolution of complex, orchestral music to be no better than the Grados. I guess I'm writing this because I'd like to know if there is anyone out there who understands what I'm trying to articulate (or has the same 'hearing problem' that I have!) I'd appreciate any and all comments...


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