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post #181 of 1542

i just get my sr 225, but i dont find anything amazing, i really cannot describe it, compare with my hd 25, i think hd 25 is better than 225.  but 225 is really bright of the treble, i may listen to HD25 too much, lol, /////////

post #182 of 1542

burn it in for awhile, the grado signature will eventually get to you.wink_face.gif

 

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i just get my sr 225, but i dont find anything amazing, i really cannot describe it, compare with my hd 25, i think hd 25 is better than 225.  but 225 is really bright of the treble, i may listen to HD25 too much, lol, /////////



 

post #183 of 1542


Indeed, give them some time to break in. And try not to A/B constantly, but instead listen to the Grado exclusively for some days. Then if you go back to HD25-1 you will probably find them boring sounding compared to the Grados. Although HD25-1 are very good cans themselves too, so it wouldn't be weird if you preferred them over the SR225.  
 

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burn it in for awhile, the grado signature will eventually get to you.wink_face.gif

 



 

post #184 of 1542

 

I didn't think anything could make my Grado RS1i sound better than the MAD EAR HD but the Asgard to my ears sounds better for third of the price.  The Asgard is warm and smooth but it's more open, more airy, more dynamic and more wider in it's soundstage.  The Asgard with Bifrost driving my RS1i is just magic.  

 

post #185 of 1542
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I didn't think anything could make my Grado RS1i sound better than the MAD EAR HD but the Asgard to my ears sounds better for third of the price.  The Asgard is warm and smooth but it's more open, more airy, more dynamic and more wider in it's soundstage.  The Asgard with Bifrost driving my RS1i is just magic.  

 


What tubes are you using with your MAD amp? Makes a BIG difference.

 

post #186 of 1542

Yeah..that's one thing I regret.  I didn't roll tubes.  I just used stock tubes.  Maybe that's why.  I also think it's because I expected so little out of the Asgard and expected so much out of the MAD EAR.  And right now with the Asgard and Bifrost, it's new toy syndrome.  I guess I'll know better in couple of weeks.  :)

 

I also feel like one day, you're going to add the RS1i again to your list.  :)  The HF-2 just didn't do it for me.  

post #187 of 1542
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Yeah..that's one thing I regret.  I didn't roll tubes.  I just used stock tubes.  Maybe that's why.  I also think it's because I expected so little out of the Asgard and expected so much out of the MAD EAR.  And right now with the Asgard and Bifrost, it's new toy syndrome.  I guess I'll know better in couple of weeks.  :)

 

I also feel like one day, you're going to add the RS1i again to your list.  :)  The HF-2 just didn't do it for me.  



That's an issue then. With the right tubes...say NOS Sylvania Black Plate Triple Mica 5751 and it's a whole new amp and class. The stock Sovtek tubes are barely passable.

 

I'm actually very happy with the HF-2s...over time I've come to prefer them to the RS1/RS1i...quite a bit smoother treble is much less fatiguing over time.

post #188 of 1542

I was shocked to wander into one of our local electronic stores and see lots of headphones too listen too. Among others, they had the RS1i. I was super impressed by my very short audition. Listened to Bach's Cello Solos performed by Mork and some of Brahm's string quartets; the store had a line out set up to an istreamer to some small tube amp (not sure of brand). But these headphones do strings fantastically; they just got it all right. On the other hand, the Q701 sounded remarkably bad. These RS1i are a very special headphone. Wish I had more time to listen more!

 

That being said, that was a fairly uncomfortable headphone for such a price tag.

post #189 of 1542

Just how many threads have you posted this in???
 

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I didn't think anything could make my Grado RS1i sound better than the MAD EAR HD but the Asgard to my ears sounds better for third of the price.  The Asgard is warm and smooth but it's more open, more airy, more dynamic and more wider in it's soundstage.  The Asgard with Bifrost driving my RS1i is just magic.  

 



 

post #190 of 1542

I'm really trying to talk myself out of the PS500...does anyone who has the RS1i and the PS500 think there is much point in owning both?

post #191 of 1542

oh my god detoxguy, me too... haha.. I've been to the local audio shop a few times now just to check out the PS500. Eventhough I don't like the finish but the sound is quite good. Trying to resist owning both rs1 and ps500

 

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I'm really trying to talk myself out of the PS500...does anyone who has the RS1i and the PS500 think there is much point in owning both?



 

post #192 of 1542

Recently bought a new solid state amp to use for my bedside set up for both RS1i's and 650's. But! I am that blown away with the synergy with my RS1i's that I've just stopped using the 650's. I love what the RS1's do with chamber music and small ensembles, but keep my 650's on standby for big orchestral peices. Now I have the best of both worlds with this combo, such a soundstage! big warm bottom end and the top is very smooth. Air between intruments is similar to using 650's with my powerful OTL c3m amp.

 

It has 2 seperate 18v linear power supplies for the dual mono design and this really boosts the soundstage I think. Mosfet design works well with Grados, probably better than most tube amps because you get the current and accuracy from SS with the added warm charactor of tubes.  

 

Its the best amp I've heard yet for the RS1i's and here it is below. (also Mr Neco is a nice chap)

 

http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=%20mosfet%20headphone%20amp%20v2.1&source=web&cd=2&sqi=2&ved=0CC4QFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2Fhigh-spec-Mosfet-headphone-amplifier-V2-1-%2F140620807383&ei=Z8K3TqOBBMWs8gO-_onoDA&usg=AFQjCNFrzFNZ8vZj03k4nblbbfsbazFz0A

 

     

post #193 of 1542

What have you been smoking?

All Grados are very good, some are better than others. This discussion thread is about RS1.

post #194 of 1542

Ummmm, what?
 

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What have you been smoking?

All Grados are very good, some are better than others. This discussion thread is about RS1.



 

 

post #195 of 1542

So I put my S cush quarter mod pads on my RS1i, much more comfortable but seemed to take something away very slightly. I found out about the shack hack mod and I will say I don't feel like I'm wearing headphones now. Great cans and I have been looking at Neco's amps recently though I would need a DAC before I get another amp.

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