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post #10006 of 26151
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Originally Posted by Melvins View Post
 

 

 

are pink drivers particularly better??

The drivers are not pink; only the cheesecloth cover is pink.

No one outside of Grado knows if the drivers are any different.

Thee were made during a transitional period:

1. John taking over from Joe Grado

2. changing from modifying outsourced drivers from Primo (HP-1000) to "making" drivers in house

3. engineering 'affordable' and 'profitable' headphones for consumers vs. Joe's cost is no object HP-1000

Best guess is one early batch of sourced cheese cloth was off and changes color.

IME the pinks all sound great/better.

Could just be they're from a time when Grado made fewer headphones more carefully.

For all we know, John assembled the early RS cans, he did assemble the HP-1000 for his uncle....

post #10007 of 26151

now i do love my lyr, but i missed having the LD 1+ , i decided to get another one

do i was checking amazon, and the price there was $116(stock chinese tubes) and free shipping

so if anyone has been on the fence about whether to get one, $116 and free shipping is the lowest

price i've seen for a new one, just passing the info along

post #10008 of 26151
I've always been curious as to how different the LD1+ sounds from the MKIII...has anyone ever compared the two?
post #10009 of 26151
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Originally Posted by bassboysam View Post

I've always been curious as to how different the LD1+ sounds from the MKIII...has anyone ever compared the two?


Ditto...If it really is THE amp for the Grados I could see myself buying yet another amp just for those.

post #10010 of 26151
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Originally Posted by Melvins View Post
 

 

 

are pink drivers particularly better??

different!

 

I've only had one pair of the "pink driver" grados. It was an Sr125. At that time, I also had my rs2, rs1, rs1i, and an sr60 I had very briefly.

 

The pink drivers behaved a bit different, IMO, they sounded smoother, they were not very picky on the source, and it seemed like the different earpads didn't change the sound as much as with newer grados.

 

they were in no way, technically as good as a higher priced Grado, but they sure as hell were enjoyable. Only when I compared them head to head with the others is when they fell short, otherwise, to me, it felt like nothing was really missing.


Edited by wormsdriver - 10/20/13 at 9:13pm
post #10011 of 26151
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post
 

now i do love my lyr, but i missed having the LD 1+ , i decided to get another one

do i was checking amazon, and the price there was $116(stock chinese tubes) and free shipping

so if anyone has been on the fence about whether to get one, $116 and free shipping is the lowest

price i've seen for a new one, just passing the info along

 

 

yeah i absolutely love my LD. i honestly couldn't think of a better headphone amp, which offers so much customization and tweaking, for the price. 

 

 

it's a match made in heaven with grados

post #10012 of 26151
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post
 


Ditto...If it really is THE amp for the Grados I could see myself buying yet another amp just for those.

plenty of people have. as many have mentioned, the III's are made for higher impedance headphones. the LD1+'s are designed for lower impedance cans. which make them perfect for grado's and magnums. 

post #10013 of 26151
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Originally Posted by bassboysam View Post

I've always been curious as to how different the LD1+ sounds from the MKIII...has anyone ever compared the two?

 

 

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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post
 


Ditto...If it really is THE amp for the Grados I could see myself buying yet another amp just for those.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Melvins View Post
 

 

 

yeah i absolutely love my LD. i honestly couldn't think of a better headphone amp, which offers so much customization and tweaking, for the price. 

 

 

it's a match made in heaven with grados

 

 

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Originally Posted by Melvins View Post
 

plenty of people have. as many have mentioned, the III's are made for higher impedance headphones. the LD1+'s are designed for lower impedance cans. which make them perfect for grado's and magnums. 

 

One other difference that I'm aware of is that the LD III doesn't permit one to swap out opamps to further customize the sound.

post #10014 of 26151
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Originally Posted by wje View Post







One other difference that I'm aware of is that the LD III doesn't permit one to swap out opamps to further customize the sound.

The MKIII is all tube. There are no op amps to swap out. You can however swap the driver and pwer tubes. Lots of different options are available.
post #10015 of 26151
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post
 

now i do love my lyr, but i missed having the LD 1+ , i decided to get another one

do i was checking amazon, and the price there was $116(stock chinese tubes) and free shipping

so if anyone has been on the fence about whether to get one, $116 and free shipping is the lowest

price i've seen for a new one, just passing the info along

+1

 

That is a great deal for that little amp

post #10016 of 26151
Is there an opamp that people recommend for the LD I+?
I saw something somewhere about the OPA2107?
post #10017 of 26151
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Originally Posted by SJWorne View Post

Is there an opamp that people recommend for the LD I+?
I saw something somewhere about the OPA2107?

The OPA2107  was my opamp of choice when I was using the LD1+

post #10018 of 26151
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Originally Posted by SJWorne View Post

Is there an opamp that people recommend for the LD I+?
I saw something somewhere about the OPA2107?

I also just changed to the Burr Brown OPA2107, and I found it to be a bit clearer and detailed than the stock op-amp that came with the LD1+. I personally like it very much!

post #10019 of 26151

During my bout of insomnia early on Sunday morning, I placed an order for the Burr-Brown 2107 as well as the 2111.  Hoepfully, I'll get these this week.  But, I do have to say, even with the stock op-amp, my latest tubes, the Voshkod 6ZH1P-EV (about $40 shipped for a new pair from YenAudioStore), I'll have to say that the sound is just sweet to my ears.

 

Fortunately, the op-amps are somewhat cheap to try and see how things sound.  Getting the OPA627 from Burr-Brown is supposed to be a great op-amp too.  However, you'll need two op-amp chips and a Brown Dog adapter.  But, there's a big risk of getting some counterfeit chips too as many from China are just that - fake.  Instead, buying from DigiKey, Mouser, etc. might be a better alternative on the 627, though I havne't read too much on that chip with the Little Dot.  Finally, some people have sourced the OPA-627 from some older audio receivers before tossing them.  If manufacturers such as Yamaha and their older audio/video receivers used the chips, you could get a pair that they used for each channel.  I think the 627 has been around a long time (15+ years?) due to the popularity.

post #10020 of 26151

well, just ordered a set of heptodes for the little dot that shipped this morning

i got these

 
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TELEFUNKEN EH900S 5915 EH960

 

they cost a little more, about half of the price of the little dot

i never did roll op amps when i had the little dot before, but i'm going to try some this time around


Edited by jaywillin - 10/21/13 at 9:35am
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