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post #2956 of 3333
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post

If you buy the 325i new...it will cost you $295 anywhere that you but it....I have never witnessed this headphone on sale....most Grados do not go on sale.

 

You can grab a nice second hand pair for around $200.


Agree, that is almost exactly what I paid for mine ($205). They look and perform just like new too so I am quite happy. I am a Grado nut but one thing I have decided and that is I will always have a 325 phone. They have the unique (to me) ability to (at times) absolutely put you right there, on the stage, with your favorite performer. I have yet to find another headphone that can do that to the same degree that these can.

post #2957 of 3333

i got Ps1000 and it sounds like 325is, almost the same sound signature imo, just more of a U shaped response on the PS1000, some might even prefer SR325is (these headphones are like 95% of the performance of the upper grados). 

 

i prefer RS1i though.

post #2958 of 3333
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

i got Ps1000 and it sounds like 325is, almost the same sound signature imo, just more of a U shaped response on the PS1000, some might even prefer SR325is (these headphones are like 95% of the performance of the upper grados). 

 

i prefer RS1i though.

 

Stop trying to make me want to buy PS1k!  ph34r.gif

Several others have already told me that only PS1k can truly replace/upgrade from SR325is!

post #2959 of 3333
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Originally Posted by Mad Max View Post

 

Stop trying to make me want to buy PS1k!  ph34r.gif

Several others have already told me that only PS1k can truly replace/upgrade from SR325is!

 

 

lol what if i told u im probably gonna return ps1k and buy rs1i?

 

i like 325is, but i feel like the ps1000 underperform, especially compared to the competition.

post #2960 of 3333
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

If you are referring to the 325is model, they are excellent headphones IMO. But from my experience they greatly benefit from the right source, as far as music source, amplification and DAC. I have three different amps, two different DAC's and two different music players (Cd, MBP), and two out of the three amps (LD1+, Magni) perform excellent with the (Modi DAC) with the 325is, where as my third amp (Adcom GFP-710) and my second DAC (Meridian 203) do not perform nearly as well with the 325is. I also have the 80i's, which will perform great with all of the sources that I have, so the 325's seem to be much more picky as to the sources, but when they have the right sources, they really shine. As to your original question " are these the best phones in their price bracket ", I"m a firm believer that the best doesn't mean much to me, I believe the best is what is best sounding to the individual., and these are the only one of the two 300$ headphones that I've ever owned, the other being the Alessandro MS2i, which was not for my personnel tastes, and at this point I would see no reason in spending more than 300$ for a headphone that performs this well, at least for me. Hope this was helpful for you if you are in doubt of the 325is, like I was myself when I had the wrong sources for them.

 

Do they play nice with SS amp like Schiit Asgard?

post #2961 of 3333
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Originally Posted by zackzack View Post

Do they play nice with SS amp like Schiit Asgard?

Yes they do. smily_headphones1.gif
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Grados will do well with most ss amps because they offer more current than tube OTL amps into lower impedance loads. Also the output impedance is low on ss amps.
post #2963 of 3333
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

 

 

lol what if i told u im probably gonna return ps1k and buy rs1i?

 

i like 325is, but i feel like the ps1000 underperform, especially compared to the competition.

 

I don't care for RS1's sound much.  I would be more surprised if PS1k was competitive with HD800, T1 and those other $1k+ headphones.  k701smile.gif

post #2964 of 3333
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Originally Posted by Mad Max View Post

 

I don't care for RS1's sound much.  I would be more surprised if PS1k was competitive with HD800, T1 and those other $1k+ headphones.  k701smile.gif

Jus curious as to which Grado  headphone do you prefer?

Also, I'm curious to why you don't care for the RS1i  (I've never heard them) but I've read some comments about the mid-range being much more recessed than the SR models, (which I don't think I would care for to much myself, but like I said I've never heard them, but most comments on the RS1i give great replies. I was tempted to purchase them myself once, but then once I amped my 325's correctly and reading about the recessed mid-range as compared to the SR models, I quickly forgot about it.

post #2965 of 3333

the mids on the  RS1i are anything but recessed. more forward than any headphone i own imo.

 

anyways umm i'm starting to like the ps1000 more, seems like they really do need a long time to burn in- today i didn't find them as grainy and not as fatiguing as before, will keep listening.

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Are the 325's good for heavy metal and rockn roll. New and old rockn roll ??
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Yes, along with many other genres. They do need a good amp, like the LD1+, and I like the Schiit Magni/Modi combo also.

post #2968 of 3333
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

Yes, along with many other genres. They do need a good amp, like the LD1+, and I like the Schiit Magni/Modi combo also.

 

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They're highly efficient and sound great straight out of a portable source.  And yes - I owned them.  In my own experience I honestly don't think extra amping added anything except volume.  A hybrid tube added a little harmonic warmth (which was nice) - but IMO the last thing they actually need is extra amping ........

post #2969 of 3333
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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post

 

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They're highly efficient and sound great straight out of a portable source.  And yes - I owned them.  In my own experience I honestly don't think extra amping added anything except volume.  A hybrid tube added a little harmonic warmth (which was nice) - but IMO the last thing they actually need is extra amping ........

In my experience with the 325is, going from an Adcom GFP-710/ Meridian-203DAC, to the LD1+ or the Magni, both using the Modi, there was a huge difference in detail, clarity, tighter bass and wider sound stage, especially the detail.

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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

In my experience with the 325is, going from an Adcom GFP-710/ Meridian-203DAC, to the LD1+ or the Magni, both using the Modi, there was a huge difference in detail, clarity, tighter bass and wider sound stage, especially the detail.

 

Guess we must have far different experiences then.  Going from an iPhone 4 (very low impedance and pretty linear) to:

 - Arrow 4G

 - Porta-Tube (this added some really nice warmth when I had it)

 - NFB-12

 - NFB-12 + LD MKIV

 

Differences were very minimal when volume matched, and main change was colouration (in the tube set-ups).

 

Maybe my ears are shot beerchug.gif

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