I would not say the Grado's are about the treble. You can have treble without clarity....you can have treble that is just harsh, unbalanced and muddy in it's own way.
The headphone forum's are full of varying opinions on all makes and models, so it is hard to make sense of what everyone is saying - many people seem to prefer different headphones for different genres of music.
For me, I enjoy the Grado 325's clarity and detail - I sound tested them with a number of other makes and after my Beyerdynamics (see earlier in the thread) they were the only ones to make me go WOW. I took my portable cd player and CDs I knew well - did not want to get swayed by listening to a system I did not know and can't afford.
I have a Kodo CD and there is a point where one of the drummers moves across the soundstage - on everything else he (assuming it is a he) is sort of 'vaguely here and moving to vaguely there'. On the Grado's it is a pinpoint positioning and I can 'see' him move all the way across.....and this is on my 1999 technics player, not a modern state of the art player.
With them I have heard sounds and textures in my own music I had never heard before - unfortunately not always for the good in some of my older stuff. Hopefully the headphones are helping me to be in more in control of my own sounds since I got them. it is hard to know as whatever else I play my music on I am uncertain how much of what I am hearing is what is being played or what I remember while making the music....
They are not comfortable or styled for fashion - so I assume all the money goes into making the sound as good as it is.
I've not compared them to the tesla's or other hi-flying phones, such as electro-statics to see what I'd have to do for an improvement I can hear and enjoy....
Yes you are right in the things you say. But I think brigther headphones tend to bring out the clarity in the details a lot better.
Dark headphones I really hate that.. I do not care much about the bass but the treble is important for me.
Yeah you are right about the head fi forum which is I guess the forum you are talking about it is a big soup of subjective experiences and no one share each others experience cause all have different amps and different ears and taste and music taste..so many factors..but it would be easier if everyone did use the same amp for sure..
I really hate myself that I did not try the grados I had the chance to do it when I was in stockholm... I only tried HD800 and HD650 with the senheiser reference headphone amp.
I cannot stress enough how important the amp is. I did recently buy myself the Antelope Eclipse 384, and with it's headphone amp for instance i hear the reverb tails a lot better now, the tails are a lot longer then before.
I would really like tho have this DAC for my portable headphones
but it is just simply too expensive right now.. it is also a regular version of the Porta Tube amp..
It gets really good reviews. the idea is to have it to my smartphone in my pocket to get really good portable sound.
Also the SPL phonitor 2 I think is really nice.