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post #5431 of 16843
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Originally Posted by keppa View Post

I actually decided to go with the 500's already. But as I noticed there at the store already, the piano sound is mellower and has more bass notes to it, so no suprise here. What I cannot now test out is that do I actually feel the sound is still more real than on the 325is'. But don't get me wrong, as I'm here listening to music and burning these babies in I'm enjoying every note I hear.. so for me the 500's fit better for the music, but if it would be a perfect world I would have kep the 325is for my digital piano alone. But I can't quite say that money wouldn't be an issue as having the two now was never a possibility for me at this stage. If I would have ended up paying more for the 500's than if I'd pick them up straight away two weeks ago already then money might have been issue for me at this stage.


Although I might think that as these 500's are a bit too soft for my DP, the 325is might have been a bit too bright though still I think preferred them on it. Actually when I originally got my digital piano while back I found the sound to be a bit too soft and lacking mids, but in time learned to like it. So maybe 325is where something I hoped for the sound to be in the first place. And as it is a digital device there's no saying that the audio equipment on it would produce the sound they should, or that even they'd be fully burn in themselves. But maybe I can test out 60i's etc. and see how they would fit the sound on my DP.

 

The sound is more real on the PS500s is due to a larger soundstage effect. There is echoing effect were on the 325is , the sound comes in fast and ends fast. It is like listening next to the source vs 10 feet farther were the sound hit and reflected back from everypart of the wall and back to the listener.

Have you tried the RS2i. ? Maybe this is what you are looking for? Pretty close to the 325is with just a smooth MiDS and highs and decent bass. Mids and highs are still intimate but bettter soundstage than 325is. Like the SR325is the Rs2i bass will not over power both mids and highs.
Edited by Awgd8 - 11/5/12 at 9:55am
post #5432 of 16843
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Originally Posted by Awgd8 View Post


The sound is more real on the PS500s is due to a larger soundstage effect. There is echoing effect were on the 325is , the sound comes in fast and ends fast. It is like listening next to the source vs 10 feet farther were the sound hit and reflected back from everypart of the wall and back to the listener.
Have you tried the RS2i. ? Maybe this is what you are looking for? Pretty close to the 325is with just a smooth MiDS and highs and decent bass. Mids and highs are still intimate but bettter soundstage than 325is. Like the SR325is the Rs2i bass will not over power both mids and highs.



Yeh, I actually got to test all 325is, RS2i and then PS500 next to each other, and your description is right. If the brightness of the 325is would have been the problem for me, then the RS2i would have been my choice to go. But as I do own a 2.1. set instead of 2.0. it either tells that I don't have capable enough 2.0. or then that I like to have the lower end very much present with my music :) So yes, PS500 was my way to go.

post #5433 of 16843

That must be a very good dealer you have in your area...It's really nice when you can audition the different headphones one after the other before you buy. That's a big reason why I'm planning to buy locally from now on since I have a Grado dealer only 15mi from my home. Hope you enjoy those 500s!

post #5434 of 16843
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

That must be a very good dealer you have in your area...It's really nice when you can audition the different headphones one after the other before you buy. That's a big reason why I'm planning to buy locally from now on since I have a Grado dealer only 15mi from my home. Hope you enjoy those 500s!

True, the one in Illinois that I normally go to has a 90 day return policy no question ask. So not only you can audition it, you got a chance to burn it in and see if you really like it or not.
There motto is, " No Sale Is Final Until You Are Completely Satisfied." They do not charge restocking fee either if you decided to call it quits....wink.gif

Ok guys, I am in the middle of building up my iTunes again and this time I am copying from CD to Apple lossless format.

My original plan was to buy a DAC/AMP for my iMac and itouch. Since my iMac has a crappy sound card compare to the portable Ipod touch or Ipads. Then also I remember people here were streaming their music from their desktop to their portables. So I looked online and did not even realized that the Itunes in my iMac desktop has a filesharing option were other device such as Ipads or Iphone can log in wirelessly and stream the music (apple lossless format) from my iMac desktop via iTunes. Right now I just wirelessly connect my IPad2 to my iMac iTunes and listen to my iTunes library wirelessly. (which are all apple lossless format) This will then save me money since all I need to buy is a portable AMP for the Ipad2 instead of buying DAC for the iMac.

The only problem is I need to turn the iMac on while listening to the Ipad2 . So far the sound quality is great ! Can anyone verify if I am really streaming apple lossless file ? I am just assumng it since the whole Itunes library are all Apple lossless format.

Now I can just buy a cheaper amp for the Ipad2. I am thinking of the Ipad mini since my wife like to buy one. BTW, I have an old Itouch and there is no option to link it to my desktop, maybe the newer model has the capability?

I am very happy to find this out...biggrin.gif

Here is how it is done...

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=1aEu0DFEp5Q
Edited by Awgd8 - 11/5/12 at 12:29pm
post #5435 of 16843
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It is the headphone lounge headband, and the rest of the headband assembly is from Martin Custom Audio, including the metal headband insert. I simply put that together, and moved the earcups over from the original Grado headband assembly, so I can change them back to stock in minutes.

