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post #10291 of 18146
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Originally Posted by wje View Post
 

 

I think you've made the right move.  It's unfortunate when something doesn't perform or withstand the process of a light cleaning.  If you're not 100% happy from the beginning, then it's good to get things checked out.  Plus, it's not like one can go across the street and buy the same product from another vendor due to the uniqueness of the amp itself.  Hopefully, you'll get it back soon and begin to enjoy the full potential once again.

Thanks WJE, I haven't even heard its full potential yet, so I can't wait to get it back and enjoy it, thanks again.

post #10292 of 18146
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post


i've had limited exposure to headphones other than grado's , and i've always felt that it would be good to have at least one other brand of headphone just to have a change of pace from time to time.
the 600 and 650 have both interested me for a long time, its going to be great being able to hear them here, with my own gear.
i'll definitely report my findings, and probably some pics too !!

Of the Sennheiser line, the HD-555 Tends to be my favorite. The highs are a bit more detailed, but a slight bit of less bass. But the detail I love.
post #10293 of 18146
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

 Just figured I would give an update on the Ear+. I decided to send the unit back to Lloyd to be checked out. I did receive the new 12AX7 tube, but unfortunately while I was taking the old tube out, I went to wipe the amp down with an alcohol pad and removed the paint along the front edge of the amp, a lot of it just came right off, (I never installed the new tube to see if it solved my crackling/popping issue because I was so disgusted). I was going to repaint it myself but I am legally blind and I wasn't going to attempt to unsolder anything to remove the chassis, plus I wanted it to be original from the factory, and now it can also be checked by Lloyd for the issues I first encountered when I received it.

Prior to this, I tried to connect my Adcom pre-amp (with remote volume control) to the Ear+, so I could set the volume on the Ear+ and use the remote volume from the Adcom, but it seems I couldn't do this, which really confused the hell out of me being the Ear+ has 2 inputs. One input I had my dac's L/R output going to) and then I tried the source outputs from the Adcom to the other input on the Ear+, but I couldn't get any volume from either the Adcom the Ear+, which I found very strange being the Adcom is a pre-amp and Ear+ is amp. So before I order the Alps remote volume control does anyone have any thoughts/suggestions on how to do this, or why I couldn't do this, so I don't have to go for the extra expense for the Alps? BTW, the Ear+ is not designed to be used with the main outputs from a pre-amp, I read/tried this and had a very low/distorted volume level, like the directions said it would.

 

I am really sorry to hear about all of your trouble's with the MAD EAR, hopefully it will all get sorted and arrive back to you safely this time.

 

If you have to clean your amp again, use lighter fluid as it will not harm the paint....according to Dr. Peppard.

 

Trust me, when everything gets sorted...you are going to love this amp, paired with your RS1i.


Edited by whirlwind - 11/9/13 at 1:14pm
post #10294 of 18146
So today's mini meet with Jay was a total success! He's a very nice guy and very knowledgeable. Learned quite a bit.

Also got to hear his PS 500 and are as one. While I certainly enjoy the HD 6XX sound, hearing those offerings from Grado certainly confirmed my preference for that sound signature. Such clarity and detail!

Now I have the oh so pleasant job of deciding which one to pursue!
post #10295 of 18146

Congrats on your mini-meet.

 

Oh....and welcome aboard the Grado train :beerchug:

post #10296 of 18146
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

 

I am really sorry to hear about all of your trouble's with the MAD EAR, hopefully it will all get sorted and arrive back to you safely this time.

 

If you have to clean your amp again, use lighter fluid as it will not harm the paint....according to Dr. Peppard.

 

Trust me, when everything gets sorted...you are going to love this amp, paired with your RS1i.

Thanks whirlwind, I appreciate your positive thinking. I'm most sure when I get it back this time it should be fine, and then I'm sure I'll enjoy the combo together, being I had a little taste of the combo and did enjoy the two together. I usually clean all of my equipment with alcohol pads, but this time like I said, it took the paint right off and I couldn't believe it. I'm sure you looked into the cleaning with lighter fluid, but that really surprises me. I think the next time I clean the Ear+ I'll use some windex or pledge. Have you ever cleaned your Ear+ with the lighter fluid? I so how did it come out?

post #10297 of 18146
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

Thanks whirlwind, I appreciate your positive thinking. I'm most sure when I get it back this time it should be fine, and then I'm sure I'll enjoy the combo together, being I had a little taste of the combo and did enjoy the two together. I usually clean all of my equipment with alcohol pads, but this time like I said, it took the paint right off and I couldn't believe it. I'm sure you looked into the cleaning with lighter fluid, but that really surprises me. I think the next time I clean the Ear+ I'll use some windex or pledge. Have you ever cleaned your Ear+ with the lighter fluid? I so how did it come out?

 

I have not used lighter fluid.

 

My amp is about 6 or 7 years old and some of the print on the front of the amp that is on the two brass strips has begun to wear off.

