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post #11851 of 18531

So I received my pair of RS2i's today and after listening to them for a few hours am impressed. After switching back and forth from my HD650's to compare I now know what people mean when they talk about the laid back Sennheiser sound which sounds pretty sterile in comparison. Listening to some rock and blues CD's they can be pretty bright and sharp and more then once I found myself reaching for the volume knob to turn it down during certain songs. I have to keep in mind though these are straight out of the box so they probably need a little time to burn in. 

 

One thing I was surprised about is I wanted to listen to them unamped to start with and plugged them straight into my Marantz CD5004 player and was kinda disappointed, I felt some energy but I guess not as much as I was expecting and the volume control on the CD player itself didn't seem like it got up that high with the Grado's. I then plugged it into my Burson amp and it was like night and day, definitely a difference for the better. I would have tried listening to my iPod with them but didn't get the adapter.

 

I expect to really sit down with them and burn them in a little better over the weekend but it's been pretty positive thus far. I'm still toying with the idea of returning and exchanging them for the RS1i's but that decision can come later. 


Edited by Olympus Mons - 1/31/14 at 7:38pm
post #11852 of 18531
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Originally Posted by Olympus Mons View Post
 

So I received my pair of RS2i's today and after listening to them for a few hours am impressed. After switching back and forth from my HD650's to compare I now know what people mean when they talk about the laid back Sennheiser sound which sounds pretty sterile in comparison. Listening to some rock and blues CD's they can be pretty bright and sharp and more then once I found myself reaching for the volume knob to turn it down during certain songs. I have to keep in mind though these are straight out of the box so they probably need a little time to burn in. 

 

One thing I was surprised about is I wanted to listen to them unamped to start with and plugged them straight into my Marantz CD5004 player and was kinda disappointed, I felt some energy but I guess not as much as I was expecting and the volume control on the CD player itself didn't seem like it got up that high with the Grado's. I then plugged it into my Burson amp and it was like night and day, definitely a difference for the better. I would have tried listening to my iPod with them but didn't get the adapter.

 

I expect to really sit down with them and burn them in a little better over the weekend but it's been pretty positive thus far. I'm still toying with the idea of returning and exchanging them for the RS1i's but that decision can come later. 

 

Grado's take a while to burn in and the high end will smooth out a bunch and the bass tighten up too. It took a lot longer than I thought it would on my 325i's at any rate.

post #11853 of 18531

I don't think that I've ever read so many positive comments from people who are enjoying their new Grados, and I'm no exeption, because I'm enjoying the hell out of my new Bushmills.

 

I must confess, I bought the Bushmills mainly as an investment, because let's face it, I needed new Grados as much as an eagle needs glasses, but I thought to myself, what if the Bushmills end up appreciating over time like the HP1000 have, don't laugh!, everything's possible. And even if they end up just holding their value, it's still not a bad deal.

 

I remember my first encounter with Grado, it took all of 3 seconds for the RS1 to wake me from the deep coma that my years of owning the HD600 had got me into. That day, I joined the darkside, and never looked back.

post #11854 of 18531

Over on ebay somebody has a pair of headphones he says are Grado and I'll admit they do look like Grado but no where on them does it have the word Grado or a model number. Maybe some Grado expert here can identify them? They look quite old and in fact the headband is broken, might be some rare find or just a piece of junk somebody is trying to dump.

post #11855 of 18531

^looks like an Sr325 with the black plastic rings removed...? 

post #11856 of 18531
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^looks like an Sr325 with the black plastic rings removed...? 
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Over on ebay somebody has a pair of headphones he says are Grado and I'll admit they do look like Grado but no where on them does it have the word Grado or a model number. Maybe some Grado expert here can identify them? They look quite old and in fact the headband is broken, might be some rare find or just a piece of junk somebody is trying to dump.

Sr325 would be my guess as well, but in horrible condition.
post #11857 of 18531
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Sr325 would be my guess as well, but in horrible condition.

Or MS2, given that they are located in Australia.

post #11858 of 18531
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So I just got my GS1000's in.....just some early impressions. I haven't really got to spend a lot of time with these yet, but I seem to forming an opinion:) It seems to me that with every new headphone I buy I build up a little too much excitement in my head about how they should sound.I find that with Grado's I need to give some time to adjust to each headphone because frankly each one is different and from reading other people's impressions sometimes it is hard to get a beat on whether you are going to like it or not. So far, I am finding these to be pretty amazing. In a completely quiet room they pretty much sound like you are in the room with the musicians. I have listened to a variety of genres and they all sound dang good. I just don't get the whole harsh treble. This is a smooth sounding headphone. The bass is so full sounding but not overdone. The sound-stage that these throw is pretty dang large and the imaging is just perfect. At this point I would say these are the perfect compliment to the RS-1. I can understand people saying that the mid's are missing just a bit, but I don't really miss it because it does everything else so well. The details that these headphones reproduce is just fantastic. I'm listening to the Punch Brothers as I type this and I can't stop smiling. I'm keeping my RS-1's to rock out to.......

