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post #34216 of 34361
I'm using a Dragonfly Red. I listen to a lot of acoustic and vocals so bass isn't as big of a deal to me as much as clarity. I listen to a lot of Beck, John Mayer, David Gray, Radiohead and female vocalists like Fiona Apple or Eisley. I think I may pick up the 325e's so I can have them both at the same time to compare. I've just read so much about the "Grado sound" and it seems to be very polarizing in that you either love it or hate it. I'm hoping I love it and the clarity/treble doesn't sound "tinny".
post #34217 of 34361
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Originally Posted by HarveySwick View Post

I'm using a Dragonfly Red. I listen to a lot of acoustic and vocals so bass isn't as big of a deal to me as much as clarity. I listen to a lot of Beck, John Mayer, David Gray, Radiohead and female vocalists like Fiona Apple or Eisley. I think I may pick up the 325e's so I can have them both at the same time to compare. I've just read so much about the "Grado sound" and it seems to be very polarizing in that you either love it or hate it. I'm hoping I love it and the clarity/treble doesn't sound "tinny".

 

if you could afford it. go for rs1 or rs2. you couldn't go wrong for acoustic and vocals with reference series. the thing with prestige series, sr60/80/125 has pretty similar sound signature. sr225 little bit different. sr325 (i'm not sure about the new one.but the gold one.that treble not for everyone). and you still be able to mod the prestige series or change the pad to tune the sound. basically sr60/80 really give you the whole idea about the grado sound " john era " 

post #34218 of 34361
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Originally Posted by HarveySwick View Post

I'm using a Dragonfly Red. I listen to a lot of acoustic and vocals so bass isn't as big of a deal to me as much as clarity. I listen to a lot of Beck, John Mayer, David Gray, Radiohead and female vocalists like Fiona Apple or Eisley. I think I may pick up the 325e's so I can have them both at the same time to compare. I've just read so much about the "Grado sound" and it seems to be very polarizing in that you either love it or hate it. I'm hoping I love it and the clarity/treble doesn't sound "tinny".

I forgot to add earlier that the SR-325e is the only Grado that I returned, it was just a bit too hot in the highs for me, also a bit grainy compared to the RS2e and modded SR-225e.

post #34219 of 34361
Oh boy. Now I need to consider the 80e, 225e and 325e! Are the criticisms about the 325 being too harsh based on experience with the 325i or the e as well? I've been reading that the e was toned down a bit and a little more balanced.
post #34220 of 34361
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if you could afford it. go for rs1 or rs2. you couldn't go wrong for acoustic and vocals with reference series. the thing with prestige series, sr60/80/125 has pretty similar sound signature. sr225 little bit different. sr325 (i'm not sure about the new one.but the gold one.that treble not for everyone). and you still be able to mod the prestige series or change the pad to tune the sound. basically sr60/80 really give you the whole idea about the grado sound " john era " 

I'd love to consider the rs1 or rs2, but the cost of the 325e is already pushing the limits of my wife wanting to kill me for spending more $ on audio equipment.
post #34221 of 34361
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I'd love to consider the rs1 or rs2, but the cost of the 325e is already pushing the limits of my wife wanting to kill me for spending more $ on audio equipment.

Go for the 325 and let them burn-in sufficiently and draw your own conclusions, everyone has different systems and also hears differently.

post #34222 of 34361
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I'd love to consider the rs1 or rs2, but the cost of the 325e is already pushing the limits of my wife wanting to kill me for spending more $ on audio equipment.

or you could get a new wife hahaha. i have only heard the 325i gold. but people that i know, they already heard 325is which is little bit less harsh in treble.so maybe the  "e" version little bit balance. but if you had a opportunity to try it. just try it yourself.some people might accept it.some don't. i like the sound but after a while my ears kinda fatigue 

post #34223 of 34361
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or you could get a new wife hahaha. i have only heard the 325i gold. but people that i know, they already heard 325is which is little bit less harsh in treble.so maybe the  "e" version little bit balance. but if you had a opportunity to try it. just try it yourself.some people might accept it.some don't. i like the sound but after a while my ears kinda fatigue 

I have the (is) and love it!

