I don’t post on the forum very often, but do enjoy the many threads. However recently I have been the recipient of some very good fortune, which I must share with you. I won the January competition, which means I am the proud owner of a pair of Grado GS1000i’s.
What are my first impressions? Well for those of you who are interested, they certainly are not beautiful, however they do have and understated elegance and they ooze quality. Although they look bulky, they are very light and very comfortable to wear. The open back design means you won’t be the only person listening to your sounds.
As to the sound, well its early days, but the detail these headphones find is astounding and the sound stage that is created is excellent, listening to Passion Grace & Fire (John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucía & Al Di Meola) I could clearly identify each guitar and I was hearing sounds and detail I hadn’t heard before. I’m going to have to listen to my whole music collection again – magic.
I am not qualified to say how good these are, my current headphones are/were a pair of Sennheiser HD480 and I use a combination of Sennheiser PX100’s or CX300’s on my iPod (depending on the weather), but the Grado’s produce a sound that is streets ahead of anything I’ve heard before. Now I’m going to treat myself to a headphone amplifier, but don’t tell the wife.
A big thank you to the What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision team for such a wonderful prize, I will treasure them for a long time.