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OK, I'll talk about Grado mods for a moment.  I'm using the Bilavdieo "Specials" (SR225 Woodies) tonight.  Earlier, I brought down my night-time, going-to-sleep headphones - the Sennheiser HD555s.  These have had the mod performed by removing the foamy rectangles from the screens of the shells.  I thought the Sennheisers sounded OK with my portable players - especially, when winding down to get sleepy and drift off into snooze-land.

 

How was the experience of using the HD555s down here on the main level?  Not too pleasant.  The music just didn't sound accurate to me.  The bass was a bit bloated - not "fast" like it sounds with the Grados.  After switching back and forth for a few songs, the Grados were plugged back in and now I'm enjoying them again with my music.  In all these years of my "music nirvana", which has meant trying to achieve that perfect sound that would fully engage me in the music I'm listening to has been hard to achieve.  Very hard, actually.  Quite expensive, too - when you look at all the gear I've purchased and sold over the years.

 

Well, I'm happy to report that these Grados have helped me reach that "nirvana" - I realize some people don't like the level of detail that they provide.  However, when modified, these things will perform miracles for your listening experience. smily_headphones1.gif

post #3482 of 5003
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Originally Posted by Danthrax View Post
Originally Posted by KneelJung View Post


At some point no amount of reading and obsessing can take the place of making a decision and getting a set of phones to put on your ears. The bigger problem is Grado's are addicting. So whether you end up with the 60 or the 80 at some point your going to want to up Grado. Spending to much time on Head Fi is also a very costly endeavor in and of itself. So your wallet is now basically subject to the whims of your irrational emotional need to try and catch the wind. In a word sir you are...
 


I'm going to disagree with you here I'm not going to buy another Grado. They aren't that addicting. My next headphones are robably going to be Beyerdynamic, or AKG k701. Grados aren't that great for metal.

 

Fair enough. I've been pretty fond of the Grado's I've had and have so far though, starting with the SR60's. The Grado's in general sound great AFAIC and work well with what I listen to. The addiction part was in part hyperbole but speaks to my penchant for spending too much money on this hobby. My broader point to Skerry though was just buy a pair of damn headphones already; and rather than the generic head fi salutation of..."sorry about your wallet," worded my admonition of what spending to much time reading head fi was likely to lead to. Well actually I said it's probably to late.

 

Good luck finding a can that rocks your music, I'd go with the Beyer.

 

And Prog hopefully I'll have some pics of some Blackwoodied Grado's for you soon.

 

 

post #3483 of 5003

good one on the redneck, he seems slightly less confused now with the grados.

 

and since there is no photos yet...

 

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my SR80i's lies shaking in cold, with oh! so many holes punched, meshless and open, so vulnerable to dust and insects, staring at me with those big black magnet plates as if they were waiting form something to happen..... 

post #3484 of 5003
Alright now I've got the router... I need a long enough bit, but this is happening!
Freehand is going to suck, and this may not be perfect for a few tries, but with over a board foot of the stuff I can afford to screw up once or twice.

Any last minute ideas before I get to cutting these up tomorrow?
post #3485 of 5003
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Originally Posted by sml1226 View Post

Alright now I've got the router... I need a long enough bit, but this is happening!
Freehand is going to suck, and this may not be perfect for a few tries, but with over a board foot of the stuff I can afford to screw up once or twice.

Any last minute ideas before I get to cutting these up tomorrow?


Have you checked any of the on-line woodworker supply stores to see what their bit supply looks like?  I'm sure the typical bits offered by Home Depot and Lowes may not have enough depth for proper cuts.  In any regard, keep us posted.  Take lots of pics to share.  I'm sure what you post will provoke some thoughts and inspiration for me ... leading me to get my router out of storage and start hacking at some wood for new cups, too.

 

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Originally Posted by eclein View Post

Hey guys, wow this thread grows so friggin fast...

 My adapter 1/4" to mini is straight from the famous cable maker and all around parts supplier for the masses- Radioshack

It works and I use the Grado's with my portable rig very rarely so I just needed something that worked.

 

I've been launched into the world of IEM's lately so I haven't been following as closely as I'd like.

 

Hey Sharkz check your PM's



 

I've been getting back into IEM's too.. I want to get my hands on a pair of RE-0's really bad.
 

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Originally Posted by JamesMcProgger View Post

lately, the lack post with picts of grados saddens me triportsad.gif



I'll take a few of my latest and post tmrw.. to tired to bother tonight.



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Originally Posted by JamesMcProgger View Post

good one on the redneck, he seems slightly less confused now with the grados.

 

and since there is no photos yet...

