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post #10921 of 19344
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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 #10922 of 19344

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 #10923 of 19344

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 #10924 of 19344
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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
post #10925 of 19344
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Originally Posted by ArmAndHammer View Post
 

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.

What sort of modding are we talking about?  Punching holes in them? 
I'm on the verge of a purchase and you've got me interested now :P

post #10926 of 19344
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Originally Posted by SJWorne View Post
 

What sort of modding are we talking about?  Punching holes in them? 
I'm on the verge of a purchase and you've got me interested now :P

Yup. Punching holes in the felt, removing the plastic from the cup, debadging, dynamatting the driver, G-cushes.

post #10927 of 19344
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post
 

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.

Little Dot 1+ and Grados were just meant to be together. Good reports with other amps too, but the LD1+ seems to be one of the more popular ones and the one I have experience with too. My 325's do pretty decent with my Cmoy as well.

post #10928 of 19344
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Originally Posted by ArmAndHammer View Post
 

Yup. Punching holes in the felt, removing the plastic from the cup, debadging, dynamatting the driver, G-cushes.

Well I just won some off the 'bay :D
£190 for 325is = Bargain :D  Only cost me a little more than my 125i's :P

 

I punched my 125i's and I found the bass a tad better but I thought initially everything else was a tad recessed? But not they seem as good as ever? Confusing eh :)  I love the G cush on my 125i's so they will definitely go on the 325is's :)


Edited by SJWorne - 12/11/13 at 9:43am
post #10929 of 19344
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Originally Posted by SJWorne View Post
 

Well I just won some off the 'bay :D
£190 for 325is = Bargain :D  Only cost me a little more than my 125i's :P

 

I punched my 125i's and I found the bass a tad better but I thought initially everything else was a tad recessed? But not they seem as good as ever? Confusing eh :)  I love the G cush on my 125i's so they will definitely go on the 325is's :)

 

I was going to bid on those, but I made an offer of £200 for the ones priced at £220 just because the seller for the pair you were bidding on only had +3 feedback and all the feedback came from last month. I'm probably just a bit paranoid though. Then again, I wish I offered 180, as the seller immediately accepted my offer for some reason.

post #10930 of 19344
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Originally Posted by sotto123 View Post
 

 

I was going to bid on those, but I made an offer of £200 for the ones priced at £220 just because the seller for the pair you were bidding on only had +3 feedback and all the feedback came from last month. I'm probably just a bit paranoid though. Then again, I wish I offered 180, as the seller immediately accepted my offer for some reason.

Yeah I was a little dubious of that, but I guess fleabay has your back if things turn sour :)

I think we both got a good deal! :D

Now who wants to buy some 125i's? :o2smile:

post #10931 of 19344
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post
 

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.

the beauty of the little dot is its price/performance ratio, and flexibility. i got my second one off amazon for $116 delivered. it pairs so good with grado's and with all the tube and op amp rolling, its sound is easy to tweak , its a no brainer to me, i'm just guessing for the most part, but i'd have to believe that you have to spend quite a bit more, for any upgrade in sound

post #10932 of 19344
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post
 

the beauty of the little dot is its price/performance ratio, and flexibility. i got my second one off amazon for $116 delivered. it pairs so good with grado's and with all the tube and op amp rolling, its sound is easy to tweak , its a no brainer to me, i'm just guessing for the most part, but i'd have to believe that you have to spend quite a bit more, for any upgrade in sound

 

Yea....The hybrid amps and the LD1+ especially is a good deal, as you can roll opamps and tubes.

 

To get the sound of a good pure tube amp you would have to spend hundreds more.

post #10933 of 19344
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post
 

the beauty of the little dot is its price/performance ratio, and flexibility. i got my second one off amazon for $116 delivered. it pairs so good with grado's and with all the tube and op amp rolling, its sound is easy to tweak , its a no brainer to me, i'm just guessing for the most part, but i'd have to believe that you have to spend quite a bit more, for any upgrade in sound

 

Yea....The hybrid amps and the LD1+ especially is a good deal, as you can roll opamps and tubes.

 

To get the sound of a good pure tube amp you would have to spend hundreds more.

You would have to spend hundreds more and I did.  One word, WOO.

post #10934 of 19344
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

 

Yea....The hybrid amps and the LD1+ especially is a good deal, as you can roll opamps and tubes.

 

To get the sound of a good pure tube amp you would have to spend hundreds more.

:eek:

 

 

 

Pics as promised. She's a beauty.

Unfortunately she is not playing as well with Grados as I anticipated - some resistors may need to be adjusted - but heavenly with speakers...

post #10935 of 19344

If I ever have an incredible amount of money fall into my lap, I'd love to try a real tube amp. I'm kinda leaning towards a Dacware...but $1000+ isn't ever going to happen for me, not for a headphone amp...lol

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