Also: when they are 'open' I guess there's more chances that people around hear them ? Because they also need not to disturb colleagues.
Other models you might want look at are the AKG K702 and the Beyerdynamic DT990.
Grado's have a well balanced sound, although some people (myself included) find them uncomfortable.
I'm not decided yet, but I think I'll end up going for the SHR440.Hm ... are SHR440 and 840 open ?
I've read some time ago that headphones cause less damage to ears than in-ears.
One to consider is the Sony V6. Wide range, comfortable, and not too expensive (~$80 US, give or take a sale price) I've had a pair for maybe 25 years and they still run fine. They are famous for the covering on the ear pads wearing out, but replacements are available in other materials for not much.
Quote from: JapanAudio on 28 November, 2010, 07:19:22 PMGrado's have a well balanced sound, although some people (myself included) find them uncomfortable.Grado's have a nice sound, but it's not balanced. Grado is known for the "Grado" sound. I agree with you that they are quite uncomfortable.
If you live in a place with access to a Pro-Audio store (...)
Actually I live in Brussels. I don't think we have a really big choice in head/earphones. Usually they have Bose and Sensheiser as high quality products and first try to sell you 'bass' ... then when I said I don't like too much bass and would prefer a clear sound, they advised me to try the very cheaper earphones they had (I think Philips or JVC, less than 10 EUR) because they would probably not be 'enhanced' and therefore not have bass. I gave it a try since in the past I've been used to cheap earphones. I agree they didn't really had much bass ... but the also had terrible mids and highs :-D . That was in one of the two biggest shops we have in town. In the other one I had at least the seller ending up saying that ordering Shure on eBay was a good idea !
Actually I live in Brussels.
If all you had to choose from were Sennheiser headphones, it wouldn't be the end of the world. I like the HD 280 for closed-ear headphones and HD 580/600 for open ear headphones.