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post #6226 of 20274
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

No. It won't make a significant difference. Most name brand DVD/CD players today have decent digital to analog conversion. You shouldn't need to spend more than $100.

I'd be more worried about the quality of the preamp section in the Pioneer unit you have. When you get the CD player, compare it with everything plugged in through the Pioneer, versus the Asgard plugged directly into the CD player. You may find that Pioneer unit is the weak link. Or it may be OK. But try it.

I did some research and saw some of the $300-500'ish range CD players that were top choices on Headfi. I ended up ordering the Onkyo C-7030 CD Player right around $200. It looks like a decent quality budget CD player and Crutchfield talked about it being audiohile friendly. I found some reviews that were positive for people listening with HPs.

 

Amp question.

 

Do most of you who listen to your Grados to an Ipod or other mp3, use portable amps? Or, do you find you listen through an Amp/Dac primarily when listening to dedicate sources. I'm waiting for my Asgard, so I haven't heard the difference yet. I find with my 225i, that I have no trouble powering my Ipod classic and it sounds pretty good to these ears. Maybe when I get the Asgard, it will be like night and day. But, I'm wondering if it is worth the hassle and expense to purchase a portable amp & strap it on  while listening to a portable device while moving around the house which is often how I listen to music (with an ipod, prepping dinner, getting ready for work, moving around from place to place). Or perhaps you use portable amps/DACS to take to work to listen to a work computer or a laptop or tablet or something...just curious the context in which folks use portable amps or amp/DAC combos.

 

Thanks,

Mark

 

 
post #6227 of 20274
I have the SR225i. I do prefer the sound coming out of my ODAC/Little Dot I+ over my Samsung Note 2 phone for critical listening. But for moving around the house, I'm not listening nearly as closely, and the SQ of the Samsung is good enough for me. It also seems that the SR225i really just do sound good with a multitude of sources. I have Ultrasone HFI-780 that respond more dramatically to being amplified, where I have more of a sense of loss when they are not amped.

However, I did just order an O2 headphone amp to go with my ODAC and the Note 2 (Note 2 has USB audio out). Not for my pocket for moving around (the O2 is a little big for that), but so I can sit anywhere in my house and relax with some critical listening, or if I want to use my headphones with my laptop in another room to get away from my computer workstation in my home office. Probably will take it on business trips for relaxing in the hotel room at the end of the day.
post #6228 of 20274

A question for those of you in wintry climates: have you ever experienced the pads freezing and crumbling? I received a set in the mail today and I noticed the box contained a lot of deteriorated foam particles. The surface of the pads touching the box (and subsequently the coldest) were affected, the rest seemed fine. 

post #6229 of 20274
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

A question for those of you in wintry climates: have you ever experienced the pads freezing and crumbling? I received a set in the mail today and I noticed the box contained a lot of deteriorated foam particles. The surface of the pads touching the box (and subsequently the coldest) were affected, the rest seemed fine. 

Nope, but I don't take mine outside. redface.gif

I have, however, experienced sponges and weatherstripping do what you described - usually it means there was moisture in the pad that froze (and expanded -> cracked). I don't think my RS-1 (or 225) pads have that much moisture in them latently; I live in a fairly dry climate though. I know the pads do eventually disintegrate in the manner you describe as well; could just be the jostling of the shipping (especially if this was a normal pizzabox, where the pads are straight to cardboard) that finally did'em in. Who knows though; replacements are cheap at least. smily_headphones1.gif
post #6230 of 20274
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

I have the SR225i. I do prefer the sound coming out of my ODAC/Little Dot I+ over my Samsung Note 2 phone for critical listening. But for moving around the house, I'm not listening nearly as closely, and the SQ of the Samsung is good enough for me. It also seems that the SR225i really just do sound good with a multitude of sources. I have Ultrasone HFI-780 that respond more dramatically to being amplified, where I have more of a sense of loss when they are not amped.

However, I did just order an O2 headphone amp to go with my ODAC and the Note 2 (Note 2 has USB audio out). Not for my pocket for moving around (the O2 is a little big for that), but so I can sit anywhere in my house and relax with some critical listening, or if I want to use my headphones with my laptop in another room to get away from my computer workstation in my home office. Probably will take it on business trips for relaxing in the hotel room at the end of the day.

I had the same sense w/ my Ipod w/ more causal listening it sounds pretty good. Hey, I took a look at their website, that O2 looks pretty sweet. Do you consider that an upgrade from your Fiio E17-or will you use them for different applictions?


Edited by markm1 - 2/4/13 at 1:00pm
post #6231 of 20274

Grados are good, but too bright, and the pads man .. G cush are comfortable but there is no bass with them on the ps500, that's sick !

post #6232 of 20274

I have to say...I have had my PS500 for a month now..Just picked up some Beyerdynamic T1's. It's early but I think the PS500 is a better sounding can. Or maybe just more fun.Yes the sound stage is bigger on the T1 and is more clear as well... Maybe I am just a Grado lover. I have never listened to any other Grado's. Any other suggestions on picking up another set of Grado's to add to my PS500?

post #6233 of 20274

You really think the PS500 is bright???? Try the AKG Q701.. Now that's bright. 

post #6234 of 20274

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Edited by wormsdriver - 2/4/13 at 2:02pm
post #6235 of 20274
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Originally Posted by ematthews View Post

I have to say...I have had my PS500 for a month now..Just picked up some Beyerdynamic T1's. It's early but I think the PS500 is a better sounding can. Or maybe just more fun.Yes the sound stage is bigger on the T1 and is more clear as well... Maybe I am just a Grado lover. I have never listened to any other Grado's. Any other suggestions on picking up another set of Grado's to add to my PS500?

I think most people would recommend the Rs1's to compliment the PS500's. I have Rs2's and my next purchase will be Ps500 to compliment them.cool.gif

post #6236 of 20274
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post

I live in a fairly dry climate though.

Fairly dry???? I thought Barsoom was like a desert wink.gif
post #6237 of 20274
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post

I had the same sense w/ my Ipod w/ more causal listening it sounds pretty good. Hey, I took a look at their website, that O2 looks pretty sweet. Do you consider that an upgrade from your Fiio E17-or will you use them for different applictions?

I keep my E17 at work in my office with my laptop for when I want to listen to some background music there.

But yes. By all measures, the O2 is a better headphone amp.
post #6238 of 20274
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Originally Posted by wormsdriver View Post

I think most people would recommend the Rs1's to compliment the PS500's. I have Rs2's and my next purchase will be Ps500 to compliment them.cool.gif

OK-so when you upgrade to Rs1s/PS500's, etc. do the SR series (I've got the 225i) seem obsolete at that point?

post #6239 of 20274
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Originally Posted by wormsdriver View Post

I think most people would recommend the Rs1's to compliment the PS500's. I have Rs2's and my next purchase will be Ps500 to compliment them.cool.gif

 

Two pairs of high end headphones for around $1000-$1200, i call this a smart move.

post #6240 of 20274
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post

OK-so when you upgrade to Rs1s/PS500's, etc. do the SR series (I've got the 225i) seem obsolete at that point?

 

i'm not sure i understand what you mean, but if you mean that by getting either the RS1i or the PS500, you would stop using your SR225i, my guess would be, yes. Since i've bought my PS1000, i hardly use my GS1000 anymore.

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