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Originally Posted by 020Assassin View Post
 

What is the opinion on the Grado RA-1 amplifier? There's an old type for sale (only has the RCA female connectors and the silver switch on the back side) for 125 euro. From what I understood it's a good pairing with the RS-1, but would it also pair well with the SR325iS and/or the Alessandro MS-Pro?

Just like the HPA-1 was voiced for the HP-1, the RA-1 was voiced for the RS-1.

 

The first RA-1 that I've heard was the original one, and so were the RS-1 that the salesman paired it with. At the time I owned a pair of senns HD-600, and I still remember

how impressed I was, by the amount of details that I was hearing. The only aspect of the sound that the HD-600 could compete with the RA-1, RS-1, was the mids, and even then, I still gave Grado the nod.

 

The RA-1, RS-1 combo were the reason why I decided to join the Dark Side, so that alone says a lot, I think. At the moment, I'm looking for a pair of vintage RS-1, and if I find some, I plan on immitating kayandjohn, and eventually buy a nice RA-1, to pair with them.

 

I know that some people think that the RA-1 is too expensive, for what it is, but in a world where some sound systems can cost more than a nice house, and a single component can be as expensive as luxury car, it's not that bad.

 

In my opinion, the RA-1 sounds good, looks good, and, it's affordable, so, It's a win, win, win, in my book.

 

They say that the ideal amp is a wire with a gain control. Well, if you ask me, the RA-1 is not very far from that

post #22817 of 22826
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Thanks, I wouldn't have thought this.

Yeah its kind of counter intuitive.  A ridiculously simple solution to a complex problem.  Isn't that what Grado is all about?

 

Note I am not sure if the RS1e has this too... it might not be, let others confirm.

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Yeah its kind of counter intuitive.  A ridiculously simple solution to a complex problem.  Isn't that what Grado is all about?

 

Note I am not sure if the RS1e has this too... it might not be, let others confirm.

See, I never had/have any issues with the cups rotating 360° because I never let them, and my cables are perfectly straight…always. I believe they are a better fit being able to rotate in either direction for ones ear/head shape.

post #22819 of 22826
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Originally Posted by 020Assassin View Post

 

I'll keep it in mind to check for the 'pop'.

 

For 300$, okay, but if you can buy one for 125 euro (142$)?

For Grados and for $142? Yes, I'd recommend it. Heck, if you don't like it, sell it. Somebody else will buy it!

I absolutely love it with my Rs1!

 

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Just curious if anyone here has contemplated doing grado mods to stop the twist...I know there is another thread somewhere on this....but I'm asking all you because this thread is so hot (every time I come here there is a new post). To me the only mod that seems that would work would be something which stops the cups from rotating.


My MS-Pro has square stalks that don't rotate as easily.

 

And I have a pair of alu gimbals and rod blocks with friction screws that also prevent needless rotating.

same here with my Rs1. the older ones have the squared "stalks" and the only way they'll rotate is if I apply a bit a force to have them turn

 

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Originally Posted by 020Assassin View Post
 

What is the opinion on the Grado RA-1 amplifier? There's an old type for sale (only has the RCA female connectors and the silver switch on the back side) for 125 euro. From what I understood it's a good pairing with the RS-1, but would it also pair well with the SR325iS and/or the Alessandro MS-Pro?

Just like the HPA-1 was voiced for the HP-1, the RA-1 was voiced for the RS-1.

 

The first RA-1 that I've heard was the original one, and so were the RS-1 that the salesman paired it with. At the time I owned a pair of senns HD-600, and I still remember

how impressed I was, by the amount of details that I was hearing. The only aspect of the sound that the HD-600 could compete with the RA-1, RS-1, was the mids, and even then, I still gave Grado the nod.

 

The RA-1, RS-1 combo were the reason why I decided to join the Dark Side, so that alone says a lot, I think. At the moment, I'm looking for a pair of vintage RS-1, and if I find some, I plan on immitating kayandjohn, and eventually buy a nice RA-1, to pair with them.

 

I know that some people think that the RA-1 is too expensive, for what it is, but in a world where some sound systems can cost more than a nice house, and a single component can be as expensive as luxury car, it's not that bad.

 

In my opinion, the RA-1 sounds good, looks good, and, it's affordable, so, It's a win, win, win, in my book.

 

They say that the ideal amp is a wire with a gain control. Well, if you ask me, the RA-1 is not very far from that

well said! 

I wish you luck on your ongoing search for a classic Rs1. Definitely goes great with the Ra-1, I don't need nothin' else!
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I can get a LD1+ with the upgraded tubes already installed but I am going to have to do the op amp myself. Anybody have a good source for electronics, op amps specifically?

post #22821 of 22826
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I can get a LD1+ with the upgraded tubes already installed but I am going to have to do the op amp myself. Anybody have a good source for electronics, op amps specifically?

I believe I used the Texas Instruments Burr-Brown 2107 Op-Amp ( less than $6.00 shipped)…someone please correct me if I'm wrong, it was a while ago.

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hey Joseph, how's the pairing between the Gs-1 amp and Ps1000? are you done looking for amps to pair with the Ps1000?:popcorn:

post #22823 of 22826
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Just my opinion…I would take the T1's over either the HD-8oo/GS1Ke for my tastes.

 

100%…I always plug/unplug my HP's prior to powering on/off any of my amps.

Me too.

 

The stalks are square, but the rod block are round?

Is this why they can turn, but not as easily?

I thought both the stalks/rodb locks were square, and they didn't rotate at all.


The stalks are square, the blocks are round:

 

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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post
 

Just like the HPA-1 was voiced for the HP-1, the RA-1 was voiced for the RS-1.

 

The first RA-1 that I've heard was the original one, and so were the RS-1 that the salesman paired it with. At the time I owned a pair of senns HD-600, and I still remember

how impressed I was, by the amount of details that I was hearing. The only aspect of the sound that the HD-600 could compete with the RA-1, RS-1, was the mids, and even then, I still gave Grado the nod.

 

The RA-1, RS-1 combo were the reason why I decided to join the Dark Side, so that alone says a lot, I think. At the moment, I'm looking for a pair of vintage RS-1, and if I find some, I plan on immitating kayandjohn, and eventually buy a nice RA-1, to pair with them.

 

I know that some people think that the RA-1 is too expensive, for what it is, but in a world where some sound systems can cost more than a nice house, and a single component can be as expensive as luxury car, it's not that bad.

 

In my opinion, the RA-1 sounds good, looks good, and, it's affordable, so, It's a win, win, win, in my book.

 

I'll be visiting the seller tonight with my 325iS, my MS-PRO and my ZennJazzGrado. I could always sell it as a combo with the MS-Pro...

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I had posted about 'modding' my SR325iS with a GS1K headband and TTVJ flat pads:

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #22826 of 22826
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

I believe I used the Texas Instruments Burr-Brown 2107 Op-Amp ( less than $6.00 shipped)…someone please correct me if I'm wrong, it was a while ago.


Yeah the 2107 is one of them but the one I want to get is a LM4562. What I was wanting to know is do you have a good source for that sort of stuff. I doubt if amazon carries opamps...but maybe they do. I guess I should check before I just say that.

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