Smart. I've heard of Martin Custom Audio, but never seen the website, so thanks for the motivation to go check them out. Metal gimbals certainly have to be low on any sane list of things I *need* in my life...so, why I do want them so badly?

post #5436 of 16843
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It is the headphone lounge headband, and the rest of the headband assembly is from Martin Custom Audio, including the metal headband insert. I simply put that together, and moved the earcups over from the original Grado headband assembly, so I can change them back to stock in minutes.

Smart. I've heard of Martin Custom Audio, but never seen the website, so thanks for the motivation to go check them out. Metal gimbals certainly have to be low on any sane list of things I *need* in my life...so, why I do want them so badly?


I really wish I could put his rodblocks on my Magnums, the cups are heavy and the rodblocks are starting to separate, but alas, there is no way to get the rod tips off...

post #5437 of 16843
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I really wish I could put his rodblocks on my Magnums, the cups are heavy and the rodblocks are starting to separate, but alas, there is no way to get the rod tips off...

The little plastic ones from Grado? Or an aftermarket?

And there's always a way - it just depends how determined you are...biggrin.gif
post #5438 of 16843
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I really wish I could put his rodblocks on my Magnums, the cups are heavy and the rodblocks are starting to separate, but alas, there is no way to get the rod tips off...

 

Try a hair dryer on the rod tips - I'm sure they'll loosen and slip off when heated / expanded.

post #5439 of 16843
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Originally Posted by Gradofan2 View Post

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Originally Posted by scootsit View Post


I really wish I could put his rodblocks on my Magnums, the cups are heavy and the rodblocks are starting to separate, but alas, there is no way to get the rod tips off...

 

Try a hair dryer on the rod tips - I'm sure they'll loosen and slip off when heated / expanded.


They're Rhydon's rod tips (made of aluminum and attached using some crazy epoxy that is not removable)... he suggested cutting the rod... I'll wait until the rod blocks break (who knows, maybe they never will), then figure it out. I'm thinking a bit of gorilla glue may be all it takes to keep them from separating.

post #5440 of 16843

oh if im able to get a Grado RS1i or RS2i, my dream cans

 

i will definitely scream out "Thats Mahogany dude" if unsuspecting people try to snatch and manhandle them

 

700     1000

 

 

post #5441 of 16843

Does anyone know where i could buy pads for my Grado SR 225? Is anyone willing to sell them or is there any shop that could ship to Slovenia?

 

Thanks!!!

post #5442 of 16843
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Originally Posted by Kitarist View Post

Does anyone know where i could buy pads for my Grado SR 225? Is anyone willing to sell them or is there any shop that could ship to Slovenia?

 

Thanks!!!


Are they on Amazon for you? I know in the States, there are about 100 sellers on Amazon. Otherwise, try ebay?

You may have to get the ones that are copies, as Grado isn't always very fond of their stuff being shipped outside the country (from authorized sellers).


Edited by scootsit - 11/6/12 at 12:48am
post #5443 of 16843
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

That must be a very good dealer you have in your area...It's really nice when you can audition the different headphones one after the other before you buy. That's a big reason why I'm planning to buy locally from now on since I have a Grado dealer only 15mi from my home. Hope you enjoy those 500s!

 

Yeh true, that's why I try to keep to local shops when shopping audio related stuff, because the chance to test out and experience at the shop is something I would like to keep available. The 500's have been excellent so far, though I do miss the mids when on the piano. Well, maybe getting a small headphone amp with either a graphic eq or then mid bump would solve it.

post #5444 of 16843

Can anyone recommend an amplifier/DAC combination or seperate devices for around $400 total, to pair with the PS500s? I've been looking at the O2+ODAC, aswell as the TEAC UDH-01 (mixed opinions on that one), but can't seem to settle as there's always one thing people dislike, makes a decision difficult. Size does not matter (home use), however I'd need USB input or spdif.

post #5445 of 16843
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Originally Posted by eltocliousus View Post

Can anyone recommend an amplifier/DAC combination or seperate devices for around $400 total, to pair with the PS500s? I've been looking at the O2+ODAC, aswell as the TEAC UDH-01 (mixed opinions on that one), but can't seem to settle as there's always one thing people dislike, makes a decision difficult. Size does not matter (home use), however I'd need USB input or spdif.

I don't know specifically for the PS-500, but the Musical Fidelity V-CAN-II is something I can recommend very highly (it plays nice with the RS-1, but then again, everything does!). VERY quiet amplifier, and that's basically the selling point imho. Perfect channel tracking (at least on mine), no bg noise, it's just completely out of the way of the signal. And that seems to work pretty well with the RS-1 (and any other dynamic can I've tried). So I assume it would work out very nicely with the PS-500.

I think Little Dot amps are also popular, but I haven't tried one.

Regarding the D/A converter - what are you hooking it up to? A computer? Can you just add a soundcard to this computer? Would be a lot cheaper, get you more options, and so on. In fact, I noticed that the X-Fi HD USB is back in stock on Amazon, and I would probably just get that either way (you get DAC, it has a headamp (no idea on quality/features/etc), phono preamp, DSP features, etc - it's like $80 too, very good deal!), and the V-CAN will bring you to just under $300. biggrin.gif
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