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Hi Head-F1ers

After a long time since this were made public, a lot of people have given some impressions. I have updated this thread with a lot of comments, impressions and comparisons. I think people already have enough information on how this sound.

Reading everyone's impressions take a lot of time, and the new ones keep saying what has already been said.

Therefore I think it is time for me to leave this thread with all the posts from below. I think enough information has been gathered here for any upcoming member to know what this limited edition headphone sounds like.

I might add some reviews if I think they are worthy of being added to this thread. I might order some day the posts, but there is not much necessity for it as people can choose what to read already.

The last post I have put has been #700 of this thread. From then you can read by yourself to find any more impressions/opinions.

I hope this has been helpful and hope you guys enjoy your HF-2 as I am doing myself.

Happy listening!

Note 1: I will update this post giving links to the comparisons/reviews in order of appearance
Note 2: In order to make things easier for people who follow this thread I will state which reviews are NEW! since my last edit. Also the new reviews/comparisons will be added down in the list, unless they come from a member who has already commented it before.
Note 3: Once real reviews/comparisons start appearing, I will organize the list I already have below. Work in progress.
Note 4: Due to the conversations people are having in other threads where they just give an opinion about this headphones in one line, I have decided to put in this list only the ones who add some substantial information. I will be deciding what I think is substantial (compared to what we already have here) and what is not.


*Courtesy of rythmdevils*

Quick Impression from Can Jam, by brokensound: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5724092-post969.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5724119-post7.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5724174-post14.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5724266-post18.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5724665-post45.html

Impressions by myk7000: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5724472-post32.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5724465-post994.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5726987-post241.html
Impressions by moonboy403: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5724547-post36.html
Impressions by achristilaw: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5724553-post37.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5724633-post40.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5724645-post42.html

Quick Comparison between RS1 and HF2, by blessingx: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5724492-post995.html
Quick Comparison between RS2, HF1, SR325i and HF2, by HeadphoneAddict: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5725204-post1029.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5725236-post1033.html

Impressions by Santacore: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5724716-post110.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5725973-post66.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5727479-post278.html

PS1000 vs HF2 impressions by Dallan: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5724607-post96.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5724723-post112.html

Impression by vpivinylspinner: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5725663-post190.html

Quick Impression from Can Jam, by Rinshin: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5726109-post1077.html

Impressions from Can Jam, by augustwest: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5726148-post214.html

Impressions by 1UP: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5726758-post1101.html
Impressions by Zentactics: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5727359-post1118.html

Impressions by Shellylh: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5727050-post249.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5727130-post254.html
Impressions by Jon L: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5727272-post260.html
Quick impressions by zippy2001: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5727522-post280.html
PS1000 and GS1000 vs HF2, by IPodPJ http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5727875-post298.html
First impressions, by bhd812 http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5727930-post299.html

PS1000 and hd800 vs HF2, by sachu http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5728340-post2.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5728358-post4.html

Quick impressions by abellaw: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5728806-post318.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5731338-post103.html
Impressions from Can Jam, by foo_me: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5729313-post82.html

Early Review by HeadphoneAddict http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5729582-post1165.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5729655-post83.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5729681-post1168.html
Quick impressions by LFF: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5729645-post333.html

RS1 and RS2 vs HF-2, by HeadphoneAddict: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5730105-post87.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5730426-post90.html
Denon D2000 vs HF-2, by HeadphoneAddict:http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5730519-post92.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5730616-post96.html
Impressions by Iron_Dreamer: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5729817-post342.html
Stock RS1 vs stock HF2, by HeadphoneAddict http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5730608-post1185.html
Impressions by SiBurning: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5730022-post349.html
Impressions by morphsci: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5730653-post369.html

Comparison between RS1 and HF2, by myk7000: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5730635-post1186.html

Impressions by vpivinylspinner: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5731273-post102.html
Grado Pads on HF-2, by HeadphoneAddict: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5735723-post1301.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5736093-post1307.html

Impressions by grawk: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5739717-post1347.html
Comparison between DIY-modded HF-1 and HF-2, by en480c4: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5739738-post1352.html

Impressions by Chris19: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5727507-post104.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5727507-post104.html
Comparison between HP-2, SR60 and HF-2, by vpivinylspinner: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5745600-post118.html

Quick review, by Boomana: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5755258-post1560.html

Comparison between different Grado HPs and HF-2, by HeadphoneAddict: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5769232-post135.html

Review and comparison to PS-1, by recstar24: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5826517-post26.html
Comparison to HP-2 (HP-1000), by recstar24: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5826653-post47.html

Impressions by strid3r: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5827877-post180.html
Review by The Monkey: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5829361-post189.html

Impressions by subtle: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5830968-post198.html

Impressions by Beagle: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5847564-post226.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5847955-post234.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5918010-post598.html
Impressions by rhythmdevils: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5847796-post228.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5862524-post334.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5918325-post604.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5919399-post614.html
Impressions by HeadFanatic: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5849995-post260.html

HF-2 with GS1000 pads, by Beagle: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5853677-post299.html
GS1000i vs HF-2 vs HF-2 with Jumbo Pads, by indydieselnut: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5854668-post300.html

Impressions by SemiAudiophile: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5862553-post335.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5913171-post588.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5920745-post619.html

