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post #2566 of 3334

they're amazing with jazz, one of my fav headphones for that.

post #2567 of 3334
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they're amazing with jazz, one of my fav headphones for that.

x2! That's exactly what they are good at. 

post #2568 of 3334
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they're amazing with jazz, one of my fav headphones for that.

x2! That's exactly what they are good at. 

Yup, I listen to a lot of jazz on mine, also fusion and prog rock.  They pop.

post #2569 of 3334
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they're amazing with jazz, one of my fav headphones for that.

 

Excellent!

Any comments on the RS-2i for Jazz?

post #2570 of 3334
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Excellent!

Any comments on the RS-2i for Jazz?

I think it is the same. RS-2i are great for jazz too. Just with a more soft woody tone/timber and not as edgy and punchy as the 325i. 

post #2571 of 3334
I have had mine for a month. I don't think I'll buy another pair of phones, this is it.
 
I've tried them with 70s funk, lounge, trip hop, and jazz. I like them with all genres.
 
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post #2572 of 3334
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I think it is the same. RS-2i are great for jazz too. Just with a more soft woody tone/timber and not as edgy and punchy as the 325i. 

 

Thanks, that's the sound I am looking for!

post #2573 of 3334

Can someone tell me how they got their buttons on the sides of the headphones off? I've read that you can use a boil method but can anyone give me more details on how to do this? I have a feeling that water + headphones don't really make a good combination if I mess up. I've also read something about using a hairdryer but can someone speak more on the subjects? 

post #2574 of 3334

Ah...finally stumbled upon this group. :-)

 

(For the record: Grado SR 325is, #5255)

 

These are my first "high-end" headphones in quite a few years. My last setup was a pair of Signet TK33 electrets, and a pair of a-t ATH-7s (if I recall correctly). Wonderful 'phones, but both started giving fits at the ten-year mark. (Plus, for some reason I couldn't get replacement earpads for either any longer). Given my living situation for a while, getting replacement cans wasn't a priority, so I went for quite some time without anything.

 

Fast-forward to one year ago: new (tiny) living space, and a reconstituted hi-fi (gave ex-GF major portions of our shared 'fi as a goodwill gesture). Decided I finally wanted some serious cans again, but rather than reach for the stars again, I aimed for something that ostensibly got me 90% of the way there for about 40--60% of the cost, which was in keeping with my current hi-fi setup. Remembered Grado's very first 'phones from my days in high-end retail, and really, really liked the idea of something truly plug-n-play simple for a change. Listened to examples from the usual suspects (BeyerD, AKG, Senn, Denon et al). Liked most of them a lot, but I kept coming back to the Grados. Everything from the 225's to the RS1 and 2. The 325is hit the bang-for-the-buck bullseye to my ears (and wallet). (the only other cans I've bothered to buy since these are Sennheiser HD25-1 Mk IIs for my iPod classic. True headphone heaven. at home or away. :-)

 

 

- Barrett

 


Edited by amateriat - 9/18/12 at 5:18pm
post #2575 of 3334
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Ah...finally stumbled upon this group. :-)

 

(For the record: Grado SR 325is, #5255)

 

These are my first "high-end" headphones in quite a few years. My last setup was a pair of Signet TK33 electrets, and a pair of a-t ATH-7s (if I recall correctly). Wonderful 'phones, but both started giving fits at the ten-year mark. (Plus, for some reason I couldn't get replacement earpads for either any longer). Given my living situation for a while, getting replacement cans wasn't a priority, so I went for quite some time without anything.

 

Fast-forward to one year ago: new (tiny) living space, and a reconstituted hi-fi (gave ex-GF major portions of our shared 'fi as a goodwill gesture). Decided I finally wanted some serious cans again, but rather than reach for the stars again, I aimed for something that ostensibly got me 90% of the way there for about 40--60% of the cost, which was in keeping with my current hi-fi setup. Remembered Grado's very first 'phones from my days in high-end retail, and really, really liked the idea of something truly plug-n-play simple for a change. Listened to examples from the usual suspects (BeyerD, AKG, Senn, Denon et al). Liked most of them a lot, but I kept coming back to the Grados. Everything from the 225's to the RS1 and 2. The 325is hit the bang-for-the-buck bullseye to my ears (and wallet). (the only other cans I've bothered to buy since these are Sennheiser HD25-1 Mk IIs for my iPod classic. True headphone heaven. at home or away. :-)

 

 

- Barrett

 

 

 

Hey, I have a pair of TK-33s, I think they sound rather bland. What did you drive yours with?

post #2576 of 3334

325i #2683 checking in!

