John Grado likes to listen to Eric Clapton, so I put on Riding With The King
by Eric Clapton and BB King. Grado says, "If the artist performed it, and the engineer captured it on the recording, you will hear it”. I’ll second that emotion.
I’ve been using Grado GS1000 headphones for more than 15 years so I am very familiar with the Grado sound and sweet spots. Listening through the PS2000e was like one of those Claritin
commercials where they peel back the haze to reveal a bright sunny day.
Louder, crisper, brighter and more detailed was the music. I don’t much care about superficial things like the sound of a guitar pick, or a breath between phrases, which of course you can hear with any good headphones. Rather, I’m impressed by music that is vibrant and genuine, and a headphone that doesn't artificially color the experience.
The PS2000e is transparent to the music but, sadly, not to the listening experience. People’s ears are oval-shaped, not perfectly round, and the sheer weight of this product (think full beer helmet) causes the inside of the foam ear cup to touch the top of my ears. It makes a crunchy noise if I move my head, or even smile, and that's audio interference in my opinion. The ear cups don’t carry any of the weight so it all rests on the head strap. Reclining my head causes it to slide a bit and I have to make an adjustment. By comparison my trusty GS1000 Mahogany headphones weigh a mere 11 ounces.
To call the competition ‘lightweight’ is too clever by half, but it’s true. These are professional headphones and I’ve spent hours listening to various music through a Tascam mixing board
, a good headphone amp, and also through my iPad, but I can’t find a flaw. Switching back and forth between other expensive high end headphones is like sticking your head underwater.
In conclusion, I can survive the weight and customize the ear cups with a razor blade, but I can’t live without that awesome audio experience. The Grado PS2000e is by far the best headphone I’ve ever listened to.