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post #10126 of 24306
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Originally Posted by Melvins View Post
 

 

 

has anyone owned both the LD1+ and the ear+HD? Can you do some comparisons? it seems that these are the two most favorited and decisively decided "best" headphones amps for grados/magnums. I would like to hear from someone who can directly compare/contrast them....

I am copying my response that I wrote just recently from the MAD Ear thread from the headphone amps forum.

 

I would say yes, there is a significant difference. I was not blown away , when I first heard it, but I did think it was better than the LD1+.  Now that I have heard it more,  I think it is safe to say that I am blown away.....I love it!

 

For me, I seem to need awhile with my cans and amps to really let it sink in and to adjust to the difference ....it takes me awhile to really soak it all in.

 

I feel pretty much the way that most people explained the RS1i & MAD EAR combo to me.....it just sounds magical....great synergy, indeed. Guitars have never, ever, ever sounded better :-)

 

I have not listened to my LD1+ since I have received this amp.

 

I will say that I did plug my AKG  Q701 into the MAD EAR today, and they sounded nice, but the same magic does not exist as with the RS1i. It does not even compare, IMHO.

 

I can't say whether the MAD EAR +HD is worth the six or seven times the cost of the LD1+.....but it is significantly better.

 

I really can not imagine anybody owning and RS1 not really enjoying what they would hear from this amp

 

I think I can honestly say, that if I had to live with this combo from now until doomsday....that I would be very happy.

 

I may add the PS500 at some point to my RS1i and Q701.....but I don't see this amp going anywhere!

 

The biggest difference that I notice are the highs are just completely silky, silky smooth, with all of the detail intact.

 

The instrument separation & detail are both also better.

 

That being said....the LD1+ is one heck of an amp for the price, and I still have mine.

 

Also, I have only listened thru the MAD Ear with my RS1i, I have not tried any other Grado headphones.

 

There are so many amps out there today and new ones popping up every couple months, so I am sure that there are many that work great with the low impedence of Grado cans.

 

I guess the MAD Ear is considered old school by todays standards....but the synergy with the RS1i is real.


Edited by whirlwind - 10/26/13 at 4:31am
post #10127 of 24306
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Originally Posted by CH23 View Post

This i'll definitely do. Grado made them, so surely they'll know what to do.
They stay fit, thanks to their wiring, Joseph69 mentioned using hot glue, and i might do that.
I would love to do this, if they weren't one of the early models, it feels wrong to change them that much :X (but oh man, it's tempting)
Regarding the polishing: i'm going to contact Grado first, see what they think. I really want the lettering to stay.
Regarding the hot glue: i think that's a good idea.
Thanks for the suggestion, i'll contact Grado first, see how the lettering was done...
I think they were originally clear coated, so i will clear coat them again.
As i stated above, i donmt want to ruin the lettering, on such an early model i want to keep it in it's most original condition as possible...

My in-laws are nuts for antiques, and I learned the golden rule from them: never, ever restore something if it's still original, no matter how banged up it is...and if you must, keep all work to an absolute minimum.

That said, Frank Lloyd Wright isn't around to repair and refinish like Joe and Joseph Grado are smily_headphones1.gif
post #10128 of 24306

I also posted this in the Mad Ear+Purist HD Appreciation thread. Although I have a bad 12AX7 tube in my new Ear+HD (a new tube is on the way) that is causing intermitting distortion/popping, this amp really woke up the RS1i's, and I've only listened to it for about 4hrs and it needs to burn-in, and a new tube. When it doesn't act up it already has a beautiful, warm but lively natural sound in every way, very smooth so far. I'm glad I made the move and went with the RS1i's and Ear+HD, for sure! I was very hesitant (price wise). I already have the SR80i/325is's and the LD1+/Schiit Magni/Modi, and thought to myself how much more musical can this combo be compared to these combos I already have and enjoy very much? So I had to hear this combo for myself. When it comes to hearing music, you don't hear what others hear so its very hard to make a purchase on other peoples opinions. After reading countless positive posts, I went for it and I'm so glad (already) I went with this combo. From the little time I've spent with this combo, I really can't explain the musical enjoyment that I'm hearing so far. Thanks to everyone who recommended this beautiful combo, you were all 100% right with your opinions. Thanks again!

post #10129 of 24306
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

I also posted this in the Mad Ear+Purist HD Appreciation thread. Although I have a bad 12AX7 tube in my new Ear+HD (a new tube is on the way) that is causing intermitting distortion/popping, this amp really woke up the RS1i's, and I've only listened to it for about 4hrs and it needs to burn-in, and a new tube. When it doesn't act up it already has a beautiful, warm but lively natural sound in every way, very smooth so far. I'm glad I made the move and went with the RS1i's and Ear+HD, for sure! I was very hesitant (price wise). I already have the SR80i/325is's and the LD1+/Schiit Magni/Modi, and thought to myself how much more musical can this combo be compared to these combos I already have and enjoy very much? So I had to hear this combo for myself. When it comes to hearing music, you don't hear what others hear so its very hard to make a purchase on other peoples opinions. After reading countless positive posts, I went for it and I'm so glad (already) I went with this combo. From the little time I've spent with this combo, I really can't explain the musical enjoyment that I'm hearing so far. Thanks to everyone who recommended this beautiful combo, you were all 100% right with your opinions. Thanks again!


