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should this review waver me?

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I'm about to plunker down over $200 for a pair of grado 325is's, should this review by phil canard waver my decision? http://www.audioreview.com/cat/headphones-home-audio/headphones/grado/sr-325/PRD_123897_2750crx.aspx

also, I'm coincidentally purchasing a total headroom bithead amp, is this a good combo? is the total bithead a good amp? I've heard from reviewers claiming them to be a little "weak" http://ask.metafilter.com/110694/Save-me-from-the-audio-snake-oil-salesmen

 

thanks in advance for your opinion

 

James


Edited by buffalowings - 6/15/10 at 4:21pm
post #2 of 9

Get them and make your own opinion. If you dont like them, you can always sell them later to us fellow head-fiers.

post #3 of 9

The only reviews i would trust are from experienced head-fier's, you can use the search function for reviews on them...Headphones and the amp. 

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well, I have searched through many reviews, whether on head fi or elsewhere,and these reviews seem to be the most negative and pessimistic so I guess it's well worth a shot, I'll give you my opinions as soon as I receive them

 

James

post #5 of 9

Im not sure if it should waver you, but it is a well thought out review.

 

As much as many will hate to admit it the vast majority of his review is quite valid. He himself says that if you are looking for the grado sound, get it!

post #6 of 9

Phil didn't write a review.  He wrote an editorial.  Nowhere in all of that did he actually review the headphone.  Just a bunch of opinionated wankery.

 

What do you have for a current headphone setup?  What kinds of music do you listen to?

 

My view on the SR325is is that it's not a headphone you want as your primary headphone.  It's a headphone you get after you already have 1 or 2 headphones that you like and want a new headphone that's different and fun.  It's like getting an exotic sports car.  Not a daily driver but for short drives in the right conditions can be a lot of fun.

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Originally Posted by Ham Sandwich View Post

Phil didn't write a review.  He wrote an editorial.  Nowhere in all of that did he actually review the headphone.  Just a bunch of opinionated wankery.

 

What do you have for a current headphone setup?  What kinds of music do you listen to?

 

My view on the SR325is is that it's not a headphone you want as your primary headphone.  It's a headphone you get after you already have 1 or 2 headphones that you like and want a new headphone that's different and fun.  It's like getting an exotic sports car.  Not a daily driver but for short drives in the right conditions can be a lot of fun.


well, my current setup?...a ipod touch and a unamped koss porta pro. I mainly listen to the likes of red hot chili peppers, muse and foo fighters. what would you recommend as my next headphone purchase? a 225i perhaps?

 

thanks

 

James

post #8 of 9

Why not try a pair of entry level Grado like SR60/80 to check out if you like them? If you don't, chances are you won't like 325 and other higher end Grados either. Your ears will tell you a lot more  than any reviews,

By the way, this comes from Joe Grado's website:

 

Quoting Bob Ludwig, he says;

�Hi Joe

I recently borrowed the new top of the line Denon headphones and the new $1,300 Sennheiser 800 headphone. After extensive listening, your stock Signature HP1000 headphones after 25 years of constant use and with no maintenance of any kind still wins by a large margin. My opinion.

I�m still in awe of the upgrading job you did for me. The vast sound improvement must be heard to be believed. I�ll always be grateful, thank you.�

Bob Ludwig is by far the most respected and sought after audio post processor in the world.today. His works are legendary in the industry.

 

Joe is also working on his "Signature holographic microphone system". So there you go, to say Grado doesn't make microphones and headphones for the studio use is not entirely true. :-)

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well, my current setup?...a ipod touch and a unamped koss porta pro. I mainly listen to the likes of red hot chili peppers, muse and foo fighters. what would you recommend as my next headphone purchase? a 225i perhaps?

 

thanks

 

James


I'd suggest looking at the SR225i and lower Grados.  Or an Alessandro MS1.  The 225 and lower Grados work with more music than the 325is.  The 325is gets picky about what it likes to play and what it doesn't.  Compressed and loudnessed modern music like RHCP and Foo Fighters doesn't often play well on the 325is.  I use the 325is for music that retains at least some acoustic flavor and retains plenty of dynamics.

 

I'd also suggest planning to pair the Grado with a second portable friendly headphone that will be more balanced.  Something in the under $100 range, just something that is balanced and different than the Grado.

 

If it came down to a decision of getting a SR225i and no second headphone or getting a SR80, SR125, MS1 along with a second portable friendly headphone then I'd go for getting a lower end Grado (or MS1) and the second headphone.

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