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post #31 of 63
Is the new mic a b-format ambisonic microphone or something different?
post #32 of 63
Martin great responses, thank you very much for your insightful posts. If I have any questions for Joseph Grado I'll be sure to send you a message

-Deepak
post #33 of 63
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Originally Posted by Clony View Post
Great thread!! and I myself am a proud owner of a HP-2, just love them, but to bad that its so difficult to find good music that pairs well whit them as they are so damn natural and smooth, but when the right music are there and the hp's are plugged inn, then they are just heaven!!! (IMO)

I'm at this moment listening to the hp-2's threw the hpa-1 amp to some great melodies from Kurt Bestor

Your one lucky guy Martin to have the pleasure to talk to Joe!
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Clony,

Again, you’re very kind. As I’ve inferred, my principal regret is the current number of deadlines normally on my plate, due to other obligations. I’m hoping to retire in the near future and if successful will devote most of my time to my first love, which has always been audio recording using single point microphones especially on location. This is how I first came to discover and begin to better appreciate those wonders, which history will refer to as the Joseph Grado HP1000 headphones.

A CD I might recommend, which is likely not new news to many reading this response would be:

Danzas Medievales Españolas by Eudardo Paniagua Group. Available from:
M•A Recordings
Tel: (818) 907-9996
Fax: (818) 783-4938
or
Welcome to MA Recordings Online

I hope you and yours enjoy a fine New Year and those HP2's!

Smiles,

Martin
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post #34 of 63
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Originally Posted by grawk View Post
Is the new mic a b-format ambisonic microphone or something different?
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Grawk,

The 3D-4 holographic microphone works on a different principal than the a b-format ambisonic microphones. It also does not require any encoding or decoding systems, as do many ambisonic microphones / systems.

Back in the 80's, I enjoyed using the Calrec Soundfield MKIV ambisonic microphones. While marvelous for their day, using the MKIV makes you truly appreciative for the simplicity of this new mic by Joe.

Joe's mics also use off-the-shelf (XLR) mic cables as well, rather than proprietary ones such as many other choices. Currently he is also ramping up with an amp for the new mic, which will hopefully extend the range on cable runs out to perhaps 500 feet without degradation in audio quality, due to signal loss.

Thanks,

Martin
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post #35 of 63
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Originally Posted by J-Pak View Post
Martin great responses, thank you very much for your insightful posts. If I have any questions for Joseph Grado I'll be sure to send you a message

-Deepak
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Deepak,

Many thanks for your note. Please let me know should you have “Joe related questions”. If I honestly just don’t know or am not comfortable with a response, I’m more than happy to add them to the list for Joe's consideration and hopefully his resolution.

All the best,

Martin
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post #36 of 63
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Originally Posted by HiWire View Post
Thanks for the information, Martin. Knowing that these cans are a labor of love makes me enjoy them that much more.
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HiWire,

These are truly labors of love, which could only come from someone with the level of attention to detail of a former Tiffany master watchmaker. At 84, his hearing is still phenomenal, his mind clear and his priorities in life in sharp focus.

He relentlessly pursues perfection, is his own worst critic, still sings to himself as he works and loves life. My challenge is in trying to franticly take notes when we talk, although we have also been recording some of our chats using his mic, which I hope he will continue doing for posterity. Again; what we don’t record, we lose.

All the best,

Martin
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post #37 of 63
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Originally Posted by robm321 View Post
Great thread...

Nice to get some insight to the master's mind.
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robm321,

Again, my thanks. I'll give it my best shot and will keep y'all in the loop.

Smiles,

Martin
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post #38 of 63
Martin,

Very cool that you have been over to see Joe! I have spoken to him and hoped to interview him as well but he was diametrically opposed to an "over the phone" deal. With me living in Canada, I wasn't about to dash down south to see him (though I would love to) so I was lucky enough to have some of my own questions answered, but always "off the record."

He did say he enjoys John's work though and that they were building for different audiences. Which is of course, what we all know here at Head-fi. Regarding other aspects of the phones, the building process, his testing and tweaking, all that goodness, it would be grand to have that in a write-up if/when you ever get the chance.
post #39 of 63
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Originally Posted by Zanth
Regarding other aspects of the phones, the building process, his testing and tweaking, all that goodness, it would be grand to have that in a write-up if/when you ever get the chance.
X 2. I guess we all want to know the origins of the HP1000 series.
post #40 of 63
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Originally Posted by Zanth View Post
Martin,

Very cool that you have been over to see Joe! I have spoken to him and hoped to interview him as well but he was diametrically opposed to an "over the phone" deal. With me living in Canada, I wasn't about to dash down south to see him (though I would love to) so I was lucky enough to have some of my own questions answered, but always "off the record."

He did say he enjoys John's work though and that they were building for different audiences. Which is of course, what we all know here at Head-fi. Regarding other aspects of the phones, the building process, his testing and tweaking, all that goodness, it would be grand to have that in a write-up if/when you ever get the chance.
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Zanth,

While I completely agree, it would be fantastic to know much more about why his headphones are unique, he may not choose to dignify questions he regards as revealing, “proprietary knowledge”, with a response. We’re good friends, but as mentioned earlier in my replies to others, Joe is very much his own person. Again, I’m happy to run questions by him and hopefully he’ll choose to fill in some blanks.

While we try to get together several times each month, given his level of immersion in the development of this new mic and other projects or sometime his health, our visits don’t always work out. I’m very flexible regarding our chats and understand when he needs to reschedule. I’m just grateful for his time and know the part of it shared with me may well come at the expense of other processes.

Lastly, often times I don’t get to pick the topic of our conversations. It just depends on what Joe would like to talk about; or sometimes ask my advice regarding. As you can easily imagine however, more times than not, my advice is not frequently needed by Joe Grado (;-)) Again, right now, the primary focus for him is the evolution of his new mic; rather than his past achievements. As mentioned earlier, this is also a topic I am eager to try to absorb as much knowledge as he is willing to shower me with, but often times it’s just overwhelming for me due to his genius and my being of fairly ordinary intelligence,

Happy Listening and New Year,

Martin
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post #41 of 63
This great thread inspired me to pull out my HPA-1 and give it the first serious listen in over 10 years. With my new style RS-1's/flat pads the sound is GREAT, possibly the best of all the amps I own. The synergy is amazing and it is a much higher quality amp than the RA-1. When the RS-1's first came out, I recall seeing a picture in a magazine of John Grado demonstrating the RS-1's at a show with the HPA-1, so maybe the RS-1 was originally designed for that amp. The RA-1 didn't come out until a few years later, I think after the bowl pads were introduced. The amp also looks great, kind of like a mini Mark Levinson amp from around that same time. The parts quality is very high with a super smooth feeling Alps black beauty voulme pot and JGUWBR cable for internal wiring and the wiring from the AC power supply.
post #42 of 63
For what I remember of my HPA-1, the pot was a Noble not an Alps...
post #43 of 63
wow!

martin: you should make a new thread, so people can join in on potential questions to joe grado. it would be very popular.
post #44 of 63
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Originally Posted by Nik View Post
For what I remember of my HPA-1, the pot was a Noble not an Alps...
I just looked inside and it's an Alps 100Kx2. I remember in one of the magazine reviews of this amp that Joe Grado made a big deal about how that volume control was very hard to get, but was critical to getting the sound of the amp right. The Black Beauty is discontinued, but is a step above the Blue Velvet that is commonly used now. I know that some Melos SHA-1's had Alps and some had Nobles.
post #45 of 63
Any pictures of an HPA-1/2? I can't seem to find any.
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