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Is the Grado 225 the right headphone for ME?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Okay guys:

I'm not planning on getting an amp. I believe I'll stick to a high quality source instead. I plan to listen through my desktop and my iPod.
On my desktop, I have an older x-fi fatal1ty edition sound card, but I believe it yields fairly good sound. I read that for the 150-250 range that Grados are one of the best headphones to go UNAMPED. This is important to me as I understand the physics and why some headphones simply need to be amped since they draw so much power and aren't as sensitive. I also looked at the sr80i, senn's 555 and 595s, Audio Technica ATH-AD700 (for $86 bucks). I think the 225 is the sweet spot in Grado's line up in terms of price/performance. I'm currently listening through the icemat siberia headphones and I hope I'll notice a nice improvement with these future phones.

What do you guys think?

Thanks for the help in advance.
post #2 of 11
Yes Grado SR 225i will fit your needs. I'm sure you will be happy with that headphone.
Should you have a limited budget, consider Grado SR 60i, an excellent headphone too.

Click: Grado SR 225i - Headphones | HeadRoom Audio

or Grado SR 60i - Headphones | HeadRoom Audio


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post #3 of 11
Yes Grado SR 225i will fit your needs. I'm sure you will be happy with that headphone.
Should you have a limited budget, consider Grado SR 60i, an excellent headphone too.

Click: Grado SR 225i - Headphones | HeadRoom Audio

or Grado SR 60i - Headphones | HeadRoom Audio


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post #4 of 11
Congrats Valiente! (I hope you like the PA2V2. I love mine--great value and punch!--and Gary is an awesome guy to deal with.)

I'd also like to throw the obligatory (also Grado-made) Alessandro MS-1(i) in the ring as well. I definitely prefer it to the SR-60 or even the SR-125.
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Okay, Since I'm a very price savvy shopper I've narrowed my choice down between the Audio-Technica ATH AD700 FOR 88 ON AMAZON or the 225s. My question is if the AD700s sound as good UNAMPED as do the Grados? I looked at the 700s SPL and impedence and the numbers are identical to the Grado line. So I'm guessing this should sound good unamped too.
post #6 of 11
I like the grado SR-225s a lot. Keep in mind that grados do leak a lot of sound if you are going portable in say a mall,classroom,bus etc.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
I just pulled the trigger on the 700s for $85. Yea, I'm a quick shopper lol. For this price, I'm sure I'll love them
post #8 of 11
You'll be back.

Right around now, you are asking yourself if the Grados would have had more punch down low than the AD700, and the answer is a resounding 'Yes !'.
post #9 of 11
Yeah... I'll give you six months before you end up rocking out to a swell pair of MS-1i's.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by sampson_smith View Post
Congrats Valiente! (I hope you like the PA2V2. I love mine--great value and punch!--and Gary is an awesome guy to deal with.)
Thank you Sampson_smith.
Your a nice fellow headfier here.
Keep it up buddy!
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by bombsight View Post
For this price, I'm sure I'll love them
I hope so, but I've had headphones that I thought were a good value, but after a while, I realized that even if they had come to me as a gift, I still wouldn't want to listen to them. Case in point: the Beyer DT770 Pro/80


At first I thought those Beyers were great, and for a paltry $150. After a couple of weeks I couldn't stand the recessed mids, sibilant treble and boomy gheto-blaster bass. I learned that when it comes to audio gear that you spend anywhere from 5-50 hours a week listening to, get what you will enjoy the most. In the long run the price becomes irrelevant. A year ago I would never have considered spending over $300 on a pair of headphones. Since I got my D7000's I feel like I got a real bargain (especially after a tuned them a bit with a variation of the Markl mod).
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