Okay, firstly, thank you for your help :) Just want to get the most out of them. And I guess learning is the best way!
Right, my cd player is a sony XA2ES
I am currently sitting with both headphones, comparing with a cd I know well (tina Dico with the danish national orchestra, so plenty varying sounds happening!) I will take back what I said about the 80's being better. Its more of a matter (like maddin said) of probably being used to the 80's. I think the problem I'm experiencing just now is the 325's are quite bassy, which is good, but as a result, it feels like everything is mashed together (it's lacking clarity and definition between the instruments) Could this be more to do with the cd player? It feels like it could be.
I'm sorry I'm not being very clear!
Best thing I can describe is probably her voice, it feels like the bass levels are up on her voice, so it doesn't feel rounded.
Hehe, sorry about random updates, just listed to another bit, and I definitely think the base is up too much.
Can this cause my clarity issues? If so, how can I resolve this?
Thanks again guys! :D
P.s Maddin, I love your ratty!! So cute!! :D
I tried to reply to you earlier, but the forum would not let me reply, anyway, I don't know if your Sony has a DSP mode or not, or if you are using any kind of equalizer or tone controls, if you are make sure they are flat (no increase/decrease) in frequency's. I use either a Sony CDP-701es or an Adcom GTP-400 to drive my Grado's with no such trouble.
Keep in mind that there is a big difference in the 80i and the 325is, which you very well may have to get used to, the 325is's are not as much in your face or attacking as the 80i, and also the 325is has much more of a fuller sound. I also felt this way at first, it's like the 80i reaches out and grabs you where as the 325is doe's not do this as much, but they still attack nicely IMO.
You will definitely feel the bass tighten up after a while and also the highs will tame down (at least in my experience) and once the bass tightens they will sound much clearer and the instrument's will be more separated and airy, plus don't forget your not used to the different sound stage also. With the 80i you hear every detail right in front of you, with the 325is it's a much broader range, also (IMO).
Weather or not burn in is fact or fiction (I) definitely hear that my 325is's changed with time, so give them some play time.
Do you feel you hear the same over emphasized bass through the ipod?
Grado's are very efficient to drive and should sound fine through both unit's.