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I need a good amp for Grado headphones <$200

post #1 of 12
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Hello everyone:

I own a pair of Grado SR80i and although they sound good directly plugged to my iPod, I've read they can sound even better when amped. I'm also planning to upgrade up the Grado line, so I was wondering: which amp would be recommended for Grado headphones? I'm looking for an amp that I can use with my SR80i, but also with future purchases (like the SR225i).

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For the uber-cheap, the PA2V2 was a great match and at $65 shipped very hard to beat. And Gary's service (and lifetime warranty) are pretty hard to beat.

post #4 of 12

Try the mini3 (either from a DIYer or an established one like Rockhopper Audio), it's a great value for an amp which has more than enough power that sounded great with lots of Grados i've tried with them - SR80, SR325is, MS1i, RS1. I was lucky enough to get mine for just $60 ish from a local DIYer.

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Originally Posted by Azathoth View Post

Try the mini3 (either from a DIYer or an established one like Rockhopper Audio), it's a great value for an amp which has more than enough power that sounded great with lots of Grados i've tried with them - SR80, SR325is, MS1i, RS1. I was lucky enough to get mine for just $60 ish from a local DIYer.


Thanks for the suggestion. I just did a small research on this amp and I've read really good reviews. Since I'm not good with DIY stuff, where can I buy one and for how much?


Edited by LaDolceVita - 7/5/10 at 4:29pm
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You could get one on ebay from Solder_Monkey with premium components for around $120 new. Or you can also search for MisterX and ask him to if he could make you one for probably around the same price. I got mine from Solder_Monkey and the sound quality is really fantastic with my SR325i, go with the mini3 and I guarantee you will love its sound.

 

here is the link to the Mini3 on ebay

 

http://stores.ebay.com/solder-monkey-worx

 

For the price of the Mini3, you can also squeeze in a good interconnect with your budget.


Edited by dizzyraider - 7/6/10 at 12:27am
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

For the uber-cheap, the PA2V2 was a great match and at $65 shipped very hard to beat. And Gary's service (and lifetime warranty) are pretty hard to beat.


Good to hear! I have one on the way that I will be using with my SR60i's.

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Good to hear! I have one on the way that I will be using with my SR60i's.


Great value amp and sounds really good with Grados. I think you'll be impressed.

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Originally Posted by dizzyraider View Post

You could get one on ebay from Solder_Monkey with premium components for around $120 new. Or you can also search for MisterX and ask him to if he could make you one for probably around the same price. I got mine from Solder_Monkey and the sound quality is really fantastic with my SR325i, go with the mini3 and I guarantee you will love its sound.

 

here is the link to the Mini3 on ebay

 

http://stores.ebay.com/solder-monkey-worx

 

For the price of the Mini3, you can also squeeze in a good interconnect with your budget.

 

Did you buy a charger too? I you did, which one?
 

post #10 of 12

I think he offers the charger as well as extra, you can ask him about it. Otherwise any 15v 0.5a that uses the same barrel plug will do.

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Great value amp and sounds really good with Grados. I think you'll be impressed.


Just got it a few minutes ago, and yes, it really does work well with my SR60i's.

post #12 of 12

Good to know, just picked up a Grado SR80i.

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