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The GRADO SR-60 Impressions Thread - Page 55post #811 of 8333/18/14 at 5:57am
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After fivel years of using Grado SR60, I can't believe that there are still noteworthy changes in its sound. The changes are: (1) Bass firmed up (2) The voices become haunting and seductive. Tonality or emotion is leveled up, (3) the highs are just right for the ears, not peaky. Before my ears could not stand with the high highs of "For Once In My Life" of Michael Bubble, now my ears love it, highs are tame. I can finish now the track, before I usually press next track, now I wait till its finished. This is an accomplishment for this headphone. Also, in the beginning of every track, you will be surprised with the first word/lyric of the singer cos it has now more life in it, emotions are brought more than before. "My Funny Valentine" of Michael Bolton, his voices simply goes lower and lower, making it more emotional than before. There are more soft voices and loud voices that can be distinguished from each other, not monotone. Will there be more changes in the years to come? I am excited cos this very cheap headphone never fails to impress. Good job Grado makers!
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SR60i sounds great straight out of a Fiio X3 hi-res player. Quite a combo without breakin the bank. Add a pocket amp and then it's really rockin' with improved dynamics.post #817 of 8336/17/14 at 5:24amMe being a bass player, i like my bass a bit pronounced. Didn't expect much on the these headphones but I find the sr60i's bass to be adequate, as opposed to what most people are saying that they lack bass. Also i found out that if you cover the open back completely with the palm of your hands while listening, the bass completely disappears........ Like magic.....post #818 of 8337/9/14 at 9:24pmpost #819 of 8339/12/14 at 3:15pm
I have these things on my head right now, and I think they're one of the best purchases I have made. Help me, I've been bit by the audio bug!
I feel like writing a "Review" about them... But it'll be too subjective. Just gushing about the SR60i's.post #820 of 8339/15/14 at 11:41am
Best On-Ear for Twenty Years
The year was 1994. File sharing was all the rage. With compressed music you could carry 500 to 1000 songs in your back pocket. Mp3 disk players ment you could listen to your cd's compressed. Looking back it is hard to understand why that was applealing. Did compressing the songs not mean they would loose quality? I had been using Sony ear buds and knew there were better headphones available. At the time Attack of the Show was hosted by Patrick Norton. He did a Christmas wish list and the Grado sr60 was on the top of the list. There was a pair for sale at a hole in the wall stereo shop. These headphones became the standard that is still relivent to day. It took many twists and turns for my appretion of the sr60's develop.
Back the 80's Dead Kennedys, Sex Pistols, Black Flag, loud punk rock was new. Concert Rock by Led Zepplin, The Who, very moving and very intense. Some of the concerts were so loud your ears did not return to normal for 2-3 days. Cassette tapes meant creating mixes that you poured your heart into. The CD's and abums told a story. The ninties brought The Pixies, The Jam, Joy Division, Nirvana, great music that moved a generation. Vocals described the angst many young people felt at the time. Early technology involved speakers and powerfull amps that impressed through volume.
EDM arrived in the early 90’s. Hadrin beach became my new home. Techno was alive and well at heart pounding full moon parties. In Thailand my life would change forever. A Bungalo for 30 dollars a month. Cooking your own rice and dhal. Being drawn to the throbbing beat of electronic music. The Rave sceen was fourishing on the tropic paradise of Koh Phangan. An international community of super charged creativity. Bass was emphasised in the trance, house, and hard techno of the early 90's. LSD made the beat comfortable, breaking down the melodies and tiny nuances that an unaffected brain could not decipher. Travelling in Nepal I found the sense of spirituality that I had been craving. The book Electric Kool Aid Acid Test describes a similar journey taken by the original Pranksters. The thump was heard from the mountain top through the jungle and beautiful beaches. Unknowingly Electronic music would start the journey for textured massive bass.
Escaping this paradise becomes a matter of ambition some go home and continue with life. New technology is one benifit of capitalism. Enter the late ninties and my introduction oto this incredible headphone. As were we all obsessed with the number of songs a source could hold, mp3 players were very hip. It is scary to see how marketing can bring us to ignore how past generations had show us how music should sound. Looking back my source was crap and did not allow the Grados to shine. At first these headphones are not overly impressive. Retro cool was uncool. The cable was too long and thick for portable use. Braiding will shorten it to a reasonable length. My biggest disappointment was the squeaky cups. The mechanism holding everything together can be an issue as it is just a wire rod held in place by a plastic enclosure. The sound leakage is very noticeable as strangers will either dance to your rad music or give you evil stares. Sound isolation is non existant as the open back design lets sound in and sound out. These initial shortcomings caused me to toss this gem into a drawer for over ten years.