 

The print that says power, above the on/off switch....the print that says volume , over the volume knob ect.

 

I e-mailed Dr. Peppard to see if I could get some new decals with that print on it......he sent me the two decals free of charge and told me to use fine steel wool to take the old decals off of the brass plates, then to clean the brass plates with lighter fluid, because if I over shot the brass plates by a little bit, it would not effect the paint.

 

I have not done this yet, but it is on my to do list and should make my amp look as good as it sounds.

post #10298 of 18146
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Originally Posted by JoeDoe View Post

So today's mini meet with Jay was a total success! He's a very nice guy and very knowledgeable. Learned quite a bit.

Also got to hear his PS 500 and are as one. While I certainly enjoy the HD 6XX sound, hearing those offerings from Grado certainly confirmed my preference for that sound signature. Such clarity and detail!

Now I have the oh so pleasant job of deciding which one to pursue!


yes, i'd say it was a success too ! while i did love finally getting to hear the sennheisers, and i really did like the 600, i didn't like it enough to make me want to part with the grado's i have.

i could see myself having a 600 at some point, i felt it was much more balanced than the 650, faster, better rhythmically , it was more grado like ! lol

had a great time joe, i'll be very interested to see which grado you get !

post #10299 of 18146

The first Grados that I've heard were the RS1s at a local audio store. At the time, I was the proud owner of a pair of new in the box, HD600s. The salesperson was very nice. He let me go back to my car to get some of my own CDs. I started off with the HD600, then switched to the RS1, and the moment the music started, my jaw fell to the floor. and I felt sick to my stomach,  Let's just say that I knew instantly what peoples meant when refferring to the HD600s veil.

 

Long story short, a few days later, I sold my HD600s, I went and got my Grado tatoo, nah!, I'm just kidding...or am I?, and never looked back. Now, I have to admit that the HD800 are some very good sounding headphones. And I would buy them in a heartbeat, but I know my girlfriend would never let me hear the end of it, if I got Sennheiser tatooed across my chest. :)

post #10300 of 18146
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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post
 

The first Grados that I've heard were the RS1s at a local audio store. At the time, I was the proud owner of a pair of new in the box, HD600s. The salesperson was very nice. He let me go back to my car to get some of my own CDs. I started off with the HD600, then switched to the RS1, and the moment the music started, my jaw fell to the floor. and I felt sick to my stomach,  Let's just say that I knew instantly what peoples meant when refferring to the HD600s veil.

 

Long story short, a few days later, I sold my HD600s, I went and got my Grado tatoo, nah!, I'm just kidding...or am I?, and never looked back. Now, I have to admit that the HD800 are some very good sounding headphones. And I would buy them in a heartbeat, but I know my girlfriend would never let me hear the end of it, if I got Sennheiser tatooed across my chest. :)

 

Reading that and looking at your signature made me lol, you sir got bit!

post #10301 of 18146

So I was on the Grado Labs website and clicked the "Take the Tour" tab and saw the picture below of a Grado employee. She's wearing headphones....and they're not Grados.

 

grado-11.jpg

post #10302 of 18146

LMAO...in her defense, its probably before they released the iGI and the GR8...:D

post #10303 of 18146
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

 

I have not used lighter fluid.

 

My amp is about 6 or 7 years old and some of the print on the front of the amp that is on the two brass strips has begun to wear off.

 

The print that says power, above the on/off switch....the print that says volume , over the volume knob ect.

 

I e-mailed Dr. Peppard to see if I could get some new decals with that print on it......he sent me the two decals free of charge and told me to use fine steel wool to take the old decals off of the brass plates, then to clean the brass plates with lighter fluid, because if I over shot the brass plates by a little bit, it would not effect the paint.

 

I have not done this yet, but it is on my to do list and should make my amp look as good as it sounds.

I also noticed the decals which you are talking about on my Ear+ where also coming off at the ends, so I just pressed them back on. Also I wasn't aware the plates that the decals are on where brass, mine looked like they where chrome, but I am legally blind so I could be mistaken, or being that yours is an earlier model maybe he used brass back then. But anyway I shipped it out this past Tuesday and it will arrive in 8-10 business days, so I figure I'll see it and the Alps remote volume control within this month sometime. I can't wait , once again. I'm glad I have the Adcom-710/LD1+ and Magni/Modi to listen with in the mean time. And by the way I enjoy each of these amps equally for their different sounds depending on which headphone/amp combo I use. Right now I'm using the 325's with the M/M and I'm enjoying it very much.

post #10304 of 18146

Maybe they're prototypes

post #10305 of 18146

All the MAD amps I have seen have the front lettering a very "cheap" sticker over a chrome strip.

The sticker will come off; the lettering will wipe off; the amp will still sound the great.

To be honest, the good Dr. does not spend on chassis or cosmetics but if you take a peak inside, it's all good.

I took all the stickers off my MAD power supply. It made me feel better...

(the lettering with black background on the amp is a sticker over chrome strip)

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