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post #496 of 821
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Originally Posted by Pepe Silvia View Post

Omg how much it cost the mods for the 225i???? i only have the 225i and dont know how could sound a better HP like rs1 but it worth the investment? it looks absolutely gorgeous.
make me think that the 225i are a really awesome headphone if people are willing to mod the headphones like this.

This project was all about asthetics - i reach for them more now that they look so damn sexy!!
post #497 of 821

Anyone mind if I join the club as a new 225 owner? 

 

For the past few weeks I had been posting contributions (lengthy ones at times) to a discussion I started when I set out to upgrade from my SR80s by switching to AKGs.

 

To cut a long story short, my SR80's saved the day and I stayed faithful to Grado's by upgrading to the SR225i's and selling the AKGs. Admittedly I wasn't very complimentary about the 225's to begin with, but I'm now swallowing my words and loving every minute I spend with them. 

 

If anyone's interested, here's the link: http://www.head-fi.org/t/698953/grado-sr80-to-akg-k701-an-upgrade/

post #498 of 821

well i started to use since yesterday the Little Dot i+ amp and lemme tell ya that this little thing changed completely the sound of the SR225..

 

of course i changed alot of things some for recommendations others lurking around, 

 

what im testing out and i believe it will be hard to match is:

 

OPA: muses02

Tubes: Silvanyas GB408a

 

i tested before this ones  VOSHKOD 6ZH1P-EV with OPA2107 but it doesnt even come close.. if you have the chance to test it do it you wont regret it.

 

i will test RCA 6DT6 after a week or two that was suggested by gibosi a known member of LD i+ tests.

post #499 of 821
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Originally Posted by daronharvey View Post
 

Anyone mind if I join the club as a new 225 owner?

 

For the past few weeks I had been posting contributions (lengthy ones at times) to a discussion I started when I set out to upgrade from my SR80s by switching to AKGs.

 

To cut a long story short, my SR80's saved the day and I stayed faithful to Grado's by upgrading to the SR225i's and selling the AKGs. Admittedly I wasn't very complimentary about the 225's to begin with, but I'm now swallowing my words and loving every minute I spend with them.

 

If anyone's interested, here's the link: http://www.head-fi.org/t/698953/grado-sr80-to-akg-k701-an-upgrade/

Welcome to the club. Membership is cheap! Good call. I jumped right in with the 225i. Even though it is twice the investment of the 80, I think it's one of the best $200 HP's out there. And, the next logical jump IMO would be the RS1i. $100 jump vs $500 jump requires a little more thought...at least on my salary:gs1000smile:

post #500 of 821
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post
 

Welcome to the club. Membership is cheap! Good call. I jumped right in with the 225i. Even though it is twice the investment of the 80, I think it's one of the best $200 HP's out there. And, the next logical jump IMO would be the RS1i. $100 jump vs $500 jump requires a little more thought...at least on my salary:gs1000smile:


this is 999 mark!

post #501 of 821

Yeah... if only money grew on trees and I lived near a forest, then I'd have no hesitation in getting an RS1i

 

But as my maths teacher would have said:

 

Salary - (Y+Z) = X

Y = wife
Z = kids
X = heap big need to justify spending £100s on 'toys' to Y

 

Therefore:

 

home - (Y+Z) on a Saturday afternoon = :-) 

post #502 of 821
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Originally Posted by daronharvey View Post
 

Yeah... if only money grew on trees and I lived near a forest, then I'd have no hesitation in getting an RS1i

 

But as my maths teacher would have said:

 

Salary - (Y+Z) = X

Y = wife
Z = kids
X = heap big need to justify spending £100s on 'toys' to Y

 

Therefore:

 

home - (Y+Z) on a Saturday afternoon = :-) 


hear ya .....LOUD AND CLEAR.....:smile: 

post #503 of 821

Hi~ new in head-fi~ hope i can join this club

 

my 1st grado headphones is SR225i, been using it for about 1 month, and i totally love it!!! end up being a grado fan now :D  pair it with FiiO e09k, still waiting for the FiiO E17 to arrive for the DAC.

 

hope to collect more grado's headphones and of course my target is the flagship Grado PS1000~ :gs1000smile:

post #504 of 821
Welcome to the club!
post #505 of 821

Hi all

 

I've read some good things about Graham Slee amps (Novo and Solo), and other amps from Creek, Little Dot, etc. Given that the end result is a synergy of source feeding whichever headphones we use, and that the majority of us in this thread use Grado SR225's, asking you guys for your preferences and recommendations on headphones amps would be a good place to start considering my next move.

 

Here's where I am...

 

My SR225i's sound great with being fed by my Arcam CD92 into a Musical Fidelity XCans. It's not perfect, but what is? (rhetorical question!)

 

Before I consider upgrading my phones sometime in the future, for example to RS1s, it may be more beneficial to upgrade my amp first, otherwise the subtle benefits of more expensive 'phones may be lost. I could upgrade some of the components in the XCans (caps, etc) from Mike at Rock Grotto, or I could change it for an XCan v2 and perhaps even upgrade that with Rock Grotto's help. Or maybe a Graham Slee or Little Dot MkIII would be the best move?

