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post #10891 of 25039
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Originally Posted by sotto123 View Post
 
 


Do you think the agressiveness of the model is a good way to come to a decision, considering I won't have the chance to test them?

 

 

You must live in a country that does not have amazon.  Correct?

post #10892 of 25039
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

To most this might sound strange, but I use my 325's at the desktop, and prefer the sound (after switching the other day) of the Magni/Modi combo over the LD/Modi. I've always said the opposite of most 325 owners, where mine are not bright/harsh at all from day one, and the LD is a bit warm for them to me, and I've already changed the OP-AMP (B-B 2107) and the tubes. But being I got the WA6, (not going nuts trying tubes for both amps), I'd rather roll these tubes instead. As a matter of fact I already ordered different driver tubes for the WA6 just for fun, plus the M/M is brighter sounding to me for the 325's, so I prefer this combo and don't want the LD to sit packed away forever.

Glad to hear your enjoying your Vali!!!


Yep, I'm one of the ones that think the 325is are very bright with the M/M will need to try them on the Vali just for kicks. I like the PS500 as they have the bass I like and not as bright compared to the 3252is.  Did not care for the RS1is...

post #10893 of 25039
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Originally Posted by bearFNF View Post
 


Yep, I'm one of the ones that think the 325is are very bright with the M/M will need to try them on the Vali just for kicks. I like the PS500 as they have the bass I like and not as bright compared to the 3252is.  Did not care for the RS1is...

Yeah, very strange, but my 325is's are not/never where bright at all, and are very picky as far as amplification. I actually need a bright sounding amp/dac for the sound I prefer from these headphones.

What was it you didn't like about the RS1i's?

post #10894 of 25039

My 325's weren't too bright to me either. That's coming from someone that can't stand the SR80 or Alessandros due to brightness. I tend to lean towards warm so that's why I loved my LD1+ so much with the rolled tubes in my sig.

post #10895 of 25039
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

Yeah, very strange, but my 325is's are not/never where bright at all, and are very picky as far as amplification. I actually need a bright sounding amp/dac for the sound I prefer from these headphones.

What was it you didn't like about the RS1i's?


Been a while but I preferred the PS500 to them, not really sure about the details of why, though.  Just means I will need to give them another listen I guess, :biggrin: 

 

Oh and the 325is were to bright specifically on the magni for me, the are better on the asgard2...


Edited by bearFNF - 12/10/13 at 7:56pm
post #10896 of 25039
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post
 


i had decided to move mine, joedoe is going to drive up from birmingham to pick it up , i just wasn't using it much, and the vali is very good with the rs1i right now, very dynamic

After I replace the Little Dot, that'll be my next purchase if I don't bump it up to the Asgard 2.


Edited by ArmAndHammer - 12/10/13 at 8:11pm
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Would anyone say that an amp is necessary for the SR225i?

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IMO, yes. I mean not 100% required, but you'll never get the full potential without one. 

post #10899 of 25039
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Originally Posted by ThickGlasses View Post
 

Would anyone say that an amp is necessary for the SR225i?

 

Amps aren't necessary for any Grado, but a well matched amp will bring out the best out of them, especially the higher end models.

post #10900 of 25039
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Originally Posted by ThickGlasses View Post
 

Would anyone say that an amp is necessary for the SR225i?


Nah.....you do not need an amp.  All of the Grados that I have tried sound pretty nice unamped.

 

But....if you find an amp that just simply matches your headphones for the sound that you really like.......your cans will definitely go to another level.

 

You will know it as soon as you hear it  :smile:

 

I have found that solid state amps are more aggressive and bright.......tube amps are much warmer and make the upper end smoooooooooth.

post #10901 of 25039
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

Thanks for the interest, but ArmAndHammer had responded to my offer, and I'm waiting to from him again shortly. I'll let you know what happens.

Also keep in mind shipping costs, I'm in the U.S.A

Understood! :)
May just buy a new one anyway! :D

post #10902 of 25039
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Originally Posted by ArmAndHammer View Post
 

After I replace the Little Dot, that'll be my next purchase if I don't bump it up to the Asgard 2.


i'm kinda considering letting soloist go, because the wadia's heaphone amp is at least as good, and sometimes it sounds better than the soloist

and through the vali in the mix, it does a great job with the lcd's especially, and its good with the rs1i, it does have the microphonics issue

but let it warm up, get your volume set, and after a minute or so, its quiet, and even when it does ring, i can't hear it over music, just with no

music playing

post #10903 of 25039

I've decided to go with the SR325is in the end. I think that £200 used is quite a good deal, as I can't justify spending £300 on a new pair. I'm a bit worried about the supposedly harsh treble I keep on hearing about, especially as my O2 amp is transparent, but I guess I'm going to have to wait and see - I just hope they handle softer rock better than the SR225is (I couldn't find a definitive answer).

 

By looking at HeadRoom graphs I actually eqed my HD600s to emulate the SR325is sound, which I know isn't the best way of doing things, but it's all I could do, and if the SR325is sound like that (so much more fun to my ears than not eqed) but "better" then I'll be delighted.

post #10904 of 25039

I've never thought my 325's were too bright but I've also used them on warmer sounding amps. The LD1+ had warm tubes and my Cmoy is on the warm side as well. I don't think you'll be disappointed with your purchase. Keep in mind, the 325's respond well to modding if you are brave enough to crack them open. It's very well worth it IMO. Changes them by a decent amount for the better.

post #10905 of 25039
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Originally Posted by ThickGlasses View Post
 

Would anyone say that an amp is necessary for the SR225i?

So, I have the SR225i and listened to them unamped for a couple of months. I now own an Asgard-2.

 

You absolutely can enjoy them unamped and one of the nice things is being able to plug right in to an Ipod, cell phone, etc.

 

But, I have found using my Asgard-2 w/ my 225 and dedicated components-in my case a stereo system with a decent DAC  built into an integrated amp for digital streaming and a dedicated CDP, has given me a taste of entry level highger end fidelity. I'm pretty impressed ATC, how good they sound streaming my lossless digital files through a Sonos system in fact.

 

The right amp IMO will just open them up and bring out the best. I feel w/ my A-2 and 225, I get a beautiful, clear sound. Arguably better than my medium fi speaker system.

 

Lot of great comments about Little Dot products also. Ask Jay.


Edited by markm1 - 12/11/13 at 8:52am
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