ars technica visits Grado
If they let me in there I'd be building my very own RS1e.
Sorry, I still can't use my quote function, so, to answer huckfinn's question on how to protect the lettering on Grado headphones, I have the HP1000, which have probably THE most fragile lettering ever printed on Grados. Now, not touching the lettering is obviously the most effective way of protecting it. Aside from my GS and PS1000, I handle all my Grados, the same way wich is, like dynamite, just kidding, or am I ?. I simpliy pinch the little knob on the cup gimbals pivoting point, between my middle finger and my thumb, if you decide to try this, just make sur to use enough pressure not to drop them.
I handle the edges of the air chamber. I have no trouble with the Prestige Series HPs, as the lettering is actually on raised plastic molds of the letters. A bit of silver paint does well if the lettering ever fades. It's the lettering on the RS1i that has me fretting. They're not raised but silk-screened on the wood cups. Those could easily scratch off. In the end, just handle with lovin' care.
Don't touch them! Just kidding.
I usually pick up my headphones from the cushions while they are face down, and never pick them up by the cups. If the lettering is that bad…I had a new pair that I took an eraser to, and erased all of the lettering, so the cups were "blacked out" and they looked great IMO.
I do something similar with DLNA (MinimServer on a Mac Mini) --> Denon network player (DNP-720AE) --> optical to Arcam rDac --> NAD C375BEE --> Speakers.
The NAD has the integrated DAC module, but the Arcam simply blows it away for SQ, so I pulled it from the head-fi rig to use there. I am looking hard at Sonos, because the Denon is a 1st-gen product that doesn't do gapless (unless you drive it with the remote and the 3-line OLED display) and the iOS app really, really sucks. However, the above does handle hi-res tracks (if that matters) and does sound quite good.
Very cool. It's definitely a case of-"the future is now" kind of thing IMO. It's really changed the way I listen to music. I can sit down and really listen to higher end sound on my dedicated rig, listen to my Grados if I feel like it.
But, so often when I just have a few minutes, a quick work out in my basement, doing a home project, even in the morning, getting ready for work, feeding the dogs, drinking a cup of joe, the TV is on, commercial, grab my cell phone, push a button and I listen to a couple of songs from a play list, then back to the news. Ridiculous extravagance, but my dream was to have access to all my music whenever I want it in any room of the house. A giant speaker based Ipod for the house available in any room I want. Every song I own, internet radio, streaming any music service.
You can make Sonos sound good. Lossless through their better components (playbar w/ sub for example) is really decent. For anyone thinking about it-compressed mp3 files thru their connect into resolving speakers will make you want to cry. For that, you will be very tempted to add a very nice DAC-the best you can afford
The next generation will be how to make it sound truly audiophile quality good w/o having to purchase a $5k plus DAC. High end wireless speaker sound that is affordable.....
I want it all baby!!
M'haa-ha-ha! I must rule the World, the universe,,,,
oh, ok I've got my meds now. Sorry.
Dude... you are two posts away from having it all