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post #7546 of 18524
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Originally Posted by zeinharis View Post

 

Get mine just now, it is the MS2i, but it's still on the same family with grados biggrin.gif


Congrats!

post #7547 of 18524
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Originally Posted by Krutsch View Post

 

Well, I have a Pioneer VSX-1122-K (movies) and a NAD 375BEE (2-channel music), the latter of which is highly regarded by Stereophile.  Neither of them sound as good as my NuForce Icon HDP w/ Linear PS, using the same source material, when playing through headphones.

 

The integrated amps are not (typically) well designed for head-fi.  YMMV, and if you have an older integrated amp, your setup may work really well for headphone use, but I was surprised at the differences I could hear w/ my Grados across the three systems.  Just my opinion, etc...

 

Using the same headphones, i too, prefer the sound of my X-Can V2 to that of my vintage gear, but even i use my X-Can to drive my SR80i, it still doesn't as good as my PS1000 through the vintage gear.

 

I know that it's unfair to compare the SR80i to the PS1000, but as i have said, if i had $600 to spend, i'd rather get some PS500 and drive them of my old stuff, than buy some SR225i or SR325is and spend the rest on an headphone amp.

 

I think that they're is more sonic gain to be had by upgrading the headphones, that being said, if you own TOTL headphones, or, let's say that after hearing the pricier models, you still prefer the sound signature of your $300-$400 headphones, then buying an headphone amp makes sense.

 

Just my two cents.

post #7548 of 18524
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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post

It must sound great through the PS500, wich as a farely big soudstage, try to have a listen to her version of Greensleeves, on The Visit CD.

man thank you so much! Now I have yet another artist to obsess over! And fyi ps500 owners g cush + live recordings = nirvana!
post #7549 of 18524
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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post

 

Using the same headphones, i too, prefer the sound of my X-Can V2 to that of my vintage gear, but even i use my X-Can to drive my SR80i, it still doesn't as good as my PS1000 through the vintage gear.

 

 

I see your point.  BTW, what are you using for vintage gear (i.e. your integrated amp) - just curious.

post #7550 of 18524

I actually like these things a lot. Hours of listening and no fatigue on my ear cartilage like I thought there would be. I feel like I can hear things more clearly at low volumes than my AKG K240 does at low volumes. It's just a juicier sound. Not a 100% improvement over the K240 but I feel like I'm hearing a clear difference. The AKG K240 is definitely bassier. 

 

I am curious about the Alessandro I keep seeing people mention. Maybe I should try that instead of the sr80i? I don't know. I feel like if I return these to save up for those maybe I would be better off getting something like the sennheiser momentum.


Edited by Hifi Man - 6/1/13 at 3:43am
post #7551 of 18524
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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post

 

Using the same headphones, i too, prefer the sound of my X-Can V2 to that of my vintage gear, but even i use my X-Can to drive my SR80i, it still doesn't as good as my PS1000 through the vintage gear.

 

I know that it's unfair to compare the SR80i to the PS1000, but as i have said, if i had $600 to spend, i'd rather get some PS500 and drive them of my old stuff, than buy some SR225i or SR325is and spend the rest on an headphone amp.

 

I think that they're is more sonic gain to be had by upgrading the headphones, that being said, if you own TOTL headphones, or, let's say that after hearing the pricier models, you still prefer the sound signature of your $300-$400 headphones, then buying an headphone amp makes sense.

 

Just my two cents.

I use an Asus Essence STX souncard to drive my RS1i....they sound great.

 

I have listened to them thru my buddy's Schlitt   Magi/Modi and I have to say the Asus sound card is every bit as good IMHO.

 

I have thought about buying an amp to set up a listening station in the living room using a laptop.....not sure what amp would be good...I would not want to spend over $400 on one, for sure.....as I would love to add the Grado PS500 soon.

post #7552 of 18524
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post

I use an Asus Essence STX souncard to drive my RS1i....they sound great.

 

I have listened to them thru my buddy's Schlitt   Magi/Modi and I have to say the Asus sound card is every bit as good IMHO.

 

I have thought about buying an amp to set up a listening station in the living room using a laptop.....not sure what amp would be good...I would not want to spend over $400 on one, for sure.....as I would love to add the Grado PS500 soon.

Does a sound card bypass the internal sound card that a computer comes with? I've recently (6 months) started listening to my MBP as a music source besides my Cd's, and I'm curious to what a sound card does, is it a dac in reality? Thanks.

post #7553 of 18524
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

Does a sound card bypass the internal sound card that a computer comes with? I've recently (6 months) started listening to my MBP as a music source besides my Cd's, and I'm curious to what a sound card does, is it a dac in reality? Thanks.

