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post #481 of 866
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Originally Posted by that_aznpride101
the SR 60s just came in today! and i'm loving it!!!

i never knew they could sound so good!

i haven't listened to it much, but they're great with techno, and rock. i'm listening to my mp3s right now, and i'm picking up alot more detail that i've missed before. it's like an entirely new experience for me! the bass is much more compact, and deeper than the hd-590. as for new age, they're okay, kinda make them a little too bright, but i guess that's where the Senns shine. then again, this is just my opinion. either way, this is a great buy!

Are you using them mostly with the amp or without? How big is the difference for you with or without ampage?
post #482 of 866
Its funny cause the SR60s have made me appreciate my HD595s that much more
post #483 of 866
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Originally Posted by leng jai
Its funny cause the SR60s have made me appreciate my HD595s that much more
Then you should probably go post in the 'HD595 appreciation thread', right? Or if an HD595 appreciation thread doesn't exist, maybe you can create one? Just a thought...


At any rate:

I love my SR-60s so much that I bought a pair of TTVJ flat pads for them. $30 pads on a $60 pair of headphones! They sound great and I have used them a lot with my 'work rig'. I recently scored a pair of SR-225s for my work rig to replace the SR-60s, but I love the SR-60s so much that I will probably end up keeping them, 'just because'. IMHO they offer one of the best value vs performance in the headphone world (a couple of other phones that come to mind in that category is the KSC-75s and AKG K81 DJs). Still to this day, among all of the headphones I own (or have owned), I am still blown away at just how good the SR-60s sound at such a relatively low price point.
post #484 of 866
when I was using those, I was using them with PA2V2. they sound okay when they're not amped as well.
post #485 of 866
After moving a couple of times and having a baby at the same time, I haven't used my Grado's for some time. But now my office at home is ready, with my SR60's attached to a Sony CD-player and I was blown away again! Thumbs up for these Grado's!!
post #486 of 866
Totally dig the SR-60!

The liquid mid-range is to die for and the fact that you can get so much for so little just plain re-defines head-fi [oh well at least for me ].

As for the apparent comfort [or lack thereof] problem, I don't have any issues whatsoever. In fact I find the SR60 to be one of the most comfortable pair of cans. It's extrememly light weight and supra-aural design that don't toast your ears like circumaural and closed back designs do.

I have one annoying problem with these cans though.

I find the highs on them too shrill at times, especially on Miles trumpet passages for example. Absolutely annoying and downright painful at times.

Really ruins it for me, on what could almost be the perfect sound on a budget.

Is there anyway to tame those shrill highs, and possibly give the bottom end more weight - i.e. making it more lush and warm sounding yet retaining the details and that to-die-for liquid mid-range - like infusing the Grado and Senn sound signatures together.

Now that would be the perfect pair of headphones in a not-so-perfect world.
post #487 of 866
Don't worry, you'll get used to it, and in time, you'll wonder how you ever liked such an unrealistically dark sound. The real world is extremely bright, and brightness is an inherent part of the Grado sound. Don't fight it!

Personally, I have always found them to be quite warm. (And cool, at the same time.)
post #488 of 866
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Originally Posted by theobservatory.
I have one annoying problem with these cans though.

I find the highs on them too shrill at times, especially on Miles trumpet passages for example. Absolutely annoying and downright painful at times.

Really ruins it for me, on what could almost be the perfect sound on a budget.

Is there anyway to tame those shrill highs, and possibly give the bottom end more weight - i.e. making it more lush and warm sounding yet retaining the details and that to-die-for liquid mid-range - like infusing the Grado and Senn sound signatures together.

Now that would be the perfect pair of headphones in a not-so-perfect world.

What kind of amp or dac are you using, theobservatory?
post #489 of 866
Is "getting used to" something downright painful really a good idea? That sounds pretty close to "sustaining permanent damage" to me...

Surely our ears all have different sensitivities, and what some can adjust to others may be hurt by. I think theobservatory. should trust his own to know when too much is too much.

Just a couple pennies from an admitted Grado virgin (thinking of going all the way)...
post #490 of 866
I appreciate my new Grado SR60's, so it logically follows I must say so in the Grado SR60 Appreciation Thread. As I said in another thread, these things rock hard. Frank Zappa's "Peaches In Regalia" has never sounded better. I can't wait to see how these things perform through a Headfive.
post #491 of 866
I'm using them straight out of my iMac G5's headphone jack, granted its not the most sophisticated audio route, but its simple and gets the job done.

I'm on my way to getting a higher end pair of cans [K601] and deciding on an amp and DAC [probably the Firestone series], but till then the SR60's have been entertaining me pretty well, save for the problem I have with the shrill highs.

I might just mod it tho. In another thread, I was talking about improving the PX100, and someone suggested Lisa's Senn HD414 pad mod.

I might wanna try that with the SR60 as well, to see if I can tame those shrill highs and possibly beef up the lower end. Whatchyall think? Anyone tried this mod before?

FWIW, I've tried the SR80 and RS1 before, both with the bowl pads, and the shrill high problem was even worse - way worse. I couldn't stand listening to them. I guess its the way the bowl pads don't cover my ears completely and rest uncomfortably. The sound was kinda tinny to be frank.

I reckon the secret to the SR60's success - at least for me - is the comfy pads. They tame those highs, which would otherwise rear the ugly head with the bowls. The pads don't eradicate the problem entirely, but they do help to an extent. I'm hoping the HD414 pads would do better.
post #492 of 866
You know, if the highs are that bothersome to you, I don't think Grados are the cans for you. You shouldn't buy pair of headphones that are known for being bright, only to try to tame and "fix" the brightness later on.

Just my thoughts.
post #493 of 866
I hadn't listened extensively with my SR60 for quite some time (more than a year?). I've given them some ear time this week and it's been fun. Definitely fun is not proportional to money spent. I discovered the SR60 before I joined Head-Fi when I read a review on ign.com. The review had a link to Headroom and I ordered from them.

I found the SR60 to mate well with my Porta Corda MkII. The bass is pretty slamming with this combo. I wonder how the Corda HA-2 MkII sound.

I find the bowls more comfortable than the comfort pads. Go figure since my ears couldn't handle the other pad types when I first joined Head-Fi. I have the other pad options so maybe I should try them.
post #494 of 866
Yes I've been tampering with an idea of an amp. Maybe a cmoy or something affordable. But I'm not too sure what kinda amp would work to tame the highs and beef up the lower end while retaining the golden mid-range.

As for PiccoloNamek's remark, yes very often I think to myself that maybe Grado's aren't for me after all. But the thing is I still love the sound [and I totally dig the old-school look ], in all it's liquid,organic goodness.

The problem with 'shrill highs' it's just a small niggling problem that ruins an otherwise good and almost perfect pair of cans.

My point is that, the chances of finding a perfect pair of cans is near impossible, but it is definitely possible to get something close to that ideal.

The SR60 is that close ideal. And by rectifying that small problem with shrill highs, I'd be that close to a perfect set of cans.
post #495 of 866
The long awaited SR60 smile has arrived:



Is there a way we can add this to the official smiely list? I just took the regular RS-1 smiley and made it black+antennas

^having an amp is very useful, even if it is a little CMOY.
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