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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Will this soundcard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829132014&cm_re=xonar_st-_-29-132-014-_-Product 

 

power these headphones http://www.gradolabs.com/product_pages/sr325.htm   without  any trouble  

 

I am really thinking about these cans, as I already have the sound card.....I just dont want to be disappointed and find I need a headphone amp other that what is on the card.

post #2 of 17

It absolutely will. Any Grados sound pretty damn decent unamped.

post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 

OK, Thanks for the fast response

post #4 of 17

Considered the MS-1s with bowls?  I own MS-1s, have heard the 325i's, and while the 325i's did have a SLIGHTLY clearer sound with cymbal crashes, for example, I simply don't see paying that much more for such a minimal upgrade.

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Originally Posted by I3eyond View Post

Considered the MS-1s with bowls?  I own MS-1s, have heard the 325i's, and while the 325i's did have a SLIGHTLY clearer sound with cymbal crashes, for example, I simply don't see paying that much more for such a minimal upgrade.


So what was the amplifier the 325i was connected to? If you're listening to a MS-1 vs SR325i unamped or connected to a budget amplifier and even a poor source for that matter, you're not going to hear the differences in sound that justify the cost.

post #6 of 17


The Grado amp.
 

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So what was the amplifier the 325i was connected to? If you're listening to a MS-1 vs SR325i unamped or connected to a budget amplifier and even a poor source for that matter, you're not going to hear the differences in sound that justify the cost.

post #7 of 17

The RA-1 is a horrible amplifier, grossly overpriced and incompetent. It is pretty much a budget amplifier design inside a fancy wooden enclosure. A cmoy does not let you hear a difference between those two headphones, I believe you if you say you can't hear much difference when you're listening through something like that.


Edited by kite7 - 10/10/10 at 10:36pm
post #8 of 17

I've already A/Bing MS1i and MS2i through some amps (from portable to dekstop), and yeah, for me MS2i with good amping is clearly better than MS1i, otherwise MS1i win I think, because MS2i can be too piercing with unmatch amp.

post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

I think I am going to give the Grado SR325i's a go.....everything that i have read, tends me to believe that they should sound darn good and perform well on my Xonar Essence ST

 

How much will a set of pads for the Grado 1000 set me back?

 

I have read where they play nice with the SR325i.

post #10 of 17

45 bucks but well worth it, IMHO.  I have that combination and love it.

post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by bbophead View Post

45 bucks but well worth it, IMHO.  I have that combination and love it.



Thanks....where did you buy those from, and thanks again for the info.

post #12 of 17

My dealer in Austin got them from Grado.

post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks, I am sure I could pick them up somewhere online.

post #14 of 17

TTVJ also has those big pads, and he's a great guy.  You could also pick up the flats he offers, and then you'd have a very interesting comparison.

 

BTW, I don't like the MS1i's at all.  No bass.  They sounded more like SR60i's than any Grado above that model with their more refined, punchier, and impactful bass.  But my go-to pair right now are the MS2i's.  The SR325is's are too bright IMO compared to the MS2i's.  My two favorite Grado's right now are the SR225i for value, and the MS2i's for the best sound.

 

post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 

thanks for that info.....how much would the flats run a set

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