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I honestly think the 325i is a terrible headphone and that Grado needs to massively revamp its sound signature. I was very displeased by the bloated midrange, deadly highs and boring low end. The speakers reminded me of a Bose car stereo; it can go loud, it's just very unpleasant with nothing captivating at loud volumes. I suspect the people who like the 325i also like Klipsch's horn loaded tweeters in their speakers, which I also find unbearable due to the highs. I really find the SR60i and the 80i the only enjoyable Grado headphones, though.
post #5372 of 13901
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Originally Posted by Valicious View Post

Just started talks with Martin about building a full wooden setup with Magnum V4 drivers.  I'm considering Ambonya Burl cups and Gabon Ebony gimbals/rodblocks, wooden distancers so I can use the G-cush pads, and a lambskin headband.

Still working out how different wood types affect sound...What's the difference between RS1-style cups and mushrooms cups?

Are XLR jacks important?  Are they any better than the 1/4" jacks?  The built-in XLR jacks in the cups look sexy as hell, but my Grado 15ft cable doesn't use XLR.

1. Don't spend too much time trying to figure out how the different wood sound. Ask Martin if he thinks there's any difference and go with his council.

2. The differences between RS1 and mushroom cups are cosmetic. The inner cup (air chamber) are the same size. The mushrooms can limit the movement of the gimbals, but Martin knows the limits.

3. The XLR jacks in the cups will allow you to change cables. You can put whatever plug on the other end of the cable e.g. 1/4" to fit your Grado extension cord or 1/8" to fit your iPod. 

4. I think Martin can use same mini XLR configuration as Audeze or AKG 702, and/or maybe other known headphones, so you can try other cables without custom wiring e.g. buy aftermarket Audeze cables to try.

Good luck. Sorry for your wallet

 

You should ask Martin all this stuff. He has most experience and listens to everything he makes.


Edited by parbaked - 11/1/12 at 3:23pm
post #5373 of 13901
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Originally Posted by tribestros View Post

I honestly think the 325i is a terrible headphone and that Grado needs to massively revamp its sound signature. I was very displeased by the bloated midrange, deadly highs and boring low end. The speakers reminded me of a Bose car stereo; it can go loud, it's just very unpleasant with nothing captivating at loud volumes. I suspect the people who like the 325i also like Klipsch's horn loaded tweeters in their speakers, which I also find unbearable due to the highs. I really find the SR60i and the 80i the only enjoyable Grado headphones, though.

I love the 325is for specific Genre of music. I do not listen to rock and i would not even dare to use it with the 325is. For Acoustic with vocals, it is a blast!
I love it! Same with the RS1i , acoustic and not high pitch female or male voice , it is perfect! Right now PS500s is so versatile to handle almost all Genre of music that I listen too.
post #5374 of 13901
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Originally Posted by tribestros View Post

I honestly think the 325i is a terrible headphone and that Grado needs to massively revamp its sound signature. I was very displeased by the bloated midrange, deadly highs and boring low end. .

 

lol....

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Pardon me, but I can`t help looking at the PS500s....  This will be my last picture post of her... biggrin.gif

I love the flat pads she`s wearing.... etysmile.gif

 

1000


Edited by Awgd8 - 11/1/12 at 4:25pm
post #5376 of 13901

Sure is purdy :)

post #5377 of 13901
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Originally Posted by tribestros View Post

I honestly think the 325i is a terrible headphone and that Grado needs to massively revamp its sound signature. I was very displeased by the bloated midrange, deadly highs and boring low end. The speakers reminded me of a Bose car stereo; it can go loud, it's just very unpleasant with nothing captivating at loud volumes. I suspect the people who like the 325i also like Klipsch's horn loaded tweeters in their speakers, which I also find unbearable due to the highs. I really find the SR60i and the 80i the only enjoyable Grado headphones, though.

 

Lucky you wink.gif

 

I'll stick to my customised 325is - until I get the chance to try the PS500 and RS1i at least anyway.

 

Funny that because you don't like it, Grado has to massively revamp it's sound signature ........ maybe you could drop them a line with your observances biggrin.gif

post #5378 of 13901
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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post

 

Lucky you wink.gif

 

I'll stick to my customised 325is - until I get the chance to try the PS500 and RS1i at least anyway.

 

Funny that because you don't like it, Grado has to massively revamp it's sound signature ........ maybe you could drop them a line with your observances biggrin.gif

 

LOL, I can hear John Grado now...."dammit, Tribestros doesn't like the 325s...this is not good!"

post #5379 of 13901
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Originally Posted by Awgd8 View Post

Pardon me, but I can`t help looking at the PS500s....  This will be my last picture post of her... biggrin.gif

I love the flat pads she`s wearing.... etysmile.gif

 

1000


awe.. why not post more? She's a beauty!!

post #5380 of 13901
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I like the SR325is , it just need a little more uplifting bass. The RS1i sound signature is picky on the Genre of music.  I find it perfect for male vocals like Tonny Bennet or female voices like Toni Braxton,  for Taylor Swift (not a fan),  OM..........frown.gif


If Grado can put the 325is mids/high and combined it with PS500s bass... That is my ideal sound signature...  So far the PS500s comes close to what I prefer.

