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 It depends on the kind of damage. Some people are comfortable fixing Grados themselves (possible if you're ok with taking glued parts apart), while repairing the wooden Grados (without damaging them) is more difficult. Once you've taken them apart, you'll see that they are surprisingly simple. I've listened to my stock Alessandro MS-1 for ten years, in and out of my backpack, etc. and they are still in excellent condition – take that for what it's worth. The only thing...
I just plugged the MS-1 into my laptop and these things rock, even with AAC files (320 kbps VBR)!   Normally, they are connected to my portable CD player... guess they like the extra juice.
If the X4i sound anything like the S4i, they won't have a warm sound. I've listened to mine on a 3G iPod Shuffle and out of my laptop for about four years and they do have a signature sound compared against my reference Grado HP2 and Alessandro MS-1 headphones – the mids are not as fluid and rich as on the MS-1 (sounding slightly recessed) and there is a bit of exaggeration in the treble, which is fine for pop music and non-critical listening. Bass rolls off fairly...
Sorry for the Lazarus post, but I finally got some new Vapex batteries for my Sony D-EJ2000. They are rated at 1.2V and 1450 mAh with a claim of "up to 1000x charge cycles." These prismatic Ni-MH (gumstick) batteries are becoming harder to find as time goes on. Portable MiniDisc player owners should also take note... also, I noticed that Panasonic seems to have discontinued their line of prismatic batteries.   I had previously purchased a Sony NH-14WM battery (grey...
There is a very positive review of the D33 in this month's issue of Stereophile.
You won't have to worry about the amp's burn-in time, then.   Try to attend/organize a meet in your area to try headphones on other high-end gear (after your headphones are burned-in). It's fun, it's educational, and you'll meet a lot of interesting people.
I run my portable Grados (Alessandro MS-1) directly out of a Sony D-EJ2000 CD player or out of my MacBook headphone jack (a cardinal sin) but I would look at the HeadAmp Pico Portable Amp or the Pico USB DAC/Amp first if I needed a portable headphone amplifier. The Pico Slim looks slick, but the larger Picos will probably sound better with an MS-Pro - note the power specifications on HeadAmp's site. Also, the DAC/Amp combo would allow you to switch sounds if you want a...
Thanks, Zuqi.   Careful headphone listening can take you different places (and times), just like you can take headphones different places. I'm moving through about three decades with mashup musician Girl Talk's latest album, All Day, for example.   What kind of system are you planning to run your MS-Pros out of? I'm running an Arcam FMJ CD36 with a Headsave Classic v3 (triple OPA627).   I'm planning to get an Oppo BDP-95 for SACD, HDCD, and Blu-Ray playback...
Good to know, nickchen. I've always preferred flat pads on my Grados.   Zuqi, it takes a while for Grado headphones to burn-in. I listen to a variety of music at regular volumes - I'm not a fan of the more exotic burn-in methods (e.g. pink noise, bassy music, loud volumes, unattended weeks of playback, etc.). It's actually kind of fun to hear the differences in the headphone's output as it changes over time - Grados, like wine, improve as they age. Sometimes the...
In terms of rock music, the word "magic" is often used to describe the Grado headphones. You simply don't hear that description used for most other manufacturers' products... there is something very special about these cans.   The MS-Pro is less fatiguing than the Grado RS-1 over long listening sessions. A lot of people go for the RS-1 because of the initial "excitement" factor of its sound, but the slightly less forward, darker sound of the MS-Pro may be easier to...
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