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post #616 of 2103

I'm really Lucky then, because my Grado dealer is only a 15 minutes walk, or a 3 minute drive away!

post #617 of 2103
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Not only that.  Since you have great access to Brooklyn, you can hand deliver your Grados to their location if you need any work done on them.  They'll probably just send you down the street for about an hour to have a cup o' Joe and when you return, the work would be all done.

I've already been inside Grado Labs to pick up the (G) cushions. I called them and told them I was going to be in the neighborhood and asked if I can come in and purchase them directly from them and they were ok with it.

 

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I'm really Lucky then, because my Grado dealer is only a 15 minutes walk, or a 3 minute drive away!

Nice!!!

post #618 of 2103

I just got my RS1i's this morning. Of course, I had to plug them in and do sort of a shootout with my trusty SR225's that I've had seemingly forever. What's crazy is just last night, i was lying back listening to the 225's through the nuforce icon ido, and thinking, darn these sound good. And in all fairness they did, and still do. But the RS1i's are just better. In some ways it's just a subtle improvement. Or it seemed that way at first. But the more I listened the more apparent it became the RS1i's are better all around. Better instrument separation, more realistic sounding instruments and voices, just everything.

 

As they break in, they should get even more fantastic. It does make me think though, should have have gone even further and snared the PS1000's? I guess that will be next years purchase.

 

For now, I'm happy, and plan on hours of listening with the new RS1i's. They are a great looking pair of cans too!

post #619 of 2103

Congratz on your new RS1i, and about the PS1000, I believe that when we get passed about $600, we should say, different, instead of better, therefore in some cases, it will be more a sidegrade, than an upgrade.

 

So, enjoy your RS1i, and even though it's not my case, keep in mind that many people who have heard both, actually preffer the sound signature of the RS1i, to that of the PS1000, wich do indeed sound very different.

 

Happy listening.

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30550 reporting here

 

Bought them in July and somehow i feel they have not opened up yet, sound a bit different from the one i demoed in the store. (how long do they take?!?!)

I am about to sell off my portable rig and listen to my Grados in the quiet comfort of the office or my home. Nothing against the CLAS-db/SR-71B combo sound-wise, but having open cans on the go just does not make sense anymore, to me at least.

Also, as much as i love to listen to music, i also love to read with my kindle and while on the subway i rather just read, as it is safer and have less people staring at me!

Anyway, as people on this thread has hopefully have listened to the RS1's with the following rigs, i would like to ask about your thought and maybe make a bit of a suggestion on what suits me best.

RS1+HRT Streamer II+ and Woo WA6 (maxxed of course) or

RS1+Bitfrost+Asgard 2

I listen mostly to rock n roll.

Both are simple setups and are below $1000. The Schiit combo is cheaper and lots of people rave about it, but the Woo has a customizable tube sound.

 

 

sometime later today, or maybe tomorrow, my rs1i is due to arrive, the headphone i do have currently are the alessandro ms2i, and the grado ps500

of your dac/amp gear you're asking about, i do have experience with the msII+, and i currently have a bifrost,with the uber upgrade

i found the bifrost, even without the uber upgrade better than the hrt, and i had the hrt for a while, its very good.

my amp right now is the lyr, and its great with grado's !!!

the lyr does have the preamp function, but no gain switch, and you can roll its tubes, the lyr i bought used here, the bifrost was a demo

from audioadvisor, i installed the uber board myself, so my lyr bifrost combo was under a $1000

i don't have any experience with any woo gear, but i can but i can enthusiastically recommend schiit products, i've had the modi and magni, and now the uberfrost and asgard , all are outstanding !!

post #622 of 2103
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30550 reporting here

 

Bought them in July and somehow i feel they have not opened up yet, sound a bit different from the one i demoed in the store. (how long do they take?!?!)

I am about to sell off my portable rig and listen to my Grados in the quiet comfort of the office or my home. Nothing against the CLAS-db/SR-71B combo sound-wise, but having open cans on the go just does not make sense anymore, to me at least.