And just to beat Focker's point harder - I'd disagree with this. I think the RS-1 are *sublime* for vocals - probably among the most natural reproduction I've ever heard. Notice all of the "I" in that though. I'm glad to hear the PS-500 are working for you though, and they're certainly a very purdy set of cans!

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Originally Posted by parbaked View Post

The differences between Grado and MS headphones is traeted as a trade secret and no one knows what, if anything, is done to the drivers outside of Grado and MS.
We can only speculate.  Grado will tell you they are different, just not how or why.
The drivers in the MS1, are said touse the UHPC wire in the voice coils. The cheapest Grado model that uses UHPC wire in the voice coils is the 125i, so some speculate that the MS1 is based on the 125i, but the only evidence is the wire used in the voice coils.
The other difference is that the MS1 has no buttons which may or may not affect the sound.

When I emailed Alessandro they told me the MS-Pro and RS-1i were "very similar" and basically discouraged me from buying the MS-Pro, but wouldn't expand with details; I think "trade secret" might've been used in the message too. Of course that makes me MORE curious, but I doubt we'll ever truly know, as you said. redface.gif

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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

Sure is purdy smily_headphones1.gif

+1. I've always thought the wood/metal hybrid looked nice.
post #5381 of 13901
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When I emailed Alessandro they told me the MS-Pro and RS-1i were "very similar" and basically discouraged me from buying the MS-Pro, but wouldn't expand with details; I think "trade secret" might've been used in the message too. Of course that makes me MORE curious, but I doubt we'll ever truly know, as you said. redface.gif

Discouraged how?

 

Also, I read a bit, and evidently George Allessandro designed, modified, engineered (?) the driver in the MS line.

post #5382 of 13901
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Originally Posted by scootsit View Post

Discouraged how?

Oh, I mean that their response was basically "they're very similar but somewhat different" and spending $695 twice seemed a bit nutter to me. It's not like say, getting an RS-2 and an HD 650 (just to pick some random headphone that also costs $500). But of course now I want to know what "somewhat" means!
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Also, I read a bit, and evidently George Allessandro designed, modified, engineered (?) the driver in the MS line.

I'd be interested to see what you were reading.
post #5383 of 13901
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Originally Posted by scootsit View Post

Discouraged how?

Oh, I mean that their response was basically "they're very similar but somewhat different" and spending $695 twice seemed a bit nutter to me. It's not like say, getting an RS-2 and an HD 650 (just to pick some random headphone that also costs $500). But of course now I want to know what "somewhat" means!
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Also, I read a bit, and evidently George Allessandro designed, modified, engineered (?) the driver in the MS line.

I'd be interested to see what you were reading.


What is John's relationship with George Alessandro? What was the thinking and/or business strategy behind this parternering?

George is an old friend of John's who happens to live around the corner from him. George was running a successful amp business and wanted to add something new to his line, so he asked if John would manufacture some custom headphones for him. John agreed and per George's specifications, John released the Alessandro line. This line is owned by George and the differences are trade secrets between this line and the Grado line.

 

From: http://www.head-fi.org/t/127867/an-interview-with-john-grado

 

That's not the source I was actually referring to, but I read somewhere that everything but the drivers was identical.

post #5384 of 13901
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Originally Posted by scootsit View Post

What is John's relationship with George Alessandro? What was the thinking and/or business strategy behind this parternering?

George is an old friend of John's who happens to live around the corner from him. George was running a successful amp business and wanted to add something new to his line, so he asked if John would manufacture some custom headphones for him. John agreed and per George's specifications, John released the Alessandro line. This line is owned by George and the differences are trade secrets between this line and the Grado line.

From: http://www.head-fi.org/t/127867/an-interview-with-john-grado

That's not the source I was actually referring to, but I read somewhere that everything but the drivers was identical.

To me, that doesn't read as "Alessandro custom designed everything in-house" but more "they cooked up a spec and Grado met it" - more like how the PS-1 came into being. redface.gif
post #5385 of 13901
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Originally Posted by Awgd8 View Post

Pardon me, but I can`t help looking at the PS500s....  This will be my last picture post of her... biggrin.gif

I love the flat pads she`s wearing.... etysmile.gif

 

1000

 

No need to stop posting, I think we all like to look at beautiful headphones!!!!

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