 

IMG_0413.JPG

IMG_0417.JPG

IMG_0419.JPG

 

my SR80i's lies shaking in cold, with oh! so many holes punched, meshless and open, so vulnerable to dust and insects, staring at me with those big black magnet plates as if they were waiting form something to happen..... 

that cable twisting like that is making me cringe, I think you put the driver in upside down mate. also, Dynamat.. I just put some on mine and I like it, a lot.
 

 


Edited by chrislangley4253 - 4/30/11 at 12:41am
post #3487 of 5003

LOL It'd be really funny if he goes with AKG for metal.

 

And james thats not good for the solder.... unless you're planning on a recable, I'd do something about it.

post #3488 of 5003

akg are not good for anything... i tried them with anything... ok... not classic but orchestra taken from gothic music... they suck....

post #3489 of 5003

Hi Guys,

 

Well I've just received the SR80 . They are definitely SR80 as it's clearly marked on the actual headphone and with a white SR80 sticker on the Box.

 

But I thought the former SR80 models had bowl pads and SR80i had comfy pads .

 

I've Received SR80 with comfy pads  ?

 

I'm just a little curious about what this ebayer seller is up too . First advertising them as SR60i and then saying it was a mistake and there actually SR80 and now receiving them without bowl pads ?

 

Can't complain about the sound though, is of a overall  Good quality  .

 

Relaxed  smooth bass ,decent mids and the highs are all nicely balanced to make for a pleasurable, though very open, headphone listening experience  .

 

I listen to Dance,electronic,house,trance,tribal percussive styles of sound for which they are a relaxed listen though not as responsive as a Good quality closed headphone like HD25's as these capture the bass far more efficiently   .

 

I can hear why they are very popular for rock music as they really let the sound breath, which I imagine would suit the reverberation information in much rock music .Especially Live recordings .

 

Just a few first impressions as I've only head the SR80's approx an hour .

 

 

Added note:

 

Grado's are  very Good for music that feature "natural" instruments  that have a  "Air " presence .

 

For example on a  House track that features many Native Percussion's - drums made out of wood and skin etc the Grado's  play these Types of percussion's very naturally.

 

I would not recommend the grado's for Pure electro tracks with synthesized Drums and bass ( Though I guess many have already noted that).They don't have the responsive edge and speed across the whole frequency range to give you that "connected" to the music sound with electro styles of music ,like trance for example .They play the High mids to highs frequencies well ,  they are less responsive then other monitor styles of closed headphones @ capturing  Rhythmically fast  low frequencies .

 

So as many have said very Good for traditional rock not quite so Good for Electronic ,Dance.

 

Nice addition to my collection though as they certainly do have a sound that is there own :-)

 

Extra note: Placing a hole in the pads slightly smaller than the speaker housing improves musical clarity .

 

 

 

 


Edited by ib1dance - 4/30/11 at 10:08am
post #3490 of 5003

So does anybody have any mods they want to show us??

 

We should make everybody post and post with a pic of their modded Grado's or current ones they are listening too.

post #3491 of 5003
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Originally Posted by Saintkeat View Post

LOL It'd be really funny if he goes with AKG for metal.

 

And james thats not good for the solder.... unless you're planning on a recable, I'd do something about it.



I really don't think you understand death metal/melodic death metal. I know there won't be bass but that isn't what I'm looking for if I want a bass attack I'll go to a live show. I want headphones that are analytical with separation and soundstage (the opposite of the Grado signature). I like having very different headphones. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxMkIm5JxkM <-- stuff like this very complex with a lot of background detail. It does sound good on Grados but I want to experience the music from a different angle? Do you get what I'm saying I want to hear the things that aren't emphasized with the Grados.

post #3492 of 5003
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Originally Posted by Danthrax View Post





I really don't think you understand death metal/melodic death metal. I know there won't be bass but that isn't what I'm looking for if I want a bass attack I'll go to a live show. I want headphones that are analytical with separation and soundstage (the opposite of the Grado signature). I like having very different headphones. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxMkIm5JxkM <-- stuff like this very complex with a lot of background detail. It does sound good on Grados but I want to experience the music from a different angle? Do you get what I'm saying I want to hear the things that aren't emphasized with the Grados.




This stuff has great separation and background detail on my Grado's, perhaps you are using comfies or flats, but on my vented 60i with bowl pads, the music is clear. Grado's become a totally different phone when you put bowls on, this is why all the higher end phones have bowls or jumbos, there's only so far you can take comfies (in my opinion of course but I've tried all pads but jumbos and the difference is quiet apparent, as long as you can get the bass level up to your satisfaction through venting, I find bowls to be vastly superior)


Edited by TakashiMiike - 4/30/11 at 8:53am
post #3493 of 5003

Looks like I've got a SR80'i's that had a SR80 sticker on the Box :-) .

