Whirlwind the Tempe AZ soundrooms are primarily McIntosh show rooms. As you know McIntosh amps are assemled in the USA much by hand with very much the same spirit adittude and pride as Grado. Their amps are built with the soul of the music as their name to fame was to build the sound system for the Grateful Dead. The legendary McIntosh sound just as we speak of a legendary Grado sound was founded on reproducing the music with the utmost integrity to the soul and way it was performed. Since most of the music at that time was made on the magnificent vintage tube amplifiers like the Marshalls. The McIntosh tube amps of course became their name to fame. This being said I spent most of my headphone time in the room that was full of vinyl with a ten thousand dollar turntable but mostly the phono preamp with probably 10 or 15 tubes in a row glowing with all the wonders of the legendary McIntosh amps. Back to your question on the grados. That was the room were I got to fully appreciate the pristine sound of the wood cups on the classical music to fully appreciate the rs1's or the pristine gs1000. I had come in mainly to give the sr325is a listen to see for myself if they were as bright as they were accused of. They were! What started it all is that on an equalizer at 63 years old I noticed how I had a tendency to crank up the treble and turn down the bass. I was playing with my new Samsung phone that has what basically is a hearing test called adaptive sound app. What I learned from it was that in fact I love bass, but clear crisp bass not the atrocious kind you get from beats headphones. And that the reason I crank the treble up was that it was that boomy horrible kind of bass that was drowning out my diminishing ability to hear the upper scale. So in my attention deficit way getting back to grados I learned that the sound that does it for me was the combination of wood cups and metal. In conclusion the ps1000 was it for me on that 80 grand McIntosh set up but in real life the ps500 would probably outdo my hearing or any set up I could ever put togeither in my lifetime. Being a Colorado mountain redneck hippie whatever that is that loves Alan Jackson and Dwight Yoakam as much as Neil Young Gratefuldead via Allman Brothers Freddie King southern boogie. The ps500 was it for me. I didn't find them dark at all but that could be the quality of the sound system. As I found out I crank the treble up because I do love a crisp sharp bass. My original thought was to get a pair of sr 325is and mod them with wood cups. But reading the specs on the drivers the cost would be so close that I would be better off just getting the ps500's. Now I really liked the comfort of the big over the ear G pads. The sound system was so extreme that I don't think I could truly evaluate the difference in ear pads. I know that I love my flats sound wise but my ears do get hot.
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