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I enjoyed my GS1000i for metal too, I'd place them a fair way off my HE-6 for metal, but then the GS1K doesn't come with the ridiculous amping requirements.


I have a fairly narrow familiarity with the full line, but what I like about my RS1i is that it sounds good w/ so many genres including metal. But, it sounds good with just about anything I throw at it. Not a big classical music fan, but an appreciator...and I think it actually sounds OK especially smaller ensemble classical. And, fantastic with anything acoustic like jazz. May not have the bite some would want for death metal-but less fatiguing than my 225i which I still think is a great sweet entry spot for rock and metal. The RS1i tames the treble down, is still very good w/ metal but adds a touch of refinement for other genres. My 2 C.

 

That said, I have yet to buy high end big boy planar headphones as I've been working on creating a listening room/computer space (newly painted with some new furniture) and upgrading my speaker system...like a devious wizard (electric wizard perhaps) it's slowly coming together. I'm getting close!

post #22667 of 22678
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post
 

 And, fantastic with anything acoustic like jazz.

I totally agree with you 1000%.

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Hey guys I am thinking of upgrading my Rs2i's to Rs1's...do you think the old school Rs1's (not e's or i's) will be better? I love the Rs2i's but hey, why not try something new?

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Originally Posted by Wildcatsare1 View Post

Tried the "tape mod" on my 500e L Pads, haven't listened much yet. Though the bass on the Cream's introduction to " Badge" rattled my head, it was almost too much of a good thing. I want to listen to a wider variety of music before I decide whether to keep it.


what kind of tape did you use?

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Originally Posted by kayandjohn View Post
 

Congratulations on the PS500e purchase! 

 

The PS500s were my very first Grados, a whole year ago, and now I have 11 Grados, with one more on order!! 

 

The PS500e, if it is like the PS500, is going to be the most "polite" of the Grados.  It will have the strongest bass response (at least of the on-ear models... not counting the GS1000s and the PS1000s), the least amount (but still plenty) of the treble speed and brilliance that give the Grados their transparency, and will look very similar to the PS325es.

 

The PS 500 seems to be Grado's attempt to tone down their signature sound and behave more like everyone else's headphones, serving a wider variety of music.  The PS325es, on the other hand, are the opposite extreme... they have LOTS of what makes a Grado a Grado... speed, transparency, treble even to the point that some find it fatiguing, and clear but not powerful bass.  The SR225, as well as the SR60, 80, and 125 seem to be more between the two extremes of the 325e and the 500e.  The PS500s have wood cups within metal cups, the cups on the SR325s are all metal.

 

So if you are worried about the 325e sounding like the 500e, it won't!


Grado 325e (left) and PS500 (right)


that just sold me PS500e is my upgrade path from SR325e it settled for me anyways.

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Originally Posted by tinkertailor View Post
 

Hey guys I am thinking of upgrading my Rs2i's to Rs1's...do you think the old school Rs1's (not e's or i's) will be better? I love the Rs2i's but hey, why not try something new?


The original rs1 will certainly be different and IMHO I would stay with the rs2i (don't be rid of it) and go with either rs1i if you want more top end (could be more detrimental if you listen loud) or a ps500e if you want that hybrid new factor sound. The original rs1 is unique and would offer sound perhaps slightly better than the rs2i then again you may find it different for use of a better word.

Another one is the SR80e (for a more balanced sound like old rs1) or even 325e if again you want that rs1i top end energy factor(moreso than rs1i).

 

Good luck.


Edited by XLR8 - Yesterday at 8:19 pm
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The original rs1 will certainly be different and IMHO I would stay with the rs2i (don't be rid of it) and go with either rs1i if you want more top end (could be more detrimental if you listen loud) or a ps500e if you want that hybrid new factor sound. The original rs1 is unique and would offer sound perhaps slightly better than the rs2i then again you may find it different for use of a better word.

Another one is the SR80e (for a more balanced sound like old rs1) or even 325e if again you want that rs1i top end energy factor(moreso than rs1i).

 

Good luck.

Thanks for your response.. I may be able to get the rs1 for $400-$430 do that is why i am considering it. The ps500 e sounds interesting as i use my headphones for monitoring. maybe i will pursue those. I am worried the 325s will be too shrill? I'm just trying to experiment to see how amazing headphones can go ...I don't even use an amp just cuz i cant handle the bulk in my various portable setups.

