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Grado RS-2 amp recommendation?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I recently purchased a pair of Grado RS-2s from Headroom. (And as an aside, very very good customer service from Headroom). I have been using the Grados for about a week now and I am very happy with them.

The first few hours just hurt. A lot. However, by day 2 I had bent the headband enough to reach a very comfortable place. Comfort is no longer an issue.

I run the Grados directly out of my Ipod Classic.

I specifically chose the Grados so I would not have to buy an amp . . .

But Head-fi being Head-fi . . . I am interested to hear how much an amp will improve the sound of the Grados.

I was looking at something on the “lower end” like the Practical Devices XM4 (I like the idea of a bass boost) or a Headroom entry-level amp.

What amps do you guys and gals recommend?

If I am strong enough, I am going to hold off till the head-fi meet in Ft. Lauderdale this spring where I can test the amps in person . . . but I seriously doubt I am that strong.
post #2 of 13
Thread Starter 
Did I post this in the wrong place? Should this have gone in the amp section?
post #3 of 13
Probably should've gone in the Amps forum, but I have a suggestion if you don't need a portable amp- I would go with a Gilmore Lite or by its other name, the Dynalo.
post #4 of 13
I did like my rs-1, if any indication of rs-2, with melos sha-1(best), antique soundlabs 0tl32 and singlepower.
post #5 of 13
Portability-wise? To be quite honest, Grados pair especially well with a PA2V2. You can even have Gary lower the gain for you (I did it myself) so you have a bit more control over the volume. It really fills out what the Grados need.. it's a bit of a bassy amp, so it even gives your Grado that extra thump!
post #6 of 13
Apparently the EC/SS is a winner with the RS-1, probably a nice match up with the RS-2 also. Theres also MAD ( Mapletree ) if you want to try the tubey route.

Good luck

OOOOps ... these are not portable solutions, but possible solutions none the less
post #7 of 13
i'm guessing that since you're using the rs2, a wooden headphone, this isn't a portable rig

so you can invest in a nice home amp connected to your ipod through a line out dock

perhaps a nice tube amp?
i don't know very much about amps, sorry
post #8 of 13
friend in local forum ever said cantante is a good match, or something tubey, millet max?
post #9 of 13
They synergize pretty well with tube amps, I would suggest looking into the Little Dot Mk series of amps for the best value to start.

Personally I'm not a big fan of DIY amps seeing as DIY designs are more prone to have build quality issues than if you buy amps from real amp manufacturers.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Dept_of_Alchemy View Post
They synergize pretty well with tube amps, I would suggest looking into the Little Dot Mk series of amps for the best value to start.

Personally I'm not a big fan of DIY amps seeing as DIY designs are more prone to have build quality issues than if you buy amps from real amp manufacturers.
I think that depends on the builder, I don't have any build quailty issues with my M^3, and there are some real build issues with "real" amp manufacturers
post #11 of 13
If you don't do your own DIY amp there may be some issues. I am an electronic tech so I know my DIY's are good.If you don't know anything about DIY then maybe you should stick to commercial amps. They cost a lot more though.I would think soundwise DIY can be just as good as commercial though.I love my SOHA and the millet hybrid was a nice amp too.

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Originally Posted by Dept_of_Alchemy View Post
They synergize pretty well with tube amps, I would suggest looking into the Little Dot Mk series of amps for the best value to start.

Personally I'm not a big fan of DIY amps seeing as DIY designs are more prone to have build quality issues than if you buy amps from real amp manufacturers.
post #12 of 13
i'm curious about this myself.

most home amp recommendations for the RS-2 invariably follow the logic that what's good for the RS-1 (Melos, MapleTree, EC/SS) is good for the RS-2. are they really so similar as to require the same amplification?

back on topic. to the OP, i currently use a Mini^3 with my RS-2 and find that it pairs very well. if you're looking for a portable solution, take a look at the AMB Labs design.
post #13 of 13
Mapletree are hard to beat. I have a Mapletree Ear+Purist 150 which has fantastic synergy with the RS2 providing a broader soundstage, clear seperation between instruments and a more natural timbre.
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