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post #7081 of 18633
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post


what dac do you have coming ??


Well I decided to get the Parasound Zdac. Just a bit above what I had planned to spend but it has gotten several real good reviews, and I have one of their cd players and it is real good.

post #7082 of 18633

Do grado's benefit from burn-in? If so, how many hours should I invest in this process upfront?

post #7083 of 18633

I found the igrado's too "hot" on the high end. I solved that for now by EQ-ing +1.5 and +1 in the low end, and -1.5 and -1 at the high end.

 

I'm also concerned about the fit and comfort of the igrado's. I found a relatively inoffensive fit with just a bit of experimentation. However, I get the sense that they will never be very comfortable. 

 

I like the sound quality for sure, but come on, it's really sad that they couldn't design these headphones to fit a bit more comfortably. 

post #7084 of 18633
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post


Well I decided to get the Parasound Zdac. Just a bit above what I had planned to spend but it has gotten several real good reviews, and I have one of their cd players and it is real good.


isn't that the way it always happens , we spend a little above what we planned to spend ??

ive read good things about the parasound too, please keep us informed !!

i'm using the microstreamer, it has an amp too , which is good, so good i returned the fiio eo9k

and decided to get a better amp

initially i felt that the fiio was a little better than the micro's amp section

after extended listening, i came to believe it was more of a sideways move

and as i was typing this, the idea came to mind, don't get another amp, maybe get the

ms2's i keep thinking about !

post #7085 of 18633

Well I went and listened to the SR325 today and I think a lot of you knew what was going to happen and instead of saying something you just stood there with a big grin on your face waiting. They were pretty much what you would expect of the top phone in that line, much smoother from top to bottom, I for one, did not hear ANY high end harshness, and clairity like you would not believe. I thought they would be uncomfortable to wear as they are a LOT heavier than my 225s, but for some reason, they were very comfortable. I kept waiting for the top of my head to start hurting and it never happened, maybe I just have a hard head. Anyway, I am going to be selling a couple other phones to get enough money for these, one of those 'Must Have!!' moments. I absolutely have to have a pair of these now...curse you people for even mentioning the 325i

post #7086 of 18633

Congratulations, the 325's are great! However, if they become terrible just keep breaking them in for 60 to 100 hours and they will stay great!

post #7087 of 18633
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Originally Posted by Douger333 View Post

Congratulations, the 325's are great! However, if they become terrible just keep breaking them in for 60 to 100 hours and they will stay great!

What do you mean by "if they become terrible just keep breaking them in",

How would they become terrible?

post #7088 of 18633

Is anyone else running a Shiit Vahalla with their Grado's?

 

I am really interested in this amp, but have read that it is not a super match for lower impedance cans, as well as being more neutral than other tube amps.  I'd love to hear from a few people that are using a Valhalla with Grado's.

 

Thoughts?

 

I know the LD i+ is a good match, but it is so damned ugly.  (I don't care, aesthetics matter to me damn it!)

post #7089 of 18633
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post

Well I went and listened to the SR325 today and I think a lot of you knew what was going to happen and instead of saying something you just stood there with a big grin on your face waiting. They were pretty much what you would expect of the top phone in that line, much smoother from top to bottom, I for one, did not hear ANY high end harshness, and clairity like you would not believe. I thought they would be uncomfortable to wear as they are a LOT heavier than my 225s, but for some reason, they were very comfortable. I kept waiting for the top of my head to start hurting and it never happened, maybe I just have a hard head. Anyway, I am going to be selling a couple other phones to get enough money for these, one of those 'Must Have!!' moments. I absolutely have to have a pair of these now...curse you people for even mentioning the 325i

The clarity is what makes me smile every time I put these things on. Everyone says Grados are for rock, but I really love them for acoustic stuff, bluegrass, small ensemble classical, etc.. The click of the pick on the strings, the fingers sliding on the frets, bows on strings and such really come alive. I have never experienced harshness either. I wouldn't recommend them for a basshead, but the bass is not lacking. Its extends low and is nice, clean and tight. I've had good results boosting sub bass frequencies (50hz and down) with eq just a bit for just a little more umph.  

post #7090 of 18633
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Originally Posted by muaysteve View Post

Is anyone else running a Shiit Vahalla with their Grado's?

 

I am really interested in this amp, but have read that it is not a super match for lower impedance cans, as well as being more neutral than other tube amps.  I'd love to hear from a few people that are using a Valhalla with Grado's.

 

Thoughts?

 

I know the LD i+ is a good match, but it is so damned ugly.  (I don't care, aesthetics matter to me damn it!)

The thing with the Vahalla is the same I encountered with the Little Dot MKIII. 32 ohm is the very lowest recommended impedance as they are really designed for higher impedance phones. The Schiit Lyr will be a better match.

 

Of course, this is paper specs. At one point, I had a Little Dot I+ and MKIII and on some recordings I swear I preferred the "poorly matched" MKIII to the I+. I eventually kept the I+ mainly because it was cheaper and the difference to my ears was a wash. If you like the looks of the MKIII I would recommend trying it. The Little Dot I+ and Shiit Lyr are technically the "properly matched" options, however.

post #7091 of 18633
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Originally Posted by pallentx View Post

The thing with the Vahalla is the same I encountered with the Little Dot MKIII. 32 ohm is the very lowest recommended impedance as they are really designed for higher impedance phones. The Schiit Lyr will be a better match.

 

Of course, this is paper specs. At one point, I had a Little Dot I+ and MKIII and on some recordings I swear I preferred the "poorly matched" MKIII to the I+. I eventually kept the I+ mainly because it was cheaper and the difference to my ears was a wash. If you like the looks of the MKIII I would recommend trying it. The Little Dot I+ and Shiit Lyr are technically the "properly matched" options, however.


 i was really interested in the valhalla too, even emailed schiit and inquired, jason said the asgard 2 is really the way to go,

but i'd really like a tube amp also, so little dot I+, indeed g3,  i'd like to try a kit eventually so i'm looking at the project sunrise ii, and starlight,

i'm also kinda interested in the ifi ican, hell, i want'em all    lol

post #7092 of 18633

I briefly considered the Bottlehead kit with the output transformers - ultimately, it was more than I wanted to spend. Seems perfect for Grados though!   http://www.bottlehead.com/store.php/products/single-ended-experimenters-kit
 

post #7093 of 18633

After much thought i have decided to get the SR225i, what amp works well with it?

post #7094 of 18633
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Originally Posted by Alphaleus View Post

After much thought i have decided to get the SR225i, what amp works well with it?

Grados don't "need" and amp technically - you can drive them right off a phone, computer, or any other source, but lots of folks seem to like the combination of tube amps with Grados. There's plenty of people also running solid state as well. I'm using a Little Dot I+ at the moment and really like it, but the possibilities are endless.

post #7095 of 18633
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Originally Posted by Alphaleus View Post

After much thought i have decided to get the SR225i, what amp works well with it?

The Little Dot I+ mentioned a couple of times over the last couple of days works very well. Do you want solid state? Portable? What budget?
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