The (e) is supposed to be warmer.

post #34224 of 34361
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Originally Posted by ruhenheiM View Post

or you could get a new wife hahaha. i have only heard the 325i gold. but people that i know, they already heard 325is which is little bit less harsh in treble.so maybe the  "e" version little bit balance. but if you had a opportunity to try it. just try it yourself.some people might accept it.some don't. i like the sound but after a while my ears kinda fatigue 

Haha! She has a decent argument. I JUST bought the HiFiMan He-400i's and the Dragonfly Red recently when we're supposed to be saving for a move in the spring and buying a house. If it were any other time, she wouldn't care. I just tried to use the excuse of my birthday to buy a pair. =D

Her buying the SR80e's is fine because they were a $100. If I told her I want to upgrade and I'd chip in the additional $170 is pushing it, but still within the moderately annoyed wife level. If I told her I'd chip in several hundred more, now I'm moving into the "I'm concerned for my personal safety" zone.
post #34225 of 34361
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Haha! She has a decent argument. I JUST bought the HiFiMan He-400i's and the Dragonfly Red recently when we're supposed to be saving for a move in the spring and buying a house. If it were any other time, she wouldn't care. I just tried to use the excuse of my birthday to buy a pair. =D

Her buying the SR80e's is fine because they were a $100. If I told her I want to upgrade and I'd chip in the additional $170 is pushing it, but still within the moderately annoyed wife level. If I told her I'd chip in several hundred more, now I'm moving into the "I'm concerned for my personal safety" zone.

hahaha i see. hmm if you could try the sr325e first then there's no problem.you could decide it by yourself. but if you couldn't. then do like joseph69 said go for 325e. you'll only notice the treble problem in long session anyway and if you had really sensitive ears on treble. either way sr80e and sr325e still pretty solid choices for the money 

 

 

there's nothing wrong with sr80e. but i don't encourage you for the sr80e because its like the gateway to rabbit hole, if you curious enough, start reading, research, and then you start do modification all that and start buying new gear because you always thought maybe there's more. one thing led to another and then in the end you realize you spend more money. just because you think yea maybe i try sr80e, it's just 100$ what could go wrong.while on the other hand if you bought sr325e you probably going to call it a day. i don't know maybe it just me


Edited by ruhenheiM - 1/11/17 at 9:11am
post #34226 of 34361
I know many people say they like the 225 more than 325 because the 325 can be a bit harsh. But then I read this pretty good detailed comparison:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/530965/grado-fan-club/24930#post_11625809

Which seems to say that the 325e = 225i. That is why I was really narrowing it down to just the 80e and 325e.
post #34227 of 34361
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Originally Posted by HarveySwick View Post

I know many people say they like the 225 more than 325 because the 325 can be a bit harsh. But then I read this pretty good detailed comparison:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/530965/grado-fan-club/24930#post_11625809

Which seems to say that the 325e = 225i. That is why I was really narrowing it down to just the 80e and 325e.

For me the 325e = 225i is not quite true, 325e was still brighter/harsher/sibilant compared to 225i, but as the others have noted, just need to try for yourself.  FWIW I don't find the HD-700, HD-800 or T1 to be as bright as the 325e that I tried for just under a month before sending them back and getting the RS2e.

post #34228 of 34361
I couldn't resist the urge. I bought the 325e's on Amazon at lunch today. tongue.gif

I figure I'll have 30 days to compare the two of them at home and really see what I like and make a decision that way. I'll share my thoughts once I get them in on Friday.

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post #34229 of 34361
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Originally Posted by HarveySwick View Post

I couldn't resist the urge. I bought the 325e's on Amazon at lunch today. tongue.gif

I figure I'll have 30 days to compare the two of them at home and really see what I like and make a decision that way. I'll share my thoughts once I get them in on Friday.

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haha happy listening! 30 days are enough to make the decision

post #34230 of 34361
I'm new to the club. I received some cash for Christmas and decided to spend it on my first pair of Grados. I was primarily using Koss Portapros and KSC75s which I enjoy and still use when I'm out walking etc, but I've been drawn to the Grado story for a while and decided it was time to scratch the itch.

Unfortunately the city I live in only has one dealer selling Grados, but not the lower end models in my price range. I did try the 325e at one point and found it too hash for me, but based on my research, this is a relatively common experience that some people have. I set my sights on the 80e which was within my budget, and highly regarded for the price, but I was unable to audition them.

After a lot more forum reading, I decided to go with the 125e. My logic was this... It was the highest model that was still within my Christmas present budget. I found that many people start with 60s or 80s, and when they upgrade, the skip the 125s and go for 225s or 325s. So as a result, opinions on 125s were relatively scarce. However the opinions I did find from people who actually had them were inevitably positive.

So I pulled the trigger and am now the proud owner of a fine pair of SR125e. Although I have no other Grados to compare them to, they sound great to me so I'm very happy. Now I'm spending every night discovering nuances in old favourite albums, and discovering more awesome music by reading suggestions in the forums.

Just thought I'd pop in here and put in a good word for the under appreciated SR125e!
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