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post #61 of 91

Hi there,

 

Would you rate them above HP1000? Or do they offer anything different from all the other Grados (past or prestent)?

 

Thanks!

 

Paul

 


 

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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

The best Grados, IMO, aren't Grados, but the Symphones Magnums mod of the 325is/MS2i, which I reckon are better in some ways, than the HD-800s which are twice the price. 

 

post #62 of 91

Hmm, some have been less than thrilled w/ their recent v2 Magnums.  

post #63 of 91

RS1 

GS1000

PS1000

 

They are all different ,but I think they are the best Grado.

You gotta try them.

post #64 of 91

The 60 is pretty good jacked straight into an iPod but not so much any other way where they are (more or less) outperformed by the rest of the line. The RS1 is my favorite but mainly for rock/fusion/r&b, etc. The GS1K is great for classical and some jazz with the right amp.

post #65 of 91

wow, i can't believe that it took so long to mention the hf-1, ms-pro, hp1000s (with only the first being described) - all great phones! and of course the one great grado phone that so far hasn't been mentioned is the ps1s - talk about a kick butt rocker!

hf-1s are fun, and the gorgeous hhf-1s can be special beasts - not exactly neutral but quite engaging (headphile did some other variants including the uber rare pf1 (hf1/ps1 headphiled hybrid) with only two of those being made (the further modded one (aka pony woo) is in my possession). if curious about pf-1s search out akathriel's posts about 'em.). hf-2s are a blast. rs-2s are often underrated around here and aren't necessarily inferior to rs-1s - more like a different sonic take on things. please note that grados seem to have higher unit to unit variability, especially amongst the woodies, than other manufacturers. the gs-1s seem to generate more controversy than the other models. they are particularly good for low level listening but their U shaped sonic curve isn't necessarily what one would want for cranking out tunes (but if you want to preserve your hearing they can be an excellent choice...). want neutral phones - john grado cans may not be the pick for you (though the alessandro versions are much more neutral than the grado labeled cans). on the other hand the joe grado hp1000 is one of the most neutral cans ever made - and are really terrific phones - some of the best ever made!

don't have much money and are running unamped and portable - check out the igrado, or if you can find 'em, the sr40s. price be damned, the best grados are the hp1000s (hp2s) and ps1s (omitting modded cans).


Edited by daveDerek - 7/31/10 at 2:02am
post #66 of 91

IMO i think all grados should come with comfies. How expensive are they? It would solve the problems for those that found Grados shrill and uncomfortable

post #67 of 91
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IMO i think all grados should come with comfies. How expensive are they? It would solve the problems for those that found Grados shrill and uncomfortable


the ttvj flat pads are better in my opinion.

post #68 of 91
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Originally Posted by wind016 View Post

IMO i think all grados should come with comfies. How expensive are they? It would solve the problems for those that found Grados shrill and uncomfortable


They're dirt cheap: $10.  I agree with you.  They're probably the most comfortable on-ear cushions Grado has.

post #69 of 91

IMO,the most comfortable Grado pads are the ones on GS1000 and PS1000.

Sadly,the jumbo pads don't sound good with other Grado.

post #70 of 91

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Originally Posted by freakmax  
" IMO,the most comfortable Grado pads are the ones on GS1000 and PS1000. Sadly,the jumbo pads don't sound good with other Grado."


I thought the jumbos sounded nice with the HF-2. Since the HF-2 has a richer sound compared to Grados in the Prestige series, I can't speculate, but I can see how they wouldn't match as well. I mostly used jumbos when I had the HF-2. It expanded the soundstage and seemed to balance it out a bit more without giving up it's Gradoness.

post #71 of 91

Of those I have heard I will say the RS1. Although I am quite sure that would have changed if I had heard an HP1000 or PS1.

post #72 of 91

in my previous post to this thread (#65) i neglected to discuss the ps1000 amongst the best grados. they are an interesting phone having curried extreme favor initially with a couple of guys who have a lot of audio experience and who also know what live and acoustic music actually sounds like. personally having heard them a few times at meets and having lived with a set for a bit they have the worse fit of any grado i've tried, and the sound can be tricky. i didn't care for the highs here but they did sound awfully good off of drew's and todd's big (and pricey) amps (the ttvj 307a amp is one of the great can amps out there!). i'll stick with my earlier recommendation of the hp1000 and ps1s as the best grados made.

post #73 of 91

 

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Originally Posted by jjinh View Post

the ttvj flat pads are better in my opinion.


QFT

post #74 of 91

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Originally Posted by krmathis  
" Of those I have heard I will say the RS1. Although I am quite sure that would have changed if I had heard an HP1000 or PS1."


I had a chance to listen to the HP1000 and they sound as beautiful as they look. I just don't know if I'd invest that much in them. They'd be an amazing gift though. ;) Alas, I don't have any esoteric great-uncles that are leaving me any. LoL

post #75 of 91

The best Grado I have heard is Joe Grado modded HP1000.

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