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post #7096 of 18524
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Originally Posted by pallentx View Post

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
 


yeah, i looked at it too, its more than i want to spend too, the sunrise and starlight cost half of what the s.e.x. amp cost

they are from garage 1217, on ebay as well, the sunrise ii is about 260 built, 3 yr warranty

post #7097 of 18524
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


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?

 

Around 500-600 dollars, i'll have too look around for it because i can't seem to find that one in Australia.

 

Edit: sorry want Solid state one, i have a Audioengine D1 at the moment for portability


Edited by Alphaleus - 5/3/13 at 1:19pm
post #7098 of 18524
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Originally Posted by pallentx View Post

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.  

1+ to this.

Having owned lots of cans, I just can't buy the "Grados are too bright" line. Too bright is excessssive ssssibilance, tooth enamel cracking brass, and painful electric guitar. Grado is none of this.

It is a more forward presentation, Row A rather than Row J, and I love it. The detail is there, and I end up listening at a lower level than with several other well regarded cans.
post #7099 of 18524
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1+ to this.

Having owned lots of cans, I just can't buy the "Grados are too bright" line. Too bright is excessssive ssssibilance, tooth enamel cracking brass, and painful electric guitar. Grado is none of this.

It is a more forward presentation, Row A rather than Row J, and I love it. The detail is there, and I end up listening at a lower level than with several other well regarded cans.

Well said, my thoughts exactly.

post #7100 of 18524
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Originally Posted by gefski View Post


1+ to this.

Having owned lots of cans, I just can't buy the "Grados are too bright" line. Too bright is excessssive ssssibilance, tooth enamel cracking brass, and painful electric guitar. Grado is none of this.

It is a more forward presentation, Row A rather than Row J, and I love it. The detail is there, and I end up listening at a lower level than with several other well regarded cans.

 

 

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Well said, my thoughts exactly.

 

I agree too :)

 

I've spent ALOT of time listening to music to effectively pull apart its sonic quality's (and in the process ruin that track for me). I think the Grado's i have and the ones I've tried aren't bright and harsh so to speak. They are tight in the mid and top end for sure, its its a fairly 'dry' sound IMO. But its most definitely not a bad thing. I think they sound great with all genres I've listened to so far.

post #7101 of 18524

I've burned in my igrado's now for over 60 hours with music. 

 

I'm really taken aback at how much the sound signature has changed. They've gone from having very noticeably boosted highs to a much more mellow sound. They sound like a warmer, more detailed version of the portapros, including a signature bass kick and oomph.

 

The igrado's were just too hot out of the box, but I almost miss those over-emphasized higher frequencies (not really :)). 

 

Anyway, at least with the igrado's, burn in is a very real, objective phenomenon. This is the first pair of headphones which has changed significantly after burn-in.

 

The igrado's are just ok for comfort, but are tolerable for shorter listening sessions. I will most likely keep them. 

post #7102 of 18524

Sometimes I wonder what people think music is supposed to sound like. The 325's are supposedly the worst of the entire lineup for high end harshness and they (to my ears) are the smoothest, absolutely effortless headphones I have ever heard. Only thing I can think is a lot of people have crappy amps (or no amps) or really bad source material, because there is NO harshness that I have ever heard from any of the Grado's I have had a chance to listen to, heck I own two of em and trying real hard to get a 3rd. I must like really peaky highs.

post #7103 of 18524

I agree with you! I also own the SR325is and I do not in any way find them bright, harsh or ear piercing like some others do. I guess it comes down to ones overall  hearing, and preferences, but I love them more and more each time I listen to them, as a matter of fact I'm going to my listening chair right now to be swept away!!!

post #7104 of 18524
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

I agree with you! I also own the SR325is and I do not in any way find them bright, harsh or ear piercing like some others do. I guess it comes down to ones overall  hearing, and preferences, but I love them more and more each time I listen to them, as a matter of fact I'm going to my listening chair right now to be swept away!!!

