I am not an audiophile by any stretch of the imagination. My taste in music is eclectic, certainly, but I do not haunt forums like I do for watches and fountain pens. I did, though, do my research several years ago to purchase a nice set of headphones that would not break the bank and I settled on a pair of Grado SR60i’s.
I am sure there are plenty of “experts” out there that are loudly booing at their computer screens and itching to tell me that I know nothing about pitch, hissing, bass and all sorts of engineering mumbo jumbo that I can’t wrap my head around. What I can tell you about these headphones is that to my ear they can deliver on the entire range of music that I listen to from deep bass to full orchestras playing the gamut of instruments. They are over the ear, but not noise canceling so I can still hear if my kid is getting himself into trouble. It did not hurt either that they are designed and made across the river in Brooklyn so I can feel some pride that I am truly buying local. I am just know replacing the cushions and find the fit comfortable (although I must warn you that prolonged use will cause some discomfort – at least it did for me) and firm even after years of wearing they are just as tight fitting as the first day without any noticeable give due to aging. That is all I look for in a good solid pair of headphones and I highly recommend them to the more “normal” users like myself. I will leave the frothing-at-the-mouth debates about fidelity to the forums.