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SR-125: General Opinion

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
What is your guys' general thoughts on the Grado SR-125's?? Are they the best "lower end" Grado's available? (assuming the "high end" starts w/ the 225's, which seem to be quite a step up) Also, how would you compare them to the MS-1's? You can basically get a used pair for the same price as new MS-1's, and they seem to have gotten pretty darn good reviews.

Thanks
post #2 of 27
The SR-125 are a pretty bright headphone with not enough low-end.

I much preferred the MS-1 and can't understand why anyone would purchase the SR-125 over them.

-Matt
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
alright then that pretty much clears it up. I've heard the high end on the ms-1's is much more neutral. Thanks for the help.
post #4 of 27
I haven't heard the MS-1s but personally I would take the SR-80 over the 125 any day. I found the 125 excruciatingly bright. Of all of the Grados I've heard (60-225) those are the worst IMO.

Ant
post #5 of 27
Looks like the sr-125 can use my todd flats, would no doubt benifit from the added bass and more natural highs.
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by cheechoz
Looks like the sr-125 can use my todd flats, would no doubt benifit from the added bass and more natural highs.
That's a definite possibility. I only tested them with bowls and I find the flats to be a little to much on my 225s so they may be just right on the 125s.

Then again at that point another $20 will get you the 225s so I'm not sure it is worth it.

Ant
post #7 of 27
As long as I have been on head-fi, the SR-125 has been the most universally panned model in the entire Grado lineup. I wonder if John sells many of these in the "real world."

Wouldn't it be funny if he chose to base the HF-1 on the SR-125? I wonder if Todd would have had around 150 orders within 48 hours had this been true. I know I wouldn't have ordered them.
post #8 of 27
I have the RS1 and the SR125. Yes there is no comparison between the two and it is to be expected considering they retail for $700 and $150 respectively.

However, I do not concur with you all statements. I consider the SR125 to be very nice sounding (after 150 to 200 hours of burn in). The highs do not bother me, and I can always reverse the bowls or pur the flat pads I have.

Just my $0.02
post #9 of 27
I think the SR125 sounds great. I can't deny I'm used to (and prefer) a bright frequency response, though. Aside from that, however, I think the SR125 sounds very competent and annoyingly foot-tapping-inducing.

Didn't the SR125 get a lot of praise from Stereophile, by the way? http://gradolabs.com/product_pages/sr125.htm
post #10 of 27
I finally had the opportunity to listen to the SR-125s and I'll have to say that I was expecting something bright. But when I listened to them, I thought the top end was pretty smooth. These aren't dark cans by any stretch of the imagination, but they still retain that great mid-bass impact. I liked them so much, I purchased them as a new office can. These are way underrated.
post #11 of 27
for the price of a new sr125 you could probably find a used sr225
post #12 of 27
A new SR-125 is $40 cheaper than a new SR-225, so I imagine a used SR-125 would also be about $40 cheaper than a used SR-225.
post #13 of 27
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Originally Posted by BrookR1 View Post
A new SR-125 is $40 cheaper than a new SR-225, so I imagine a used SR-125 would also be about $40 cheaper than a used SR-225.
VERY good comment.

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Originally Posted by Borat View Post
As long as I have been on head-fi, the SR-125 has been the most universally panned model in the entire Grado lineup. I wonder if John sells many of these in the "real world."
If I hadn't stumbled upon headfi I think the 125 might have been my choice (without demo). Something along these lines would have passed through my nonheadfi-head 2 years ago: "The 60 is the cheapest and thus cannot be all that good. The 80 is only a bit higher in price so I might as well reach for the 125 to get even better sound without breaking the bank and be content with that for a while". Yeah I know I'm stupid... but the 125 might not be as neglected in the "real" world as it is here.
post #14 of 27
I enjoyed the SR125. It is very underrated. Think about this, they are fairly similiar to the SR225s. The only difference is the SR225s are better matched drivers and the back is more open.
post #15 of 27
The more open back of the SR225 make a big difference in my opinion.
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