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post #46 of 52

Thank you whirlwind, cel4145 and Sam21. People are so kind on this forum. Your replies have been most helpful. Does anyone have any time for the SR325i? I am a mainly classical listener, but often stray out to other genres, and I love good sound. What I cannot cope with is brightness at the expense of timbre (AKG Q701), but I can take a lot of ballsy brightness (HD800, take your bow here). Anyway, I was pretty shattered by the sound that came out of the SR-60i which came free (F-R-E-E!) with the Meridian Explorer that I ordered. I was Grado-ed on the spot. Converted. Just like that. Now I am pondering where to go next...

 

And I thought that I only need to get the HE-500s, the T1 and some Audeze or other (and a few tube amps etc) and everything would be fine...

post #47 of 52

Now listening to the Sr-60i cans playing a disc I have just listened to through the HD800s. Oppo 103 > Kimber D60 coax > Schiit Gungnir > Kimber Silver Streak interconnect > Lehmann Linear SE. OK, the Grados are outclassed by the Senns, but not 12x outclassed, and that is the cost difference that we are talking about. Timbre-wise, they blow the Q701s and the HD650s out of the water (pauses to mop fevered brow). OK, not quite out of the water, but they are very, very good.

 

Do all the Grados keep this sense of vivid primary colours? I wouldn't want this sound to become too civilized. The soundstage is a little left/right and hey-diddle-diddle, there's a hole in the middle, but the way that the bass sounds are etched in (pizzicati etc.) is very fetching.

post #48 of 52

Well, guys and gals, I pulled the trigger on a pair of RS1i. I blame you all, and the company that sent me a free pair of SR-60i with a Meridian Explorer... And now the wait. Still, :D

post #49 of 52

I bought the RS1i. Decided to bite the bullet. I am now burning them in. They don't work well with some of the orchestral repertoire that I listen to, on the other hand, the TRANSIENTS! And the MIDS! A new journey.

post #50 of 52
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Originally Posted by Amictus View Post
 

I bought the RS1i. Decided to bite the bullet. I am now burning them in. They don't work well with some of the orchestral repertoire that I listen to, on the other hand, the TRANSIENTS! And the MIDS! A new journey.


Congrats.....wow....you did not mess around   :beerchug: 

 

They will just keep sounding better the more you listen and yeah....the mids are too die for.

 

Happy listening

post #51 of 52

You know, although I have bought the RS1i and modified them with the G cushions (and put the L cushions on the SR60i), I am still tempted to get the SR225i or the SR325i

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post #52 of 52

I own every Grado and Alessandro.  For your budget, the 225i is the clear choice.  It's an excellent can and a safe choice--if you like the SR sound signature.

 

I like the 325is (which some find to be harsh and even sibilant--although I don't)--and the MS-2i even more than both Grados.  However to buy either of them new, you're talking another $100 above your $200 budget.

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