Review by sbulack: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5868104-post354.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5868978-post363.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5873073-post376.html

Comparison to HF-1 and RS1i, by Mr.Sneis: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5871453-post372.html

Impressions by astroid: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5873785-post1.html

Mid range impressions, by recstar24: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5886578-post395.html
Mid range impressions, by rhythmdevils: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5886631-post397.html
Mid range impressions, by SemiAudiophile: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5886818-post400.html
Initial impressions, by Rav: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5887752-post632.html

Initial impressions, HF-2 with flats and small comparison against HP1000, by immtbiker: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5888505-post404.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5890924-post451.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5896005-post475.html
Impressions by jingles_97: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5890609-post433.html
HF-2 review, by roadtonowhere08: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5891007-post454.html

RS-2 and MS-Pro vs HF-2, by kontai69: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5899422-post490.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5899645-post504.html

Review by Zanth: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5901437-post513.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5906968-post534.html

Comparison to ATH-W5000, by 33Leon: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5901873-post517.html

Review by That Dude: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5909251-post568.html

Bass comparison between Denon D7000 and HF-2, by DoYouRight: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5912704-post611.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5914160-post596.html

Comparison between RS-1, black SR325 and HF-2, by jrosenth: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5918127-post603.html
Comparison between RS-2 and HF-2, by jrosenth: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5918587-post607.html
HF-2 with Salad Bowls and pictures, by SemiAudiophile: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5921978-post621.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5922891-post627.html, http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5927079-post644.html

HF-2 with Salad Bowls, by sbulack: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5933396-post662.html

Initial impressions, by les_garten: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5939631-post763.html
Impressions, by brokensound: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5943563-post672.html

Comparison between HF-1 and HF-2, by dan1son: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/5947697-post700.html NEW!
post #2 of 1528
I expected the first post in a thread titled "The Grado HF-2 Review/Comparison Thread" to have .... a review/comparison of the Grado HF-2
post #3 of 1528
Why does there need to be another thread, couldn't people just post in the existing thread?
post #4 of 1528
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by elnero View Post
Why does there need to be another thread, couldn't people just post in the existing thread?
Well, if people start posting reviews in the thread that already has so many pages it will be very difficult for people to locate any given comparison. If we maintain this thread clean till comparisons start coming it will later be easier to read. Plus I will update the first post giving links to the comparisons/reviews in order of appereance

EDIT: Bare in mind all of this comes from the hype of the new headphones. There will also be a lot of units and people having different headphones and rigs to try them in. I believe a lot of written work will be added to the forums and it is better if it is all in one thread. It will be easier for people to locate.
post #5 of 1528
Inevitably there is going to be discussions and thread derailments, IMO starting yet another thread just makes it that much more confusing for people trying to find info.
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Originally Posted by some1x View Post
I expected the first post in a thread titled "The Grado HF-2 Review/Comparison Thread" to have .... a review/comparison of the Grado HF-2
So was I >_<
post #7 of 1528
Wooden housing with an outer metal case. Sounds more neutral than the rs1. The sound is very unGrado. A baby ps1000 is a fairly accurate statement. This is from listen at ttvj booth at can jam.
post #8 of 1528
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Originally Posted by Bullseye View Post
I will update the first post giving links to the comparisons/reviews in order of appereance
That would be very appreciated
post #9 of 1528
I read somewhere they sound like the old RS-1, which I've heard some people liked better.
post #10 of 1528
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by brokensound View Post
Wooden housing with an outer metal case. Sounds more neutral than the rs1. The sound is very unGrado. A baby ps1000 is a fairly accurate statement. This is from listen at ttvj booth at can jam.
Brokensound, did you find it fatiguing in any moment?
post #11 of 1528
Fatigueness factor can be very hard to determine in meet conditions ...
post #12 of 1528
Ooh, are they quite heavy?
post #13 of 1528
For anyone at CanJam who has a listen and anyone who gets to take them home please include equipment used and compare to other phones on the same equipment if possible.
post #14 of 1528
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Originally Posted by Bullseye View Post
Brokensound, did you find it fatiguing in any moment?
Nope. Not a bit. The rs1 I was comparing it to is more fatigueing. The hf2 sound more balanced. Listening to jimmy eat world, the rs1 emphasized the guitar to the point it was overwhelming the other instruments. The hf2 present all the instruments more equally. It also had a larger sound stage compared to the rs1. I'm trying them on another setup at can jam now. If you were worried the bass is lacking as in the sr125, don't be. The baseline is present.
post #15 of 1528
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Originally Posted by brokensound View Post
Nope. Not a bit. The rs1 I was comparing it to is more fatigueing. The hf2 sound more balanced. Listening to jimmy eat world, the rs1 emphasized the guitar to the point it was overwhelming the other instruments. The hf2 present all the instruments more equally. It also had a larger sound stage compared to the rs1. I'm trying them on another setup at can jam now. If you were worried the bass is lacking as in the sr125, don't be. The baseline is present.
Your review interests me, I used to own SR-60s and found them slightly too forward/fatiguing so I got MS-1s and much prefer that sound signature. Is it possible for you to comment or compare the HF2 sound signature to Alessandro's? Thanks.
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