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post #1036 of 5003

Dangit, that looks so awesome blink.gif

 

Anyway, how far up the Grado ladder would you say the mods are about now? I'm thinking the 235s are looking pretty shabby about now :))
 

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Alrighty, here are pictures of my newly put together, stained, lacquered, and grilled "oakies". This is as far as I am going to take the oak, unless I can't get my hands on some mahogany this weekend.

 

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post #1037 of 5003
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Hm... I've been meaning to order the SR80i's for a while now, though I really would have preferred the SR225i in terms of performance. Only real problem is that it terminates in a 1/4" plug. I KNOW that I can just mod the wire so that it'd end in a 1/8",  but I've no experience at all with modding anything electronic. My grade in that class was... Not quite up to snuff, to be honest.

 

Any advice from my senior head-fi'ers? And... In the event that I DO get a pair of SR80i's instead, the modding shouldn't be too much different from that of the 60, right?


Wait, you guy had an electronics class? Lucky bastards... I would make an A in that.

 

Also, the 60is and 80is are almost identical.


Haha, being relatively young DOES (how to get italics to work?) have its advantages. :))

For one thing, we get to go through all sorts of new stuff. Not always a good thing, though. Eight out of ten kids in my class can't even write decent cursive anymore... Luckily, I'm in the remaining 20%  :))

 

Yeah, I'd sorta forgotten that when I made that post.

 

P.S.

@BizFromQC:

Well, yeah, I guess so. Thing is, though, I might save up for the same kind of wire Mr. Bilavideo used on his SR60s, so I might as well do the whole thing over from scratch with a gold-plated plug. Besides, I'm gonna be using it mainly for on-the-go usage (isn't that phrase redundant?), so a 1/4" plug won't make much sense in my case. 

 

That's a fair point, though... Why bother getting the SR225i's when I can get a pair of cheaper (but potentially better-sounding) Grados?

 

Thing is, think I should get the Alessandro MS-1i's instead of the Grado SR80i's? If I'm gonna be getting rid of that button thing on the grille anyway, might as well get it over with from the start, huh? biggrin.gif

Hmm... If I DO (seriously, why won't italics work?) get the Alessandros and mod them in the same manner, I wonder how would they sound compared to Mr. Bilavideo's SR60s?

post #1038 of 5003

General consensus is that Alessandros are more neutral than Grados. I have heard SR80, SR325, MS-1, MS-Pro and I have to agree. The SR80 and SR325 were more aggressive.

 

With the MS-1 you can always mod them to MS1000, which I am listening to right now. They are great for casual listening I might add. They might not be the best for a portable solution but then no Grado really is imo because of the open design.

 

If I were to buy a budget Grado it would either be the SR60 or SR225. The SR80 is more expensive than the SR60 and doesn't even come with bowl pads. Instead they come with the nasty comfies (MS-1 do too btw, booooh).

post #1039 of 5003

That bites...

 

But can't I just order a pair of bowl pads on eBay or something? How much would they set me back, and how would they affect the SQ? 

post #1040 of 5003

Yep, that is possible but might as well get the SR-225 while you are at it (IMO). Comfies are worthless pads and deserve to die.

 

Comfies muffle the sound in a big way. You can mod them however by simply cutting a hole in the middle of the pads.

post #1041 of 5003

When I first purchased my sr-80i, I decided on that specific model because I found a great deal on Ebay for 110$US shipped to my place (I live 5 mins from Ottawa.) That's a great price considering that the best local price was 115$ for the SR-60i and 150$ for the SR-80i.  I also had no idea I was going to mod it, I just thought I was going to buy it, enjoy it and be done with it (oh boy was I wrong). The 225i locally is at best 250$ on sale...

 

Had I known I was going to mod it I may have looked for a SR-60i instead but I don't regret my purchase at all, the 80i is a great pair of headphones smily_headphones1.gif I got the bowl pads for 30$CAN locally too... I tried the quarted mod on the comfies but I really prefer the bowls over the comfies.

 


 

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Originally Posted by apatN View Post

Yep, that is possible but might as well get the SR-225 while you are at it (IMO). Comfies are worthless pads and deserve to die.

 

Comfies muffle the sound in a big way. You can mod them however by simply cutting a hole in the middle of the pads.

post #1042 of 5003

SR225s pop up in the F/S forums here very often. Usually they sell around 150$...

post #1043 of 5003

I would love to step up the line eventually. If anything it would be to an RS2 likely. I briefly auditioned 325i's several years ago at a shop, but didn't have any of my own music and it was through the HP out of a mid-grade Denon CDP. I really can't remember/comment how they sounded. Would love to hear them again. I have had my SR-60's for around 4 years now and they have gotten decent usage. The mods definately bring them well above where they were before. Haven't had a chance to listen for more than 20 minutes since I finished them, but I noticed a nice difference, especially in bass. I am using modded comfies now, but need to try with my bowls again (which are currently taped).

 

If I do anything else to these guys, other than a new set of better cups, it will be a recable. I never listen to these portably so I would want a 1/4" jack. Especially now that I listen out of my G2, which has really flimsy jacks, the 1/8" to 1/4" jack is too long and puts a lot of un needed force on my jack due to its leverage.

 

I do have to figure out if I want to spend more money and on what. I am currently planning a week long trip to Jamaica for the gf and myself which will suck a lot of funds. But the big decision is what I am upgrading next. Its either going to be a Spin Clean to clean my vinyl (~350 albums), a new Phono Preamp (Musical Fidelity V-LPS plus Power Supply), or a Little Dot Mk1+. I love the tube sound and really need an upgrade over my Indeed G2. It is a great beginner amp, but a little noisy for my liking, even with rock.

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 Comfies are worthless pads and deserve to die.

 

 

Are "comfies" the stock pads the SR-60's come equipped with??

 

Bill.

post #1045 of 5003

Big Bill... I believe that the 60s, 80s and 125s all come with the comfies. My sone just bought a pair of 80s and I bought a pair of 125s and they came with comfies. I believe that you get the bowls with the 225s, 325, RS2, RS1... then with the models PS1000 and GS1000 your get the really big bowls.

post #1046 of 5003
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Had I known I was going to mod it I may have looked for a SR-60i instead but I don't regret my purchase at all, the 80i is a great pair of headphones smily_headphones1.gif I got the bowl pads for 30$CAN locally too... I tried the quarted mod on the comfies but I really prefer the bowls over the comfies.

 

 

If you don't mind, where did you get the bowl pads from? I like my ms1's sound but I can't stand the "comfies" pads, makes my ears all itchy. 

post #1047 of 5003

If you don't like the comfies, the bowls are even more uncomfortable IMHO. I have had mine a few years and they still aren't nearly as comfy as the comfies. I wear my glasses at night before bed and I can barely wear the Grados with the bowls, however it is a lot less of a problem with the comfies on.

post #1048 of 5003

Somewhere down the line, I would like to see a Bilagrado vs a Magnum.

post #1049 of 5003
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Somewhere down the line, I would like to see a Bilagrado vs a Magnum.


For a $400 'pro' mod versus a <$30 DIY mod that would certainly be an interesting comparison. If the results are what I expect then Symphones might be in some trouble...

post #1050 of 5003

Well the magnums replace the housing and coat the drivers... not too different from all the shenanigans we've been pulling off in this thread.

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