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post #346 of 438

My combination of E0( and E0& is sounding very nice. The E07 on its own sounded just fine too. Is the E17 very similar to the E17?

By the way, the L pads are about £23 in the UK...worth it?

post #347 of 438
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Originally Posted by Bytor123 View Post

My combination of E0( and E0& is sounding very nice. The E07 on its own sounded just fine too. Is the E17 very similar to the E17?
By the way, the L pads are about £23 in the UK...worth it?

The L Cush pads are definitely worth it! The most essential 'mod' you can do to a low-end Grado. I've tried a few Grados now: MS1i, 225i, 325i & RS2, and putting the L Cush pads on my MS1i was a bigger upgrade than moving from there to any of the other higher-end models.

(Edit to say the Alessandro MS1i is roughly equivalent to an SR80i, in case you were wondering)
Edited by sinnottj - 11/13/13 at 2:01pm
post #348 of 438

L-cush improves sound remarkably. Sound opens and overall balance smoothens up.

On other hand, one might say that sound gets lighter. So it´s up to you if you like more neutral, or ´bit bass heavy and in your face type of sound.

I love my 125:s with L-cushions, but my wife likes much more alessandros with soft pads.

I´m mixing engineer, she just likes music :o2smile:

post #349 of 438

Thanks for that - is it a silly question as to why they don't come with those pads as stock then...or is it a case of the L pads being 'preference' as opposed to 'better'?

By the way, got a case for the SR80s delivered today...chunky black thing, but nice 'Grado' logo on the front...worth the £23 I think.

post #350 of 438
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Originally Posted by Bytor123 View Post
 

Thanks for that - is it a silly question as to why they don't come with those pads as stock then...or is it a case of the L pads being 'preference' as opposed to 'better'?

By the way, got a case for the SR80s delivered today...chunky black thing, but nice 'Grado' logo on the front...worth the £23 I think.

 

I think the S-Cushion pads give a more 'consumer-friendly' sound to the lower-end models, and helps differentiate them a bit more from the more hifi sound of the 225i and upwards.

post #351 of 438

I know the 80's used to come with the (L) cushions stock. I don't when they started coming with the (S) cushions. Also I'm pretty sure most people may prefer the (L) cushion, and Grado makes some more money.

post #352 of 438
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Originally Posted by Bytor123 View Post
 

Thanks for that - is it a silly question as to why they don't come with those pads as stock then...or is it a case of the L pads being 'preference' as opposed to 'better'?

By the way, got a case for the SR80s delivered today...chunky black thing, but nice 'Grado' logo on the front...worth the £23 I think.

I think they may come with the s-cushions as stock to help keep the price down....and for $99 they are a spectacular buy.

post #353 of 438
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I think they may come with the s-cushions as stock to help keep the price down....and for $99 they are a spectacular buy.

 

The cost can't be that much different, if at all, on the L vs S cushions, could it?

post #354 of 438
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The cost can't be that much different, if at all, on the L vs S cushions, could it?

Well, I think if you buy the S-cushion...they cost $10

 

If you buy the L-cushion...they cost $20

post #355 of 438
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Well, I think if you buy the S-cushion...they cost $10

 

If you buy the L-cushion...they cost $20

 

I just mean material-wise.  I mean, there's even less of it on the L's.

post #356 of 438

Just got the SR80i and it sounds amazing with trash, metal, doom, death metal right from the box.

Unamped on my macbook it sounds great but plugged in to my hifi setup of TagMclaren amp and Arcam cd they really shine.

The ATH-M50 I also own is no match for the SR80i´s.

The Grado´s have much more detail and more open and controlled sound, they just sound much better.

post #357 of 438

Sounds good, enjoy them!

post #358 of 438

I surely will, looking forward to go trough my old record collection :)

post #359 of 438
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I surely will, looking forward to go trough my old record collection :)

 

That's what I did when I first got my pair over two years ago...the 80s will always be my most important headphone....if not for it, I would have never really discovered my love for this side of the hobby. 

post #360 of 438
SR80i was my gateway drug into full-on Grado addiction, love 'em. smily_headphones1.gif

I now have the 325is, which I love even more, and iGi, but I still have the 80’s for iPad use, great for Netflix, games, etc. The 80s have a soft spot in my heart, almost sold them but couldn't follow through, glad I didn't.
Edited by TubeStack - 1/29/14 at 6:44am
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