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Is this a real Grado SR325is?

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Hi,

 

I'm a new member here (joined a couple days ago) and I need your help in determining the legitimacy of these 'phones. I purchased them a couple weeks ago from Shoreline Music at Amazon.com, and there's something different about the exterior. As you can see below, the aluminum that houses the drivers is much shinier and more reflective than the ones that are in the picture I found online. 

 

(Online)

sr325is.png

 

(What I have)

Photo 17.jpg

 

At first I thought these were either 325 or 325i, not 325is, but when I looked them up on Google they looked the same so the housing doesn't seem to have changed over the course of model improvement. In terms of sound--although I'm very new to the world of audiophilia (that just sounds weird, correct me if I should use another word)--these cans sounded superior to my Sony MDR-XB700, and they came in a sealed box, so they're probably real, although I can't be sure. Maybe I'm overreacting to something really small that I don't know about, but please help me out! I'm a noob :P Thanks.

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Hi,

 

I'm a new member here (joined a couple days ago) and I need your help in determining the legitimacy of these 'phones. I purchased them a couple weeks ago from Shoreline Music at Amazon.com, and there's something different about the exterior. As you can see below, the aluminum that houses the drivers is much shinier and more reflective than the ones that are in the picture I found online. 

 

(Online)

sr325is.png

 

(What I have)

Photo 17.jpg

 

At first I thought these were either 325 or 325i, not 325is, but when I looked them up on Google they looked the same so the housing doesn't seem to have changed over the course of model improvement. In terms of sound--although I'm very new to the world of audiophilia (that just sounds weird, correct me if I should use another word)--these cans sounded superior to my Sony MDR-XB700, and they came in a sealed box, so they're probably real, although I can't be sure. Maybe I'm overreacting to something really small that I don't know about, but please help me out! I'm a noob :P Thanks.


woah...those are some shiny housings, do they actually look like that in real life, or is it just the pics? looks like it came out of a car bumper factory, is it possible that the 3rd party seller rechromed them, gave them more "bling blong"? everything else checks out, the thick cabling, the lettering, but the housing is way too shiny


Edited by buffalowings - 12/28/10 at 1:02pm
post #3 of 153

If they're great sounding and uncomfortable as heck, then it's the Real McCoy.

post #4 of 153

The news ones are chrome instead of brushed aluminum. They're real.

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The news ones are chrome instead of brushed aluminum. They're real.



that's...crazy >_> not doubting your words, just the direction grado took with the 325i...

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Originally Posted by ArmAndHammer View Post

The news ones are chrome instead of brushed aluminum. They're real.



really.........................why would grado do such a thing.

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Originally Posted by ArmAndHammer View Post

The news ones are chrome instead of brushed aluminum. They're real.



really.........................why would grado do such a thing.



my thoughts exactly...imagine doing the same to a rerun of the 325is (goldies) they'll look like something 50 cent would put on the center of his hubcaps

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x2
 

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The news ones are chrome instead of brushed aluminum. They're real.

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x2
 

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Originally Posted by ArmAndHammer View Post

The news ones are chrome instead of brushed aluminum. They're real.


 


email reply from grado to kkennally 

 

 

Just got an e-mail back from Grado....

 

Hi Kevin
 you have the most recent 325is that we make.

Thanks for choosing grado.

 

not a fan of the new looks...

post #10 of 153

My understanding is that it's cheaper to chrome them rather than have the brushed aluminum, and it produces more consistent results. I don't like them either. I am glad my Grado dealer had one set of old ones left, the goldies.


Edited by ArmAndHammer - 12/28/10 at 1:14pm
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My understanding is that it's cheaper to chrome them rather than have the brushed aluminum, and it produces more consistent results.

and less enviromentally friendly, the chroming process isn't exactly something very clean, not to mention worse results even if it is more consistent, wonder if they'll give the ps1000 the same treatment...hmmm

 

who am i kidding, i don;t care about the enviroment in this case, the new look really upsets me, that's all


Edited by buffalowings - 12/28/10 at 1:25pm
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Thread Starter 


 

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Originally Posted by buffalowings View Post

woah...those are some shiny housings, do they actually look like that in real life, or is it just the pics? looks like it came out of a car bumper factory, is it possible that the 3rd party seller rechromed them, gave them more "bling blong"? everything else checks out, the thick cabling, the lettering, but the housing is way too shiny


(Wow that was really fast response, thanks guys) They really do look like that in real life--although the flash from my macbook probably added to that "bling blong"

 

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Quote:
Originally Posted by ArmAndHammer View Post

The news ones are chrome instead of brushed aluminum. They're real.



really.........................why would grado do such a thing.


I was really hoping for the brushed aluminum housing because of its rugged look. Shame on Grado, but glad to hear they're real :)

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and less enviromentally friendly, the chroming process isn't exactly something very clean, not to mention worse results even if it is more consistent, wonder if they'll give the ps1000 the same treatment...hmmm



My first thought when I saw the new finish on the 325is was that the PS1000 is probably going to get the same treatment.  I know folks have complained about inconsistent finish on the PS1000.  The PS1000 gets some hand buffing but it's still not as consistent and perfect as some folks expect for $1700 headphones.  So a chromed and polished PS1000 with bling might be in process.

 

I've not seen the new 325is in person yet.  I do like the brushed finish on my 325is even if it is slightly inconsistent and shows some tooling marks.

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Originally Posted by buffalowings View Post

woah...those are some shiny housings, do they actually look like that in real life, or is it just the pics? looks like it came out of a car bumper factory, is it possible that the 3rd party seller rechromed them, gave them more "bling blong"? everything else checks out, the thick cabling, the lettering, but the housing is way too shiny


(Wow that was really fast response, thanks guys) They really do look like that in real life--although the flash from my macbook probably added to that "bling blong"

 

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Originally Posted by WhiteCrow View Post



Quote:
Originally Posted by ArmAndHammer View Post

The news ones are chrome instead of brushed aluminum. They're real.



really.........................why would grado do such a thing.


I was really hoping for the brushed aluminum housing because of its rugged look. Shame on Grado, but glad to hear they're real :)

well, maybe you could still return them and ask for a brushed housing version if they're still in stock
 

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Originally Posted by buffalowings View Post

woah...those are some shiny housings, do they actually look like that in real life, or is it just the pics? looks like it came out of a car bumper factory, is it possible that the 3rd party seller rechromed them, gave them more "bling blong"? everything else checks out, the thick cabling, the lettering, but the housing is way too shiny


(Wow that was really fast response, thanks guys) They really do look like that in real life--although the flash from my macbook probably added to that "bling blong"

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by WhiteCrow View Post



Quote:
Originally Posted by ArmAndHammer View Post

The news ones are chrome instead of brushed aluminum. They're real.



really.........................why would grado do such a thing.


I was really hoping for the brushed aluminum housing because of its rugged look. Shame on Grado, but glad to hear they're real :)



probably more rugged as well along with better looking IMO...chrome wears awfully compared to brushed metal

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