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Grado adapter vs... Radioshack

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I just ordered some SR225 and I need a 1/4 to 1/8 adapter to plug them into my USB DAC. I don't want to order the Grado because it's over 20 dollars plus shipping time. Meanwhile, I could stop at Radio Shack on my lunch break and buy and adapter for like 5 bucks plus tax. Should I be concerned about quality loss at all? I know Grado guarantees "no signal loss" but it's a gold plated adapter, I feel even radio shack can competently make one of those. I guess I could get one at radio shack and order one... just looking to see if it really is a concern.

Thanks ahead of time.
post #2 of 10
I doubt there will be any loss. The advantage of the Grado one is that your headphone is not directly coupled to the jack so there will be less leverage on the jack itself due to the big plug.
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by warpdriver View Post
I doubt there will be any loss. The advantage of the Grado one is that your headphone is not directly coupled to the jack so there will be less leverage on the jack itself due to the big plug.
X2. I don't think there will be any loss as well. I have the Grado 1/4 to 1/8 and I like the fact that I don't have it plugged straight into the 1/8 plug. I used it with my Microstack and Pico when I had those two amps and it was great .
post #4 of 10
There'll be no difference in sound quality, but as warpdriver said, I'd probably go with the Grado because I prefer the format of the thing (a small cable rather than a solid thing that puts pressure on the jack).

That said, i'd try to get someone here to DIY me one before I bought anything.
post #5 of 10
also check out the Sennheiser website for a very similar adapter for 1/3 the cost
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
I have heard good things about the sennheiser. I think this will be my plan, tell me what you think

Buy the sennheiser now, hope it gets here fast, if not, buy the radioshack one as holdover, it's only 5 bucks.
post #7 of 10
sometimes cheapo has bad contacts, just be forewarned
post #8 of 10
i got one from sennheiser for like 15 bucks after shipping, it was at my door in about a week
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by TSi View Post
sometimes cheapo has bad contacts, just be forewarned
The Radio Shack adapters are fairly cheap, but they're also rather sturdy. I have a couple and they work rather well and take a beating. I'd still prefer a Grado or Senn adapter just because, like several people have already mentioned, the cable design reduces stress on the 1/8" plug jack.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
I ordered the Senn, hopefull it get shere before the cans. They are backordered a couple days from Headroom so it will be a race to the finish probably. Thanks guys.
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