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post #12736 of 24401
I've said it before but I'll say it again. The RS1 is a unique headphone that totaly defines the grado sound so if you want to experience Grados get the RS1. If you don't like the RS1 you can try the PS500 but at the same time there are a lot of other headphones that do the big bass, recessed mids thing really well, are more affordable and you don't have to put up with Grado's quirky build and quality.
post #12737 of 24401
Having said that, i just traded another non-Grado sounding Grado (the Bushmills) for a pair of LCD 2.2 in Rosewood. Seems to be from 2011 and it came in a very fancy wooden box instead of the current LCD "flight case". Now I just need work to end to go and try them smily_headphones1.gif
post #12738 of 24401

The PS500's look really intriguing. I have no way of testing Grado 'phones but it sounds to me like they're exactly what I like out of music (rock-oriented with a lot of bass?). And holy crap you can run the PS500's off of an iPhone??

post #12739 of 24401
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Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post

The PS500's look really intriguing. I have no way of testing Grado 'phones but it sounds to me like they're exactly what I like out of music (rock-oriented with a lot of bass?). And holy crap you can run the PS500's off of an iPhone??


 



yeah but you could also get something like a DT990 or Fidelio X1 and countless others for cheaper....and they would be more comfortable with nicer pads and headbands. People put up with the Grado quirks because they enjoy the Grado sound. if you don't like the Grado sound I don't see any reason to buy a PS500. There is nothing too special or unique about it, unlike the rest of the Grado SR and RS series. (I can't comment on the GS or PS 1000).
Edited by bassboysam - 3/11/14 at 10:58am
post #12740 of 24401
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Originally Posted by SomeGuyDude View Post
 

The PS500's look really intriguing. I have no way of testing Grado 'phones but it sounds to me like they're exactly what I like out of music (rock-oriented with a lot of bass?). And holy crap you can run the PS500's off of an iPhone??

 



yeah but you could also get something like a DT990 or Fidelio X1 and countless others for cheaper....and they would be more comfortable with nicer pads and headbands.

 

Well, per my avatar I'm wearing a pair of VModa M100's that I love to bits. I'm just looking for MORE of it (eventually). I'm not a stickler for nice pads and headbands, hell I didn't even mind the notoriously uncomfortable Beats Mixrs. 

 

Wasn't exactly in love with the Beyer DT770, unless these are completely night and day. I admit also that the PS550s look significantly more portable.

post #12741 of 24401

I wouldn't say night & day, I believe all Beyers in the DT line have the same drivers, but the DT990 do sound more refined than the DT770. If you didn't like the 770 though, I doubt the 990s would be a good fit.

post #12742 of 24401

PS500s are still have Grado's blood inside, I think they're made to people who listen to Top 40 mainstream songs but love Grado's presentation.

 

My most favourite are still MS-Pro/RS1i though.

post #12743 of 24401
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Originally Posted by Willieboy View Post
 

Speaking of Ugly Ducklings, I notice the PS500 does not seem to get too much attention.  I have been thinking about getting a set of Grados and buildd quality, as well as sound quality are important to me.  The two sets I'm considering are the PS500 and the RS1.i.  There is a $100 price difference between the two, with the PS500 being less expensive.  I cannot audition any Grados so, any advice would be appreciated.

I have the SR80is, and I'll be getting the PS500s any day now. The RS1s are basically what the sr80s strive to be, at least that's what everyone says. So I'll be going from an aggressive grado signature, to a much more balanced signature, though everyone says the PS500s still retain the grado sound, just not the bright highs.

 

Honestly that's the main draw of the PS500s to me. At times, possibly when I'm drinking too much, and I'm listening to more modern music, I really like to feel the impact of alot of the newer stuff. Yes, I will listen to lady gaga upon occasion, maybe even a (oh no he didnnnnn) rap song... Only when drinking. Anyways I find that I often have to turn the music up to hear what I know is in the music, and I can tell that the highs really are starting to impact my long term hearing. It's worth 600 bucks I completely do not have for headphones to keep my hearing good while I'm young, and still be able to listen to music like I want to.

 

Anyways, long post, but that's my rationale. I'm pretty sure the PS500s will pretty much be my dream can, and the only thing from now on will be save up the 3k from the Woo 5-LE, then another k for the tube upgrades, then another k for a good dac, then another k for good cd/vinyl players.... So I'm not out of the woods quite yet, in fact I'm about 10% in, but we will see here in a few days.

