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post #16 of 30
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Originally Posted by Chris_Himself View Post
youre signature is so funny and yes i use that album as a reference for my headphones.
Me too Both the sacd and vinyl

It is a paradox. Most inexpensive amps are highly colored, and expensive amps are.. expensive (portable ones). My suggestion is work your way up to the 225. getting an amp may satisfy your burning wallet but getting the 225's will satisfy your ear's thirst.

Unless you have a horrendous source like an ipod, then an amp for the 225's are honest just added flavoring, nothing else.

People will disagree with me, but look honestly into it, for a grado user, does it really matter until you get up to the rs2/1 range? Most likely not. Save your money for grados or other headphones. And when you do get an amp, make it a good one, xin, meier, rsa, headroom, etc.
post #17 of 30

The delicious dilemma!

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Originally Posted by bebanovich View Post
No matter what order you upgrade, you always are going to want to add the next piece of equipment. You could go for the 225 now and enjoy them without an amp. When you get a decent amp, they will sound even better.

It's all a vicious and wonderful cycle. If you get the amp now, your 60s will sound better and you can look forward to the 225s.

The mSeed Spirit is a great little amp - sweet and clean. I'm loving mine despite the quirky mode for connecting an external power supply. The other one I looked at seriously was the Porta Corda MKIII @ $160. The sound signature didn't seem like my cup o' tea but it's supposed to be a terrific amp.
Firstly, if you go down the amp route at this stage then I would consider the mSEED LABS Spirit as well. Real bang for your buck. Furthermore don't feel that being a junior poster on head-fi somehow stops your ears working properly . I have been a head-fi member since 2004 and my first posts have been this week.

I would take the junk in - junk out addage on this and take the view that if you start with good SQ, lossless or high bit rate compressed material then everything else can follow on. If your Zune is delivering a clean output and is capable of driving the headphones you use currently then there is an argument to say don't bother with an amp at this stage. If you then upgrade the headphones there is a risk that they will not be driven properly and could also expose the limitations of your source material.

It is generally fair to say that adding an amp into this chain may add colour only (a question then of taste) or you may suddenly find you are driving your current Grado's properly and they realise their full potential. Sometimes colour can be introduced to your system to bring balance while maintaining sound quality, a subtle form of EQ.

I would also take on board the valuable comments from Onizuka-gto regarding 'training' your listening instruments (ears) to ascertain whether you are hearing differences in colour or real differences in quality. One thing is for sure....this delicious dilemma is likely to last as many people here will testify to, as will their bank accounts

Have fun.
post #18 of 30
I meant 'adage' not 'addage', sorry.
post #19 of 30
There's an edit function. :P

And, I somewhat disagree. People told me amping my E4C's wouldn't help, but it really did. I get a _much_ cleaner sound out of my X5 now, and everything just sounds better. It was definitely worth it.
post #20 of 30
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Originally Posted by OverlordXenu View Post
There's an edit function. :P

And, I somewhat disagree. People told me amping my E4C's wouldn't help, but it really did. I get a _much_ cleaner sound out of my X5 now, and everything just sounds better. It was definitely worth it.
Thanks for edit tip.

I would say definitely go for an amp but make sure the system has some balance, both in audio and cost terms.
post #21 of 30
Thread Starter 
"Hello Chris,

It's good to hear from you! Thank you for being
interested in the Pocket Amp 2 - Version 2. I am very honored
that you would consider the PA2V2 as a first amp to help your SR
60s reach their full potential.

Wow, the PA2V2 makes a very exciting match with Grado
headphones! With your SR 60s plugged into the amp you would hear
deeper, more powerful bass and clearer highs. Your favorite
songs should sound more powerful and full.

You know, I have always been happy to offer this amplifier
directly for U.S. $60. This price already includes the cost to
deliver the amplifier to your address by fully insured, Airmail
shipping. Along with the PA2V2 amplifier, you will also receive
its AC adapter, and a 3-foot cord to hook the amp up to your
source audio device.

Well, keep in touch and let me know what you think Chris. Let
me know if you have any more questions too, and I will be glad
to help you. Thank you once again for being interested in this
amplifier.

