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Best grados under 300$

post #1 of 44
Thread Starter 

Well I'm looking into other headphones lately, I have the Senn HD 448, but i want more rockish headphones, and i hear grado are like the quintessential rock headphones, so i was wondering what are the best pair for price, i don't have the budget for something like the RS2i but im thinking some where in the 100-250 range, I'm looking for around ear, are the... oh what are the called Alissandro? cans any good, or are they just repackaged SR125i's?

post #2 of 44

Take a look through this thread. It should be very helpful.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/515803/take-a-look-at-this-grado-graph

post #3 of 44
Thread Starter 

not really what i was looking for.


Edited by WhiteCrow - 11/5/10 at 9:56am
post #4 of 44

Aren't you looking for the "best" Grado's under $300 like your title states? Well, there is no "best" unfortunately -- especially when it comes to Grado. (When it comes to "Grado" and "Price" -- it would be best to just ignore, as it's skewed)

 

Why? Well, the thread explains. All of the Grados under the "Reference Series" sound too similar to pick one and classify it as an all out "best". In fact, many say that cannot hear a difference between them. So you might be perfectly content with "just" the SR80i.


Edited by Katun - 11/5/10 at 10:04am
post #5 of 44
Thread Starter 

.............I'm asking an opinion questing, that graph isn't help full, graphs are all but useless,  they only give a general idea of what you might hear, not what you will actually hear.

post #6 of 44

Sigh. I give up.

 

Did you even read the thread?

post #7 of 44

White Crow,

 

I'm a big fan of 325is with the big G-Cushions.  I think it would be interesting for you to try 225i with the G-Cush.  Soundstage would be more like the Senns but have the Grado punch.  2 cents.

post #8 of 44

The SR 225i is popular and btw the Alessandros are built from the ground up, not repackaged Grados. I haven't tried any myself but I'm interested in trying some one day. . . 

post #9 of 44
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Originally Posted by bbophead View Post

White Crow,

 

I'm a big fan of 325is with the big G-Cushions.  I think it would be interesting for you to try 225i with the G-Cush.  Soundstage would be more like the Senns but have the Grado punch.  2 cents.

Thank you, that's the kind of response i was looking for, so the 225i's with the G-cush you say? i thought that those cups were only for the 1k series, do All grado's use the same housing?


 

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Originally Posted by Katun View Post

Sigh. I give up.

 

Did you even read the thread?


yes i did and that's the conclusion i came to.

post #10 of 44
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Satellite_6 View Post

The SR 225i is popular and btw the Alessandros are built from the ground up, not repackaged Grados. I haven't tried any myself but I'm interested in trying some one day. . . 



ok thats cool, i was looking at them and they looked exactly like the SR 80i's so i was like....hmmmm.

post #11 of 44

Actually, all the current Grado headphones can use the giant G-Cush pads.

 

So you can mix and match S-Cush, G-Cush, or L-Cush with any of the Grados.

post #12 of 44
Thread Starter 

OH REALLY!!! i was gonna say, i may go for a cheaper model of the grados like the 801 or the 125*tight on cash* and get some cups for them, i hate on ear headphones...like just the pads lol.

post #13 of 44

I was going to do that exact same thing -- buy an SR80i with the $45 G-Cush pads. I needed to transform them into something other than "earpad". Like you, I absolutely cannot stand earpad headphones -- even super soft XB300.

 

Although, I ended up buying the SR80i without them -- as I had a feeling I wouldn't like Grados. Turns out, I was right, I didn't like them. But, I did learn that the stock pads are really not that bad. Perfectly fine for shorter sessions.

 

You might want to read up a bit on that transformation though. Some say they really cannot stand the G-Cush on the lower end models. But it may just be preference... (Then again, some really approve of the transformation)

post #14 of 44

You're close to Portland.  I would suggest a trip to 32 Ohm Audio and listen to the Grados yourself.  That's the best way to find out and the best way to find out if the sound difference between the SR80 and SR225 and SR325 is worth the increase in price.  I would also suggest trying each of the SR series headphones with both the comfies and the bowls.  The models below the SR225 now come standard with comfies but you can buy the bowls separate if you prefer the sound with the bowls.  I personally like the bowls and use some EQ to tame the treble that the bowls accentuate.

post #15 of 44
Thread Starter 

thanks ham, yea i have looked into 32 ohm on there "web site" i have yet ot have a chance to go down there.... hopefully i ill for mah birth day!

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