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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post

 

Nice!, do they sound as good as they look?

 

Good question, I'm not sure because I've just installed them, but I would say yes, at least they do sound different than before.


Edited by myears - 4/2/13 at 5:27pm
post #6752 of 16837
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Originally Posted by pallentx View Post

I don't have ps500s, but my SR325is and SR80s wont distort when turned up to ear-slitting volumes. If they are getting a good feed, they shouldn't distort.

 I'm not using an amp, i'm just using a cowon j3 for a source right now. i was planning to get an amp/dac combo down the road though. it distorts mostly on the bass, it vibrates sometimes. When i turn the volume up, the distortion becomes noticeable. just really bothers me that i dropped $600 for these things, and they distort :/ i'm really considering returning them very soon.

post #6753 of 16837
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Originally Posted by myears View Post

 

Good question, I'm not sure because I've just installed them, but I would say yes, at least they do sound different than before.

Those look like the Vibro Classic Cups.

 

My guess is they made your SR80i brighter - am I right? I base this on the fact that my own Magnum X drivers are housed in the Vibro Classic Cups, and their bass presence is quite light. I believe it has to do with the cut-out entry for the cable.

post #6754 of 16837
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Originally Posted by Hyper92 View Post

 I'm not using an amp, i'm just using a cowon j3 for a source right now. i was planning to get an amp/dac combo down the road though. it distorts mostly on the bass, it vibrates sometimes. When i turn the volume up, the distortion becomes noticeable. just really bothers me that i dropped $600 for these things, and they distort :/ i'm really considering returning them very soon.


like we have been saying; check the source material; is it poorly encoded music?

post #6755 of 16837
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Originally Posted by WhiteCrow View Post


like we have been saying; check the source material; is it poorly encoded music?

 i'm using lossless flac, i'm not that of a noob to be using the ps500's with mp3 192 kbps files D:

post #6756 of 16837

If they seem that much out of spec, exchange them and see what you think of the replacements.

You could have a bad pair for whatever reason. Stuff happens...

post #6757 of 16837
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Originally Posted by Hyper92 View Post

yes, the distortion is on both drivers :/ it's noticeable even on moderate listening levels. 

Best to send them back. 

post #6758 of 16837
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Originally Posted by myears View Post

 

new sr80is

wow like it! I hope i can do that also to my SR80! wink_face.gif

post #6759 of 16837
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Originally Posted by Hyper92 View Post

ok, i just got my grado ps500 5 days ago. is it normal for them distort easily? o_O or did i receive a defective unit. i got them from a authorized dealer (woo audio) 

I have had a pair of 325is for a couple of weeks and I think I am noticing some distortion (please dont laugh at this bit) on distorted guitar sounds. I can hear the guitar as recorded out of the amp but also an extra bit of sibilance/ crackle which sounds more line it comes from the phones rather than the "music" if that makes sense. Notice far more on the right driver. I am not driving to ear splitting levels either.

I am going to persevere for a few more weeks and experiment with different sources/ amps etc.

UPDATE: cleaned plugs, reconnected everything, sibilance/crackle/whatever abated.
Edited by jimbob54 - 4/3/13 at 2:33pm
post #6760 of 16837
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Originally Posted by jimbob54 View Post

I have had a pair of 325is for a couple of weeks and I think I am noticing some distortion (please dont laugh at this bit) on distorted guitar sounds. I can hear the guitar as recorded out of the amp but also an extra bit of sibilance/ crackle which sounds more line it comes from the phones rather than the "music" if that makes sense. Notice far more on the right driver. I am not driving to ear splitting levels either.

 

I too notice an occasional tendency toward sibilance with the SR325is.

post #6761 of 16837
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Originally Posted by apollo11 View Post

wow like it! I hope i can do that also to my SR80! wink_face.gif

beautiful man. they made me wanna scoop a SR series Grado can and throw some woodies on it. the forwardness of the treble is unparalleled

post #6762 of 16837

I read several reports of "grattle" with Grados - mostly after modders removed the thin fabric from the drivers. Its usually caused by hair or debris getting into the driver chamber and rattling around. Not sure if that's what you are describing, but you might try gently blowing air into the driver chamber to see if it affects the distortion sound. Otherwise, you might want to contact Grado. Distortion is not normal and these things are too expensive to not have operating properly. Grado has a good reputation for taking care of their customers.

post #6763 of 16837
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Originally Posted by Biscuitz View Post

Those look like the Vibro Classic Cups.

 

My guess is they made your SR80i brighter - am I right? I base this on the fact that my own Magnum X drivers are housed in the Vibro Classic Cups, and their bass presence is quite light. I believe it has to do with the cut-out entry for the cable.

 

Well, no. I'm not good at describing sounds in English, but I think the bass presence improved noticeably as well as the soundstage, the sound seems to be more detailed than before. One of my complaints about the sr80is was that I couldn't listen to them anymore because of the lack of details, compared to the sr325is. I think the "level of details" now is quite close to the sr325is (I still have to compare them more carefully, the sr325is sound more balanced though). I hope I'm not just overexcited because of the looks but for now I'm impressed. Yes they are vibros.


Edited by myears - 4/3/13 at 4:39pm
post #6764 of 16837
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Originally Posted by Hyper92 View Post

 I'm not using an amp, i'm just using a cowon j3 for a source right now. i was planning to get an amp/dac combo down the road though. it distorts mostly on the bass, it vibrates sometimes. When i turn the volume up, the distortion becomes noticeable. just really bothers me that i dropped $600 for these things, and they distort :/ i'm really considering returning them very soon.

When encountering problems, I always go back to basics and work through a process of elimination. First, plug another set of completely different cans, or preferably a couple pairs--same amplification, same music (try to pick one track where the problem is real obvious), same volume, and see if you've got the same or similar distortion, clipping, whatever. If that "cleans it up", you may have a Grado problem and should call the dealer. If the problem remains, you can
assume the Grados are ok and look elsewhere.

Make it easy on yourself. Good dealers don't want to lose a sale and will work to help you figure it out.
post #6765 of 16837
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Originally Posted by myears View Post

 

Well, no. I'm not good at describing sounds in English, but I think the bass presence improved noticeably as well as the soundstage, the sound seems to be more detailed than before. One of my complaints about the sr80is was that I couldn't listen to them anymore because of the lack of details, compared to the sr325is. I think the "level of details" now is quite close to the sr325is (I still have to compare them more carefully, the sr325is sound more balanced though). I hope I'm not just overexcited because of the looks but for now I'm impressed. Yes they are vibros.

Interesting. Sounds like it did improve the sound then? That's great!

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