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Anytime...let us know how you like it if you pick one up! Audio Engine has great customer service...I have a pair of their little A2 active speakers and of course the D1. One of my favorite audio companies. 

It will be shipped to me next week.  wink.gif

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It will be shipped to me next week.  wink.gif

 

Nice! You won't regret it. 

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I just got my very first Grados, or actually I didn't yet buy them but got them from local dealer to try at home over weekend. In the shop I have listened SR325is few times and waiting that they'll get the SR225i that I wanted. Even though I liked 325, I wanted to try SR225i not only that they were almost 100€ cheaper but because I have read that they are liked quite much. And happy that I did wait, because I like the sound of these (still only about 5-6 hours, so not burned in) but because these are lighter than 325, these are way more comfortable for me. But as said, I have time to try this whole weekend and if I find something negative, I won't buy these.

 

I have AKG K240 MKII with Beyer DT770 pads. I like them as well, but I heard disturbing sound when moving my head with eyeglasses on. Now there is no such noise with Grados. Let's see :)

 

 

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Now as I've listened few hours using Grados, I don't think really like those AKG's that much. Just plugged them on and tried to listen some good old fashioned Finnish Rock (Hanoi Rocks – A Day Late a Dollar Short ;)) but it felt as there were not only curtain but carpet between... Well, it's still burn in time for Grados and I've took beer or two, so things may change...


Edited by Henkali - 11/16/12 at 2:07pm
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Originally Posted by Henkali View Post

I just got my very first Grados, or actually I didn't yet buy them but got them from local dealer to try at home over weekend. In the shop I have listened SR325is few times and waiting that they'll get the SR225i that I wanted. Even though I liked 325, I wanted to try SR225i not only that they were almost 100€ cheaper but because I have read that they are liked quite much. And happy that I did wait, because I like the sound of these (still only about 5-6 hours, so not burned in) but because these are lighter than 325, these are way more comfortable for me. But as said, I have time to try this whole weekend and if I find something negative, I won't buy these.

 

I have AKG K240 MKII with Beyer DT770 pads. I like them as well, but I heard disturbing sound when moving my head with eyeglasses on. Now there is no such noise with Grados. Let's see :)

Congratulations. The 225i are very nice and certainly more comfortable than the 325is! Enjoy!

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Nice! You won't regret it. 


Unfortunately, I wont be getting it next week. My Audio Engine D1 arrived today! Talking about the fastest shipping experience in my life!

I ordered it through Bestbuy online (Magnolia)last night at around 7:30pm 11/15 and it arrived here the next day at noon 11/16 . I only paid $2 for the expidited shipping.

I had to get it from best buy since I had an old gift certificate from them so I paid the tax for $9, but it is not bad! I will try it tonight.

What is the best optical cable to buy from D1 to iMac desktop? The desktop has optical connection , but it has a 3.5mm size....
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Unfortunately, I wont be getting it next week. My Audio Engine D1 arrived today! Talking about the fastest shipping experience in my life!
I ordered it through Bestbuy online (Magnolia)last night at around 7:30pm 11/15 and it arrived here the next day at noon 11/16 . I only paid $2 for the expidited shipping.
I had to get it from best buy since I had an old gift certificate from them so I paid the tax for $9, but it is not bad! I will try it tonight.
What is the best optical cable to buy from D1 to iMac desktop? The desktop has optical connection , but it has a 3.5mm size....

 

wow, that's awesome! 

 

As for cables, I usually find the cheapest one that fits my needs and then buy the one right above that one in price lol. So hopefully others will chime in on better options. The  majority of my cables are from Bluejeanscable.com, but my last opticals came from Amazon....I think both were Amazon's own store brand (re-badged)

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Originally Posted by Awgd8 View Post


Unfortunately, I wont be getting it next week. My Audio Engine D1 arrived today! Talking about the fastest shipping experience in my life!
I ordered it through Bestbuy online (Magnolia)last night at around 7:30pm 11/15 and it arrived here the next day at noon 11/16 . I only paid $2 for the expidited shipping.
I had to get it from best buy since I had an old gift certificate from them so I paid the tax for $9, but it is not bad! I will try it tonight.
What is the best optical cable to buy from D1 to iMac desktop? The desktop has optical connection , but it has a 3.5mm size....

I would use the usb cable that comes with the D1. It's good and free.

I prefer USB to the optical option from my Mac and use the optical only when connecting to a CD or DVD or TV.

Plus you need to use the USB cable anyway to power the D1, so why use another cable?

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I would use the usb cable that comes with the D1. It's good and free.

I prefer USB to the optical option from my Mac and use the optical only when connecting to a CD or DVD or TV.

Plus you need to use the USB cable anyway to power the D1, so why use another cable?

I would like to see the difference with USB 96KS/s vs   Optical 192KS/s .   We all know these are  just  specs and our ears would not be able to tell the difference.   

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wow, that's awesome! 