 

By the way, I ordered from grado's 4yourears site, and I don't recommend it. If you order from Woo, same price, and you get a free headphone stand that looks nice. 4yourears is taking forever to ship them to me. They gave me a tracking number, and marked the order shipped, but usps hasn't received the package yet, which makes me sad. I guess they printed the label off and never took it to the post office, and here I am 5 days later :( I'll call them tomorrow and yell at them some. I don't mind paying full price and getting no kickback, because I enjoy paying full price for great things, but at least they could ship them when they say they will.

 

Oops, didn't mean to rant quite like that. Sorry.

post #12744 of 24401

Oh man, great post!

 

So sorry Grado has a dunce in the shipping department, or, maybe it's another dunce up the chain.

 

Look forward to your impressions of the 500.

 

I've got my opinions.  Hope to hear (read) yours. 

post #12745 of 24401
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Originally Posted by TheMiddleSky View Post
 

PS500s are still have Grado's blood inside, I think they're made to people who listen to Top 40 mainstream songs but love Grado's presentation.

 

My most favourite are still MS-Pro/RS1i though.


Do you have both the MSPro and the RS1is Sky?  If so, could you compare their sounds?

 

Thanks,

 

Bill

post #12746 of 24401
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Originally Posted by Porteroso View Post
 

I have the SR80is, and I'll be getting the PS500s any day now. The RS1s are basically what the sr80s strive to be, at least that's what everyone says. So I'll be going from an aggressive grado signature, to a much more balanced signature, though everyone says the PS500s still retain the grado sound, just not the bright highs.

 

Honestly that's the main draw of the PS500s to me. At times, possibly when I'm drinking too much, and I'm listening to more modern music, I really like to feel the impact of alot of the newer stuff. Yes, I will listen to lady gaga upon occasion, maybe even a (oh no he didnnnnn) rap song... Only when drinking. Anyways I find that I often have to turn the music up to hear what I know is in the music, and I can tell that the highs really are starting to impact my long term hearing. It's worth 600 bucks I completely do not have for headphones to keep my hearing good while I'm young, and still be able to listen to music like I want to.

 

Anyways, long post, but that's my rationale. I'm pretty sure the PS500s will pretty much be my dream can, and the only thing from now on will be save up the 3k from the Woo 5-LE, then another k for the tube upgrades, then another k for a good dac, then another k for good cd/vinyl players.... So I'm not out of the woods quite yet, in fact I'm about 10% in, but we will see here in a few days.

 

By the way, I ordered from grado's 4yourears site, and I don't recommend it. If you order from Woo, same price, and you get a free headphone stand that looks nice. 4yourears is taking forever to ship them to me. They gave me a tracking number, and marked the order shipped, but usps hasn't received the package yet, which makes me sad. I guess they printed the label off and never took it to the post office, and here I am 5 days later :( I'll call them tomorrow and yell at them some. I don't mind paying full price and getting no kickback, because I enjoy paying full price for great things, but at least they could ship them when they say they will.

 

Oops, didn't mean to rant quite like that. Sorry.

I like the PS500's the best so far, 325's were to bright for me, RS1's were meh..., I also like the iGrado for work, really sounding good driven by my studio V 3rd.

 

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Originally Posted by bbophead View Post
 

Oh man, great post!

 

So sorry Grado has a dunce in the shipping department, or, maybe it's another dunce up the chain.

 

Look forward to your impressions of the 500.

 

I've got my opinions.  Hope to hear (read) yours. 


Yeah, I had issues with ordering from them too, they must have forgot to ship my order till I called them, then magically I got a shipping notice an hour later...and an apology for it taking so long, which was nice.

post #12747 of 24401
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post #12748 of 24401

Oh Man, Sams sporting a set of planars!

 

Are these your first, or have you tried other sets?

post #12749 of 24401

Been there ........

 

Hope they sound great!

post #12750 of 24401
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Originally Posted by swspiers View Post

Oh Man, Sams sporting a set of planars!

Are these your first, or have you tried other sets?

A friend has a pair of he400s that I've listened to quite often but I've never owned planars. These are a lot more refined and even sounding than the he400.

But both the WA6 and MKIII are struggling. Volume is fine but definitely missing dynamics. A new amp will have to wait though.

Not as warm sounding as many claim and while the bass goes deep it's not very punchy but that could also be amp related.
Edited by bassboysam - 3/11/14 at 6:25pm
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