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Does Grado's "i" really annoy anybody else?

post #1 of 48
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1) It was a minor "improvement"
2) It was done across the entirety of the Grado line
3) The i doesn't differentiate itself amongst other products in the Grado lineup, like the D1001K v. D1001S or ATH M50 v. ATH M50S

Why not just say "we've updated our lineup" and leave it at that. Keep teh same names. Other companies do this ALL the time, for SUBSTANTIALLY larger changes than Grado made with the "i" series.

In protest, I will never refer to their products with an "i" anymore. It's the SR60, SR80, RS1, GS1000, etc. No more of this silly "i" business. If we're talking about models and years, just state the year it was made.
post #2 of 48
Surely it must be better than us trying to have conversations about the Beyerdynamic 770/880/990, which have multiple iterations over time and we have to guess all the time which headphone we're talking about...
post #3 of 48
The "i" versions of the SR phones look significantly different - the have a larger bevelled air chamber and thicker cables. That is enough for me to consider the "i" worth quoting.
post #4 of 48
I will continue to note the 'i'. As in, "my SR-60i's go smashingly well with my iPod."
post #5 of 48
Doesn't bug me...
post #6 of 48
I'm waiting for the iGradoi
post #7 of 48
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Originally Posted by joelpearce View Post
Surely it must be better than us trying to have conversations about the Beyerdynamic 770/880/990, which have multiple iterations over time and we have to guess all the time which headphone we're talking about...
QFT. It's much easier to keep track of production runs this way.
post #8 of 48
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Originally Posted by EddieE View Post
The "i" versions of the SR phones look significantly different - the have a larger bevelled air chamber and thicker cables. That is enough for me to consider the "i" worth quoting.
they also look significantly uglier :\
post #9 of 48
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Originally Posted by gbacic View Post
they also look significantly uglier :\
Matter of opinion.

I've owned versions of both (SR80, SR125i, MS2i, MS1) - I much prefer the "i" look.

In terms of the cables - forget about it. I hate the weedy old style Grado cables. They feel much higher quality with the chunky cables.
post #10 of 48
Plus the "i" tells everyone you are lugging around a cable that feels like a garden hose full of water. I want some credit for all that work.
post #11 of 48
Haha. I also prefer the 'i' look for home use. Sounds a touch better to me, too. For the commute, if ever I decide to don a pair of Grados, it will have to be the non-'i' versions, however. My head is just too big for that increased cup size of the newer models.
post #12 of 48
They really do look quite a lot different, even if they don't sound incredibly different. Thats an important enough difference to make the i relevant, IMHO.
post #13 of 48
Grado kept the line unchanged for years. They updated (Changed) the line all at once. Since the changes are not wholesale changes it makes perfect sense to make the new models an i or maybe a Mk II. There is a difference between the original versions and the i's so the i designation is appropriate.

What's easier; My SR-325i's sound great, or My 2010 SR-325's sound great?

Since the OP no longer owns any Grado i headphones I don't really understand his annoyance at the model designation.
post #14 of 48
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Originally Posted by XLR1 View Post
Plus the "i" tells everyone you are lugging around a cable that feels like a garden hose full of water. I want some credit for all that work.
Quoted for truth.

It's our cross to bear.
post #15 of 48
It's just marketing. iPod, iPad, uDAC, etc. Putting the cute little letters in front (or behind) is the latest electronics marketing fad. Pretty soon we'll probably have the eClip or the uFuze, the HD600i/650i, DT880a, etc.
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