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Originally Posted by maxifunk View Post


what kind of tape did you use?


Clear scotch Tape, copied the way they did it on the Innerfidelity page.
post #22674 of 22678
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Originally Posted by tinkertailor View Post
 

Thanks for your response.. I may be able to get the rs1 for $400-$430 do that is why i am considering it. The ps500 e sounds interesting as i use my headphones for monitoring. maybe i will pursue those. I am worried the 325s will be too shrill? I'm just trying to experiment to see how amazing headphones can go ...I don't even use an amp just cuz i cant handle the bulk in my various portable setups.


The law of diminishing returns.;)

If your sound collection is akin to jazz, pop, woody instrument sound then go with that RS1.

However, if your collection is more bass, contemporary/new age then I would recommend the ps500.

 

Hope this helps..:beerchug:

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Just an impromptu poll here. Given the following three amps, LD1+, Valhalla 2, Lyr 1 or 2. Which would you say does Grado the best, or would it be too close to call. I am seriously looking at the Valhalla just because I'd like to have one all tube amp, Then maybe get one all SS amp too. Need to cover all the bases <g> I really liked the sound of the LD Mk3 I had, the build quality left something to be desired but the sound could be super good with the right phones and source.

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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post


I have a fairly narrow familiarity with the full line, but what I like about my RS1i is that it sounds good w/ so many genres including metal. But, it sounds good with just about anything I throw at it. Not a big classical music fan, but an appreciator...and I think it actually sounds OK especially smaller ensemble classical. And, fantastic with anything acoustic like jazz. May not have the bite some would want for death metal-but less fatiguing than my 225i which I still think is a great sweet entry spot for rock and metal. The RS1i tames the treble down, is still very good w/ metal but adds a touch of refinement for other genres. My 2 C.

That said, I have yet to buy high end big boy planar headphones as I've been working on creating a listening room/computer space (newly painted with some new furniture) and upgrading my speaker system...like a devious wizard (electric wizard perhaps) it's slowly coming together. I'm getting close!

The HE-6 sounds great with everything, it's genre bandwidth is one of the appeals for me. Of the orthos I've heard (LCD 2.2 and 3 pre-and post fazor, LCD-X and the Abyss) it's my favourite. If you're prepared to scale the amping mountain (which isn't in fact as daunting as it seems at first) I would say they're probably the ortho that most Grado fans would like the best.

Visiting this thread makes me miss those GS1000i though smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by tinkertailor View Post
 

Thanks for your response.. I may be able to get the rs1 for $400-$430 do that is why i am considering it. The ps500 e sounds interesting as i use my headphones for monitoring. maybe i will pursue those. I am worried the 325s will be too shrill? I'm just trying to experiment to see how amazing headphones can go ...I don't even use an amp just cuz i cant handle the bulk in my various portable setups.

The 325 are not shrill. The 325e/is has best mids, the RS1i has best trebles, the PS500 has best bass/is the most bassy. They all serve different purpose and are different enough to justify (me) owning all. Of course none of these are bad headphones, but considering what you like, you may like one better than the other. Here's what I use these cans for:

325is: intimate Vocals and Metal. My friend calls the 325is "king of Metal", and I tend to aggree.

PS500 (original) w/ G-cushs: New Age, Post Rock, Prog Rock & Classical (mostly piano & bass-light stuffs). The PS500 have better soundstage, but on Metal songs it tends to give too much bass. 

PS500 w/ G-cushs: punchy Indie. I don't listen to Hiphop nor EDM.

RS1i: again for Classical, Alternative Rock & Classic Rock. They still have that deadly Grado mids for cellos and everything.

post #22678 of 22678
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post

Just an impromptu poll here. Given the following three amps, LD1+, Valhalla 2, Lyr 1 or 2. Which would you say does Grado the best, or would it be too close to call. I am seriously looking at the Valhalla just because I'd like to have one all tube amp, Then maybe get one all SS amp too. Need to cover all the bases I really liked the sound of the LD Mk3 I had, the build quality left something to be desired but the sound could be super good with the right phones and source.
Grado recommends the Schiit LYR 2.
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