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Alright, an extension it is then. Should get me all the way from around the living room to the kitchen with a non-stop audiogasm!

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Hi guys, i'm new here.

 

 I just ordered grado s60i and i know they are great for rock. but  i'm wondering how good/bad they are with metal and classic music?  Are they average for classic or worse? It's my first "real" headphone and i'm not expecting too much but still want to know.

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So, here is my family picture. Though I listen mostly with the SR325i I can not part with the rest of them. Even with the SR80 that is missing in the picture. Partly for sentimental reasons (my first Grado) and partly because I like to use it for watching films on my computer...

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Originally Posted by darkdefender View Post

Hi guys, i'm new here.

 

 I just ordered grado s60i and i know they are great for rock. but  i'm wondering how good/bad they are with metal and classic music?  Are they average for classic or worse? It's my first "real" headphone and i'm not expecting too much but still want to know.

 

I would say that they're rather good for classical. I chose my sr325is for how they sounded with a piano sound. Ofcourse a full orchestra has wider variety in sounds, but still I would say that you're not totally off with those. Though keep in mind that Grado's don't tend to offer too big of an soundstage, so you won't possibly feel like you'd sit in the audience of a live concert. But anyway, that's more of a preference thing.

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Ok guys, that's it. I think i am returning my one day old RS1i. There is this frequency on most female vocals that is piercing my ears, specifically the right. The highs are totally different from the RS325is. The 325is has a slightly more intimate presentation than the RS1i , but the mids and high on the 325is blends well together and I feel more fullness in sound when I listen to female vocals.

I am heading down to Illinois again and I think I will get the PS500 which I originally intended to buy 2 weeks ago.
I know i did not get to burn in the RS long enough, but I doubt that it will change that much. My 325is was perfect the first time. It just need a bit more bass. Though I know the PS500s has less or farther presentation, I will demo it for the 4th time. Wish me luck.
Edited by Awgd8 - 10/31/12 at 6:27am
post #5301 of 32069
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Originally Posted by keppa View Post

 

I would say that they're rather good for classical. I chose my sr325is for how they sounded with a piano sound. Ofcourse a full orchestra has wider variety in sounds, but still I would say that you're not totally off with those. Though keep in mind that Grado's don't tend to offer too big of an soundstage, so you won't possibly feel like you'd sit in the audience of a live concert. But anyway, that's more of a preference thing.

I chose the 325is over the PS500 because of the way they sounded on classical piano.  G-Cush equals bigger soundstage.

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Originally Posted by Awgd8 View Post

Ok guys, that's it. I think i am returning my one day old RS1i. There is this frequency on most female vocals that is piercing my ears, specifically the right. The highs are totally different from the RS325is. The 325is has a slightly more intimate presentation than the RS1i , but the mids and high on the 325is blends well together and I feel more fullness in sound when I listen to female vocals.
I am heading down to Illinois again and I think I will get the PS500 which I originally intended to buy 2 weeks ago.
I know i did not get to burn in the RS long enough, but I doubt that it will change that much. My 325is was perfect the first time. It just need a bit more bass. Though I know the PS500s has less or farther presentation, I will demo it for the 4th time. Wish me luck.

 

That sucks Awgd8, hopefully you can soon find the sound you like and be able to start enjoying the music instead of chasing the sound. 

 

Sorry I cant really be of any help in your decision as all I have is the SR80i. 

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Obob agrees with what Obob said about Musical Fidelity - also love the X-Can V2 pics; I remember seeing those new, and trying to grab one before they went away. No such luck though. V-Can V2 is a very nice "consolation prize" imho - while I'm not a big "amp guy" I will say that this little thing has one of the darkest backgrounds I've ever heard on a dynamic amp (even the MDR-F1 don't hiss, and those are at 12R and 105 dB/mW! Grados are nowhere near that). It's somewhat uncanny how clean it is, even relative to more expensive units I've heard (generally I disparage dedicated headphone amplifiers as poorly built and a bad value, and this little gadget kind of gets beyond those criticisms though).

It isn't as purdy as the X-Can models though, or even the newer M series - very plain looking box, but it has kind of a Grado aesthetic to it; no frills, just performance.
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post

Obob agrees with what Obob said about Musical Fidelity .

 

Would have been more interesting if there was disagreement between the Obobs biggrin.gif

post #5305 of 32069
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Originally Posted by Awgd8 View Post

Ok guys, that's it. I think i am returning my one day old RS1i. There is this frequency on most female vocals that is piercing my ears, specifically the right. The highs are totally different from the RS325is. The 325is has a slightly more intimate presentation than the RS1i , but the mids and high on the 325is blends well together and I feel more fullness in sound when I listen to female vocals.
I am heading down to Illinois again and I think I will get the PS500 which I originally intended to buy 2 weeks ago.
I know i did not get to burn in the RS long enough, but I doubt that it will change that much. My 325is was perfect the first time. It just need a bit more bass. Though I know the PS500s has less or farther presentation, I will demo it for the 4th time. Wish me luck.

