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I have the Asgard-2, but it is my first amp. I'm paring it with a Grado 225i. I really like it, but I have no idea if it's a step up in SQ from the original. My suspicion is that it is an improvement. But, how much?

post #7577 of 24415
I'm tempted just to wait it out... No what if's... I'm just worried its not $50-$100 better...
post #7578 of 24415
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post

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

 

Smart move, they have very different sound signatures, you're getting two very good sounding high end headphones, for less than the price of most flagships.

post #7579 of 24415
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Smart move, they have very different sound signatures, you're getting two very good sounding high end headphones, for less than the price of most flagships.

 

So, stacker45, I have to ask... I found your thread comparing the two:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/601439/grado-ps-500-vs-rs1i-impressions

 

A year later, do you still feel the same, with respect to your comparison between the two models?

 

Thanks, in advance.

post #7580 of 24415
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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post

 

Smart move, they have very different sound signatures, you're getting two very good sounding high end headphones, for less than the price of most flagships.

Yep, that is exactly the way that I am looking at it.

post #7581 of 24415
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Originally Posted by kvtaco17 View Post

I'm tempted just to wait it out... No what if's... I'm just worried its not $50-$100 better...

don't worry, its all so very objective, how can one tell if something is 50, 70, 100 , 200 better than something else.

i've read where people have compared the magni and asgard 1, and while they overall found the asgard to sound better

they didn't find it the difference in sound between the two overly dramatic, where as the difference in price is dramatic

enough to make them choose the magni.

i'd wager that the difference in sound between the two asgards is even less than the difference between the as1 and the magni

post #7582 of 24415
Care to elaborate further? Thought of settling on either rs1i or ps500 but not both... Still at the crossroads here
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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post

Smart move, they have very different sound signatures, you're getting two very good sounding high end headphones, for less than the price of most flagships.
post #7583 of 24415
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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.

Solid choice, luscious sound, comfortable and not too analytical

post #7584 of 24415

Got to demo the SR80/115/325 during my trip to NY...

 

...As much as I love Grado's sound, I have to say that the discontinued Pioneer SE-A1000 is likely better, and can still be found places for around $60. .-.

post #7585 of 24415
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Got to demo the SR80/115/325 during my trip to NY...

 

...As much as I love Grado's sound, I have to say that the discontinued Pioneer SE-A1000 is likely better, and can still be found places for around $60. .-.

I wasn't entirely sold on the Grado sound when I demo'd them the first time using my Skyrocket as the source.

 

I liked them MUCH more when I used a different source (iPhone 3GS), and even more now using them out of my computer.

 

They've definitely grown on me.

 

And you didn't have to go all the way to NYC to demo them tongue_smile.gif, come up to Tempe or Scottsdale.  There's a home audio store here that has most of the range.

post #7586 of 24415

I was in NY for a SSBM event, and visited Manhattan, so I figured I'd do some demoing.

 

I've tried a bunch of sources, and no offense, but I don't think source changes how they sound very much, if at all, if the source has an adequate DAC. I ran them through my rockboxed Clip Zip.

 

Def. gonna check out Tempe some time, though.

post #7587 of 24415
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Originally Posted by CrystalT View Post

I was in NY for a SSBM event, and visited Manhattan, so I figured I'd do some demoing.

 

I've tried a bunch of sources, and no offense, but I don't think source changes how they sound very much, if at all, if the source has an adequate DAC. I ran them through my rockboxed Clip Zip.

 

Def. gonna check out Tempe some time, though.

I think that's the problem with my phone, though.  The DAC seems to be absolute crap.  Anything better than earbuds just sound like crap through it.

 

If you do decide to head up to Tempe, the place is right off the 10 and really easy to find.  They're closed Sun-Mon and maybe only open by appointment on Sat; but they're really nice folks.


Edited by liquidzoo - 6/14/13 at 1:28pm
post #7588 of 24415
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Originally Posted by liquidzoo View Post

I think that's the problem with my phone, though.  The DAC seems to be absolute crap.  Anything better than earbuds just sound like crap through it.

If you do decide to head up to Tempe, the place is right off the 10 and really easy to find.  They're closed Sun-Mon and maybe only open by appointment on Sat; but they're really nice folks.

(Sorry, meant to quote CrystalT here) I promise you, source and amp make a huge difference to my 325is. Played straight from my iPod, sound ok. Through my Fiio e17 from iTunes (various bit rates up to lossless), better. Through my Laptop to Musical Fidelity Vdac to Heed Canamp, especially lossless, totally different beast!
Edited by jimbob54 - 6/14/13 at 1:42pm
post #7589 of 24415

Amp makes zero difference in sound quality, and lossless and v0 have no perceivable difference.

post #7590 of 24415
Suspect this is one of those agree to disagree scenarios. Leave it there.
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