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Grado SR125i or SR80i?

post #1 of 58
Thread Starter 

I was wondering what are the differences in these? I read around there isnt any vast improvement between the two models. Is that true?

 

I was thinking of getting one of these two but can't decide. Which one is suited better for trance, rock and metal?

 

I was also thinking of purchasing the Fiio E7 amp alongside with one of these cans but not sure if it is necessary to enhance the audio listening experience cause i realy dont want to spend a lot on it


Edited by deepfear33 - 10/13/10 at 5:41pm
post #2 of 58

No way to audition them?

post #3 of 58
Thread Starter 

^ Theres a store in the city which sells them but i dont want the whole obligation of asking to try them on and buy either one of them when i could get a hell good deal on the net.

post #4 of 58

Grab the 80i's unless you are going for 325is smily_headphones1.gif or maybe 225i at the lowest...

post #5 of 58

I had the SR80i's and I still have the 125i's.

 

They sound very similar, but I felt the 125i's have a slightly smoother mids & highs.  IOW, the "Grado sound" is still there, but isn't quite so pronounced.  The 125i's also come with the beefier cable.

post #6 of 58
Thread Starter 

Is the differrence between the models very noticeable in their respective audio qualities?
 

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Originally Posted by Kevin Brown View Post

I had the SR80i's and I still have the 125i's.

 

They sound very similar, but I felt the 125i's have a slightly smoother mids & highs.  IOW, the "Grado sound" is still there, but isn't quite so pronounced.  The 125i's also come with the beefier cable.

post #7 of 58
Thread Starter 

Bit curious why u wont prefer the 125i. Do they exactly sound the same?

 

Im assuming the 80is have better value
 

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Originally Posted by Lubanja View Post

Grab the 80i's unless you are going for 325is smily_headphones1.gif or maybe 225i at the lowest...

post #8 of 58
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Originally Posted by deepfear33 View Post

Bit curious why u wont prefer the 125i. Do they exactly sound the same?

 

Im assuming the 80is have better value
 


 

Better yet, consider MS1s for the same price as the sr 80
 

post #9 of 58
Thread Starter 

I read in my other thread i made that the ms1 doesnt sound as good as the sr80i (in terms of the treble)
 

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Better yet, consider MS1s for the same price as the sr 80
 

post #10 of 58

I heard the SR80i is just a rebadged MS1? or am I mistaken...

post #11 of 58
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Originally Posted by casuallistener View Post

I heard the SR80i is just a rebadged MS1? or am I mistaken...


MS1 is an Alessandro tweaked version of SR125 to be more neutral, ie. less in your face and tamed highs.

 

To the OP, I would grab the SR80 and pocket the difference. The refinement of going with SR125 is not that noticeable especially with lossy sources.

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Originally Posted by patsyleung View Post




MS1 is an Alessandro tweaked version of SR125 to be more neutral, ie. less in your face and tamed highs.

 

To the OP, I would grab the SR80 and pocket the difference. The refinement of going with SR125 is not that noticeable especially with lossy sources.


So do people generally like the MS1 more or the SR80i?

post #13 of 58

Each have their following. But between the two, it will rest on what type of music you listen to and how sensitive you are to treble.

 

Further reading: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/245510/differences-between-sr80s-and-ms1s

post #14 of 58

I cannot believe the amount of wrong information about the MS1i's here !!

 

The MS1i's are not based on the SR125i, they are based on the SR80i.  They have the same thinner cable as the SR80i and not the beefier cable that the SR125i has.  And the MS1i's do not have the same driver as the SR125i.  The SR125i does have the same driver as the SR225i.

 

As far as sound quality, I find the MS1i's do not sound good at all.  They do not have the bass that the SR80i's, SR125i's, SR225i's, etc, have.  The MS1i's sound like the SR60i's to me.  No bass.  Thin and unsubstantial sounding.  Unauthoritative.  The MS1i's have the same/similar mids and highs that the SR80i's do, not as refined as the SR125i's.  But no bass.  I don't understand anyone who would prefer the MS1i's to either the SR80i or the SR125i if you actually can listen to each model back to back.

 

So now you would naturally think that I am biased again Alessandro headphones.  :-)  Nope, my daily listening pair are the MS2i's.  The SR325i's are too bright, but I find the MS2i's to be a further nice improvement over the SR225i's.  A little bit better bass, and little bit better treble, but not shrill and overpowering like I think the SR325i's are.

 

post #15 of 58
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Originally Posted by Kevin Brown View Post

I cannot believe the amount of wrong information about the MS1i's here !!

 

The MS1i's are not based on the SR125i, they are based on the SR80i.

 


 

Upon further research, you are indeed correct. Sorry for stepping on your toes, sir.

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