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post #10021 of 17152
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Originally Posted by parbaked View Post
 

I bought mine direct from jinteddy in Malaysia for $38 before Turbulent was formed.

I assume it's the same...http://turbulentlabs.com/grado-black-manta/

They make a $50 version, but the $38 one is plenty nice to me.

 

I got the Onyx Manta ($50) headband and it sure is a quality product!  Much comfier than stock, and i'm sure that as it beds in a little and becomes more supple, then it will get even more comfy :)

post #10022 of 17152
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Originally Posted by parbaked View Post
 

That's not a fair fight! The vintage SR-60s will have poorly matched drivers and much smaller air chambers. (Just kidding, I know you'll be fair!)

 

You need to compare your PS0.5K with these vintage pink/black metal bad boys:

 

 

Yes.  I know you're kidding.  ;)   I think all too many members might be too willing to jump to a conclusion on the results.  From my perspective, the results that I achieved, based on my preferences and listening have it more of a "David and Goliath" type of ending.

 

I'm out today, so I can't type up the response and post it.  Internet access is only periodic.

post #10023 of 17152

Speaking of headbands, back in the picture of the PS-500s and the SR-60s, you can somewhat see the leather headband I'm using.  Yesterday, I completed it with really soft leather, memory foam and bonded nylon thread for leather.  I created it "in place" and didn't take off the original plastic band as I believe in trying to keep such a headphone as original as possible - if it might have some value to me.   The leather seams can be cut, and the leather removed if someone wants to take the headphone back to a fully stock state in less than 5 minutes.

 

Also, I did sew another band for my RS1i the same way.  I did remove the gimbals and cups when sewing the band, but the rest was all kept in tact.  I'll then replace the cable on my RS1i which I've neglected to do for the past month before I proceed with the testing on my RS1i vs SR-60 and eventually, the PS-500 vs. RS1i.  I think tonight, I need to spend a bit of time with the PS-500 and the G-cush pads a bit to see how my interpretation of the sound falls with that configuration.  

 

Finally, today, I was on a bit of a mission to get the SR-80 and SR-125, locally, as they are not the "i" models and I'm curious to try them out, too.  It looks like only the SR-80 might be my only possibility as the SR-125 isn't working out to well with the communication end and the seller.

 

[Edit:]  I think it's also worthy to note that the SR-80 purchase was also intended so that I would have a pair of drivers for the upcoming test / impression / review of the 4 types of wooden cups that 7Keys has created. I kind of felt that this might be a better move instead of taking the MS1i apart ... as I know Joe Doe has been eyeing them a bit lately.  


Edited by wje - 10/20/13 at 1:18pm
post #10024 of 17152
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Originally Posted by wormsdriver View Post
 

 

 

are pink drivers particularly better??

post #10025 of 17152
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Originally Posted by sling5s View Post
 

I've had the Full Magnums V.4 in aluminum and they were way more refined and detailed than the RS1i.  But what they lacked was the "soul and timbre" or the RS1i.  They just were not as "musical". 

Later I tried the Magnums V.4 in Mahogany (from turbulent) and they were also more refined and detailed than the RS1i.  But not as much as the ones in aluminum.   The Aluminum made the V.4 hyper detailed and clean in sound.  But it lacked a certain musical timbre that "wood" possessed.  So what did I prefer out of the three?  The Magnums V.4 in mahogany.   It had the refinement of the Magnum and "soul and musicality of the RS1i.  

ah...

 

I love hearing this! haha. as i remember correctly my modded sr125i's seemed to just have a more aggressive sound signature to them. more forward mids. compared to the magnums at least. am i wrong in thinking this? maybe since they're gone i'm just looking for an excuse to buy something 

post #10026 of 17152
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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 #10027 of 17152

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 #10028 of 17152
I've always been curious as to how different the LD1+ sounds from the MKIII...has anyone ever compared the two?
post #10029 of 17152
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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 #10030 of 17152
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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 #10031 of 17152
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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 #10032 of 17152
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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 #10033 of 17152
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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 #10034 of 17152
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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 #10035 of 17152
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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

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