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post #556 of 867
I think this thread deserves a resurrection.

Anyway, found myself totally ditching my IEMs and other portable cans in favor of the SR60s. I initially hated the SR60s as portable cans since I thought they leaked too much sound in. Well, been using them as portables for 2 weeks now and found them to be a blast.

I think as long as I don't have to ride the bus or subway, the SR60s make great portable cans.
post #557 of 867
The SR-60 in many ways is single handedly responsible for the incredibly growth in this hobby in the 90's.

For a meer $60 you could give anyone with an interest an audio a glimpse of the high-fi world, and many, many chose to stick around and see more sights.

We all owe a lot to Grado, and these phones in particular.
post #558 of 867
I have them, and for the first time I heard, without having to specifically listen for it, the bassoon solo on the last movement of Dvorak's new World Symphony. This makes me very happy, as I play the bassoon, and stressed a bit to play the solo (not that hard, but still a little stressful)
post #559 of 867
Well, I couldn't rightly join this forum without giving due credit to these headphones for introducing me to what's possible out there in terms of quality sound at a low cost.
No, they are not perfect but they are probably more responsible for my membership here than any other factor.
Now...where to next?
post #560 of 867
AHHH! I can't wait to try these out .. I'm ordering some this weekend
post #561 of 867
Ugh, in contrary with all the poster here, I really dont like my SR-60.
The absent of soundstage makes the song totally strange to my ears. Plus the pad is so harsh, and now Im using HD414 pad.
But I like the detail sound it produces and the bass is tight as well, although lacks punch.
In the end I returned to use my PX100.
post #562 of 867
I mostly use my MS2i nowadays, but I am finishing my Alien DAC/Cmoy setup for my PowerBook G4 and so I reckoned my office headphone (SR-60) needed a bit of attention as well... so I modded them

Here they are with a new cable and new screens (buttonless):


still sound great (couldn't directly compare to stock of course) but look a lot better as well I think...
post #563 of 867
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Originally Posted by jacdan View Post
I own a pair of 225s along with the flat pads and always find myself sticking to that combo no matter what the source. I'm going to ditch a pair of HD 595s I just bought because of the problems it has with deep bass which the 225s handle just fine without clipping as the 595s do. Now the question is this, would it be worth my while to get a pair of SR-60s considering that I enjoy my 225s?
You will find that you will be missing parts of the songs. At least that is how it is with my 80's. I always feel like something is missing. I think it is mostly air and detail. The 225's have so much more air than the 80's and that also has some of the detail in with it. Other than that I enjoy my 80's at work a lot. It just takes getiing used to the difference.
post #564 of 867
Quote:
Originally Posted by jacdan View Post
I own a pair of 225s along with the flat pads and always find myself sticking to that combo no matter what the source. I'm going to ditch a pair of HD 595s I just bought because of the problems it has with deep bass which the 225s handle just fine without clipping as the 595s do. Now the question is this, would it be worth my while to get a pair of SR-60s considering that I enjoy my 225s?
You will find that you will be missing parts of the songs. At least that is how it is with my 80's. I always feel like something is missing. I think it is mostly air and detail. The 225's have so much more air than the 80's and that also has some of the detail in with it. Other than that I enjoy my 80's at work a lot. It just takes getting used to the difference.
post #565 of 867
HI all i've a problem i don't now what to buy, the sr 60 or the sr-80 ?

i will use with my ipod nano and with the home system, i've read that the rs-80 has more respons on bass, wich is better for me ?
post #566 of 867
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Originally Posted by nacot View Post
wich is better for me ?
... well, hard to tell really, we don't even know whether you like bass

post some music genres/bands you like, specific gear (amp with nano? what home gear? going to get an amp?) and whether you want to get bowls or other pads anyhow, whether you think a 4-cable conductor is worth extra money, whether you would have to pay much more for the 80 than for the 60 (in the EU for example, the price is quite different),...

you get the picture: the more details you provide, the better ppl will be able to advise you
post #567 of 867
yes i like bass , i've not an amp with the nano and at home i've a panasonic cd player and an old jvc amp ja-s11g,
i like placebo, bjork, belle e sebastian, aphex twin, jamie cullum, mika, classical music

maybe i want to get the 414 pads

i don't now if a 4-cable conductor is worth extra money...

and the cost is: sr-60 103 euro, sr-80 121 euro


maybe i've to order the alessandro ms1 99$ = 70 euro + 20 euro custom tax 90 euro ,but the shipment is so long in some cases.. and the bass maybe is not so strong
help me
post #568 of 867
Quote:
Originally Posted by nacot View Post
yes i like bass , i've not an amp with the nano and at home i've a panasonic cd player and an old jvc amp ja-s11g,
i like placebo, bjork, belle e sebastian, aphex twin, jamie cullum, mika, classical music

maybe i want to get the 414 pads

i don't now if a 4-cable conductor is worth extra money...

and the cost is: sr-60 103 euro, sr-80 121 euro


maybe i've to order the alessandro ms1 99$ = 70 euro + 20 euro custom tax 90 euro ,but the shipment is so long in some cases.. and the bass maybe is not so strong
help me
when properly amped the bass is SR-80>SR-60>MS1, but none of the grado/alessandro line is a real bass-heavy phone compared to other brands

I asked about the pads because if you are sure you want to try bowls, you should add the cost of bowls to the SR-60 (and MS1) as they come with comfies. On the other hand, if you're sure you won't be using bowls, that's one reason less to pay more for the SR-80.

the alessandros (MS1) is said to be more suited to a broader range of music (like you seem to enjoy) and comparing my SR-60 to the MS2i that is quite true (I would never use my SR-60 for classisal for instance)

If you are wondering about the shipping time of the alessandros, just sent them an email. I did when considering the MS2i, which were said to be on backorder at the time, and they gave me an (correctly) estimated shipping time... and Belgian customs charged me only €10 for the $299 MS2i

Best thing is to try the headphones for yourself... which can be hard, I know. But there might be a grado dealer nearby (there even is one in Belgium) so you can try at least both grados... if they are to upfront and in-your-face or bass-lean already, forget about the MS1 as well
post #569 of 867
Just ordered a pair of SR-60's myself. Haven't arrived yet, but I'm eager to listen to them. After several years of hard use, my beloved Sennheiser PX100's are dying (short in the plug). Rather than replacing them with another set, I thought I'd give the SR-60's a try as my office set of headphones. I wanted something relatively inexpensive that was both open and didn't need a dedicated amplifier. The SR-60's are so universally praised, I want to hear what all the fuss is about.

My first pair of Grado's as well!
post #570 of 867
Well, my second pair of SR-60s arrived today. They certainly sound different than I remember! They sound uh... well... they sound pretty damn bright actually. Brighter than I remember. Perhaps this is just a perceptual effect from using only HD650s for so long. Or perhaps it was always like that and I didn't notice until I got my HD650s?

Well, they sound good at any rate, but I'll have to learn to like them all over again. They're kind of giving me a headache at the moment. They sound good on songs that are darkly mixed to begin with, but on normally or brightly mixed songs, they are nearly unlistenable.

Something that is bugging me... because of the brightness, I feel as though I can't reach an "acceptable" listening volume. They also lack "body" compared to my HD650s... I'm definitely noticing the "Music Injection Effect" here... on the other hand, they can keep my attention more easily while sitting at the computer, which is why I got them in the first place.

Also, and most importantly, I find these to sound subjectively superior to the SR225s. The 225s had a definite chalky coloration that I did not like at all. The SR-60s are very bright but they still manage to sound natural - there are no chalky highs to be found here.
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