 

Initially, I found them to tend toward sibilance after some time listening. It only happens occasionally now, and they get almost all of my "ear time" (in preference over the DT 990 Premium, T 70, and HD-650, all of which I quite like.)

post #7105 of 18524
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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?
I'm liking my Fiio E09K with my 225i. The amp definitely makes the headphones more immersive and full sounding. I'm also using a Schiit Modi dac.
post #7106 of 18524
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I'm liking my Fiio E09K with my 225i. The amp definitely makes the headphones more immersive and full sounding. I'm also using a Schiit Modi dac.


 i had the modi, and the fiio, though not at the same time, i bet they do sound very good together !

post #7107 of 18524
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I agree too smily_headphones1.gif

I've spent ALOT of time listening to music to effectively pull apart its sonic quality's (and in the process ruin that track for me). I think the Grado's i have and the ones I've tried aren't bright and harsh so to speak. They are tight in the mid and top end for sure, its its a fairly 'dry' sound IMO. But its most definitely not a bad thing. I think they sound great with all genres I've listened to so far.

I think that my SR225i are a little on the bright side, as headphones go, but I don't find it excessive. Can be fatiguing if I listen too loud for too long, but I don't need to listen to them that loud. smily_headphones1.gif

It's the overall voicing of the Grados that is so good along with the imaging. I just demoed the DT880s this week, and I could not get past the overly emphasized treble in comparison my Grados. I just don't see how that kind of treble can sound good.

Maybe some of us just have ears that are particularly tuned well to like Grados biggrin.gif
post #7108 of 18524

I need to get rid of one of my Grados to make room for a pair of 325s. SO I have been listening to the 125i for a while, then the 225i and so on. Here is the funny part, I know I like the 225i better, but I absolutely can not put the difference I hear into words. I am not even sure I know why I like it better, I just do. Very strange, I guess that is why I don't review headphones for a living. I will say that the difference isn't huge. The 225s just sound smoother and more cohesive overall. There is nothing I can just point to and say "There that's what is wrong" in regards to the 125i. As would make sense, the difference between the 125 and 225 is almost identical to the difference I heard comparing the 225i to the 325i, just an overall more refined sound from the higher end model. I do like the ear pads on the 125i more though, quite comfortable.

post #7109 of 18524
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post

I need to get rid of one of my Grados to make room for a pair of 325s. SO I have been listening to the 125i for a while, then the 225i and so on. Here is the funny part, I know I like the 225i better, but I absolutely can not put the difference I hear into words. I am not even sure I know why I like it better, I just do. Very strange, I guess that is why I don't review headphones for a living. I will say that the difference isn't huge. The 225s just sound smoother and more cohesive overall. There is nothing I can just point to and say "There that's what is wrong" in regards to the 125i. As would make sense, the difference between the 125 and 225 is almost identical to the difference I heard comparing the 225i to the 325i, just an overall more refined sound from the higher end model. I do like the ear pads on the 125i more though, quite comfortable.


the feeling you're describing is kinda how i feel with the 225 and the ms1, i was initially going to return one of the two, and it was gonna be the ms1, for reasons i really couldn't put my finger on,

i just knew i liked the 225i's overall sound better, it was more "complete", for lack of a better term.  but the ms1 has a certain quality about it, its a relaxed , highly musical sound, i ended up keeping both. one day i'd love to hear the 325, and the ms2, i just can't bear to part with either right now !! first in my future will be the tube amp , as soon as i can decide which one i want first !

post #7110 of 18524

I think the Grado sound signature is what most of us love, for sure.

 

I got rid of my 325i's after I bought my RS1l,,,,not because I did not like them, hell, I loved my 325i....I just could not see it getting much head time.

 

I have an SR60i for my portable rig, and it makes me smile as well....just something about the sound signature, that captures us all.

 

In my honest opinion, I believe they all sound great, at least the ones I have listened to...SR60i...SR80i....225i....325i....RS1i

 

I kind of found my 325i alittle bright at first, but not overly done, and with time I found them to sound fantastic and they sounded better and better every time I put them on.

 

I feel the same way about my RS1i......I listen to them almost everyday, and I really look forward to hearing them from day to day.

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