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post #10186 of 17134
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Originally Posted by wje View Post
 

 

I'm afraid maybe something (liquidy) is telling you that your tube might sound better than it actually is. :D

 

Plus, when the Rolling Rocks are all gone, what will be next (yes, I saw that Sangria)?  Milwaukee's Best?  :beerchug:

 

 

Finally, the trouble with such marathon listening sessions as your partaking in is that you might find yourself too tired to crawl to the bedroom at some point and the floor can't be too comfortable.  :blink:

 

After doing some auto work this evening and then installing a new cable onto my SR-60 (Pink mesh) Grados, I thought I'd put some Arturo Sandoval to test out the SR-60 classics with ... and just stared at the PS-500 and wondered when they'll get used next.

 

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 Yes, you are correct, but the tube sounded good enough to put a smile on my face....so I guess that is really all that matters....wait....that might not have been the tube , either.  :p

post #10187 of 17134
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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.


Hmmm...good point...that does seem rather unlike them (D&G I mean, not Grado :D). I also saw an MSRP of $1250 somewhere...

post #10188 of 17134
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Oh man, those madear amps are awfully nice looking.

Too much gear to try...too little money:)


That is my mantra...too much gear, too little money

post #10189 of 17134

I see a pair of SR-125 (non-i) but they do have the pink mesh on the drivers, have been listed on Ebay.  They are being sold from the UK.  I'm not affiliated with the seller, but do have concern as there are already 10 bids in place and over 7 days left in the auction.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/GRADO-SR-125-stereo-dynamic-headphones-in-black-USA-SR125-99p-NR-/200979539104?pt=UK_AudioVisualElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Headphones&hash=item2ecb5064a0

post #10190 of 17134

Just finished listening to "The Very Best Of Smooth Jazz Guitar" with the Ear+HD/RS1i's, it sounds like the instruments just hang in the air.

post #10191 of 17134
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Just finished listening to "The Very Best Of Smooth Jazz Guitar" with the Ear+HD/RS1i's, it sounds like the instruments just hang in the air.

 

I didn't see how you resolved the tube issue. Was it complicated?  I was about to suggest that since you live on the fringes of NYC, finding a tube shouldn't be too hard ... on a Saturday.  

post #10192 of 17134
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I didn't see how you resolved the tube issue. Was it complicated?  I was about to suggest that since you live on the fringes of NYC, finding a tube shouldn't be too hard ... on a Saturday.  

The problem with the tube (hopefully), has become intermittent, and I can only hear it in-between songs or at 0 volume, once I turn the volume up I can;t hear it, but its still there. Even when I have no source to the IN/OUT on the and it does it. Lloyd is sending me a new 12AX7 tube, he believes thats the problem, so for now I can live with it, I should get the tube shortly.

post #10193 of 17134

I just recently noticed the power cord that came with the Ear+HD is a very loose fit going into the back of the amp, I wonder if this can cause some issues also. I have several of these power cords, so I'm going to swap them out later and see (hear) if this helps the issue.

My new 12AX7 is shipping today, so should arrive soon.

post #10194 of 17134
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

I just recently noticed the power cord that came with the Ear+HD is a very loose fit going into the back of the amp, I wonder if this can cause some issues also. I have several of these power cords, so I'm going to swap them out later and see (hear) if this helps the issue.My new 12AX7 is shipping today, so should arrive soon.

Ah yes, the IEC type power connector cables. Should you need assistance, I think I could direct you to some nice $200 replacement power cables. If $200 seems a bit low, then possibly a $500 cable would be more suitable to deliver the power. Plus, with each order, a packet of magic pixie dust is included free of charge. biggrin.gif

In all seriousness, I've noticed a lot of variation in the fit of the IEC cables. Some are great with some connectors, others not so much. Plus, I've found that I have better luck by spending $1.99 for a power cord via Monoprice than $12.99 for a similar cable at Best Buy.
post #10195 of 17134

I was going to try the power cord from heLD1+, and see if it was a tighter fitting cord, because the one that came with the MAD fits very, very loose. Have you ever experienced distortion/interference due to this problem? Is it possible? Obviously I haven't had the chance to try it yet, or I wouldn't be asking.

BTW, I'll take 1package of the pixie dust, as long as you overnight it!!!

post #10196 of 17134

What would you all say is the closest current production model Grado (or magnum / alessandro) to the old HP2?

 

Loving this HP2 I picked up but I feel like I need to baby it and I wouldn't mind having a less expensive easier to replace model for wear and tear.

 

Also exploring some stax gear in the near future and I may be forced to sell the HP2 to fund some of that.

post #10197 of 17134
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Originally Posted by barid View Post
 

What would you all say is the closest current production model Grado (or magnum / alessandro) to the old HP2?

 

Loving this HP2 I picked up but I feel like I need to baby it and I wouldn't mind having a less expensive easier to replace model for wear and tear.

 

Also exploring some stax gear in the near future and I may be forced to sell the HP2 to fund some of that.

Alessandro MS2 (with TTVJ flats) is the closest, but it is still not nearly to the same.

The HP2 have very different drivers and the screw-tight gimbals give you a fit that accentuates their qualities.

that being said, I found the MS2 (w/flats) to be the best "back-up" to my HP-1...


Edited by parbaked - 10/29/13 at 8:09pm
post #10198 of 17134

I have a stand just like yours, from the garden center at home depot :tongue:

 

are those corks that you are using to rest your headband on ?

post #10199 of 17134
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

I have a stand just like yours, from the garden center at home depot :tongue:

 

are those corks that you are using to rest your headband on ?

Champagne corks...nothing but the best...

post #10200 of 17134

I just received a brand new RS1i today. I’ve had a bunch of Grados (including an older buttoned RS1 which I sold to try Stax gear a couple years ago) and currently own an SR225 and SR60i. I’ve also tried both the GS1000 and PS1000 but those are not my favourite Grados. I decided last week I needed to upgrade my Grado experience.

 

I’m so glad I got the RS1i. They are fantastic. They are sweeter and smoother in the highs than other Grados I remember (PS500 excepted) and the mids are beautiful and vibrant but without the level of shout that can make some other Grados a little piercing to my ears with female vocals.

 

For example, I need to listen to my SR225 with flat pads as I find them slightly thin and a little too trebly with bowls. That switch ends up collapsing a lot of the soundstage. But the RS1i has more bass impact and sweeter mids/highs with bowls, giving me a slightly larger soundstage and better imaging.

 

I vaguely remember the old RS1 being like this but it was much too long ago since I last heard it to offer any valuable comparison. I do remember a bit more of the PS500 and while the PS500 is pretty great, it has a bit more glare to upper mids (treble is not an issue) and thicker lower mids. I know I prefer the smoother upper mids on the RS1i and might prefer the thinner lower mids, as well. (not 100% about that one as those thick PS500 mids are really fun)

 

The main reason I decided to go back to high end Grado is that I find that any over-ear headphone - no matter how light and comfortable - makes my head and ears sweat after 30 minutes. The light foam pads on Grados keep air circulating on my ears and I can wear them for longer and be comfortable. 

 

Anyway, enjoying these immensely right now. I’ll probably do some 225 and rs1i comparisons later this week

 

 

edit: Should mention that I’m running them off a Burson HA160D. I’m considering getting a MAD Ear+HD down the line.


Edited by LCfiner - 10/30/13 at 4:52pm
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