Personally I like the Grado sound. It is a distinctive sound which some people find too bright, it's a matter of personal taste. I would agree however that in a list of the best headphones, only one set of Grado would suffice. Where are the AKG, Focal, Sennheiser, Audeze and HiFiMan ?Agreed. I've never understood WHF's longstanding fixation with Grado. Their tonal balance is a loudness button, and the ragged HF makes my ears bleed.