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post #1051 of 2102
Amictus, no need to let your RS1's burn in my friend, just listen to them as often as you can unless you want to let them sit for a whole week. I hope you'll love yours as much as I love mine.
post #1052 of 2102

bpcans, how are you liking the WA6/RS1 combo?

Which tubes are you using with it?

Also, have you done any tube rolling?

Have you A/B'd the power cable, or is it the only ine you have?

post #1053 of 2102
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Originally Posted by bpcans View Post

Amictus, no need to let your RS1's burn in my friend, just listen to them as often as you can unless you want to let them sit for a whole week. I hope you'll love yours as much as I love mine.


The pads are strange. My ears are up against the covers on the drivers - as though the pads have no function whatsoever, and they are not really adjustable. The sound is very closed-in at the moment, the SR-60i having been far more beguiling at first listen. I am hoping for big changes with burn-in. I have only played them with laptop > Schiit Gungnir > Lehmann SE so far, however... They are 'cooking' with a variety of music from HDTracks...

post #1054 of 2102

Yup.. a very different fit, feel and sound compared to the HD800.. you'll get used to them :)

post #1055 of 2102
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The pads are strange. My ears are up against the covers on the drivers - as though the pads have no function whatsoever, and they are not really adjustable. The sound is very closed-in at the moment, the SR-60i having been far more beguiling at first listen. I am hoping for big changes with burn-in. I have only played them with laptop > Schiit Gungnir > Lehmann SE so far, however... They are 'cooking' with a variety of music from HDTracks...

This is why people think Grados are bright. They wear the on-ear pads over their ears (or they try at least). 

They get used to the sound eventually, when the treble killed their hearing to be point of not being bothered by it anymore.

 

You need to wear them as they should be worn. ON the ears.

My ears are like 3 cm away from the white driver cloth. Make sure the pads are resting on the back of your pinna. If Grado puts this advice in their manual, the percentage of buyers returning their headphones for their "bright" sound would drop with like 70-80%. This is also the sole reason why anyone would like the SR60 more than the higher end models, because the comfy pads the SR60 ships with are fool-proof.

post #1056 of 2102
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This is why people think Grados are bright. They wear the on-ear pads over their ears (or they try at least). 

They get used to the sound eventually, when the treble killed their hearing to be point of not being bothered by it anymore.

 

You need to wear them as they should be worn. ON the ears.

My ears are like 3 cm away from the white driver cloth. Make sure the pads are resting on the back of your pinna. If Grado puts this advice in their manual, the percentage of buyers returning their headphones for their "bright" sound would drop with like 70-80%. This is also the sole reason why anyone would like the SR60 more than the higher end models, because the comfy pads the SR60 ships with are fool-proof.


Thank you. Aizura. That seems to mean wearing the RS1is further forward. I'll experiment. I seem to have proved that the RS1i is not fool-proof. 8 hours into burn-in now...

post #1057 of 2102
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

bpcans, how are you liking the WA6/RS1 combo?
Which tubes are you using with it?
Also, have you done any tube rolling?
Have you A/B'd the power cable, or is it the only ine you have?
I am liking my RS1i's running thru the WA6 a lot. Exquisite is the word that comes to mind, or as jaywillin would say: "they have good synergy". The WA6 has just enough power to allow you to hear the entire recording without going deaf. And to think I used to plug my closed back Sennheiser hp's, something like the HD25's, you know the ones they use for TV broadcasts, into a 100 watt tube Macintosh stereo receiver and cranked Led Zeppelin up to brain numbing/ear splitting volume levels. Ha? What? You gotta speak up I can't hear ya! I've said it before, the RS1's just sound real and alive to me. WA6 has the S/P 274b and the stock power tubes. Dubstep girl and Sue at Sophia Electric steered me toward the 6SN7's power tubes which should come next week.
Edited by bpcans - 4/18/14 at 9:03am
post #1058 of 2102

One of the strongest points of the RS1i,  is that it sounds fantastic and does not lose any detail or texture at low volume.

 

Most cans that I have tried, need enough volume for them to play at their peak detail....not so with the RS1i, at very low volume....it still shines

post #1059 of 2102
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I am liking my RS1i's running thru the WA6 a lot. Exquisite is the word that comes to mind, or as jaywillin would say: "they have good synergy". The WA6 has just enough power to allow you to hear the entire recording without going deaf. And to think I used to plug my closed back Sennheiser hp's, something like the HD25's, you know the ones they use for TV broadcasts, into a 100 watt tube Macintosh stereo receiver and cranked Led Zeppelin up to brain numbing/ear splitting volume levels. Ha? What? You gotta speak up I can't hear ya! I've said it before, the RS1's just sound real and alive to me. WA6 has the S/P 274b and the stock power tubes. Dubstep girl and Sue at Sophia Electric steered me toward the 6SN7's power tubes which should come next week.

Great to hear you are enjoying the combo!

The S/P274B-6SN7's make for a nice sound-stage and warmth together IME. I don't have the Sophia 6SN7', I have NOS 1966 Sylvania 6SN7WGTA's, but from what I've read the Sophia's with the S/P give the nicest sound-stage. I sure you will like them together, enjoy!

post #1060 of 2102
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post

One of the strongest points of the RS1i,  is that it sounds fantastic and does not lose any detail or texture at low volume.

Most cans that I have tried, need enough volume for them to play at their peak detail....not so with the RS1i, at very low volume....it still shines

Agree 100%
post #1061 of 2102

Excited to hear your impressions of the Sophia 6SN7.  That's probably my next step.  If positive, I'm done with tubes :) yeah, that's what I said when I sold my Lyr and WA7. Doh!

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Dubstep girl and Sue at Sophia Electric steered me toward the 6SN7's power tubes which should come next week.
post #1062 of 2102
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

One of the strongest points of the RS1i,  is that it sounds fantastic and does not lose any detail or texture at low volume.

 

Most cans that I have tried, need enough volume for them to play at their peak detail....not so with the RS1i, at very low volume....it still shines

 

Agreed. That's one reason I love them so much. I don't listen to my music very loud at all. One reason I don't get along with Audezes. You need to crank those up to really make them shine.

post #1063 of 2102
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Agreed. That's one reason I love them so much. I don't listen to my music very loud at all. One reason I don't get along with Audezes. You need to crank those up to really make them shine.
hsubox, so what your saying is that with the RS1's all you need to do is play them and the Audeze's you need to "drive" them? Or don't the Audeze's sound good at lower volume levels.
post #1064 of 2102
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hsubox, so what your saying is that with the RS1's all you need to do is play them and the Audeze's you need to "drive" them? Or don't the Audeze's sound good at lower volume levels.


the lcd x is much better in this regard

typically planars need more juice, volume to sound their best, i had the lcd 2's, and they sounded slower, and more muddy at lower volumes

that did improve at higher volumes.

grado's don't have this problem, the clearness, detail, speed is always there, just my two cents

post #1065 of 2102

Yeah, orthos need the juice and are really not for low volume listening.....definitely not their strong point.

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