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post #5731 of 18000

I have had my SR225i for a few weeks now and so far I couldn't be happier. As said earlier, I only listened SR325is before trying these ones, and I have previously tested old SR80 and newer SR125i.

I hope that I never get so curious that I go and try wooden models...

post #5732 of 18000
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Originally Posted by Henkali View Post

I have had my SR225i for a few weeks now and so far I couldn't be happier. As said earlier, I only listened SR325is before trying these ones, and I have previously tested old SR80 and newer SR125i.

I hope that I never get so curious that I go and try wooden models...

 

One of the biggest reasons why I love grados is because they are just like Magnepan speakers in that even the lowest speaker/headphone in the line gives you a taste of what makes the more expensive models so great. As you go up the line you get more of a great thing, just with more refinement, etc. Although the 500s and the GS1ks are my favorite Grados, the 80s will always be the reason why I fell in love with the sound. 

post #5733 of 18000

Hey!

Wasn't someone in this thread recently considering picking up a deck and setting up an analog rig? What happened with that?

post #5734 of 18000
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Hey!
Wasn't someone in this thread recently considering picking up a deck and setting up an analog rig? What happened with that?

Probably lots of people. tongue.gif

I mentioned wanting to dig out my TT, I got it out of the box, and realized it was bigger than I remembered it being, so back in the box it went. redface.gif I also wish I had a reason to use my AKAI, as it is decidedly the most dapper looking audio component I've ever seen, but I'm always reminded that it plays TAPES and nothing else. frown.gif
post #5735 of 18000

It wasn't you, I want to say Sluker?

 

Everyone has a piece or two of system bling. That component you really don't use but love. My folks had this gorgeous Teac tape deck that I am in love with for purely aesthetic reasons. That said, it will be a cold day in hell before I buy a car without a tape deck, how else can I tape my LPs.

post #5736 of 18000

Wow, that sounded very stand-off-ish. I am of course interested in your turntable stories, this was more a pages long discussion...

So, your deck, do tell...

post #5737 of 18000
No I didn't view it as stand-offish at all. smily_headphones1.gif

Regarding my deck, let's see if I can find a picture...
post #5738 of 18000
Ooh, analog porn...
post #5739 of 18000
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Ooh, analog porn...

I might have to go take new pictures, but here:




And these are not my images:



That aluminum faceplate is probably 1/4-1/2" thick, the knobs are very heavy, and the rest of the cabinet is all wood (not a veneer on plastic, not wood sides, but truly an entirely wood cabinet). Made in Japan, mid to late 1970s, weighs more than modern AVRs - it's as much an audio component as it is a piece of art. But it only plays TAPES! frown.gif It also is a magnet for fingerprints on the faceplate.
post #5740 of 18000
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Originally Posted by scootsit View Post

Ooh, analog porn...

I might have to go take new pictures, but here:




And these are not my images:



That aluminum faceplate is probably 1/4-1/2" thick, the knobs are very heavy, and the rest of the cabinet is all wood (not a veneer on plastic, not wood sides, but truly an entirely wood cabinet). Made in Japan, mid to late 1970s, weighs more than modern AVRs - it's as much an audio component as it is a piece of art. But it only plays TAPES! frown.gif It also is a magnet for fingerprints on the faceplate.


See, now I feel like a moron. You meant tape deck, here I thought you meant turntable...

 

That is very similar to the Teac that I will someday steal from my parents. It sits in a cabinet, I'm 90% sure it's not even hooked up to their receiver.

 

Anyway, the Teac I've been ogling since I was wee is very similar looking, but has sort of brass colored accents, it's really beautiful. It probably needs a belt, but who cares!

I don't think I even realized Akai was that old, just looked on wiki, 1929, who knew?

 

Yeah, I use pretty much exclusively vintage gear and it's all got nice thick faceplates. Even the not-so-vintage realistic (radio shack brand) STA-11 has about an 1/4" thick face. I'm confused about the back. Most of those cabinets were made out of hardwood through the 70s, but were four panels, not a hollowed out solid block of wood. I'd love to see some pics of that.

post #5741 of 18000
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 But it only plays TAPES! frown.gif

Not so! In record mode those meters will be fluttering! It's a POWER METER! 

You may even be able to monitor recording through the headphone jack and you got a headamp.

post #5742 of 18000
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 But it only plays TAPES! frown.gif

Not so! In record mode those meters will be fluttering! It's a POWER METER! 

You may even be able to monitor recording through the headphone jack and you got a headamp.


You could, but why would you? Chances are, it's monitoring off of a preamp that has a headphone out, which is likely much better than the one on the tape deck. It's also likely not amped, but just has a couple of resistors on it.

post #5743 of 18000

any of you fellers tried the grado IEM gr8?  Does it have the presentation style of grado on ears without the upper mid 'color' ?  The frequency graph suggests it still has some of that extra activity in that range but overall it seems to measure well.....or any other iem's that a grado fan would enjoy?

post #5744 of 18000
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You could, but why would you? Chances are, it's monitoring off of a preamp that has a headphone out, which is likely much better than the one on the tape deck. It's also likely not amped, but just has a couple of resistors on it.

1. If you don't have a headphone jack on your pre-amp/amp. None of mine do.

2. Obo doesn't like to amp his Grados so it would be perfect bigsmile_face.gif

3. I was kidding...

post #5745 of 18000
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Originally Posted by thelostMIDrange View Post

any of you fellers tried the grado IEM gr8?  Does it have the presentation style of grado on ears without the upper mid 'color' ?  The frequency graph suggests it still has some of that extra activity in that range but overall it seems to measure well.....or any other iem's that a grado fan would enjoy?


I posted in your thread about some ideas. I've heard not-so-good things about Grado IEMs

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