 

What I don't have the benefit of is any experience of any headphone amp other than my XCans, so I have no idea whether spending any money in small or large amounts will yield results to my liking.

 

Anyone got any thoughts on these options, considering you're already familiar with Grado's?

post #506 of 821
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Originally Posted by daronharvey View Post
 

Anyone got any thoughts on these options, considering you're already familiar with Grado's?

Your X-Can is a good amp. V2 is arguably the best of the X-Cans.

This what I would do:

1. I would upgrade your power supply from Mike or buy a used X-PSU (the round not later square PSU).

2. Upgrade the tube in the X-Can - ask Mike what he likes.

3. Send to Mike for the Rock Grotto treatment. 

I would prefer a hot-rodded V1 or V2 X-Can to any Little Dot for Grados.

If you go LD the Little Dot 1+ is the one to buy for Grados and then you can roll lots of tubes and op-amps if you enjoy that.

The larger Little Dots are OTL designs and not as compatible with low impedance cans like Grados.

I have no experience with the Slee stuff.


Edited by parbaked - 2/5/14 at 8:18am
post #507 of 821

Thanks a lot for your reply, Parbaked.

 

Can I assume that the X-PSU is compatible with both the XCans and XCan V2? If so, that would mean that if I later decide to switch to a V2, I wont have spent unnecessarily on a better power supply for the XCans.

 

If you were in this position and was going to take this step by step, after the power supply upgrade, would you switch to a V2 and then perhaps consider Rock-Grottoing it (I think I've just invented a new word!), or would you Rock-Grotto the XCans and then consider it mission-accomplished? I think part of this question is asking whether a hot rodded XCans is better than a stock V2.

 

I'll certainly drop Mike a line to ask his thoughts, but one thing's for sure.... my wife is going to go nuts!

post #508 of 821
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Originally Posted by daronharvey View Post
 

Hi all

 

I've read some good things about Graham Slee amps (Novo and Solo), and other amps from Creek, Little Dot, etc. Given that the end result is a synergy of source feeding whichever headphones we use, and that the majority of us in this thread use Grado SR225's, asking you guys for your preferences and recommendations on headphones amps would be a good place to start considering my next move.

 

Here's where I am...

 

My SR225i's sound great with being fed by my Arcam CD92 into a Musical Fidelity XCans. It's not perfect, but what is? (rhetorical question!)

 

Before I consider upgrading my phones sometime in the future, for example to RS1s, it may be more beneficial to upgrade my amp first, otherwise the subtle benefits of more expensive 'phones may be lost. I could upgrade some of the components in the XCans (caps, etc) from Mike at Rock Grotto, or I could change it for an XCan v2 and perhaps even upgrade that with Rock Grotto's help. Or maybe a Graham Slee or Little Dot MkIII would be the best move?

 

What I don't have the benefit of is any experience of any headphone amp other than my XCans, so I have no idea whether spending any money in small or large amounts will yield results to my liking.

 

Anyone got any thoughts on these options, considering you're already familiar with Grado's?

Just for mysself, the Burson Soloist has turned my 225i's into an entirely different class of headphone.  The soundstage, imaging, overall sound puts them on-par with my MUCH more expensive headphones.  Other amps may do the same, but I have not dealt with them.

post #509 of 821
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Originally Posted by daronharvey View Post

Hi all

I've read some good things about Graham Slee amps (Novo and Solo), and other amps from Creek, Little Dot, etc. Given that the end result is a synergy of source feeding whichever headphones we use, and that the majority of us in this thread use Grado SR225's, asking you guys for your preferences and recommendations on headphones amps would be a good place to start considering my next move.

Here's where I am...

My SR225i's sound great with being fed by my Arcam CD92 into a Musical Fidelity XCans. It's not perfect, but what is? (rhetorical question!)

Before I consider upgrading my phones sometime in the future, for example to RS1s, it may be more beneficial to upgrade my amp first, otherwise the subtle benefits of more expensive 'phones may be lost. I could upgrade some of the components in the XCans (caps, etc) from Mike at Rock Grotto, or I could change it for an XCan v2 and perhaps even upgrade that with Rock Grotto's help. Or maybe a Graham Slee or Little Dot MkIII would be the best move?

What I don't have the benefit of is any experience of any headphone amp other than my XCans, so I have no idea whether spending any money in small or large amounts will yield results to my liking.

Anyone got any thoughts on these options, considering you're already familiar with Grado's?

In my experience, the little dot 1+ is a fantastic hybrid for Grados. Not to mention that rolling the op amps or tubes can totally transform the sound without breaking the bank.
post #510 of 821
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Originally Posted by daronharvey View Post
 

I'll certainly drop Mike a line to ask his thoughts, but one thing's for sure.... my wife is going to go nuts!

You'd have to ask Mike for the best options but I'd think he could mod a V1 to beat a stock V2...

As others advise, the LD1+ is a great match as well. If budget matters the LD1+ and some fun tubes is cheaper than any RG mod.

The you'd have both and can mod the X-Can later if desired....

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