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post #7561 of 25039
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Originally Posted by jimbob54 View Post


What are you amping the 325s with and what quality source? I have added the Gcush to mine and love it, but my amp is quite bassy so offsets some of the bass loss you get from the Gcush. If you have a way of upping the bass EQ that may pay dividends. G cush does improve the imaging and soundstage for me though. Great separation of detail.

 

I have also noticed the 325s are very unforgiving with poorly recorded and lower bitrate tracks.

 

In short, keep burning them in (mine took a good 200 hours to mellow out) and try the Gcush if you have the $ spare. I love it.


200 hours? Wow, well I guess we do have a way to go then!! I am using my Headroom Max amp, really good solid state amp. I also have a relatively cheap tube amp I use also. Like I said I am not giving up on them by any means, especially after the 200hr comment. I guess I was expecting them to be remarkably better than my 225i and they are (so far) just marginally better. I will say however I have heard a couple songs on them that they just make me say WOW. I don;t know exactly why these sound SO good. Someone (Dubstep Girl I think) told me they were very revealing of the source and maybe those are just really well recorded cd's.

post #7562 of 25039
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post

Well I was listening to my new 325is tonight and I am still not totally sold on the sound, even though they are quite a bit better than when I first got them. I think I want to try some G-Cush pads on them though before I quit, some people say it makes a pretty big change (for the better).

 On another note and topic really. I noticed something earlier tonight. I was listening to my 325's and the particular track had some backup singers that came in on the chorus. At that time I was comparing the 325's with my Sennheiser HD580's and I don't know what the term for this is, imaging, transparency, or what. With the Grado I could hear the backup singers and I could tell that at least 1 of them was a woman, but that was it. Listening with the Senns I could tell there were 3 backup singers and they were all 3 women. I don't know what gives one headphone the ability to pick up, what I would call, micro-detail  and another not. I was kind of taken back by that because in all other respects I was liking the Grados more.

I really disliked the SR325is headphones. I thought I was "upgrading" from the SR225i's but boy was I wrong. The treble just left my ears ringing. I couldn't live with them so I used that as motivation to pick up the RS1s. YMMV of course.

post #7563 of 25039
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

I really disliked the SR325is headphones. I thought I was "upgrading" from the SR225i's but boy was I wrong. The treble just left my ears ringing. I couldn't live with them so I used that as motivation to pick up the RS1s. YMMV of course.

Its really strange how everyone gives such different opinions on the 325is, as far as the "brightness" is concerned. I own the 325is and find it far from bright, actually I wish it was a little bit "brighter".

post #7564 of 25039
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

I really disliked the SR325is headphones. I thought I was "upgrading" from the SR225i's but boy was I wrong. The treble just left my ears ringing. I couldn't live with them so I used that as motivation to pick up the RS1s. YMMV of course.

And I thought I was upgrading to the PS500 from the 325is.

 

Boy was I wrong.

post #7565 of 25039
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Originally Posted by bbophead View Post

And I thought I was upgrading to the PS500 from the 325is.

 

Boy was I wrong.

 

Boy you guys really like your treble!  smile.gif


Edited by MacedonianHero - 6/4/13 at 8:20pm
post #7566 of 25039
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Originally Posted by bbophead View Post

And I thought I was upgrading to the PS500 from the 325is.

 

Boy was I wrong.

Why is this, Ive heard some read (never heard) things about the PS500. What didn't you like about then compared to the 325's?

post #7567 of 25039

fwiw , having heard about a few sets of 325's/ can say some 325's sounded super trebly/metallic as Macedonian has heard and 325's that sounded pretty much like run of the mill SR's in terms of brightness. Product variation and/or development is the likely explanation for peoples' differing field reports imo. Because a bright set of 325's will be bright to everyone who doesn't have hearing deficits. Which would suggest variation in that model over the years and not some super consistent model which is heard differently. you guys give too much credit to grado for consistency. At least with that model it seems......on the bass/ In particular I've heard an older 325 that had just as big a bass hump as the ps500 and you'd be hard pressed to tell that set apart from a ps500 imo.

post #7568 of 25039

Sadly leaving the 'club' for now.  Just sold my SR325i full woody jacket.  Loved those cans - but time for a change.  Not sure what yet - have to look around. 

post #7569 of 25039

have been using rs325is for almost two years now and loving it. but after a while deep inside i was wishing for something more out of the grado sound.

 

so far im thinking of letting the cans go and jumping to rs1i / ps500. is it worth the $$$?

 

75% of my library consists of hard rock, metalcore, POST-ROCK (fav genre) and heavy metal as well. thoughts/opinions?

post #7570 of 25039
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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post

Sadly leaving the 'club' for now.  Just sold my SR325i full woody jacket.  Loved those cans - but time for a change.  Not sure what yet - have to look around. 

 

I am right there with you on that... after reading all 800+ pages of the 'Show us your Head-fi station...' thread, I have convinced myself that my next set of phones will be LCD-2s.  And I'm not buying a thing until I can afford a pair, along with an amp upgrade.

post #7571 of 25039
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Originally Posted by krussster View Post

have been using rs325is for almost two years now and loving it. but after a while deep inside i was wishing for something more out of the grado sound.

so far im thinking of letting the cans go and jumping to rs1i / ps500. is it worth the $$$?

75% of my library consists of hard rock, metalcore, POST-ROCK (fav genre) and heavy metal as well. thoughts/opinions?

I listen to a ton of metal and rock with my ps500's... Well worth it over the 325!
post #7572 of 25039
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Originally Posted by Krutsch View Post

 

I am right there with you on that... after reading all 800+ pages of the 'Show us your Head-fi station...' thread, I have convinced myself that my next set of phones will be LCD-2s.  And I'm not buying a thing until I can afford a pair, along with an amp upgrade.

 

My dilemma is more whether I stick with my current 3 mid-fi cans (K701, DT880 and HD600) .... or bite the bullet, sell up, and go HD800.  The fun shall be deciding over the next couple of months :)

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PS500 is next up for me....will be good company with my RS1i's.

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So for you guys that have the asgard/asgard 2... Is it worth getting the asgard 2 and waiting or is the asgard 1 ok if I can get it under $200? This would be obviously for my ps500/magnum v5/sr225i. Basically is it worth saving the little bit?
post #7575 of 25039
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Originally Posted by kvtaco17 View Post

So for you guys that have the asgard/asgard 2... Is it worth getting the asgard 2 and waiting or is the asgard 1 ok if I can get it under $200? This would be obviously for my ps500/magnum v5/sr225i. Basically is it worth saving the little bit?


 i think it would depend greatly on how you are gonna use the amp.

if solely with headphones, the asgard 1 under $200 would great.

if you were going to do a fair amount of listening with powered monitors, asgard 2 might be worth the extra $$

i listen to my audioengine a2's as almost as much as my headphones

i had the magni, and loved it, but listening to speakers as much as i do, i really wanted to have the option of preouts

i couldn't swing the 250 of the asgard 2, so i went back to the fiio e09k,

now my disclaimer : i haven't heard the asgards, just basing my opinion on what i've read, so, take my thoughts with a grain of salt !

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