 

SR80 on the left SR80i on the Right

 

More info on the difference http://www.goodcans.com/HeadphoneReviews/Reviewss/GradoHeadphones2009.html

 

GradoSR80vsSR80i.jpg

 

 

mmm....? to mod or not to mod . Think I'll get more familiar with the unmodified sound before I hear if modification improves the sound to my liking


Edited by ib1dance - 4/30/11 at 9:00am
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Originally Posted by Danthrax View Post





I really don't think you understand death metal/melodic death metal. I know there won't be bass but that isn't what I'm looking for if I want a bass attack I'll go to a live show. I want headphones that are analytical with separation and soundstage (the opposite of the Grado signature). I like having very different headphones. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxMkIm5JxkM <-- stuff like this very complex with a lot of background detail. It does sound good on Grados but I want to experience the music from a different angle? Do you get what I'm saying I want to hear the things that aren't emphasized with the Grados.


Personally I think we all have different headphones for different genre's. Not all music presented the same even when it's Encoded. 

Oh yeah lets not forget our each individual hearing ranges.

 

 


Edited by Majestic - 4/30/11 at 9:34am
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Originally Posted by ib1dance View Post

Hi Guys,

 

Well I've just received the SR80 . They are definitely SR80 as it's clearly marked on the actual headphone and with a white SR80 sticker on the Box.

 

But I thought the former SR80 models had bowl pads and SR80i had comfy pads .

 

I've Received SR80 with comfy pads  ?

 

I'm just a little curious about what this ebayer seller is up too . First advertising them as SR60i and then saying it was a mistake and there actually SR80 and now receiving them without bowl pads ?

 

Can't complain about the sound though, is of a overall  Good quality  .

 

Relaxed  smooth bass ,decent mids and the highs are all nicely balanced to make for a pleasurable, though very open, headphone listening experience  .

 

I listen to Dance,electronic,house,trance,tribal percussive styles of sound for which they are a relaxed listen though not as responsive as a Good quality closed headphone like HD25's as these capture the bass far more efficiently   .

 

I can hear why they are very popular for rock music as they really let the sound breath, which I imagine would suit the reverberation information in much rock music .Especially Live recordings .

 

Just a few first impressions as I've only head the SR80's approx an hour .

 

 

Added note:

 

Grado's are  very Good for music that feature "natural" instruments  that have a  "Air " presence .

 

For example on a  House track that features many Native Percussion's - drums made out of wood and skin etc the Grado's  play these Types of percussion's very naturally.

 

I would not recommend the grado's for Pure electro tracks with synthesized Drums and bass ( Though I guess many have already noted that).They don't have the responsive edge and speed across the whole frequency range to give you that "connected" to the music sound with electro styles of music ,like trance for example .They play the High mids to highs frequencies well ,  they are less responsive then other monitor styles of closed headphones @ capturing  Rhythmically fast  low frequencies .

 

So as many have said very Good for traditional rock not quite so Good for Electronic ,Dance.

 

Nice addition to my collection though as they certainly do have a sound that is there own :-)

 

 

 

 



 



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Originally Posted by ib1dance View Post

Looks like I've got a SR80'i's that had a SR80 sticker on the Box :-) .

 

SR80 on the left SR80i on the Right

 

More info on the difference http://www.goodcans.com/HeadphoneReviews/Reviewss/GradoHeadphones2009.html

 

GradoSR80vsSR80i.jpg

 

 

mmm....? to mod or not to mod . Think I'll get more familiar with the unmodified sound before I hear if modification improves the sound to my liking


 

Definitely mod. You will hear that increase in bass that you are striving for... Remove that cloth on the driver, and quarter mod the pads for sure (actually, i prefer more of like a half dollar or larger cut out.. I take away all the material that covers up anything. Then, your next stage will be poking the holes and adding dynamat. I'd poke the holes two at at time (it'll be easy to get them apart once you do it once). I'm up to 7 on my pair. Electronic music, well, all music really sounds better with the increased bass response.. It just adds an oomph, not muddiness. The dynamat helps clean it up a bit, but i wouldn't wait until i had dynamat to start punching holes. I really like where my grado's are sitting right now for all music types.

 

I forgot to add in replacing the grille, this one is easy and a no-brainer as well. All it can do is improve the sound and looks. I'd go without a grille before i'd leave the stock one in for long. However, I do commend you on your self control to not mod right away.. I had mine taken apart 15 minutes after receiving them.


Edited by chrislangley4253 - 4/30/11 at 9:34am
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