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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
Im looking to buy one, but not sure which.

after heavy research it appears the 225i is more forward and colored than the 325i. It seems the 325i is more neutral sounding.

I am caught up between the 225i and the MS2i. Which do you think would be a better choice. I do not like neutral airy sounding. I want a forward sounding with decent bass. Those 414 yellows look so yummy

any advice you can give is appreciated. I've a 200$ budget and i should be able to afford any one of the three, the 225, 325 or the MS2i
post #2 of 29
I've owned almost all of the non-i Grado models except the SR125 and SR325i, and the 225 is definitely the best bang-for the-buck Grado. I don't know how much the "i" versions have changed up this game, but I personally found the RS1i to be much better than the RS1 because of the lack of midbass hump. And the SR325 was too bright, dependent, and forced on the treble, so I definitely could see how some people could become fatigued from it.
post #3 of 29
I think the bass of 225i is a little better than 225. What kind of music do you usually listen to?
post #4 of 29
The best bang Grado is SR60 I assume. And the next one is the SR225. Therefore I suggest SR225 for you. Rock on Grado!
post #5 of 29
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The best bang Grado is SR60 I assume. And the next one is the SR225. Therefore I suggest SR225 for you. Rock on Grado!
I would agree. I have owned all sorts of Grados and even though I have settled on the GS1000, I constantly debate picking up another pair of 225i in the future for listening to rock records.

I don't know what kind of music you are in to. With that said, if you don't want airiness and are not concerned with neutrality go with the RS225i--you'll save a couple bucks and won't experience a 'what if' moment. The 325i aren't bad at all but (IMHO) their sound signature doesn't seem to match what you're looking for.

For a significantly better Grado sound beyond the 225i I would argue that you'd have to make a jump to the RS1i.

(for punchy/ forward music) They are the kind of HP that you just throw on your head and don't think about it. They don't need a 'good amp' to be enjoyable. Out of a basic AV receiver or preamp the bass is super tight* and the highs have quite a bit of energy. Obviously the better the source the better the 225i will sound, but they are no slouch when driven by an iPod either.


*I don't remember if the bass extends very deep (if that matters to you). They will surely kick you in the chest, maybe just not make you loosen your bowels.
post #6 of 29
Hi. I use the 325is everyday. They are "bright with a decent bass" as you ask for. I don't feel fatigue when I use them for two or three hours. Anyway I must say my Phonak PFE are much more relaxing, not doubt.
post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by vinnievidi View Post
I would agree. Go with the RS225i over the RS325i--especially if you don't want airy-ness. You'll save a couple bucks and won't experience a 'what if' moment. They are instant excitement.
airy-ness .I don't understand could you please elaborate.
post #8 of 29
I would say what pads you plan to use should play a part in your decision.

If you plan on flats - well they produce as much bass as anyone would reasonably want with the MS2i and are not overly bright at all. I haven't herad SR225i but if they are the "bassy" one of the family - maybe with Flats they would be bloated?

If you plan on bowls, which are notoriously bright and minimise bass, then the SR225i (noted for being the least bright and most bassy of the prestige gang) would look like the obvious choice to balance that out.

EDIT: BTW, if you can remotely afford a used pair of RS1, get them now. You'll only get Grado envy later down the line if you don't. I sat with some RS1 at a recent meet for quite a while and was utterly involved with them. I am currently working out what I can sell and how long I will have to save to get myself a pair. They are that good.
post #9 of 29
Before you purchase another set of cans let's get the priorities in order:

1. Bills
2. Child support / alimony
3. Home maintenance
4. Auto care
5. ?


thought I bring that up as I have a couple of friends who heavily invest in audio equipment but yet their homes are falling apart, drive rickety cars, wear clothes from the stone age and eat ramen noodles.
post #10 of 29
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Originally Posted by Ear Damage View Post
Before you purchase another set of cans let's get the priorities in order:

1. Bills
2. Child support / alimony
3. Home maintenance
4. Auto care
5. ?
can't agree more. good sounding music can only go so far to comfort you if you can't get your life in order first.
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by Ear Damage View Post
Before you purchase another set of cans let's get the priorities in order:

1. Bills
2. Child support / alimony
3. Home maintenance
4. Auto care
5. ?


thought I bring that up as I have a couple of friends who heavily invest in audio equipment but yet their homes are falling apart, drive rickety cars, wear clothes from the stone age and eat ramen noodles.
^ All hugely overrated.

My advice is to sell your children and your kidneys and get some good headphones.
post #12 of 29
Another vote for the sr225i!
post #13 of 29

One more...

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Originally Posted by Palpatine View Post
Another vote for the sr225i!
Me too!
post #14 of 29
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by tang View Post
I think the bass of 225i is a little better than 225. What kind of music do you usually listen to?
I will be using them for mostly Rock and Metal. Guthrie Govan and Marco Sfogli, very light classical ( meaning the occasional classical or accoustic Jazz song in the playlist ) Mostly rock though.

lol, my life isn't in question and it wont effect anything really, I work from home now hehe )

1. Bills - Condo ftw
2. Child support / alimony - Thankfully none
3. Home maintenance - I recently finished fixing my condo up a little :P
4. Auto care - lol what car?
5. ? - Outside of litter for my kitty, I'm good to go on the grado
post #15 of 29
My first Grado was the 225, I never looked back but looked to upgrade lol. I agree if you can save up a little bit go for a used RS1, its sound signature is similar to the 225 but much more refined.
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