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post #7576 of 21087
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Originally Posted by Krutsch View Post

 

My $0.02 on this... I have learned over the years to avoid rapidly A-B'ing my headphones - especially going between Grado and Sennheiser, which have very different sound signatures.  When I do this, I tend to not like the new one (i.e. the one I haven't been listening to as much).  YMMV, but my brain/ears need time to re-acclimate to the the phones and only then am *I* able to appreciate the subtlety of that headphone's unique sound characteristics.  Try just listening to the 325s for an extended period, with high quality source material that you know well and love, and see if you still have the same feeling about your Grados when you are done.

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post #7577 of 21087
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Originally Posted by kvtaco17 View Post

 

All of these would see time with the new DAC and amp... I would like something fairly neutral...

Ive looked at the Aune T1, the Magni and Modi... and can't decide... or even a Little Dot I+, and Modi...

 

Any other suggestions, trying to keep this under $300...

LDI+ and Modi!!! I haven't tried the LDI+, but I've heard nothing but great things about it. I did own the Magni/Modi stack, and it was too bright for my liking when used with my Grados. Now, when I was just using the Magni with another dac/no dac, it was alright, but for some reason, the Modi has some brightness to it 0_0 but a pair of good tubes on the LDI+ should tame that. I'm planning on the I+, but my current objective is to upgrade my Grados. 

post #7578 of 21087

Yesterday I stood next to someone on the NYC 4/5 express going downtown rocking 325s into a JDS amp. I give it a roughly 100% chance that you're around here somewhere. Thumbs up!


Edited by mrip541 - 6/4/13 at 1:52pm
post #7579 of 21087
^lol I know right!
post #7580 of 21087
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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 #7581 of 21087
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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 #7582 of 21087
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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 #7583 of 21087
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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 #7584 of 21087
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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 #7585 of 21087
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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 #7586 of 21087

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 #7587 of 21087

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 #7588 of 21087

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 #7589 of 21087
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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 #7590 of 21087
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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!
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