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post #7186 of 26046
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post

Quick question , a while back I asked about some good amps for the Grado and several people suggested the LD Mk1+ hybrid amp. What I was wondering is, would an all tube amp (I am thinking about the LD MKIII) be as good or is there something in the mix of tube and solid state that really 'works' for the Grados. I just recently read a review of the Mk3 and it sounded like a tremendous amp. In addition to my Grado I will also be using it for my Sennhieser HD580's (think HD600). I know the mixture of a low impedance and high impedance phone makes the choice a little more difficult, or at least that is my impression.
I've been using "all tube" amps (Quicksilver, VTL, Sonic Frontiers, Decware) to drive speakers and older Stax for about 20 yrs. It isn't that I don't like SS or hybrids, I just enjoyed the system more with tubes, even when I tried (usually more powerful) SS.

So last year when I put together a desktop system, I wanted to try the Valhalla, even with 32 ohm Grados as my #1 cans. It's an OTL amp (my other amps all used output transformers) with an output impedance of 25 ohms. My experience mirrors the comments you already recieved -- no problems, not fat, not shrill. This combo is transparent, beautifully balanced, organic (but not slow or "old school" tube soft). In fact, it's fast and incisive when the music is.

If you haven't before, try "all tube" and see how you like it. What's more fun than throwing our hard earned $ away on this stuff?
post #7187 of 26046

Wow, using a hybrid or tube amp with grado's just sounds like the cat's meow. Thanks for the previous amp recs. Will do a bit more research on this. Sounds very promising. :)

post #7188 of 26046
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post


 i need to win the lottery damn it !

No schiit wink_face.gif You and me both.

post #7189 of 26046

I just changed the tubes in my Musical Fidelity X-Can V2 and it sounds very sweet with my PS1000.

post #7190 of 26046
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I just changed the tubes in my Musical Fidelity X-Can V2 and it sounds very sweet with my PS1000.


i've gotten a little bravo v2 hybrid, I replaced the stock 12au7 tube with an EH 12au7, looking for some other tubes to try, or if it would even really be worth it on such an inexpensive amp, i guess i need to check the amp forum more thoroughly

post #7191 of 26046

I'll say this: even with a budget amp like the Fiio E6, grado's can sound great. 

 

Seriously, if the igrado's were more comfortable and had a wider soundstage, it would surely be a superstar in the head fi world. 

post #7192 of 26046
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post


i've gotten a little bravo v2 hybrid, I replaced the stock 12au7 tube with an EH 12au7, looking for some other tubes to try, or if it would even really be worth it on such an inexpensive amp, i guess i need to check the amp forum more thoroughly

 

I replaced the stock 6922 JAN Phillips with some 6922EH Electro-Harmonix, the background is blacker, and i thought that my PS1000 were forensic with the Phillips, but the Electro-Harmonix steped it up a notch, one thing's for sure, this combo sure won't make chicken soup, out of chicken poop.

post #7193 of 26046

Just checking in...

 

Wow lots of new names haha. Great to see the Grado cult is still going strong

post #7194 of 26046
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Originally Posted by Chris_Himself View Post

Just checking in...

Wow lots of new names haha. Great to see the Grado cult is still going strong

Such Quality headphones will eventually become more common than beats, as more and more people will understand that looks+price doesn't equal proper headphones smily_headphones1.gif
post #7195 of 26046

God help people on public transport if Grados replace Beats. My wife tells me to turn mine down when I am listening in the lounge at night after she has retired. Thats 20 ft and two closed doors away.

 

I agree entirely though, people may even start to listen to decent music if they heard things through a proper set of cans. There is more to music than bass.
 

post #7196 of 26046
Hah, i'm actually on the train right now, listening through my RS-2's

i usually sit in the least crowded area, to keep my music for myself.


i'm looking for a 2nd pair of Grado's that'll handle rain better, as i don't want these to rain away.
Thinking of getting the SR80i's.
Edited by CH23 - 5/14/13 at 6:24am
post #7197 of 26046

I had the 60s, nice and light, very good sound and work well with the L cush pads as a bit of a tweak. Cant comment on how compare to the 80's but why spend more than you need for travel purposes/ to get sat on on the bus? Ever tried any decent IEMs- thats what I use for travelling- less conscious about noise pollution then and easier to pack away. A pair of Shures for similar money to the Grados would be pretty nice.
 

post #7198 of 26046
I can't stand closed earphones, and the amount of earwax i produce makes it close to impossible to enjoy anything In Ear. My alpine earplugs are the only things i permit wink.gif

I haven't listened to the 60's, but listening to the 80's is how i fell in love with Grado.
The problem with getting hi-fi gear, is that less high gear just doesn't sound as good.
post #7199 of 26046
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Originally Posted by CH23 View Post

I can't stand closed earphones, and the amount of earwax i produce makes it close to impossible to enjoy anything In Ear. My alpine earplugs are the only things i permit wink.gif

I haven't listened to the 60's, but listening to the 80's is how i fell in love with Grado.
The problem with getting hi-fi gear, is that less high gear just doesn't sound as good.

 

Yes, the wax and odd feeling I have just had to get used to.

 

Why I upgraded to the 325s from the 60s. In no way could I ever even comtemplate the RS2s/ PS500s in monetary terms but didnt want to look at 125s or 225s knowing the 325s were just outside of reach.

 

I have not been disappointed.

post #7200 of 26046
Im am seriously considering a pair of Grados. This question is for anyone interested... what pair of Grado headphones best captures the "Grado sound". For example, I have heard that the ps500 is a darker smoother response to the competition and is some what of a departure. What do you guys think? Look forward to your responses.
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