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post #6976 of 20401

Thanks for the replies.

 

I do not want super deep bass just a little bit more punch.

 

Shall I use any tape? 

 

So I rather go and get a nice AMP/DAC than another pair of Grado cans? If that is the case is the Aune T1 a good option? I would love to keep things as simple as possible.

 

I have read about the Magnums and I may be interested. Do they keep the Grado sound? if not totally, what changes? DIY is out of the question, I still have DIY projects from 2000 to assemble. Can I have someone do the cans for me? 

 

What I want is a pair of Grado sounding cans that keep the headphone monkey away for a while (as long as possible). If something like the T1 improves the sound and will match well with something like the P500 or RS1's, that would be lovely.

post #6977 of 20401
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Originally Posted by swspiers View Post

 

 

+1  EQ is your friend.  Plenty of tutorials here to guide you through it.  EQ can save a lot of hassle and money, when done correctly!

Mmm. I've actually been listening to my Magnum V4's with G-Cush pads the last few days. Needed to EQ quite a bit, but I've managed to attain a relatively neutral sound that has been very enjoyable. My V4 build is up for sale, but I am starting to reconsider that...

 

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Originally Posted by JohnyL View Post

At first I must say: I love Grado's! darthsmile.gif

 

Although these SR-80i are my first I still can't help it! I did a lot of listening before buying anything and when I heard Grado's for the first time I knew I had found my headphones. After that I did pretty much comparing between different models and the SR80i sounded best to my ears with weak sources I had.

 

Since then I also purcahsed a LD MK II and again! Instant amazement! :D With a bit of tube rolling (Voshkods as drivers now) I think I'm nearly there. Still on to do list is L-bowls with tape mods to find out if the sound will get better.

 

Any other mods I should try while tumbling down the rabbit hole of wonderful sound? wink_face.gif

Definitely grab L-Cush pads, before anything else. Try the tape mod to see if you like it. I personally don't, but I could hear its merits. L-Cush pads will be one of the biggest upgrades in sound you can do to your SR80i.

post #6978 of 20401
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Originally Posted by David RoBa View Post

Thanks for the replies.

I do not want super deep bass just a little bit more punch.

Shall I use any tape? 

So I rather go and get a nice AMP/DAC than another pair of Grado cans? If that is the case is the Aune T1 a good option? I would love to keep things as simple as possible.

I have read about the Magnums and I may be interested. Do they keep the Grado sound? if not totally, what changes? DIY is out of the question, I still have DIY projects from 2000 to assemble. Can I have someone do the cans for me? 

What I want is a pair of Grado sounding cans that keep the headphone monkey away for a while (as long as possible). If something like the T1 improves the sound and will match well with something like the P500 or RS1's, that would be lovely.

What are you using to amp with now? And the rest of your setup? There are good portable DACs that have a bass boost. Or use built in EQ functionality on your player/source. I boost my Grados about 3db below 100hz to give them a little extra kick.
post #6979 of 20401
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Originally Posted by David RoBa View Post

About a month ago I got my first Grado cans 225i´s and I am in love. They have been been getting 4 to 6 hours of head time a day and man I love the Grado sound. 

 

I am new to all of this headphone stuff and I have some questions for you guys:

 

1.-Is there a way to get a little more bass out of the 225´s?

2.-what would you say is the definite update? I mean on a budget, I would love to have the 1000 series, but they are out of my legue right now.


i'm in love too, the fiio i spoke of in your post asking about amps/dacs, improved the bass of my 225's, tapes coming up next !

post #6980 of 20401

No amp right now, just the regular PC headphone output.

 

I just want this as my home music station, not interested whatsoever in portable stuff, at least not for now.

post #6981 of 20401
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Originally Posted by David RoBa View Post

No amp right now, just the regular PC headphone output.

I just want this as my home music station, not interested whatsoever in portable stuff, at least not for now.

With music, have you tried EQing the bass with your PC media player?
post #6982 of 20401
The fiio e10 has a bass boost and even though it's only 50-60 bucks , sounds very good
post #6983 of 20401

I played with the foobar eq and the cans sound nice. I am truly in love with the Grado sound, just trying to get just a little bit more out of them. I am not a basshead so not much is needed to make me happy. 

 

I asked about the Aune T1 because it seems to get along well with Grados and it may be a good match for higher end cans. The E-10 sounds nice, it is an amp/dac right?

 

I can go as far as a T1 if I can get an amp/dac that fits the 225's and some other higher end headphones. If I have to get a better amp/dac, I rather wait and save for a good one that having 2 or 3 at home. That, in the end, will be more expensive and higher to explain to GFbasshead.gif

 

What about the Magnums?

post #6984 of 20401
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Originally Posted by David RoBa View Post

I played with the foobar eq and the cans sound nice. I am truly in love with the Grado sound, just trying to get just a little bit more out of them. I am not a basshead so not much is needed to make me happy. 

