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Which Grados?

post #1 of 52
Thread Starter 
I found a Grado dealer in the Houston area, finally. I'm going to go and listen to each one. I'm not going above $200, but want to know, what is the gigantic leap from the SR60 to the SR225? They have them all, but I'm a experimental music listener and want to go with a little idea of what I want...portability is a factor, I only use them for my iPod.
post #2 of 52
The SR225 is the sweet spot in the line, it has more clarity, detail, lows, mids and highs than the SR60 - SR125, and it is smaller than the SR325 making it somewhat portable. To my ears, they sound the best and more flexible than the SR325 for different variety of music. However, I am finding the MS1i close enough to compete with the SR225, though the SR225 is slightly better. If you can get the SR225, I strongly recommend it.
post #3 of 52
Well all Grados are decent from lower sources and your iPod should have no problems with them.

I currently have the SR325 on loan. They sound great however I believe price/performance there are better options.
post #4 of 52
I have the SR225, but I haven't heard any other from the Prestige Series. I love mine and would say they are worth the money (you can get them much cheaper in the FS forums if you're willing to wait it out, but I paid 200 for a new pair 3 years ago and I don't regret a dollar of it).

However, I do not recommend these for portable use. A lot of sound goes in and out (other people can hear your music, and you can hear their conversations) I live in NYC, so it's not very useful for me outside the home. Not sure how noisy Houston is...
post #5 of 52
I second the 225. You can click the 225 in my signature if you want to hear more about how much I love them, but that would probably be overkill.

If you were on the fence, MusicDirect has a pair of 225i for $160!
post #6 of 52
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Originally Posted by foaming at the ears View Post
However, I do not recommend these for portable use.
Sometimes I think this fact is overstated. Compare a set of unamped 225s to a set of unamped 60s and you will definitely still hear a marked difference.

I went the unamped route for a while, but eventually built a CMOY and then bought a mini3.

Bottom line: 225s work well unamped, but shine amped.
post #7 of 52

Agreed!

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Originally Posted by mythless View Post
The SR225 is the sweet spot in the line, it has more clarity, detail, lows, mids and highs than the SR60 - SR125, and it is smaller than the SR325 making it somewhat portable. To my ears, they sound the best and more flexible than the SR325 for different variety of music. However, I am finding the MS1i close enough to compete with the SR225, though the SR225 is slightly better. If you can get the SR225, I strongly recommend it.
I totally agree with this...I've previously owned the SR80, SR125, SR225i and SR325is and the definite sweet spot in the Prestige Series was the SR225.

Totally worth the money to my ears.
post #8 of 52
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Originally Posted by juniperlater View Post
Sometimes I think this fact is overstated. Compare a set of unamped 225s to a set of unamped 60s and you will definitely still hear a marked difference.

I went the unamped route for a while, but eventually built a CMOY and then bought a mini3.

Bottom line: 225s work well unamped, but shine amped.
Agreed, the SR225 is quite portable. Yes, it is an open headphone so sound leaks out. But, it doesn't mean it's not portable. I take my MS1i to libraries when I study. People don't find it too loud, it's no different than people using other open headphone portables, e.g. PX100, portapro and others.
post #9 of 52
Thread Starter 
I'm leaning towards the 225. I'm new to all this Grado/Senn/headphone amp stuff though. What is a good, small amp that's not expensive to hook to my ipod?
post #10 of 52
This is like a sr225 appreciation page. I am going to have to agree with everyone's comments. The sr60 is a great entry level phone, don't get me wrong, but i think the sr225 is well worth the extra money. I have never heard the 125 but have never really heard great raves. I have borrowed the 325 from a friend of mine and was overwhelmed with how bright and sharp sounding the headphones were. I then went with the 225s and couldn't be happier.

As mentioned, these can be powered by your ipod and will sound fine.
post #11 of 52
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Originally Posted by juniperlater View Post
Sometimes I think this fact is overstated. Compare a set of unamped 225s to a set of unamped 60s and you will definitely still hear a marked difference.

I went the unamped route for a while, but eventually built a CMOY and then bought a mini3.

Bottom line: 225s work well unamped, but shine amped.
I meant it as, if you're on the subway and you're listening to your SR225, IDK if you're getting its full potential.

Maybe on a public bus, it is not so bad. But NYC subways are old, loud, and crowded. If he expects to be using the 225 under similar conditions, I would not recommend it as highly.
post #12 of 52
For price/performance, the SR225 cannot be beaten, especially USA buyers.
post #13 of 52
I had the chance to audition every pair in the prestige series and I walked out with the 225. Its a huge jump from the 60, and a bit more pleasant to listen to and easy on the ears than the 325.
post #14 of 52
+1 from another satisfied SR225i owner, I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world... except for an RS1... or a PS1000... Or an HP-1...
post #15 of 52
Hey folks!

I don't have too much to add to what's already been said. I've had every Grado from the SR-80 to the SR-325is and my favorite by far is the 225. It's the most refined and balanced (by Grado standards) of the Prestige series. If you click my review below, you can read my thoughts. If you get one from a fellow Head-Fi'er, it's one hell of a deal. I've been thinking of getting another pair, but that would be overkill. They are acceptable straight from a DAP, but are truly meant to be amped. And are terrific.

Ross
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