Yes, you use your soundcard and turn onboard sound off in bios......some soundcards have a built in headphone amp....the Asus Essence ST and STX have a darn good one, IMO.

post #7554 of 18524
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

Does a sound card bypass the internal sound card that a computer comes with? I've recently (6 months) started listening to my MBP as a music source besides my Cd's, and I'm curious to what a sound card does, is it a dac in reality? Thanks.


Yes it is, and you can have more than one sound card, though sometimes that can cause problems. Most people disable the built-in soundcard when they get a plug-in card but sometimes they get along together. Depends on  what interrupts they use ect.  All sound cards have a dac, built-in and plug-in, it is just that the add-on cards, if you get a good one, have a much better dac and several (Like the Soundblaster Titanium) also have a built-in headphone amplifier as well which is what you really want to get the most out of listening to music out of your PC with headphones. There is a forum on here called Computer Audio, check that out, a lot of your questions will be answered.

post #7555 of 18524

Thanks for the replys, I was a little bit confused on what a sound card actually did.

Thank you!

post #7556 of 18524
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Originally Posted by Krutsch View Post

 

I see your point.  BTW, what are you using for vintage gear (i.e. your integrated amp) - just curious.

 

I have 4 modest sound systems, system 1 plays double duty as a home theater and a stereo headphone rig, i had some time, so i listed all the components, here you go.

 

System 1)  Yamaha RX-V 2200 reciever

                  Yamaha DVD-S2700 DVD/CD player

                  Yamaha KX-321 cassette tape recorder  

                  Technics SL-1200 MK2 TT with an Ortofon 2M Black cartridge

                  Musical Fidelity X-Can V2 with Electro Harmonix 6922 tubes headphone amp

                  

System 2) 1978 Yamaha CA-610II integrated amp

                 1978 Yamaha YP-D6 TT with an Audio-Technica AT95e cartridge

                 2008 Yamaha DVD-S1800 DVD/CD player

 

System 3) 1974 Marantz 2220B reciever

                 1974 Marantz 6300 TT with a Grado Black cartridge

                 1973 Pioneer RT-1020L Reel to Reel Tape recorder

                 1993 Technics SL-PG 340 CD player

 

System 4) 1979 Marantz 2226B reciever

                 1979 Marantz 6350Q TT with an Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge

                 1991 Technics SL-PS 700 CD player

 

By the way, i know that many people don't use CD players anymore, but just in case someone wanted a second player and didn't want to invest too much, the MASH 1 bit D/A converters in the Technics CD players sound pretty good, and they're dirt cheap.


Edited by stacker45 - 6/1/13 at 3:04pm
post #7557 of 18524
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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post

 

I have 4 modest sound systems, system 1 plays double duty as a home theater and a stereo headphone rig, i had some time, so i listed all the components, here you go.

 

System 1)  Yamaha RX-V 2200 reciever

                  Yamaha DVD-S2700 DVD/CD player

                  Yamaha KX-321 cassette tape recorder  

                  Technics SL-1200 MK2 TT with an Ortofon 2M Black cartridge

                  Musical Fidelity X-Can V2 with Electro Harmonix 6922 tubes headphone amp

                  

System 2) 1978 Yamaha CA-610II integrated amp

                 1978 Yamaha YP-D6 TT with an Audio-Technica AT95e cartridge

                 2008 Yamaha DVD-S1800 DVD/CD player

 

System 3) 1974 Marantz 2220B reciever

                 1974 Marantz 6300 TT with a Grado Black cartridge

                 1973 Pioneer RT-1020L Reel to Reel Tape recorder

                 1993 Technics SL-PG 340 CD player

 

System 4) 1979 Marantz 2226B reciever

                 1979 Marantz 2220B TT with an Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge

                 1991 Technics SL-PS 700 CD player

 

By the way, i know that many people don't use CD players anymore, but just in case someone wanted a second player and didn't want to invest too much, the MASH 1 bit D/A converters in the Technics CD players sound pretty good, and they're dirt cheap.


All I can say is...You must REALLY like music...that is a lot of stuff!

post #7558 of 18524

Is it worth upgrading from Grado sr80i to sr225i?

post #7559 of 18524
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Originally Posted by Hifi Man View Post

Is it worth upgrading from Grado sr80i to sr225i?

How you enjoy music is very subjective, so, i can only advise you to have a good hearing session to see if it gives you the chills. If it does and your wallet allows you to buy them, then do so.

-CH23
post #7560 of 18524
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Originally Posted by Hifi Man View Post

Is it worth upgrading from Grado sr80i to sr225i?

Well....that would depend on your ears and if you have decided or not if you like the Grado sound signature.

 

Both are great headphones.....but if you are not sure if you like the SR80i , then I am not sure you will like the SR225i.

 

Grados are pretty much love/hate.....you probably have to love the SR80i to love the SR225i

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