 

I really hate that feeling where you're in the ballpark of what you're looking for, but can't quite seem to get it ALL right. As much as I enjoy seeing others discover a love for Grados, remember there are all sorts of great headphones out there. It may just be that Grados can't quite give you everything you're looking for, you know? No shame in that. This hobby wouldn't be as much fun for me if I didnt' dabble in other areas and play around with other gear. Grados are top of the class for me, but I get a ton of enjoyment out of my other gear, as well.

post #5306 of 32069
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Originally Posted by Awgd8 View Post

Ok guys, that's it. I think i am returning my one day old RS1i. There is this frequency on most female vocals that is piercing my ears, specifically the right. The highs are totally different from the RS325is. The 325is has a slightly more intimate presentation than the RS1i , but the mids and high on the 325is blends well together and I feel more fullness in sound when I listen to female vocals.
I am heading down to Illinois again and I think I will get the PS500 which I originally intended to buy 2 weeks ago.
I know i did not get to burn in the RS long enough, but I doubt that it will change that much. My 325is was perfect the first time. It just need a bit more bass. Though I know the PS500s has less or farther presentation, I will demo it for the 4th time. Wish me luck.

Where at in Illinois? I need to demo some of these badly.


Edited by Redstrand - 10/31/12 at 10:01am
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I've had my alessandro MS1s since monday.  They are the original ones and I bought them used.  They are amazing.... As my first really decent headphones they can handle anything I've thrown at them.  I even tried chinese rap....  it all sounds amazing.  So far I can't picture replacing them with anything else.  I may mod them eventually but for now I don't even want to change the sound a bit.

 

I noticed the oohing and ahhing over the mcintosh set.  Have you guys ever seen the stuff from chord electronics?  I confess to feeling a bit of lust towards them.

 

 

 

 

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Edited by cheapfi - 10/31/12 at 10:25am
post #5308 of 32069
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Originally Posted by darkdefender View Post

Hi guys, i'm new here.

 

 I just ordered grado s60i and i know they are great for rock. but  i'm wondering how good/bad they are with metal and classic music?  Are they average for classic or worse? It's my first "real" headphone and i'm not expecting too much but still want to know.

I use a pair of SR60i's primarily with Rock and Metal, and I think it does both great! I even really enjoy them with EDM (Trance / House). The bass isn't rumbly and doesn't dig real deep, but the sound is really airy and the bass is punchy and well defined, and I still manage to really enjoy EDM with them!

When you say classic, are you referring to Classic Rock or to Classical / Orchestral? Either way, I think you'll enjoy most genres on the SR60i. It has an open and airy sound that you'll love, but there are other headphones in its price range that probably do Classical better, because they have a wider soundstage. I'm thinking of the Audio Technica AD-700, specifically. But I really don't like that headphone, so I'd stick with the SR60i if it was me.

Also, I would highly recommend picking up a pair of L-Cush pads for your SR60i! They'll make the sound generally clearer. The bass has better definition, the mids are cleaner, and the highs become cleaner as well. They'll also create a more realistic soundstage than with the stock S-Cush pads, so I think you'd like Classical music even more with L-Cush! They're $20 on Amazon.

If you aren't fully satisfied with Classical on the SR60i but really like it for most other things, I think the next best option would be to pick up the Alessandro MS1i (modded Grado for $110). Alessandro MS1i with L-Cush pads has a much wider soundstage, a little more bass, and slightly less pronounced highs than the SR60i. I still like SR60i better, for what it's worth.

Enjoy!

post #5309 of 32069
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Originally Posted by Awgd8 View Post

Ok guys, that's it. I think i am returning my one day old RS1i. There is this frequency on most female vocals that is piercing my ears, specifically the right. The highs are totally different from the RS325is. The 325is has a slightly more intimate presentation than the RS1i , but the mids and high on the 325is blends well together and I feel more fullness in sound when I listen to female vocals.
I am heading down to Illinois again and I think I will get the PS500 which I originally intended to buy 2 weeks ago.
I know i did not get to burn in the RS long enough, but I doubt that it will change that much. My 325is was perfect the first time. It just need a bit more bass. Though I know the PS500s has less or farther presentation, I will demo it for the 4th time. Wish me luck.

My experience with the RS1i and RS2i has been similar. I found both to sound very dynamic, but quite fatiguing. And, with no exaggeration, to my ears the SR60i (with L-Cush pads) is about 80% the quality of the RS1i and 85% the quality of the RS2i, while being less fatiguing and $400-600 cheaper. So needless to say, I also didn't stick with the Reference Series. Perhaps down the road I'll try the RS1i again with a good tube amp!

You've auditioned the PS500's three times already? What has held you back? I've also heard three different pairs of the PS500, and my impression is that the mid-bass on it is just far too overpowering. It just doesn't sound balanced at all to my ears.

 

For these reasons, I am really curious to try a Wood-housed Magnum V4. From what I've read the highs are detailed like Grados but without the sharpness, and the bass is powerful. If the bass is less prominent than the PS500's, but more prominent than the lower Prestige Series headphones, I think that'd be my perfect pair of headphones. I am saving up!

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Am I correct in thinking that the Allesandro lowest model is basically an SR60 with one or more holes punched? Is there really any other difference?

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