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Just got my Grado SR225i...

post #1 of 15
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WOW. These cans totally blow my HD485s away. I've listened to Ride the Lightning and I'm letting them burn in now, but they are unbelievable even at this stage. I can't imagine a better 'phone for rock (except the SR325is that I briefly demoed ) Guitar is quick, crunchy, and, well, perfect. Voices are clean and have a nice sharp edge. Drums are impactful but not at all overpowering (these are definitely less bassy than the HD485). I'll post more impressions after burn-in.
post #2 of 15
Congrats on your new Grados! They are a great can for rock and roll and though they are bit bass light, they have good PRAT. If you crave more bass, try the mods that have been posted, eg. tape mod, reverse bowls, Senn flat pads or the TTVJ flat pads. I have move to a RS1 but feel the 225's are always remembered as my first true audiophile can.
post #3 of 15
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Thanks cheemo. The RS1 is a bit out of my price range but I'm very happy with the 225i for the time being, aside from the relatively short cable. I'll probably try taping the bowls in the near future because I would really like more bass.
post #4 of 15
Congratulations!
post #5 of 15
As you listen more, your ears will be accustom to the bass output and I find that when I use the flats the bass is there but it bleeds over into the mids and muddys it up losing the detail. Some songs I will swap out pads but most of the time I stick to bowls. Wash up the pads to soften them up and it will help with comfort and help bring the driver a bit closer to your ear and help with the bass. Its awesome to listen to guitar driven rock eg Pink Floyd and Zep but try some acoustic guitar or flamenco stuff and you'll get that WOW factor. Enjoy!
post #6 of 15
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Cool, I've got plenty of acoustic that I'll dial up when my USB cable for my DAC gets here. I've been going through my CD collection and listening- everything sounds amazing!

EDIT: A note on comfort: It's not very good. I could imagine very extended listening being quite unpleasant. And I'll have pics up later today.
post #7 of 15
Love my 225's for Metal/Rock. A very wise decision.
post #8 of 15
try stretching the headband out a bit if they're uncomfortable. I find the best sound and best comfort is stretching them to the point where they gently rest on your ears with a little pressure. Before stretching them, they kind of clamped down, which threw off the sound and made them highly uncomfortable.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by fjrabon View Post
try stretching the headband out a bit if they're uncomfortable. I find the best sound and best comfort is stretching them to the point where they gently rest on your ears with a little pressure. Before stretching them, they kind of clamped down, which threw off the sound and made them highly uncomfortable.
This is what worked best for me. A while back I bought some cheap "softer" pads which dulled the sound quite a bit and were still uncomfortable.

Once your budget allows and if you plan on keeping the pair for a while, look into c-pads from headphile.com.

I've had a pair of sr225's for 4-5 years now and I still like them more than most cans, even over 325's (which I just sold).
post #10 of 15
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Thanks for the comfort tips, all. Any pads y'all would suggest to improve comfort AND SQ?
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by LingLing1337 View Post
Thanks for the comfort tips, all. Any pads y'all would suggest to improve comfort AND SQ?
I actually like the stock bowl pads best, by a pretty good margin.

if you want more bass, you can try to tape mod, where you put some type of tape around the outside of the bowl, which supposedly greatly improves bass. I haven't tried it yet, but have heard it really makes a big difference with more bass. Some have said that it decreases the already limited soundstage of Grados though.
post #12 of 15
I could vouch for the tape mod. It doubles the bass quantity at best.
post #13 of 15
Not exactly fair to compare < $100 Senns to $200 Grados. But I'm glad you like them, they do indeed most types of rock/metal very well.
post #14 of 15
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^Actually... I definitely prefer the Senns when I'm going to sleep. They're so incredibly comfortable and the soundstage and bass is a lot better than the SR225. Not to mention that the laid-back, smooth sound makes for better background listening. I'm usually out after the first 3 tracks on Selected Ambient Works.
post #15 of 15
Congrats on acquiring the Grado! As far as comfort, my Grado is somewhat old and it has been stretched from very frequent use so it's very comfortable. I must be an exception because I have never had a fit nor comfort problem using any Grado with bowls. I prefer the bowls.

Happy listening. Your Grado will serve you well for many years.
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