 

I absolutely love these, my other regular headphones are AKG Q701 in Gods' own color, chartreuse.  ;)

 

I actually just picked them up today, it was a spur of the moment kind of thing, I'm glad I did!

I didn't get an adapter for my iPhone however, so I'm thinking about having them properly recabled with something pretty and a 3.5mm plug.

post #2577 of 3334

Chartreuse?

Real men don't say chartreuse! very_evil_smiley.gif

 

BTW, welcome to Head Fi! Keep those 325 impressions coming!

 

Now you owe us a 325 - 701 comparison, LOL! biggrin.gif


Edited by Chris J - 9/18/12 at 6:35pm
post #2578 of 3334
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Hey, I have a pair of TK-33s, I think they sound rather bland. What did you drive yours with?

 

Chris, let's just say you're lucky I can remember that far back...!

 

First amp - briefly - was a Yamaha A-1 integrated. Incredibly sweet-sounding (also incredibly-subjective verbiage here, but please bear with me), but the damned thing had a bad habit of tripping its overload circuits for whatever reason. Moved on later to an Apt Holman (preamp...yes, designed by the same Thomas Holman who later became the "T" and "H" in THX), and Apt 1 (power) combo. almost as sweet as the Yamaha, but a hell of a lot more reliable. I was once led to believe that electrets, like electrostatics, needed humongous watts to come anywhere near their potential, but I strongly feel it's a matter of quality first, followed by a good amperage swing, which is entirely different from wattage, which in the worst cases can amount to so many empty calories.. (To reluctantly dive into an automotive analogy, it's like talking horsepower all day without mentioning torque curves.)

 

The beauty of playing with audio components right now is that there's not only interesting new stuff around, but a lot of good old stuff you can buy for the proverbial pennies on the dollar, if you know where to look. (I was going to suggest seeking out the "high-end" but technologically-incorrect-for-the-time brands like Pioneer's Series 20, but it appears the Vintage-Audio Posse has already discovered it, and jacked prices appropriately skyward.) There are lots of great amplification options out there for those signets, and you need not go broke in the process of trying them out.

 

 

- Barrett

post #2579 of 3334
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Chartreuse?

Real men don't say chartreuse! very_evil_smiley.gif

 

BTW, welcome to Head Fi! Keep those 325 impressions coming!

 

Now you owe us a 325 - 701 comparison, LOL! biggrin.gif

Haha, I'll come up with a witty remark about the chartreuse after I'm finished with my quiche!

 

There's a lot to say about my initial comparison of the 325-701, although I'm by no means experienced enough to phrase it properly (as I learned on another site).

 

I was introduced to the phrase 'energetic' in regards to headphones, and that describes them quite well in comparison.  I absolutely LOVE and adore my 701s but the experience of listening to music through each is completely different.  The 701s are very clinical and allow me to immerse myself in the mix and listen and really discern what's going on with each individual track whereas the 325s promote a much more involved listening experience where the tracks may be much less separated from each other but instead are more interactive and compromise a more complete 'whole' piece of music. 

 

The highs (to my stage musician addled ears) are pretty comparable with the edge going to the 325s in brilliance, the mids seem much more pronounced and immediate (I actually scooped my EQ a bit, something I haven't done in YEARS) and the 325s have a much more impacting bottom end.  I don't know that I would use the word 'boomy' (because it's not at all unpleasant) but the 701s have a much sharper and defined bass note that hits and falls off quickly with the 325s having a similarly sharp initial bass hit with the note blooming into the next.

 

I totally dig 'em, they definitely lend themselves to a particular listening style, but that's the beauty of music, anyway.  I saw a quote in another thread somewhere that (paraphrased) states that 'most people merely listen to music, audiophiles listen for the [i]flaws[/i] in musical recordings', and with that in mind, the 701s are definitely the ones for finding the flaws.

 

I explained it to a friend last night as 'The 701s are an electron microscope in a bio lab somewhere and the 325s are a good set of binoculars looking into a hot girls' bedroom across the street'.

 

On another note; anyone know someone in the Boston area to recable these?  I'm not going to attempt it myself and would like a pretty, braided cable and all that.

post #2580 of 3334

I have the SR325is on the way! But as I'm reading some of the 225 vs 325 posts, I'm a little concerned with the harsh highs. The Q701 seemed to get better over time.. although I was bit of a skeptic of burn-in, I believe the SQ has improved over the past week by comparing with another set of headphones. Anyway, I have the E17 and not afraid to EQ a bit - but one of the things I really liked about the 325 is the sense of realism of instruments and vocals (jazz/live  genre). Should I be prepared to be disappointed early on or will they also benefit from use over time? Of course I'm hoping I'll enjoy them right out of the box :) thanks. 

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