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post #12406 of 21164
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Originally Posted by bassboysam View Post

I will be getting reacquainted with the 325 today. I owned a pair of silver 325i (non-s) a while ago. these are the 325is version so I am curious to see if there is really any difference. The 225s should be here next week hopefully.

Congratulations on your new 325is's, enjoy!

post #12407 of 21164

So I exclusively listened too my GS1Ki's since I got them... until last night!

Last night I spent 4hrs with the GS's and then spent 4hrs with the RS's, (in that order), which I haven't listened too since I got the GS1Ki's. I started too like the GS's for their warm wide sound-stage, and was starting too enjoy them. Once I put the RS's back on after not hearing them for days, I realized I like the RS's much better than the GS's. Both headphones have their strengths/weaknesses, but the mid-range/intamacy, and bass slam of the RS's just stole the show me, especially the mid-range! The overall bass on the GS's just may have extended a bit too much for my taste after listening too both, and also the mid-range being a bit recessed is just what I wasn't looking for. I'm in no way putting the GS's down they are beautiful sounding headphones, and do what they are supposed too do beautifully, but their just not for me, and it took the comparison between the two for me to realize. For my personnel listening taste, I definitely prefer the RS's, but I'm definitely glad I had the experience to hear them, even if it was for such a short time, but I didn't want to try and convince myself that I liked their presentation just because they are GS1Ki's. So I will be returning these and enjoying my other Grados.

BTW, I mentioned maybe selling my 325's, because four headphones IMO is too many…I'm listening to the 325's as I post this and I'm so glad I didn't, because these I would have missed!

Looks like I'll be sticking with what I have, and just enjoying the hell out of them!

post #12408 of 21164
Question!

The only Grados I ever owned is the sr225i, I have them right now.
as I continue to listen to them i do tend to find them to be a bit on the bright side, I was wondering if this is a characteristic of the higher Prestige series. As I look at the charts on frequency response, it seems to get brighter and brighter as you go up on the line for the prestige series
As I look at all the other series, they take on a more even V response (As in the peak in the low and the peak in the highs tend to match up in dBr), does this hold true for the sound?
post #12409 of 21164

I don't pay much attention to graphs, but I do know what I hear and can tell you that I've owned the 80i' and the 325is's for a while now and have never had an issue with the high frequencies, so I guess it all depends on your hearing. Some claim the Grados are bright and other don't.

post #12410 of 21164
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

I don't pay much attention to graphs, but I do know what I hear and can tell you that I've owned the 80i' and the 325is's for a while now and have never had an issue with the high frequencies, so I guess it all depends on your hearing. Some claim the Grados are bright and other don't.

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post #12411 of 21164
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Originally Posted by lazyredhead View Post

Question!

The only Grados I ever owned is the sr225i, I have them right now.
as I continue to listen to them i do tend to find them to be a bit on the bright side, I was wondering if this is a characteristic of the higher Prestige series. As I look at the charts on frequency response, it seems to get brighter and brighter as you go up on the line for the prestige series
As I look at all the other series, they take on a more even V response (As in the peak in the low and the peak in the highs tend to match up in dBr), does this hold true for the sound?


I certainly think this is the case. 

 

If you didn't know about it, you can wrap electrical tape around the outside cushions of you 225i, which tends to tame the highs and bring up the bass a bit.  One of the best mods I've ever done!

post #12412 of 21164
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Originally Posted by swspiers View Post


I certainly think this is the case. 

If you didn't know about it, you can wrap electrical tape around the outside cushions of you 225i, which tends to tame the highs and bring up the bass a bit.  One of the best mods I've ever done!
i actually just recently heard about this, it does indeed even it out smily_headphones1.gif
post #12413 of 21164

I am one of those that found the 325is to be too bright on certain amps and with certain tracks.  I prefer the PS500's.

post #12414 of 21164
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Originally Posted by lazyredhead View Post


i actually just recently heard about this, it does indeed even it out smily_headphones1.gif

Forgot to mention that you can also try TTVJ flat pads, you may really like them, they will definitely give you more bass and tame the highs, but at the cost of a slightly narrower sound-stage.

post #12415 of 21164
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Originally Posted by bearFNF View Post
 

I am one of those that found the 325is to be too bright on certain amps and with certain tracks.  I prefer the PS500's.

I have found the 325is to be the most picky with amplification, but never too bright.

post #12416 of 21164

Our hearing is certainly an important factor in how we percieve different headphones, but I think that our upstream equipment plays a very important role as well.

 

If your upstream equipment has a rolled off treble, you might find that the SR325i evens up the sound nicely, and if we follow the same logic, the PS500 might sound too dull.

 

And let's not forget personal taste, some people just like a brighter sound signature. So, are the SR325 the brightest sounding Grados?, yes, definately, do they sound too bright?, well, that dépends on who you ask.

 

That's why I never make comments like, these headphones are too this, or too that, they're are way too many variables to give any clear cut answers. 

post #12417 of 21164

I was listening to some Jazz last night with my HD580's and brought over my 225i just for a quick listen, and the treble gave me a headache in about 5 mins. I was using them on my Headroom amp, which is a warmish sounding amp but still, Grado's just don't tolerate certain amps and music very well at all. I think the treble on the 225 bother me more than on my 325, probably because the extra bass on the 325 evens everything up. Going to be selling the 225i for sure and maybe both. I really don't need 5 sets of headphones.

post #12418 of 21164

Checkin myself into the Grado fan club.

 

Spent last night with my HF2s, and these are perfect, every song - g-funk to girly songs.  I just do not like their comfort. 

 

Lately I do not have convenient EQ, and am very concerned about the state of my responsibility to protecting my hearing.  Need to listen softly, but how to listen softly.

 

Went through all my cans...and behold the HF2s, brilliant, just brilliant...driven by hybrid - everything sounded nice - lossless to youtube.  I can change the volume within the low range and adapt to any recording.  It whispers to my ear when asked and it extends through to ethereal when required...it sounded balanced and neutral in my imagination - below reference. 

 

The bass in hip hop, did not sound rolled off at all - even though the cans do roll off.  the bass dissipated into thin air just like my LCD2s, the treble was perfect.  Very fast, very detailed - the HD650 and K701 can't keep up in overall articulation.  Very airy very open sounding...I love these cans and in effect are my absolute favorite for hours and hours of listening.

 

Did I say hours and hours - at low level, one can listen for hours and hours - but my ears are falling off I think.  Something I can never do with reference 'neutral' cans (K701, HD650, LCD2 etc) as these sound more and more balanced the closer one cranks them to reference volume.

 

I bet if I was a sound engineer having to spend hours on a headphone, I could go low volume and make perfect translations with my HF2s - even though they are far from neutral - at low volumes  in my imagination they are perfectly neutral. 

 

These are in effect my LCD2s at low volumes with the loudness button turned on - with a dash of amazing cup resonant euphonics - it is music to my ears.

 

:bigsmile_face:

post #12419 of 21164
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Originally Posted by SP Wild View Post
 

Checkin myself into the Grado fan club...

 

Welcome! 

 

Is it the pads or the headband that are uncomfortable for you? I've never had an issue with my Grados but I bet some of the friendly people in the Club can help you dial your HF2s in perfectly. Good luck! 

post #12420 of 21164

I think it is that while Grados are comfy for an on-ear, many just prefer over-ear.

That is why the GS1K is considered so comfy for a Grado.

I wonder if those that complain about Grado comfort have an on-ear they prefer or do they just prefer over-ear? 

I know that now that I own HD600...I am less fond of on-ear as well...

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