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Test #4 centered around the SR 125i, which is the first can I tested that comes stock with the S Cush pads.  It is also worth noting that the ear pad mounting collar is (understandably) less deep that its upline G cush brethren. The music source was “The Band” Japanese SHM-SACD played on a Marantz SA 8004 SACD deck feeding a Burson Soloist headphone amp.   The same order of testing was used, starting with the SP and ending with the DFP.   The OFP provided a great deal...
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Test #3 moved to analog and the SR 325e.  The music source was the MoFi “Legend” album by Poco presented through a Rega RP-3 turntable with the Elys 2 cartridge, Vincent PHO-8 phono pre-amp and Burson HA-160 headphone amp.   The same order of testing was used, starting with the SP and ending with the DFP.  Once again the results were similar to the earlier tests.   The OFP provided a great deal more bass and reduced the treble.  It also produced a muddy sound on the...
Have a great meet!    I won't be in the neighborhood this time around, but will be at the San Francisco meet two weeks later.
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Preliminary preview of upcoming test: Using same same equipment and disc as used in test #2, but with the SR-125i, the DFP offer the largest (and best) sound stage and best overall sound.  It takes the 125i up significantly from stock--although probably not quite to the level of the a stock SR-225 (at least for most).
Test #2 was conducted by playing the Rhino HDCD “The Very Best of Grateful Dead” fed into an Alessandro MS-2i by way of an Oppo BDP-83SE and Cavalli Liquid Carbon headphone amp.  Perhaps it is due at least in part to increased experience, but I found it easier to trade out the various pads on the MS-2i than on the RS-2i.   Once again I began with the SP.   As before, the OFP was second to be tested.  For the most part the results were very similar to those with the...
Adorama has the Ultrasone PRO 900i for $260--apparently through this link only:   http://www.adorama.com/ULPRO900.html?emailprice=t
First Listen & Initial Impressions   I have heard many Grado (and Alessandro) models over the years.  However, in each case it was always with the stock ear pads that came with that particular model.  So this is my first go with alternative ear pads within the greater Grado family.   I began with the Grado RS-2i plugged directly into an Onkyo C-S5VL SACD deck.  My test disc for the evening was the recently released Santana III MoFi SACD, played in its entirely with...
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