I made up my mind and bought a Grado 325Well I’ve done it…
I bought a pair of Grado 325’s, the ones with the aluminium housings.
The serial number is 1044, I have no idea how long they’ve been at the shop where I bought them, but I got a great deal on them and these where the ones I liked and listened to for a long time.
I really tried to like the RS2 better, but I really liked the way the 325’s made listening to music fun!
I know some will comment on the sibilance of this particular model, but I guess they just match my hearing very favourable, at least partnered with the Creek OBH 21 that I’m still using.
Also the lack of bass some people complain about is just what I need, since I’m the opposite of a bass head.
I admit that with some music I like a bit more bass, but with most of the music I listen to I like the 325’s bass just fine.
The 325 as well as the RS2 and probably other Grado’s are about the only ones that make the foot tapping of the (acoustic) guitar players that I love to listen to so much, not bigger than they are in reality (the Beyerdynamic DT770 was the champion in making the foot tapping larger than live…)
One moment I really liked the big bass the Ultrasone Proline 750 could give me, but in the long haul I still preferred the more real sounding bass of the 325’s.
I hated the way the 750’s felt on my head, more precisely around my ears, and I really didn’t care for the way they looked.
What I did like about them was they’re price at the moment in Belgium, 185 Euros, that’s a great deal.
What I did like was the look of the Audio Technica ATH W1000, and they sounded really good for a closed can, at first.
After some more listening I kept noticing some sort of distortion that I couldn’t help but find that somewhat annoying.
It’s still a very fine sounding closed headphone though, and I guess the distortion I noticed is something I’m just sensitive to.
I started out wanting a closed headphone, but found that closed didn’t meant that I could not here the talking and TV around me in the same room.
I know it’s less of an annoyance than with open headphones but still…
So after time I didn’t felt the need so strong to want a closed headphone, and realised I liked an open headphone more.
Now I want to find the best possible amp for the 325’s and stop the searching and just keep enjoying using them to listen to my favourite music.
So here I am with my 325’s asking you to comment on what amplifier you think will match the best with them, remember I like to listen pretty loud so I need enough power.