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post #12436 of 21123
As far as comfort goes the ps500 and rs2 are the same I find. Which is also the same as the sr80. The RS2 may be bit more comfortable because I believe it is a bit lighter than the ps500.

I wasn't a huge fan of the ps500, it's cool but there are other headphones that do the bass heavy, recessed mids sound better like the DT990 or X1. The pS500 sounds a bit "messy" and conjested and is not really a grado when it comes to its sound signature.

Neither the RS2 or PS500 will give you a wide soundstage although that can be improved by switching to G cushions. But that has its drawbacks too.

I would recommend the RS2 or the RS1 if you can swing it. I'd also consider the 325is over the ps500.

If you must have a wide soundstage the GS1000 and PS1000 are your best options unless you like the sound of other grados with the G pads. I guess it's cheaper to try the pad options first though smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by bassboysam - 2/26/14 at 3:15am
post #12437 of 21123

So you'd say the mids of the PS500 are recessed? That's certainly helpful, and also saves me money. I do need bass, but anything more than the SR80 has is going to be nice. Which includes every headphone ever. Sounds like the RS2i is probably what I want. Also didn't realize the PS500s are actually heavier, I'd have thought they were lighter. Thanks.

post #12438 of 21123
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Originally Posted by Porteroso View Post

So you'd say the mids of the PS500 are recessed? That's certainly helpful, and also saves me money. I do need bass, but anything more than the SR80 has is going to be nice. Which includes every headphone ever. Sounds like the RS2i is probably what I want. Also didn't realize the PS500s are actually heavier, I'd have thought they were lighter. Thanks.

Well the mids sound recessed because the mid bass and treble are more prominent. As far as amount of bass goes both will have more than the sr80.
post #12439 of 21123
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Originally Posted by Porteroso View Post
 

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.

In general the PS500 is a little darker in signature than the RS line. More bass, a touch less treble. 

 

The 325 may be one for you to seriously consider. To me its like an SR80 on steroids. Better bass, more extended treble, better soundstage. 

 

If you want to do it right, just order them both from Crutchfield and use their excellent return policy to send the one you don't like back.

post #12440 of 21123

Just missed a deal on a pair of rs1i's for $500, I ended buying a pair of PS500's for $500. Do you guys think I'll be happy? Does anyone have any really good tips to increasing comfort? I read about stacking g-cush's over the yellow sennheiser pads, but I dunno. It also seems like some people like the g-cush sound with the PS500's, but is it the majority? I may even buy some computer glasses that are very slim profile so they don't hurt my ears as much, if it still is an issue..

post #12441 of 21123
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Originally Posted by Porteroso View Post
 

So you'd say the mids of the PS500 are recessed? That's certainly helpful, and also saves me money. I do need bass, but anything more than the SR80 has is going to be nice. Which includes every headphone ever. Sounds like the RS2i is probably what I want. Also didn't realize the PS500s are actually heavier, I'd have thought they were lighter. Thanks.

I would seriously consider the Alessandro MS-2's. They are modified 325's with a neutral palette, ideal for classical music. And they're ~$300.

post #12442 of 21123

I am new on the forums and thought I would introduce myself. Grado is one of my favorite headphone sounds because of the energy and great mids for rock music. I currently own some modded sr80i, unmodded sr225i and have a pair of rs2is being delivered today. My other headphones include HD650 and DT880, which I tend to use more for Jazz and Vocal.

 

I look forward to posting my thoughts on the RS2i in a few days. I decided to buy the RS2i because I felt that it was closer to the "classic" Grado sound than the PD500 and when I demoes the phones locally, my ear was not sensitive enough to detect a 40% difference in price that would motivate me to step up to the RS1i.

 

Grado is the headphone I use the most and I am finding decent synergy with the O2 + ODAC combo from JDS Labs. I also have a Schiit Valhalla, but don't notice a huge difference from my O2, which I think represents excellent value.

post #12443 of 21123

I own SR60's, SR225's, SR325i's, RS1i's, PS500's and PS1000's. I generally listen through my Van Alstine Transcendance 8+ preamp, though

I also have a Bottlehead Smack amp that is truly awesome.  The SR325i's may take up to 100 hours to break in, but after that they are great.

RS1i's add very melodic wooden ambience. When listening to opera, (complex), I hear the musicians, dancers, and sandals  dancing  on the

floor, and when I listen to the same music through the PS500's I also hear the wall boundary around them.  Of course, through the PS1000's

everything is heard.  If I could only have one set,the PS500's are the best value.

post #12444 of 21123

Wow, quite the collection of Grado's, Douger.

post #12445 of 21123

No love for the iGrado, Douger?

post #12446 of 21123

Like whirlwind said, Douger, that is a nice collection  I don't think that I've ever seen someone who owns both the PS500 and 1000. Two weeks after I bought my PS500, my salesman let me borrow some PS1000 for a few day, two days later, I went back to the store, and found my salesman grinning when he noticed that I was carrying a PS500 box.

 

I have had my PS1000 for over two years now, and I still love everything about them, exept their weight, of course. I had thought about selling my GS1000, but they're so light and comfortable, that I still occasionnally find myself reaching for them, when I don't feel like wearing my neck brace.

post #12447 of 21123

Thanks, folks! If I wanted to wear cans outside it would be i-Grado's!

post #12448 of 21123
Long day at work not helped by the fact that i forgot to bring a 1/8 inch adapter so I couldn't listen to music all day. From there it was off to the studio to work on mixes for our upcoming album. Got home around 11pm and found a pair of 225i waiting for me in the mail box but I was tired and they were frozen so tomorrow I'll make sure to remember my adapter and get reacquainted with the 225s by listening to the new mixes. it's always a good test when listening to music that you are very very very familiar with. It's a whole different ball game when you scrutinize your own work smily_headphones1.gif
post #12449 of 21123

what's everyone's favorite GRado? Can anyone here give testament to the MS-2 compared to the 325i? I want something that really shines and stands out, is aggressive and has a very forward midrange and mids. I love my magnums but I want something more aggressive to pair with them! I haven't bought a headphone in about a year so I think this year for my bday (in less than a month) that I'll snag the 325i's. They seem to be just what I'm looking for. They would be paired with my e10 and LD1+ with the tubes/opamps listed below. I listen to a ton of really fast and aggressive music and I think that it would pair perfectly with 325i's. Also, they are right around my preferred price range. Wanted to scoop this can, and maybe a few records for the birthday :). Thanks guys! 

 

feel free to check out my other thread on magnums/grados and the comparison between the both 

post #12450 of 21123

...stock, unmodded, straight out of the box, I liked the 325is alot...

 

For modding potential, I have always thought the SR225i was best of the lot.

 

All that said, I have never had a chance to listen to anything beyond the SR line. I might just sing a different song if I had a listen to some RS/PS/GS....

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