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post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by 1967cutlass View Post
The problem with grados is that as you move up in the chain, you expect things to get better, but once you go back to an SR60 it still sounds 90% as good as your sr325.

I just think it's a good idea to try new things.
Yup; but that extra 10 or 15% can mean a whole lot to some folks, and for them; if the sound is the sound they like, going back can be very difficult.

And yup again; trying new things can add a lot of fun as well!
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by 1967cutlass View Post
The problem with grados is that as you move up in the chain, you expect things to get better, but once you go back to an SR60 it still sounds 90% as good as your sr325.
Well, I'd dispute the 90% figure, but agree with the gist of your comment, provided, however, that this would seem to be the case along each brand/line/sound sig. After all, audiophiles realize that if they pay twice as much for item A vs item B it doesn't mean A will sound twice as good as B. And in our spare time, we like to squeeze blood from stones.
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Trastan View Post
First of all, thanks a ton for all of the responses, and if anyone has any more suggestions, please continue! After looking at each set suggested so far, however, I got to wondering: I'm currently using the "softies" that came with the SR-60s, with a quarter-sized hole cut out of the center as per suggested routine. Would I see a marked sound quality increase in purchasing the Bowl pads, or should I continue looking at a new set altogether?

On the topic of getting a new set, my current favorites from the above suggestions are the SR-225s, Super.fi 5 Pro, and I'm also interested in the Sennheiser HD 555.

Any thoughts?
For pads on the SR-60; the pads that ship with it(they're called "comfies" by the way, but you were really close! )are an interesting subject. The only thing consistent about the pads is the lack of consistency in what we all hear! The bowls of course are the pads shipping with all the current Grado phones from SR-80 up to RS-1, so they are pretty well the standard for probably the majority of listeners...maybe a small majority though, there are lots of other favorites.....I have bowls on my MS2i but reversed and modded 414s on my MS-1.

You may like the sound better with the bowls on your SR-60. Or you may not. Depends on lots of stuff that only goes on at your house. Dunno till you try!

The SR-225 is one of the better loved of the Grado cans, I get the impression from lots of reading here that they sound most similar to a mini RS-1.
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by Trastan View Post
First of all, thanks a ton for all of the responses, and if anyone has any more suggestions, please continue! After looking at each set suggested so far, however, I got to wondering: I'm currently using the "softies" that came with the SR-60s, with a quarter-sized hole cut out of the center as per suggested routine. Would I see a marked sound quality increase in purchasing the Bowl pads, or should I continue looking at a new set altogether?

On the topic of getting a new set, my current favorites from the above suggestions are the SR-225s, Super.fi 5 Pro, and I'm also interested in the Sennheiser HD 555.

Any thoughts?
I don't know that I'd suggest bowl pads for the '60s. The emphasis with this model is a casual, fun sound, for which the stock pads are mated quite nicely. With the flats, you get that bass vibrating right against your ear. Yeah, the bowls would open up the soundstage, but wouldn't harmonize with the the "fun" factor. Although, I suppose you could tape 'em...

So far as the Super.fi's, I own a pair and can't say I'm a big fan. SQ wise, they deliver OK for the price point, and they do a fair job of insulting exterior sound, if that's a priority. But the cords are stiff and, for my taste, transmit far too much rustling with each head movement. I've had better experiences with the Shure line (despite their tepidness in the treble range), and would recommend them over the Super.fi's. But then again, if sound isolation and portability are not priorities, I'd recommend full-sized cans over IEMs any day.
post #20 of 27
Yeah I'll agree with full sized > IEM as well.
post #21 of 27
Next step after SR-60?

It's obvious to me: RS-1.

That's what happened to me anyways!

Thank you, drive through.
post #22 of 27
I liked my sr60,s and decided to upgrade to sr225,s. I am still waiting for them to come in the mail. I know as far as portables go I love my pk-2,s and I am no longer searching for out and about earphones. I just hope the sr225,s satisfy me and my search will be done.
post #23 of 27
Oh without a doubt full size cans are better than IEMs. I'll take my 325is or DT-880s over my E500s any day of the week.
post #24 of 27
I went from ATH-A900 to SR-60 (to try another brand/sound-character) and fell in love with the sound... I upgraded to MS2i and love it to death. If I get rich someday I might get some wooden grados(/Alessandros).

I will probably try some brands as well (have listened to Sony & Senn but those are not for me) but I will be hanging on to my MS2i (home use) and SR-60 (portable/office use with bowls)
post #25 of 27
Thread Starter 
Sorry for the delayed reply.

I've been doing a bit more intensive listening with my SR-60s, trying the original comfies (thanks, F107plus5!) as versus the replacements from Radio-Shack, and running through a wide variety of music. I've come to a couple of conclusions:

- I don't know what I'm doing. Unfortunately the limit of my high-end headphone experience ends with my beginner 'phones. It seems that I'm in need of personally hearing any upgrades, if at all possible. Might someone know of a place (or person!) I could see to do so in the Stillwater, MN region (or Twin Cities, etc., though the closer to Stillwater the better ), I'd be much obliged.

- It's becoming increasingly apparent that I've caught the bug, as more listening time with even these beginner Grados has caused me to determine that I need to re-rip my albums at no less than 320kbps, remove equalization and sound enhancers, and pursue the headphone equivalent (or better, as will probably be the case) of my Yamaha tower speakers. While I haven't taken a liking to the Sennheiser sound from the few sets I've heard, I have quite the desire to sample the higher-end Grados, the Beyerdynamic line, AKGs, and so on. I really was satisfied with my SR-60s... I had no idea that they'd actually cause a need for better headphones through simply listening. Ah well, there are certainly worse money-sinks.

I also think I'll pick-up some bowls for my SR-60s if I don't end up purchasing a higher-end set of Grados. I think they might bring me closer to the sound I've been looking for out of them. The rumors are certainly true, though it has taken me months of listening to discover for myself: Grados seem to be very dependent on their pads and, in turn, the distance and angle to your ears. We'll see!
post #26 of 27
You will NOT be disappointed with the higher end Grado's. I went straight from the SR-80's up to the RS-2's and have not regretted it for a second.
post #27 of 27
Thread Starter 
Change in plans! I've decided to move up to higher-end stuff straight away and be done (right...) with it. I'm scanning through the various threads here now, but just to let everyone know what I'm looking at right now (and please feel free to give me a general consensus on your opinions of each pair), I'm going back and forth between the Sennheiser HD 650 and the AKG K 701. Please keep in mind that they would be run through the headphone jack of my Denon AVR-1600 receiver, sans amp.

Thanks for the continued assistance! Here's hoping I choose the right pair.
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