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post #12421 of 19348
Ok stupid question, what do you call the plastic pieces the headband connects to with the "L" and "R"?
post #12422 of 19348
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Originally Posted by bassboysam View Post

Ok stupid question, what do you call the plastic pieces the headband connects to with the "L" and "R"?

Rodblocks

post #12423 of 19348
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Originally Posted by bassboysam View Post

Ok stupid question, what do you call the plastic pieces the headband connects to with the "L" and "R"?

rod blocks are the square things with the R & L...gimbals are the round things that hold the cups

post #12424 of 19348
Ahh thanks. I always thought the rodblocks were the little plastic covers on top ofvthe rods.



Anyway listening to the 325is. I don't know how anyone finds these shrill or bright...the 325i I can understand but the "is" is way smoother. The pair I got have have 4 holes vented. The bass is deeper than any grado I've heard including the RS1 and the Bushmills. Very cool but maybe a tad too much. Too early to tell.
post #12425 of 19348
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Originally Posted by Matro5 View Post
 

 

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! 

 

The pads kill me.  I think I need to replace them anyway - they leave black dust on my face and everywhere I leave them. 

 

The way these distribute the weight over a thinner surface area on my lobes are not comfortable at all.  Perhaps the 'flat' pads, I think they're called...like Portapros and PX100s might work better - more surface area distributed on my ear or the 'bowl' pads to go on my skull.

 

How might flat pads and bowl pads affect tonal balance?  I wouldn't really change this if I don't have to...but for low level - the imagination might be very flexible at adapting to tonal shifts?

post #12426 of 19348
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post
 

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.

Yeah I think going straight from the HD580 to a 225 would take quite a bit of adjustment time as they are very contrasting. I love Jazz with Grado's, they put you in the middle of the band and the feel/impact of the instruments is ideal. But certain aspects of the freqs can get annoying. Especially with older harder recordings (classics). I'm finding my Foobar EQ (latest version with 31 bars) is becoming my best friend! As little as 2db down at the treble peaks can make them much more tolerable for Miles and Coltrane :)

 

The 225i are such a great Grado, maybe you should just try a little EQ to suit your personal tastes. It works for me!

post #12427 of 19348

Grado RS1i is my first headphone i had listened  to ,very impressive:smile_phones:

post #12428 of 19348
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Originally Posted by iceye2072 View Post
 

Grado RS1i is my first headphone i had listened  to ,very impressive:smile_phones:


Wow.....you are going to get spoiled  :p 

post #12429 of 19348
I do own the 80 and 325i. Well I do agree that especially the 325i is bright on the high side. However they must be well burn in and that should reduce that. The other issue may be the quality of the source, I mean cd, which I ripped out to wav file. It is extremely important.

Now I got the new RS1i, and that is really really very good. I tested when I first bought it and high is bright. However, I let it burn in around 100 hours and now the high smooth and clear and well control.
post #12430 of 19348
BTW, when I listen to music, I never use EQ at all.
post #12431 of 19348

Congrats on the RS1i. It really is a beautiful headphone.  I tried to play around with EQ for about a month and finally gave up on it.

post #12432 of 19348

Yeah I was against EQ for many years, it wasn't until I'd had enough of my K701's upper mids that I decided to have a play around. Long story short after many trials and errors I now keep the mentality that 'less is more'. And a few fine tweaks can go a long way. (and save you a fortune in amp rolling). 

 

I have the same problem with Grado's as I had with the AKG's. And this is the upper mid region. The graphs back it up too. The 2k mark is emphasized on most Grado's as well. This can make some instruments sound a little too aggressive for me.

 

Must stress that this is my problem ;)

 

Some make the mistake when EQ'ing, of lowering the whole treble area if a headphone is bright. This can do a lot more damage than good because you will be lowering certain frequencies that are already very low. A good way to do it is to have the headroom freq graph handy. Then you can then quite accurately pinpoint the peaks and not touch the areas that don't need it. The bass is a lot easier to add if needed as this is much more of a straight/curve. Just make sure that you don't exaggerate the sub bass as you will end up with lots of mud. Start rolling it off at about 50hz. 

 

But remember, less is more! 2 db should be all it takes and only 3 if you want to get crazy!!

 

After all, you aren't EQing to change the sound of a headphone. You either like it or you don't... But if you can near it to your own personal perfection then it can only be a good thing :)


Edited by LugBug1 - 2/25/14 at 7:05am
post #12433 of 19348

Totally agree.. yes, I did have the Headroom graphs and kept EQ max 3 db.  Maybe I'm lucky that the Naim smooths things out and I don't find any harshness/peaks with the HD800 and the RS1i is pretty smooth across the range. With my setup, my preference is no EQ.  Really happy with the SQ.  YMMV

post #12434 of 19348
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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post
 

Totally agree.. yes, I did have the Headroom graphs and kept EQ max 3 db.  Maybe I'm lucky that the Naim smooths things out and I don't find any harshness/peaks with the HD800 and the RS1i is pretty smooth across the range. With my setup, my preference is no EQ.  Really happy with the SQ.  YMMV


I have come to the conclusion that I REALLY need to get some RS1i Grado's. I made the near fatal mistake of listening to some on a friends system and now I can't help but compare the ones I have to them and, as you say, find the utter smoothness from bottom to top of the RS1i to be unmatched by any other Grado I have ever heard. My wallet, or bank account in this case, is really gonna hate me by the end of this year. I retire next year so I gotta get it while I can :)

post #12435 of 19348

Hi. So instead of making a new thread, I thought I'd post here.

 

I'm looking into getting either the PS-500s, or the RS2i. The easy question is; which is better? I've lurked much here for a long time, and I know the usual answer is "what type of music do you listen to, yada yada" but that's irrelevant. Either will sound great with any music. I'm a violinist, and I listen to alot of classical. I also listen to alot of modern stuff; indie, pop, hell I've listened to lady gaga once I think. Accuracy isn't so important. Soundstage is. 

 

From what I can tell, the PS500s are probably better, but mostly because the RS2is are uncomfortable? I have the SR80is right now, and I'm fine wearing them for a couple hours. So if something is uncomfortable for 5+ hours, I mean really; what are you doing with your life that you don't move in a chair for 5 hours? That's also irrelevant, but I would like feedback on how comfortable either would be compared to the SR80s.

 

Anyways, I know a few of you have listened to both, and maybe (hopefully) even back to back. I know I can't go wrong, but I'd like to hear if someone has an opinion one way or the other.

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