Congrats......sounds like you have the perfect Grado combo!

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by JoeDoe View Post
 

Not to interrupt the GS1000 party thread, but just wanted to drop some Grado-tastic experiences I've had recently. :gs1000smile:

 

1. Built my first cMoy earlier this week and I've been thoroughly enjoying my 325is through it. I got the standard DIY kit from JDS Labs and even though the Altoids tin almost took down my hole punch, everything in the build went smoothly. It's powered by a single 9V and said power is clean, thick, and meaty! Really fills out the lower mids and bass on my chromies. I don't really use the bass boost for the Grados but it is a nice option for my MDR V6s!

 

2. As per kvtaco's suggestion, I ordered a dual to mono OPA627 adapter for my LD 1+ from Hong Kong a while back and it finally arrived today. Plugged it right in and an hour in color me impressed. I've never thought the Grado treble harsh, but hearing how much smoother it is with this two ops working in tandem has made me think twice! The soundstage is certainly larger and most notably, the treble is VERY smooth. Still nice and energetic with Grado extension but instead of hearing the bite of the hihat in Back in Black's countoff, I hear the tone. I'm going to enjoy working my way through my New Cans playlist this evening gentlemen

 

Sounds like you are in for some fun

post #11859 of 18531

Ill chime in, new to head fi and to quality sound, jumped straight into the ps1000's

 

Loving every minute

post #11860 of 18531
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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post
 

I don't think that I've ever read so many positive comments from people who are enjoying their new Grados, and I'm no exeption, because I'm enjoying the hell out of my new Bushmills.

 

I must confess, I bought the Bushmills mainly as an investment, because let's face it, I needed new Grados as much as an eagle needs glasses, but I thought to myself, what if the Bushmills end up appreciating over time like the HP1000 have, don't laugh!, everything's possible. And even if they end up just holding their value, it's still not a bad deal.

 

I remember my first encounter with Grado, it took all of 3 seconds for the RS1 to wake me from the deep coma that my years of owning the HD600 had got me into. That day, I joined the darkside, and never looked back.

Yeah, it is really nice to hear all the positive comments on the Grado sound.....once it grabs you....it grabs you hard!

 

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Originally Posted by flailure View Post
 

Ill chime in, new to head fi and to quality sound, jumped straight into the ps1000's

 

Loving every minute

Wow.......Very nice.....super congrats to you.

 

I can't help but think that you are going to be enjoying your music very much.

 

what do you listen to ?

post #11861 of 18531

love the glow !

 

post #11862 of 18531

Well, I've been mostly a heavy metal and hard rock fan, with interest in some of the early punk rock and such, but I'm finding more and more cd's that I never liked that are now amazing.  I started with what I have loved before, Metallica, Guns n Roses, Underoath, Living Sacrifice, Megadeath, Mortification, Believer, and I can honestly say that I have heard their music for the first time.  I've heard lyrics that I've never heard before, whispered in the mic or lost in the music but now clear to my ears.

 

Recently I played Jars of Clay's Flood, ended up listening to the whole album, and digging out the other two albums of theirs that I own.  

 

So I guess you can say that as of this point, I have no preferences in music, I'm gonna have to listen to everything again to see what I have missed and re-find my niche.  Thats not to say that I dont still enjoy metal and rock, because those are always gonna be near the top of my list, But I've have played Mozarts Requiem all the way through, fumbled through Coltrane and Guaraldi, and I've even given modern rock another try, such as Stone Sour and Three Days Grace.  Been loving every minute.  I'm still not to sure though on re-trying this new pop stuff though, I'll leave that to the younger crowd

post #11863 of 18531
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love the glow !

 


I love the glow.....& the sound :smile: 

 

post #11864 of 18531

Random question: Has the mahogany for the RS1/2/GS1000 gotten much lighter in color? It seems like in the past it was a darker, more red wood, but my RS1i and some more recent photos I've seen show it much lighter and more yellow. Not that I'm complaining, I think mine are beautiful, but just something I've noticed. Anyone know what's gone on?

post #11865 of 18531
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Originally Posted by hsubox View Post
 

Random question: Has the mahogany for the RS1/2/GS1000 gotten much lighter in color? It seems like in the past it was a darker, more red wood, but my RS1i and some more recent photos I've seen show it much lighter and more yellow. Not that I'm complaining, I think mine are beautiful, but just something I've noticed. Anyone know what's gone on?

Well when I received the GS1Ki's (not working), I noticed that the wood seemed to be almost honey colored. My RS1i's are much, much darker, like red wood.

I didn't care much for the honey colored wood of the GS1Ki's, but it won't stop me from reordering them!

BTW, how ddo you list your gear at the bottom, like you have when you reply, thanks.

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