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Maybe he really means Alice AND chains, who knows, maybe it's a duet wink.gif

 

Burned, yet again, by Mac OS auto-correction rolleyes.gif

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I own the GS1000i, I think the V shaped soundstage, need for amp and need for long burn-in makes them more finnicky than other Grados


I think the bottom review isn't bad and better than most I've seen:

 

http://yklee118.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/the-grado-gs1000i-true-reference.html

 

Key points for me are that the V shape makes it easier to listen at low levels, the ultra smooth sounds and sheer range make a lot of junk sound amazing, not for dark neutral sennheiser listeners. I prefer the GS1000i's since they not only have the powerful Grado live concert experience, but they're not adjusted for being more palatable or balanced >=] an antique wooden violin isn't as sonically perfect as a metal or digitally created sound but has a live feeling you can't get from others.


The build quality is crazy and no two are the same like all classic Grados of course ^_^

 

Thanks for listening to my 2 cents

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Originally Posted by Orakurumi View Post

I own the GS1000i, I think the V shaped soundstage, need for amp and need for long burn-in makes them more finnicky than other Grados


I think the bottom review isn't bad and better than most I've seen:

 

http://yklee118.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/the-grado-gs1000i-true-reference.html

 

Key points for me are that the V shape makes it easier to listen at low levels, the ultra smooth sounds and sheer range make a lot of junk sound amazing, not for dark neutral sennheiser listeners. I prefer the GS1000i's since they not only have the powerful Grado live concert experience, but they're not adjusted for being more palatable or balanced >=] an antique wooden violin isn't as sonically perfect as a metal or digitally created sound but has a live feeling you can't get from others.


The build quality is crazy and no two are the same like all classic Grados of course ^_^

 

Thanks for listening to my 2 cents

 

 

That's an interesting review...thanks for posting. It actually mirrors my own experience with these phones, cause at first I felt the PS500s were clearly better. That gap narrowed with more hours put on the phones, so maybe there is in fact a break in effect that came into play. I haven't experienced much of this "nasal" quality that he described, but other than that I'd say his review is spot on. We both reached the same conclusion, that this headphone is a keeper for life, for sure. 

post #7384 of 21328
I can wear my sr60 with radio shack pads for hours. They're light, gentle, and I got used to the clamping force.

So has anyone tried dampening the back of lower end grados with felt? I'm considering it myself based on how the pioneer se-a1000 sounds.

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Does anyone here tried the RS1i and RA1 combo? How does it sound? I know some folks here have bias toward the RA1 but I guess the combo shouldn't be bad. Anyone?

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I use the RA-1 (DC) with my vintage RS-1 along with my PS500 and SR225i with good results. I also found the RA-1 does a good job with the not easy to drive AKG K340 hybrid electret/dynamic phones. In my opinion the RA-1 is a bargain. In addition, I always liked DC power. wink.gif
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Second opinion. I owned one at the same time as a cmoy amp, benchmark dac1 and alo amphora and compared all three.

The RA1 was a tiny bit smoother than the cmoy but was otherwise about the same. It lacked the clarity, soundstage, frequency extension and refinement of the other two amps. In all cases, I was using a gs1000, ps500, magnum v4 other non-grado headphones plus the benchmark dac portion.

I don't see how it can looked at as a bargain at ~400 bucks. I do not recommend it unless you love the wood shell and can find it used for about $100.
post #7388 of 21328
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Yep, I picked up a pair a few months ago. At first I felt they were falling short of the PS500s, which are my favorite headphones, but now I consider them about equal. These are the only Grados I've owned that really need a nicer amp to sound their best. That was part of the problem at first was that I didn't realize that. My 500s sound great out of anything...but the GS1ks need quality amplification. They have a larger sound stage than the other Grados I own or have owned (80s, 325s, 500s) and they are absolutely beautiful in person. They're also super light...it's really surprising the first time you take them out of the box. Since they weren't a clear step up from the 500s, my advice would be to go with either the 500s or the RS-1s, unless you can audition the GS1ks prior to purchasing. On the other hand, if you know you like a larger sound stage and a circumaural pad instead of an on-ear, then that might be a good reason to go with the GS1ks. Just know that you'll need something decent in terms of amplification for them to sound their best. 

Well before I saw those reviews on Grado's web site I was pretty much decided on the RS1i, so I guess I will stick with that, or look into the PS500 which everybody seems to like as well or better than the GS1000i.


Edited by HPiper - 5/20/13 at 8:04pm
post #7389 of 21328
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Well before I saw those reviews on Grado's web site I was pretty much decided on the RS1i, so I guess I will stick with that, or look into the PS500 which everybody seems to like as well or better than the GS1000i.

 

The RS-1s are the most venerable Grado headphone and many even consider it the best of the entire line. Do you have anywhere you could audition some of these or no? 

post #7390 of 21328
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

 

The RS-1s are the most venerable Grado headphone and many even consider it the best of the entire line. Do you have anywhere you could audition some of these or no? 


Possibly at the next local head-fi get together. I already checked out most of the local stereo shops and they just seem to carry the SR series and that is it.

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Possibly at the next local head-fi get together. I already checked out most of the local stereo shops and they just seem to carry the SR series and that is it.

 

That would be great if you get the chance to go to a get together of head-fi'ers...otherwise, maybe consider buying from somewhere like Amazon who has a liberal return policy in case you don't care for them. 

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Does the RS1i have a decent sounstage? And how do its mids and low level listening compare to the GS1000i? Thanks.
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Does the RS1i have a decent sounstage? And how do its mids and low level listening compare to the GS1000i? Thanks.

 

Decent, yes, big no, at least not compared to the GS1000,  wich i also prefer for low level listening due to their deeper bass extension.

 

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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post

Well before I saw those reviews on Grado's web site I was pretty much decided on the RS1i, so I guess I will stick with that, or look into the PS500 which everybody seems to like as well or better than the GS1000i.

 

I believe that when you get to this level, they're are no better headphones, just different sounding ones, especially the 3 you are reffering too, wich couldn't sound any different from one another.

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I agree with Stacker. I can't speak for the RS-1 since I haven't spent enough time with it, but I definitely put the GS1ks and PS500s pretty much on par with each other in terms of their overall performance.

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I agree with Stacker. I can't speak for the RS-1 since I haven't spent enough time with it, but I definitely put the GS1ks and PS500s pretty much on par with each other in terms of their overall performance.


 Well that's all well and good but there is also the $400 price difference too. When you factor that in it kind of alters the balance a bit.

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