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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

I would have to think that anyone complaining about their ears touching the speaker grills would have to definitely have the headphones way too tight!!!

I was thinking the same thing. I have a XXL hat size. Didn't have to bend the headband or anything like that with the SR225i. They work fine. Although the L-Cush pads were more comfortable after washing with soap and water and wearing a little. Softened 'em up.
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I've just bought an old 325 last week. It sounds fantastic, I can't believe that I bought it with just 150$! 

I just use that can with onbo card, but I still prefer the way they sound than Colorfly C4 + HD650. Am I crazy redface.gif ?

 

Now I have a small problem: I can't identify when that can was produced and which drivers were used. Anyone know how to identify that? I only know it's 1st gen sr325, because it has black and straight cups. 

 

Btw, pls help me compare 325 and 325is, they're diffirent in what?

Sorry for my bad English tongue.gif

post #6468 of 24621

To Owenpri - The SR60i and SR80i are very similar. The SR80i is slightly more aggressive sounding - a tad more bass presence and more up-front highs. I think the SR60i is the safer choice, the SR80i is the more exciting choice. But give both a listen if you get a chance - and grab some L-Cush pads!

 

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Originally Posted by alltex View Post

Thanks for your explanation--I see the logic in that. With my SR60i, I used the same method, and it seemed to relax them a bit. Is there a specific method that you used to loosen them up, or will just stretching them out work fine? Should I stretch them out at regular intervals (e.g. every time I put them on), or maybe have something hold them open for a few days?

I was rather aggressive in bending my headband. I had trouble with comfort, and so I bent it to the point where the earpads literally rested like feathers on my ears. Every couple days or so, I'll bend the headband again, as it slowly seems to resume its original curvature. But realistically, just bend it whenever it starts being uncomfortable again.

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Originally Posted by drake1612 View Post

Btw, pls help me compare 325 and 325is, they're diffirent in what?
 

Nice score!

The black 325 was the Grado Labs flagship before the RS-1.

Some even have HP-1000 drivers. Some have the pink transitional drivers.

They were only made for a short time before switching to the silver colored cups.

To me they sound more refined and natural than the 325is - like an improved MS2.

It is a very fine headphone, one of my favorites.

 

If you post a picture of your drivers we can help identify your new cans.

 

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Edited by parbaked - 3/18/13 at 3:00am
post #6470 of 24621
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Originally Posted by Chris J View Post

 

Personally, I don't find the highs harsh in the 325i, just too prominant.

You bought the headphones for you, if you like them, perfect!  wink_face.gif

Yes, I like them. The 325s seem to really respond differently to different sources/amps and such. I don't deny that some people find the highs harsh or overdone, but I would hate for someone to not give them a try because of reading such reviews. There are plenty of us out there that love the detail of the 325s. I would definitely recommend an audition or at least a good return policy. It seems like people either think the 325s are the best thing ever, or they cant listen to them.

 

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Originally Posted by Biscuitz View Post

It's tricky describing the SR325is as V-shaped, because you guys are right - they really aren't that V-shaped. But when I directly compared the SR325is to the rest of the lineup, it was the most V-shaped, relative to the Grado lineup. I didn't mean to mislead.

 Gotcha! That makes sense.

post #6471 of 24621
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Originally Posted by parbaked View Post

 

 

Nice score!

The black 325 was the Grado Labs flagship before the RS-1.

Some even have HP-1000 drivers. Some have the pink transitional drivers.

They were only made for a short time before switching to the silver colored cups.

To me they sound more refined and natural than the 325is - like an improved MS2.

It is a very fine headphone, one of my favorites.

 

If you post a picture of your drivers we can help identify your new cans.

 

 

Thank you, you helped me very much smile.gif

 

Here are some pics of my can. So sorry, my phone's camera is really bad

 

 

 

One more question, you say that "they" were only made for a short time. Do you know how long of that time? 2 or 3 years or more?

