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post #7126 of 18778
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

Take the drivers out of the gimbals and hang the drivers from the 1/4" terminal connector, from a hanger with a tie wrap, let the drivers hang down freely (don't worry there are tie wraps inside the cups before the solder joint , so they take the strain, not the solder connections), then use a blow drier and for some heat and gently straighten the wires, and let the driver wires also twist to where they want. ( Be sure to mark the right side driver wire with a tie wrap, so you know the R/L driver when you are putting them back in the gimbals). I do this to all of my cords on my electronics, it works great! 

i like this better than my idea ! lol

post #7127 of 18778

My igrado's are responding very well to burn in. After about 60 hours, the harsh highs and upper midrange have leveled out, and the sound is now both warm and bright without being harsh. 

 

I'm willing to commit about 200 hours to burn in. The jvc 700's I have needed around 200 hours before they sounded dramatically better. They needed well over 100 before they sounded even a ilttle bit better. 

 

I wonder how many people wound benefit if they were willing to log up to 200 hours of burn-in with their grado's before passing judgement?

post #7128 of 18778
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Originally Posted by muaysteve View Post

Thanks for the feedback on those amps pallentx.  The Lyr was a little more than I wanted to spend, although not out the question.  It seemed like overkill for my needs pumping 6w into 32 ohm.  Especially since I am just looking to check out tube sound vs adding any real power.  I find the volume levels from my ipod to meet my needs.  Maybe I am just destined for the LD i+.

The Lyr is probably not your only option. Any of the hybrid tube/opamp amps out there will work with the lower impedance Grados. You can get all-tube amps, but they will generally be much more expensive due to the output transformers. There's always solid state. I went back and forth on tubes vs something like the Objective2. The O2 is a heck of a deal from everything I have read.

post #7129 of 18778
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Originally Posted by muaysteve View Post

Thanks for the feedback on those amps pallentx.  The Lyr was a little more than I wanted to spend, although not out the question.  It seemed like overkill for my needs pumping 6w into 32 ohm.  Especially since I am just looking to check out tube sound vs adding any real power.  I find the volume levels from my ipod to meet my needs.  Maybe I am just destined for the LD i+.

You could put some of the cost difference into tube rolling. Check out this thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/364043/little-dot-i-tube-rolling
post #7130 of 18778
Thanks guys for the tip on fixing the Grado wire! wink.gif
post #7131 of 18778

Just picked up a pair of SR80i's, which I plan to mod with some Vibrolabs classic wooden cups, for aesthetic reasons because I feel they deserve the beautiful wooden cups and are very worthy of them.  I own the SR325is's which I think are amazing; but on the other hand I also think the SR80i's are just as amazing, and even though they differ from each other in ways, I love the sound of the both of them so I had to pick up another pair after owning them in the past, and really enjoying the raw onstage aggressive sound of these headphones, cant wait to throw them on and enjoy the music!

post #7132 of 18778

Man, these igrado's are infuriating. Sound quality is quite nice, but the headband and earclips must've been designed by a bunch of monkeys. I just cannot get over the disjunction between the fine sound quality and the complete and total disregard for comfort. 

post #7133 of 18778

Why didn't you buy the SR60i, which go over the top of your head, instead of the back of your head?

post #7134 of 18778

Twice as expensive (with replacement pads), an even larger treble spike, and dozens, even hundreds of complaints about comfort on amazon dot com. 

post #7135 of 18778

Did you get the iGrado's from Amazon? If so, see if you can return them, and try the SR60i. Never mind other peoples opinions or reviews, take them with a grain of salt, people either love or hate the Grado sound, so if you love the sound, never mind the reviews on the comfort, I for one don't find any of the grado's uncomfortable at all, you may love the comfort of the SR60i, so if you can try them for your self.

Also the (S) pads that come with the SR60i sound just fine, really no need to buy replacement pads.

BTW never mind the measurement charts either, what you hear is the truth!


Edited by joseph69 - 5/7/13 at 10:34pm
post #7136 of 18778

I know I can return them or exchange them, but I don't like to return items unless it's absolutely necessary. 

 

I may very well wind up buying the 60i's and keeping the igrado's for shorter listening sessions. 

 

There are a ton of complaints out there about comfort and I really have to question why grado isn't doing anything about it. I'm sure they are making enough money as it is not to have to make drastic design changes to improve comfort, but I'm just as certain they have the resources, talent and intelligence to design more comfortable headphones, yet they have not made any effort to do so. Infuriating. 

 

But, I guess I'm only encouraging their arrogance, since I'm likely going to buy not just one, but two pairs of headphones from them anyway! So I guess I should be upset with myself more than them. 

post #7137 of 18778

I'm don't know if the iGrado is the only Grado that you've owned, have you tried any other models for yourself as far as comfort goes? Because like I mentioned, they are not uncomfortable to me in any way what so ever, as long as you pull the the headband apart to fit loosley on your head and let the drivers just rest on your head (without any pressure). You must try them for yourself (if you haven't already), to see if they are comfortable to you.

post #7138 of 18778
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Originally Posted by jaycee1 View Post

I know I can return them or exchange them, but I don't like to return items unless it's absolutely necessary. 

I may very well wind up buying the 60i's and keeping the igrado's for shorter listening sessions. 

There are a ton of complaints out there about comfort and I really have to question why grado isn't doing anything about it. I'm sure they are making enough money as it is not to have to make drastic design changes to improve comfort, but I'm just as certain they have the resources, talent and intelligence to design more comfortable headphones, yet they have not made any effort to do so. Infuriating. 

But, I guess I'm only encouraging their arrogance, since I'm likely going to buy not just one, but two pairs of headphones from them anyway! So I guess I should be upset with myself more than them. 

Why is this infuriating? You haven't even tried the main Grado line yet. For all you know, you'll find them comfortable.

Moreover, if it was so easy to find a redesign for Grados that would make them more comfortable and still produce the Grado house sound, someone else would have done it already. There is a huge DIY modding community, as well as other companies that produce revisions of Grado headphones, alternative drivers, and other parts.

Finally, while I'm sure Grado is doing OK, it's not like they are saving tons of money by manufacturing their headphones in China wink.gif
post #7139 of 18778

I'm enjoying my new Asgard 2 using with a Grado 225i. My first impression is that the A-2 improves sound on my 225i utilizing my dedicated Onkyo components.

 

I listened to an  Onkyo 7030 CD player and an Onkyo internet streaming receiver streaming Rhapsody.

 

I was expecting minimal improvement from my CD player. It has a Woflson DAC and I have previously thought the SQ listening to CD's from the HP jack on my Onkyo CD player was quite good. Not so. The sound quality from the A2 through sounds, fuller, richer and more vibrant.

post #7140 of 18778
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post

I'm enjoying my new Asgard 2 using with a Grado 225i. My first impression is that the A-2 improves sound on my 225i utilizing my dedicated Onkyo components.

 

I listened to an  Onkyo 7030 CD player and an Onkyo internet streaming receiver streaming Rhapsody.

 

I was expecting minimal improvement from my CD player. It has a Woflson DAC and I have previously thought the SQ listening to CD's from the HP jack on my Onkyo CD player was quite good. Not so. The sound quality from the A2 through sounds, fuller, richer and more vibrant.


i was taken by surprise when i learned how much an amplifier can effect sound. when i was a teenager, a long time ago

i, like most i suppose, just asked "how many watts"

i've learned a few things since those days ! lol

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