Discovering the Head-fi site brought the realization that these headphones provide a very surreal and enjoyable experience. There have been two revisions since I aquired my originals. The stock pads had simply degenerated into dust. Modifications have been done by many owners pequing my intrest. As many of us are on the quest to experience massive bass Grado may not be the first choice. In my quest I have found the most responsive mods. Instead of comfort pads use the larger cup cushions. This is a risk as Grado labs goes to great measures in designing the thickness and shape of their pads. John Grado personally ordered a pad for one of his top of the line cans that he was servicing from eBay, they did not have any in the factory. The owner had replaced the originals with an aftermarket pad that John did not approve of. Steal your wife’s black nylons and two black hair elastics. Cut the nylons into two circles that are bit larger than the ear cups. Use the hair elastics to secure the nylon circles over the speaker. This acts like a speaker cover softening the highs. Then wrap black electricians tape around the ear pads, hello bass. Put the pads on backwards to bring the speakers closer the ear. The original comfort pads also have the speaker very close the ear, thanks John. The original 60's have a much thinner speaker housing than both the newer revisions. Bass is improved in the i and e versions.
You can plan on spending hours of blissfull listening with the modded 60's. As they have been occasionally used off and on for twenty years they should be burnt in. Amplifying these Grados will truly be your first taste of aural nirvana that an addict remembers. The PA2V2 amps these heaphones beautifully. Make sure you use a capable source such as a real cd or at least 720k mp3s. The natural airy vocals are the strength of this headphone. Mids are so strong that they bring in both the highs and lows. It is extremely honest sounding as if the artist were in your house or even living in your brain. Highs are tamed and lows are strengthened. Niel Young, The Grateful Dead, all of the old alternative favorites sound fantastic with the Grado's. They will shape to your head perfectly and the squeaky noise will go away. The long but strong cable is still cumbersome, but braidable. Some Head-Fiers have even replaced the cable or added a plug. The bass is very textured now and does have a strong drop, however it still not the drop that would quench my thirst. The techno effect, as I call it, calls to me. Deep sub bass that is textured and strong requires a different headphone. At the price point of less than a hundo, every headphone enthusiast should own this gem. Grado sr60, the best on ear for twenty years.post #821 of 8339/15/14 at 3:21pmpost #822 of 83310/12/14 at 1:58am
I think Grado SR60 is the Best On-Ear of the century. I am wondering what will happen with SR60 on year 3000. I am assuming that it will still hold onto its crown.post #823 of 83310/12/14 at 6:02amI have Grado SR60i for almost 10 years, in 2005 my headphone journey started..Grado-Beyer-Senh-Focal-Hifiman-etc.
Due to my reference sound has changed, my SR60i has to stayed/sleep in the box since 2011.
Yesterday, I take out SR60i from box and plug in to desktop amp, warming for 1 hour...listening Peter White smoothjazz flac file....mannnn, I'm fall in love again with SR60i sound.post #824 of 83310/12/14 at 8:46am
I know what you mean. As the source improves these things respond beautifully. I have been using wav files as of late. Seems to have a more honest sound. Just listened to Quadrophenia by the Who. On my Grados through my vintage oynko with a beat up lp on a Denon turntable. We are the Mods...post #825 of 83312/1/14 at 5:48pm
Heyas folks! So I just picked up a pair of practically new SR-60 from Kijiji for a mere $60. So far I am very impressed. The previous owner used them 6 times for office use before switching to a Bluetooth headset for convenience; I am going to assume the massively thick Y-cable had something to do with it. I have no doubts on use as the pads are fresh and new with no sign of foam wear that would make it obvious to me of their age.
Anyway, for first impressions I noticed right away how bloody light and comfy they are on the head and ears. Take me back to the 1980's where this style was the norm. I am looking forward to experiencing the burn-in of these babies. After my short time with these I am kicking myself for mot jumping on the SR-80 and SR-225 a while back for not too much more than I paid for these. Ah well, a damn good introduction to the Grado sound.
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