 

As for cables, I usually find the cheapest one that fits my needs and then buy the one right above that one in price lol. So hopefully others will chime in on better options. The  majority of my cables are from Bluejeanscable.com, but my last opticals came from Amazon....I think both were Amazon's own store brand (re-badged)

 

My impression with the D1 seems to have a better separation and better soundstage. The iMac is not bad at all if I were to compare both.  My later model 2009 iMac still has bass punch, good mids and higs, but it is a bit congested over all.  

 

So far , I am very happy with the Audio Engine D1 using the provided USB cable. It frees up the congested sound of my iMac.  The built in amp of the D1 is enough for me so far.  I would say the Audio Engine D1 is a great match for the PS500s.  For the money ($169) and peace of mind (3 year warranty) it is a great buy!  

 

Focker, thanks again for recommending the Audio Engine D1.  Is it true there is a burn in period with the D1 too?

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Awgd8 View Post

 

My impression with the D1 seems to have a better separation and better soundstage. The iMac is not bad at all if I were to compare both.  My later model 2009 iMac still has bass punch, good mids and higs, but it is a bit congested over all.  

 

So far , I am very happy with the Audio Engine D1 using the provided USB cable. It frees up the congested sound of my iMac.  The built in amp of the D1 is enough for me so far.  I would say the Audio Engine D1 is a great match for the PS500s.  For the money ($169) and peace of mind (3 year warranty) it is a great buy!  

 

Focker, thanks again for recommending the Audio Engine D1.  Is it true there is a burn in period with the D1 too?

 

 

 

 

 

I have to give Parbaked the props for the suggestion since he brought it up...I just tend to jump on board when I see someone mentioning it lol. It's one of my favorite little pieces of gear and further proof that you can get some very satisfying performances without spending much at all. As for break-in, I honestly put that thing through its paces and  used it in so many configurations when I first got it that there wasn't any way I could have even noticed it. I used it with my Dell laptop, out from the Oppo, out from the AEX, with my tube buffer, without the tube buffer, etc, etc. I didn't really give it a chance to settle down and compare the same configuration over time, if that makes sense. I had a $700 tube dac just prior to picking up this one, and I honestly felt the D1 had an edge in some areas and was its equal in others. That's a big reason why I promote it so much, cause I honestly didn't miss the tube DAC (TDAC from Tube Audio Design) at all. I've had the D1 for nearly a year and I have zero interest in upgrading it. It's not my "backup" dac or an "extra" piece, either....it's my primary dac. I really can't say enough about it. (That much is obvious lol.)

 

You'll get a lot of use out of that little thing! 

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I have to give Parbaked the props for the suggestion since he brought it up...I just tend to jump on board when I see someone mentioning it lol. It's one of my favorite little pieces of gear and further proof that you can get some very satisfying performances without spending much at all. As for break-in, I honestly put that thing through its paces and  used it in so many configurations when I first got it that there wasn't any way I could have even noticed it. I used it with my Dell laptop, out from the Oppo, out from the AEX, with my tube buffer, without the tube buffer, etc, etc. I didn't really give it a chance to settle down and compare the same configuration over time, if that makes sense. I had a $700 tube dac just prior to picking up this one, and I honestly felt the D1 had an edge in some areas and was its equal in others. That's a big reason why I promote it so much, cause I honestly didn't miss the tube DAC (TDAC from Tube Audio Design) at all. I've had the D1 for nearly a year and I have zero interest in upgrading it. It's not my "backup" dac or an "extra" piece, either....it's my primary dac. I really can't say enough about it. (That much is obvious lol.)

 

You'll get a lot of use out of that little thing! 

 

I'm not surprised that you don't miss your tube DAC, your PS500s, are tube sounding on their own. 

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I'm not surprised that you don't miss your tube DAC, your PS500s, are tube sounding on their own. 

 

You know, that's probably why I am just as happy with the 500s plugged into a simple headphone Jack or out of my Meier amp as I am with the LD amp. I love the LD, and with the 325s it was a magical combo...but I dont feel I NEED to use it with the 500s as much as the 80s and the 325s. 

 

BTW, Martin said he shipped my gimbals and rodblocks today....I've been joking around with a couple head-fi buds saying that my GS1ks look like C3PO after those little guys took him apart in Empire Strikes Back....hoping I don't put the head on backwards!

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BTW, Martin said he shipped my gimbals and rodblocks today....I've been joking around with a couple head-fi buds saying that my GS1ks look like C3PO after those little guys took him apart in Empire Strikes Back....hoping I don't put the head on backwards!

 

lol! - classic scene

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Audio Engine D1 + PS500s =  AWESOME!  Clean crisp tube-like sound signature!  Without the D1, the sound source is about 8 rows back, now it is perfectly in between...  ksc75smile.gif

 

 

 

 

I just can`t help posting her pic!   beerchug.gif

 

 

 

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Edited by Awgd8 - 11/16/12 at 5:16pm
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Wow, that looks better than the pics on the AudioEngine website! lol

 

 

talisman: definitely! When I had my GS1ks apart I just started laughing at how it looked...had mental images of chewbacca walking through the door and freaking out that his grados were all disassembled...lol  (Yes, I really am 40 years old...I promise!)

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