its really cool to see that you're so enthused !!

i wasn't familiar with the mapleshade amps until i had already gotten my lyr, if i had known , perhaps i would have pursued it.

having said that, i don't regret the lyr at all, i love it, and it will likely handle anything i could ever through at it, and it controls my psb's too.

i am also very happy i got  little dot again, and i may have spent a little too much on the telefunken tubes to go with it

but the tubes are dynamite, so, i'm a happy camper myself !

post #10130 of 24306
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

I am copying my response that I wrote just recently from the MAD Ear thread from the headphone amps forum.

 

I would say yes, there is a significant difference. I was not blown away , when I first heard it, but I did think it was better than the LD1+.  Now that I have heard it more,  I think it is safe to say that I am blown away.....I love it!

 

For me, I seem to need awhile with my cans and amps to really let it sink in and to adjust to the difference ....it takes me awhile to really soak it all in.

 

I feel pretty much the way that most people explained the RS1i & MAD EAR combo to me.....it just sounds magical....great synergy, indeed. Guitars have never, ever, ever sounded better :-)

 

I have not listened to my LD1+ since I have received this amp.

 

I will say that I did plug my AKG  Q701 into the MAD EAR today, and they sounded nice, but the same magic does not exist as with the RS1i. It does not even compare, IMHO.

 

I can't say whether the MAD EAR +HD is worth the six or seven times the cost of the LD1+.....but it is significantly better.

 

I really can not imagine anybody owning and RS1 not really enjoying what they would hear from this amp

 

I think I can honestly say, that if I had to live with this combo from now until doomsday....that I would be very happy.

 

I may add the PS500 at some point to my RS1i and Q701.....but I don't see this amp going anywhere!

 

The biggest difference that I notice are the highs are just completely silky, silky smooth, with all of the detail intact.

 

The instrument separation & detail are both also better.

 

That being said....the LD1+ is one heck of an amp for the price, and I still have mine.

 

Also, I have only listened thru the MAD Ear with my RS1i, I have not tried any other Grado headphones.

 

There are so many amps out there today and new ones popping up every couple months, so I am sure that there are many that work great with the low impedence of Grado cans.

 

I guess the MAD Ear is considered old school by todays standards....but the synergy with the RS1i is real.

 

 

ahh that's awesome. thanks man! i appreciate it. i wonder if anyone else here can compare/contrast the two..

post #10131 of 24306
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post

Blue or Purple xD label it with "PS1000 by Justin Bieber LE" sure you will get a lot of love as well as hate xD

 

OK.  I think we've got that onez covered.  :D

 

 


Edited by wje - 10/26/13 at 4:28pm
post #10132 of 24306

^^  Aw man....that is good stuff  ^^     :beerchug:

post #10133 of 24306
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

OK.  I think we've got that onez covered.  biggrin.gif




biggrin.gif Insert JB's name on the headphone and packaging: + $200
JB's favorite color: +$100

Total amount for a JB Edition of SR60i + retailing + commission: $399
post #10134 of 24306
post #10135 of 24306
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Originally Posted by fleasbaby View Post
 

Gentlemen, we're all aiming way too low:

 

http://www.selectism.com/2012/12/10/dolce-gabbana-by-grado-labs-mahogany-wood-headphones/

 

wtf

post #10136 of 24306
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Originally Posted by fleasbaby View Post
 

Gentlemen, we're all aiming way too low:

 

http://www.selectism.com/2012/12/10/dolce-gabbana-by-grado-labs-mahogany-wood-headphones/

 

 

It looks like back in 2012 when those headphones were created, they were aiming for a price of 800 Euros.  When you do the conversion now, it just equates to about $1,104.  This is just $105 more than the current list of $999 on the GS-1000i in the U.S.   I would have thought a designer label would have commanded a bit more.

post #10137 of 24306
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Originally Posted by wje View Post
 

 

OK.  I think we've got that onez covered.  :D

 

 


awwwwww, that's the schizzzzniiiiittttttt

post #10138 of 24306

Here are some photos of the MAD Ear+HD. Also with the Grado RS1i's and the Schiit Modi stacked on top.

 

post #10139 of 24306
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

Here are some photos of the MAD Ear+HD. Also with the Grado RS1i's and the Schiit Modi stacked on top.

 

I wouldn't put your DAC so close to the tubes...EMI can affect tubes. :o

post #10140 of 24306
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

Here are some photos of the MAD Ear+HD. Also with the Grado RS1i's and the Schiit Modi stacked on top.

 

 

Nice looking amp, Joseph!  :beerchug:

 

But, yea....get that modi off of the power supply.

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