Originally Posted by GlendaleViper
I don't know that dropping twice the cost of the headphones is worth it though... Can someone talk me into $550 USD for ebony deeps and gold recables?
1) It sounds like you may have already,but, if not, go peruse the Headphile pics thread. Such art-like beauty is hard to come by at the price tag put on a wood treatment by Larry - BUT the Headphile treatment is NOT just putting a prettier face on the same cans.
2) I just discoverd that the SR225, stock, as sold, are capable of SO MUCH MORE than they're usually allowed to show. So, an investment in increasing their sound in two substantive ways - a better wood enclosure (which incidentally is drop dead gorgeous) AND an audio-art cable - is going into a phone that's got the chops to give you a real return on that investment.
3) In order to bring the sound of a pair of HD580's to its current place of honor in my audio rigs, I've ended up spending twice their initial $140 cost. For a total cost of $420 I have ended up with EXACTLY what I was looking for sonically.
I've done a lot of reading on these forums, and, over the years, I've seen a lot of folks spend quite a bit more than that and, from their posts, they don't seem to have that level of contentment with what they've got. Also, it's not at all rare for folks to pay twice or more what their phones cost on a headphone amp, IC's, etc. to optimize the sound of a favorite phone. If you are sure that you love the sound of the SR225, that level of investment to take their sound to the next level is not out of line. As Tyll posted to one Head-Fier who was realizing what it might cost to get what he REALLY wanted, "There are times when that "Sorry about your wallet" stuff doesn't seem so funny anymore." But, when you're done, if you've got what you REALLY want, you'll be well ahead of many in our quest for the audio that satisfies. Again, IF you've heard enough to be confident that taking the SR225 sound to the next level IS what you really want.
4) When you think realistically about the cost (in our audio world) of the sonic benefits alone, the cost of the Headphile treatment is in line. The stunning good looks are almost thrown in as a bonus.
IF you are credibly haunted by the ghost of another audio purchase: "Gee, for that kind of money, I could almost have an RS-1", then maybe an investment in the SR225 with THAT kind of price tag is NOT what you're looking for. Or maybe there's some other persistent audio item on your "To Buy" list that this chunk of money would satisfy. Only you know enough to evaluate those options and trade-offs for yourself.
(I apologize in advance if the following sentence seems like uninvited fanboy zealotry, but, at the moment, I'm just calling it (as honestly as I can) the way I'm hearing it.)
I don't know what you're using to amp your SR225, but I'm currently being STUNNED by the improvement to their sound (relative to the amps in my sig) I'm getting with an $85 Go-Vibe V5.
But, in any case, you've GOT to at least get that cable fixed by Grado. A pair of SR225 is, truly, a TERRIBLE thing to waste.