Have a nice day Chris!"


you know they honestly told me he would be nice, but not spend-15-minutes-typing-up-a-detailed-and-intelligent-response kind of guy. he is one of the nicest people i have ever met on the intarweb.

that was a response to:

"hi gary im up late listening to my music through some grado SR60 headphones.

i was wondering what your amp would do for me and i am very interested in buying one because i read about all the love and care that goes into every one of them.

im in the market for my first headphone amp and its really confusing because you dont know how much money is enough when spending on headphone amps so could you help me out.

its been almost stressful but i love my new hobby."



its really appealing because its only 60 bucks, recharges batteries, made out of good quality parts by an expert in electronical engineering and whos main goal is to deliver good parts and get a good name versus making money.

so honestly its between the PA2V2 and the mSeed Spirit. but it looks like they are made from the same parts. can someone help a little more im almost set. ill get an RSA hornet later when i get a job. to be honest, the only reason i want one so bad is because skylab likes it so much, plus i can get it in wicked cool colors.

i dont need a DAC because im pretty sure the X-Fi does a greater job than anything i could get bundled with an amp.

so will this setup work?

Zune (preferably playing anything by Ronnie James Dio)>Amp>Grado SR225
X-Fi>mini cable into amp>Grados

he said he would service the amp for free as long as he was alive too.

also how come people say that from the SR80 up, amplification is recommended yet people are telling me to hop up to SR225s before anything. isnt that like running HD650's without amplification?
post #22 of 30
The pa2v2 isnt bad at all with grados because it has a warm theme which would be more musical. It also comes with the wall adapter already, which is a great deal at the price.
post #23 of 30
Since you are already anticipating upgraditus, it's hard to imagine going wrong with the pa2v2 for what you get for the $. By the time you are ready to upgrade, who knows what will be available in your price range?

So many great amps are coming out right now. I would say it's' a little premature to set your sites on the Hornet when there will probably be a Wasp or a Stick Insect II by that will blow the hornet away at 1/2 the price within a matter of months at the rate we are seeing new amps right now.

As much as I like the mSeed, I can tell that you are going to regard whatever you get now as a (very) temporary stepping-stone. In that case, why stretch your budget on a stepping-stone when you could be saving up for your future goal?
post #24 of 30
Thread Starter 
looks like im set, i ordered directly from him thru paypal and i should expect my amp on friday. ill let you guys know
post #25 of 30
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Originally Posted by Chris_Himself View Post
looks like im set, i ordered directly from him thru paypal and i should expect my amp on friday. ill let you guys know
Hope you enjoy getting to know your new system .
post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by bebanovich View Post
As much as I like the mSeed, I can tell that you are going to regard whatever you get now as a (very) temporary stepping-stone. In that case, why stretch your budget on a stepping-stone when you could be saving up for your future goal?
Oh noooo...I'm in the same situation and I just pulled the trigger on a mSeed. I tried ordering a bling bling dock as well but paypal wouldn't play nice. The joys of living at the tip of Africa

I'm hoping by the time upgraditis hits again I'll have fifty posts so I can sell the mSeed to fund a brighter, shinier toy.

Curse you head-fi...
post #27 of 30
Thread Starter 
oh man. trust me you dont know the feeling when some guy from africa or slovakia with 0 feedback wins your ebay auctions.

always make sure you establish early communication with them man.

i actually havent seen where you can go wrong with any of the amps most people get for around 100
post #28 of 30
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Originally Posted by Tone Def View Post
Oh noooo...I'm in the same situation and I just pulled the trigger on a mSeed. I tried ordering a bling bling dock as well but paypal wouldn't play nice. The joys of living at the tip of Africa

I'm hoping by the time upgraditis hits again I'll have fifty posts so I can sell the mSeed to fund a brighter, shinier toy.

Curse you head-fi...
Don't worry, I am pretty sure that you will enjoy the mSeed and it may take longer than your 50 posts to fully burn in . .
post #29 of 30
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Originally Posted by Chris_Himself View Post
oh man. trust me you dont know the feeling when some guy from africa or slovakia with 0 feedback wins your ebay auctions.

always make sure you establish early communication with them man.

i actually havent seen where you can go wrong with any of the amps most people get for around 100


That's cute man - you gave me negative feedback before even sending me a note and that was two days after the auction ended.
You've spoilt my ebay experience.
I've got a friend from TX who can receive U.S. packages instead of me and send them forth to me.
I'd never get things like Tascam US-428 for $75...

So:

Hell please tell me what your prejudice means?!


(That guy from Slovakia)
PS
You may not know it but we belong to the EU and have a bit less crappy government than thee US of A and our post officers never leave packages in front of the doors like UPC! - several Americans have complained to me...
post #30 of 30
What do you think of the Go Vibe V6 on sale for $60 now?
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