|Originally posted by Zanth
Unless my RS-1 drivers are different than the newer RS-1's I have to say to my ears the RS-1's for sure...require the flats. The "opening" of the top end kills my ears as I already think the RS-1's are forward enough, opening it up makes it far too strident at times for enjoyable listening. The soundstage is nice though
I find the current drivers have more bass and treble than the ones on the SR200. Therefore, it would indeed be erroneous to post that the current drivers are designed for the flat pads. This would be half right/half wrong. The excess bass (in comparison to the HP-1/ SR200 drivers) would be reduced with the bowl pads, but the extra treble would be exacerbated by the bowls.
This SR200/325 concoction is the most neutral Grado I've heard outside of the HP-1. The balance is just right. Sounds just a wee bit dull in the treble compared to the HD580 and HD600, but has a better overall balance and musicality.