I looked briefly at the Graham line of amps and for the most part they are way beyond my price range. I don't recall exact prices but I seem to recall something around $800 to $10000 dollars. I am looking for something less than $500, so a Valhalla or Lyr would do nicely if they sound good. I was thinking about a Little Dot and call me old fashioned but I decided I would rather get something made in America with a good warranty.
I just got my SR325is phones, haven't had much time to listen to them but so far I have to admit I am not real impressed. I like my 225i better. They are kind of sounding like they are not really burned in very well so I am willing to give them some more time. The person I bought them from said he got them and didn't like the sound much, so he put them away in a closet and they sat there ever since until he decided to sell them, so it is completely possible they didn't get more than a few hours on them to begin with. More later.
I'm going to concur. How much to spend is such a personal choice. If I were to spend upward of 1K, I'd be inclined to put them into upgrading headphones. Well, upgrading isn't right, I really like my Grados-adding options sounds better....choices/variety....following the adage that you get your biggest improvement in HP's/Speakers. Speaking just for myself only owning one set of $200 cans, I could justify spending no more than 2.5 times the value of the cans. But, to spend $1,000 for an amp for a $2-300 HP seems a little lopsided to me. If I wanted more sound stage, I think I'd get a second set of cans....and in fact, am considering the HE 500 for that very reason.One more "polite", refined set of cans w/ more sound stage and one more front and center, bright and aggressive. And, I'd be inclined to keep -in my case-my Asgard 2 which would drive both.
Now, if you have several sets of cans ranging from say $150-1,000+ that changes the calculus entirely.
My opinions only, of course. And, to each his own, yada, yada....
Edited by markm1 - 5/30/13 at 7:58am