Originally Posted by RallyMaster
Grado is generally a very "love it or hate it" brand. Some people swear by the in-your-face presentation while others think it's absolutely atrocious sounding.
I for one think they're nothing special, have terrible sound stage and are completely uncomfortable. I've worn a wide gamut of them from the SR60i to the GS1000i as well as several Alessandro varieties. You really should try one before you get one because I can tell you right now that it's not for everyone...kind of like Ultrasone.
I am guessing you are on the hate it side.. but your description of the grado sound is pretty spot on. I sounds good in the beginning until you realize that there is no sound stage. I found them pretty comfortable, but everything is comfortable to me.
Without knowing your music preference, it's hard to give you suggestions. But I will suggest the D2000, it's a very versatile headphone. If you can get it Mark'l mod'ed it is really good.