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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

Buy the Grado SR80i, and you will be more than satisfied, especially for the price/performance. And also buy (L) cushions from Grado for them, it will make the sound stage a bit wider and give the sound more depth, they are great headphones.
The 80s are hard to beat for the price, but I have to say, I do not regret moving up to the 325is. They really kick it up a notch on detail, clarity and sub-base. I then modded my 80s with the Magnum drivers and was really blown away. Grados all have the same sound character, but there really is something to be gained with some of the pricier models.

Great! Thanks for the tip.

What I am doing is buying up lots of different cans for fun and listening to them. I will run out of cheaper prospects soon and then it's up to the price level of an 80i.

There are 4 or 5 Chinese made cans that I am getting that may be good and may be...not! smily_headphones1.gif

Then in another few months it will be up to the level of a 325i.
post #7487 of 19417
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Originally Posted by Hifi Man View Post

This thread makes me feel good about ordering the sr80i.

 

Even after almost 2 years of owning my SR80i, i'm still amazed by how good they sound, for how little they cost, so yes, you should feel good.

post #7488 of 19417
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Great! Thanks for the tip.

What I am doing is buying up lots of different cans for fun and listening to them. I will run out of cheaper prospects soon and then it's up to the price level of an 80i.

 

 

That's very similar to the approach I took when I started playing around with headphones. My theory was that if I found an entry level phone that really spoke to me, chances were good that I'd also like higher end offerings from that same company. That approach was a lot of fun, and it also resulted in my finding a true love for Grados :)  I had actually ruled them out after reading some very negative posts here on head-fi about them...thankfully a fellow Magnepan lover from another audio site encouraged me to try them for myself, which I did. I ordered the 80s and it was pretty much love at first listen. 

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Interesting & great to hear your impressions.

 

We'll have to disagree on our perceptions of them though beerchug.gif.  With same pads (bowls) - I find the 325i has better bass definition and impact, and much better resolution in the high end.

 

I agree with you very much on one thing though - they are both great cans, and very good value for their money.

 

To my ears the bass on the 80s was more mid-bass, more of a good kick for rock you can feel. The 325is don't have that mid-bass bump, but they have more sub-bass that is tighter and extends deeper. I think your perception of "more" or "less" may depend on what exactly in bass you are looking for. I think a lot of the difference in perception of these phones has to do with the genre of music. I listen to a lot of acoustic music. The 325s render acoustic guitars, strings, etc beautifully. You can hear the pick clicking on the strings, fingers sliding and everything is super clean.

 

And yes, anyone ordering SR80s should feel very good about their decision. I cant think of a better way to spend $100 on headphones. Same for the 325s.

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Great replies, thanks.

What is the current top line of Grado? That is currently made, not discontinued.

RS1, RS2, PS500 or GS1000i?
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Originally Posted by marone View Post

Great replies, thanks.

What is the current top line of Grado? That is currently made, not discontinued.

RS1, RS2, PS500 or GS1000i?

Well the coronet top of the line (price wise) is the PS1000. They still produce all of the headphones you listed, plus the SR models.

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You could easily have a bunch of 80i's ready to give to anyone who vaguely likes their musics lol you could give em 2 years in a row if they stack em biggrin.gif
post #7493 of 19417
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Well the coronet top of the line (price wise) is the PS1000. They still produce all of the headphones you listed, plus the SR models.

I have no idea how the word coronet came up in my post!!!

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Originally Posted by Orakurumi View Post

You could easily have a bunch of 80i's ready to give to anyone who vaguely likes their musics lol you could give em 2 years in a row if they stack em biggrin.gif

Does this mean you are not a fan of the 80, or are you comparing them to the price of the more expensive Grados?

post #7495 of 19417
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

I have no idea how the word coronet came up in my post!!!

 

uh oh...did autocorrect become self-aware? eek.gif

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No clue. But I definitely didn't use that word in my post, and I read my post before submitting it, and it wasn't there. Very strange. Did you put it there Focker? Just kidding! 

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Well I have never owned or listened to the sr80, but I did own and listen to the sr125i and compared to the 225i, I much preferred the 225, I thought the entire spectrum was better, bass, mids and treble, not to mention the extra detail and transparency I heard. True story, I was listening to an album I have listened to dozens and dozens of times, at one point I clearly heard the drummer playing a cowbell, I had never ever heard that before with any headphone I owned. I went back and listened again with my Senn's and once I knew it was there I could hear it, but before it was so far down in the mix and overshadowed by the rest of the band I had never heard it. It was at that point I knew the 225i's were keepers for sure.

post #7498 of 19417
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post

Well I have never owned or listened to the sr80, but I did own and listen to the sr125i and compared to the 225i, I much preferred the 225, I thought the entire spectrum was better, bass, mids and treble, not to mention the extra detail and transparency I heard. True story, I was listening to an album I have listened to dozens and dozens of times, at one point I clearly heard the drummer playing a cowbell, I had never ever heard that before with any headphone I owned. I went back and listened again with my Senn's and once I knew it was there I could hear it, but before it was so far down in the mix and overshadowed by the rest of the band I had never heard it. It was at that point I knew the 225i's were keepers for sure.

 

That's awesome...you can hear really deep into the recording with Grados, that's for sure. One of the things I love most about them. That happened to me once when I was listening to a track and I heard this weird noise...took me a while to figure it out, but then I realized that I was hearing the foot pedals on the piano being depressed. That's some serious detail! 

post #7499 of 19417
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

No clue. But I definitely didn't use that word in my post, and I read my post before submitting it, and it wasn't there. Very strange. Did you put it there Focker? Just kidding! 

 

Could be a glitch in the Matrix? 

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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

Does this mean you are not a fan of the 80, or are you comparing them to the price of the more expensive Grados?


They're such good value you could give em two years in a row >=] since they can just stack em bwahaha

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