Also, as much as i love to listen to music, i also love to read with my kindle and while on the subway i rather just read, as it is safer and have less people staring at me!

Anyway, as people on this thread has hopefully have listened to the RS1's with the following rigs, i would like to ask about your thought and maybe make a bit of a suggestion on what suits me best.

RS1+HRT Streamer II+ and Woo WA6 (maxxed of course) or

RS1+Bitfrost+Asgard 2

I listen mostly to rock n roll.

Both are simple setups and are below $1000. The Schiit combo is cheaper and lots of people rave about it, but the Woo has a customizable tube sound.

 

Just purchased my RS1i's last Thursday, and I know they haven't burned in yet, the high frequencies are taming down as I use them more, and also the bass is definitely tighening up nicely. I have approxamatly 15hrs on them. What are the differences that you are hearing from the pair you demoed and yours?

Also I've been using either the LD1+/Modi, Magni/Modi or my home system- Adcom GFP-710/Meridian-dac, and they all sound very good, but my home system sounds a bit better to me with these headphones right now,, but there is nothing wrong at all with any of these sources IMO.

Sorry I could not comment on your sources, just figured I would fill you in on my experience so far with my sources, that being said they all have a different sound.

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post #625 of 2103
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they sounded a bit wider, a bit bigger soundstage. I heard it through either a Marantz or a McIntosh preamp/receiver at the store.

 

I had the MODI/MAGNI combo with the 325is and i liked it a lot, except on bad recording (some Metallica, Chilli Peppers). Man, the 325's are very unforgiving!!!

 

 

Just guessing here but I would think that the amp in the store was providing a lot more power than your current setup.  The Lyr is a beast power-wise, so that might help to clear up some of the issues you are having.  Alternatively I've been reading recently that Grados work better with devices with zero-ohm output impedance... something to consider, anyway.

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zero-ohm output impedance?

 

I know very little about tech specs, sorry. Do any of the setups i am considering have that feature?

 

 

You would need to check the specs of the items you are considering... this information should be provided (and if not email the manufacturer and ask).  Mind you, this was one (apparently informed) opinion I read.  My understanding is that some of the FiiO products use this spec (the E07 was cited as having zero output impedance), and they are cheap enough that you could try one almost risk-free and see whether it improves things for you.

post #628 of 2103
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they sounded a bit wider, a bit bigger soundstage. I heard it through either a Marantz or a McIntosh preamp/receiver at the store.

 

I had the MODI/MAGNI combo with the 325is and i liked it a lot, except on bad recording (some Metallica, Chilli Peppers). Man, the 325's are very unforgiving!!!

 

I also own the 325is, and they did not sound good at all through my Adcom/Meridian, but sound great through the Magni/Modi or LD1+/modi, but my 80i's and the RS1i's really sound great through the Adcom/Meridian, but like I said not the 325's.

So maybe the Rs1/80's tend to sound better through a pre-amp headphone out (which is the case with mine). And the sound difference to me is pretty much what you described listening through the Marantz/McIntosh. Dont get me wrong they also sound great through the LD/Schiit combo's, but I agree the RS1i's/80's sound better through my pre-amp headphone out.

Being you said you"had" the M/M combo, I take it you don't anymore? 

post #629 of 2103

I think that the RS1i, or any headphones for that matter get better as they burn in.I know that many people here don't believe in burn in, but I compare headphone burn in to my car's aftermarket Eibach lowering springs. Eibach says to wait a few weeks for the suspension to settle, before making any conclusions.

 

That being said, I think that if you hate a pair of headphone's sound signature, burn in won't make you love them, but if you're on the fence, it might just make enough difference to make you decide to keep them.

 

Sorry for rambling on like that, and since this is an appreciation thread, I think that not only do the RS1i sound good, they're the best looking headphones that grado makes.

post #630 of 2103

I also believe in burn-in and exactly what you said about initially liking a sound signature, if it suits your tastes, in time you will like it even more (almost like falling in love).

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