 

I asked about the Aune T1 because it seems to get along well with Grados and it may be a good match for higher end cans. The E-10 sounds nice, it is an amp/dac right?

 

I can go as far as a T1 if I can get an amp/dac that fits the 225's and some other higher end headphones. If I have to get a better amp/dac, I rather wait and save for a good one that having 2 or 3 at home. That, in the end, will be more expensive and higher to explain to GFbasshead.gif

 

What about the Magnums?

What about them do you want to know?

 

It's a bit hard to comment definitively on Magnums, because the housing will affect the sound, so consistency is not guaranteed. The only Magnum driver in production now is the "Turbulent X" drivers. http://turbulentlabs.com/turbulent-x-headphone-driver/

 

I have a wood-housed TX headphone, as well as a full Symphones Magnum V4 build (http://symphones.ca/). They both sound terrific, and as a generalization I can say this - Magnum drivers are very similar sounding to Grados, but with significantly improved clarity, detail, and instrument separation. Unfortunately, you can't get a full aluminum build made anymore, but you can still make your own build with the TX drivers.

 

But, one thing to note. The TX drivers are extremely detailed and have elevated treble. Any recording with sibilance will be tough to listen to. Grados are slightly more forgiving as a whole. If you can grab a second-hand Symphones Magnum V4 build (aluminum), the sound is more balanced, less sibilant, and very Grado-like but with wonderful refinement and clarity. The all-aluminum build is heavy though - mine is up for sale because I prefer the lightweight of my wood-housed TX's...though I think the V4 build has superior tonality. Can't have everything =/

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/658898/symphones-magnum-v4

post #6985 of 20401
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post


i'm in love too, the fiio i spoke of in your post asking about amps/dacs, improved the bass of my 225's, tapes coming up next !

Another 225i lover and frequent poster here. I'm eagerly awaiting my Schiit Asgard 2 which has been on an extended back order.

 

Currently also looking at DACS.  What's on my short list? The usual suspects:

  • Bifrost-most obvious choice w/ my Asgard, but I need the USB which increases the budget by $100
  • Microstreamer (portable and cheap)
  • Peach Tree DAC-It: recently getting rave reviews-it's at the top end of my budget...but if I make one DAC purchase I'm looking for a good price point vs upgrading over and over. This one looks like a winner...IMO
post #6986 of 20401

' been out for a while...  I moved from a small 950 Sq/feet apartment to a 1,309 Sq/feet condo.

 

The moment I set foot on the new place, I set this up !  atsmile.gif

 

 

Audio Engine D1 and Alessandro MS2i w/ gunmetal Ikea floor lamp.  biggrin.gif

 

I hate moving! My back is killing me!


Edited by Awgd8 - 4/18/13 at 3:52pm
post #6987 of 20401

Looks sweet!

post #6988 of 20401

I'd try the tape mod first since it's free, and if that doesn't work, i'd get a nice low power vintage Marantz reciever for about $100, turn the bass control clockwise, and if it still not enough, press the loudness button. I bought a mint Marantz 2220B for $150, it makes for a great headphone amp, and more, plus if you decide to sell it in a few years, you might make a profit from the sell, win, win.

post #6989 of 20401
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post

Another 225i lover and frequent poster here. I'm eagerly awaiting my Schiit Asgard 2 which has been on an extended back order.

 

Currently also looking at DACS.  What's on my short list? The usual suspects:

  • Bifrost-most obvious choice w/ my Asgard, but I need the USB which increases the budget by $100
  • Microstreamer (portable and cheap)
  • Peach Tree DAC-It: recently getting rave reviews-it's at the top end of my budget...but if I make one DAC purchase I'm looking for a good price point vs upgrading over and over. This one looks like a winner...IMO


if , when i get another SS head amp, as of now, the asgard 2 would be the first i'd try , but i tell you, the eo9k surprised me how good it sounds

paired with the micro, i've got a great, very flexible system, and just $300

i almost bit on the t1, have heard nothing but good things about it, the section is solid state, the tube is utilized just in the dac , still interested in one

but i'd really like a hybrid, or all tube head amp, that little dot m2 ii or mkii ++ , whatever its called, or maybe a project sunrise, who knows, maybe build a crack kit

post #6990 of 20401
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Originally Posted by Awgd8 View Post

' been out for a while...  I moved from a small 950 Sq/feet apartment to a 1,309 Sq/feet condo.

 

The moment I set foot on the new place, I set this up !  atsmile.gif

 

 

Audio Engine D1 and Alessandro MS2i w/ gunmetal Ikea floor lamp.  biggrin.gif

 

I hate moving! My back is killing me!


i need a bigger desk, very nice setup !!

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