I'm really interested in age of that headphone, because it can be the first time I own a headphone has same age with me tongue.gif

post #6472 of 24621
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Originally Posted by drake1612 View Post

Thank you, you helped me very much smile.gif

 

I'm really interested in age of that headphone, because it can be the first time I own a headphone has same age with me tongue.gif

Drake,

Grado history is not a science. Hard to confirm facts....

To my knowledge the black 325 was produced for less than one year in 1993.

 

Your pics raise some questions:

1. Are you sure the outer cups are metal? The 325 has black anodized aluminum outer cups.

2. The cups look small to me. The 325 cups should be noticeably longer, same as todays RS2. (325 on right). Your pics look like the smaller plastic cups. You can see how much of the cup sticks out from the gimbals.

 

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3. All the black 325 I have seen have black grills, not silver. Yours looked silver in the pics.

4. The black 325 came with a skinny leather headband. Your pic looks like the vinyl one.

5. You have regular drivers, not HP-1000 or pink transitional. 

 

The key is the metal cups. To be a 325 the cups must be metal and 1" deep (just the outer metal cup). The entire headset is 1 3/8" including the inner plastic housing. The plastic cups are half the size at 1/2" only.

 

Judging by the pics - smaller plastic cups, silver screens, newer drivers and a vinyl headband - they look like original model 225.

post #6473 of 24621
Certainly an odd frankenphone in those pictures - they do look more like the SR-225 than the black aluminum SR-325. Almost makes me wonder if someone unscrupulous just found a pair of 325 buttons and put them on a 225 or similar, to mark the price up. ph34r.gif



Got a picture of the rest of the wire and plug?
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Grado will send you free buttons if you ask. Not sure that's a good thing!

Fortunately the worse one can do is rebrand SR-60 as an SR-125. There would be no way I can think of to tell the difference.

The higher models all have distinctive features beyond buttons to identify e.g. metal screens, metal cups or cups size and gimbals with the buttoned RS series.

post #6475 of 24621
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Originally Posted by parbaked View Post

Grado will send you free buttons if you ask. Not sure that's a good thing!

Fortunately the worse one can do is rebrand SR-60 as an SR-125. There would be no way I can think of to tell the difference.

The higher models all have distinctive features beyond buttons to identify e.g. metal screens, metal cups or cups size and gimbals with the buttoned RS series.

Probably that's why the buttonless Alessandros only come in a lineup of 3. (plastic, metal, wood)tongue.gif

post #6476 of 24621
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Originally Posted by parbaked View Post

Grado will send you free buttons if you ask. Not sure that's a good thing!
Fortunately the worse one can do is rebrand SR-60 as an SR-125. There would be no way I can think of to tell the difference.
The higher models all have distinctive features beyond buttons to identify e.g. metal screens, metal cups or cups size and gimbals with the buttoned RS series.

That's why I want to see the plug - if it's an SR-225 or 325 (assuming it hasn't been recabled), it should have a 1/4" termination with no adapter. Of course there's also the nightmare potential that someone franken-chopped drivers from one, housing from another, and threw 325 buttons on there to run the price up...ph34r.gif

Didn't know they'd send out free buttons though - kind of imagining the random modding potential there ("and suddenly, all of obob's headphones became RS-1s!")....
post #6477 of 24621

I have a pair of gold 325 buttons they sent me by mistake.

You can turn your RS1 into Goldies - VERY RARE, but might make the highs too forward!

post #6478 of 24621
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Originally Posted by parbaked View Post

I have a pair of gold 325 buttons they sent me by mistake.
You can turn your RS1 into Goldies - VERY RARE, but might make the highs too forward!

lol! biggrin.gif
post #6479 of 24621

oh god, so I was really tricked :( ?

Here is the pic of plug

http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/7130/dsc0235ey.jpg

post #6480 of 24621

So what size plug is it terminated in?

Are the cups aluminum?

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