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post #7846 of 16775

i'll be damned !!! i just lost an auction on ebay for a brand new pair of 325's, the winning bid was $197, my trigger finger must have been slow !

the search continues !

  today in the LD1+ is the HP 6ak5

 

and i've sold the ms1, and the 60's, so there is a hard target search for the 325, or a ms2


Edited by jaywillin - 6/29/13 at 10:44am
post #7847 of 16775
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post

after a few hours of listening to music with the the little dot 1+, i'm very ,very happy i got it.

i've listened mostly with my 225, the ms1 a little. the sound of the little dot is noticeably better to my

ears than my g3. more air, less grain,more detail,  liquid. bass is more substantial.

i'm not sure, but it seems the LD makes a bigger improvement to the ms1 than the 225.

the fit and finish and build quality are superb for the price, i'm very impressed, and when i think

how much i paid for it off the FS forum here, just makes it that much better !

anyone want a g3 ?? lol

the reason i didn't go for the LD initially was i wanted more flexibilty, i looked at the asgard 2 also

it was a little more than i wanted to spend so i got the fiio e09k, which i love

i have its pre outs going to my a2's, and the line out feeds the little dot.

with this set up, i can listen to speakers, a solid state head amp, and a tube head amp

and not have to move a thing and, the price of the two together was less than the asgard 2.

all in all, very happy with the set up now, i may rethink about selling the 225, i still want the

325 or ms2, but, i may wait,hmmmmmmmm

Thanks Jay. I'm doing a lot of contemplating over the sound of my HP set up and stereo.

 

I may have to think about a LD in my future.

 

Currently, my A-2 are pleasing to my ears, but that's all I know. Maybe I'm like someone who has never had fillet mignon and raves about ground beef happy_face1.gif

 

I find listening to my 225i powered by the  Asgard-2 to produces a crystal clear, neutral, lovely open sound. I'll often switch back and forth in a given song from my medium fi stereo speakers to my Grados-9 out 10 times, the sound is better with the Grados/Asgard-2.

 

 I'll do the same thing listening to my lossless files listening from a Sonos connect (router-Sonos Connect-Asgard 2-Grados 225i vs Router-Sonos-Receiver-speakers).

 

Annoyingly, the 225i/A-2 generally wins over my Monitor Audio shelf speakers (which cost over 3 x's more than my 225's). So my question (to myself), is it the 225i over the Montitor shelf speakers or the A-2 over my onkyo receiver or a combination....who the heck knows!

 

However, it has made me want to investigate upgrading my entry level receiver to a nicer integrated amp to see if it will improve the sound of my speakers which are actually pretty nice, just not as good as the Grado/Asgard-2 combo currently gives me.

 

This isn't going to solve the problems of the world...... I don't know why I let this stuff drive me to distraction, but I do!

post #7848 of 16775

Mark: It's probably the room that is holding back the Monitors. I've always been a fan of Monitor Audio, so I have a pretty good idea of their quality. If I were you I'd use the money you were going to spend on a new integrated and put them toward some room treatments. I know that's not as exciting as getting new gear, but honestly, treating the room makes a huge difference...far more than new gear will make. I've always used GIK treatments, but there are lots of great options out there if you decide to go that route. 

 

Just my $.02 :)

post #7849 of 16775

i believe focker is probably  right about the sound of your speakers mark. when we place  loudspeakers, in a room for "normal" listening,

not only are we hearing the speaker, all the equipment, and cables, but the room , and most everything in it , effects the sound .

now that almost all of my listening is done with headphones, and nearfield listening with my audioengine a2's, i've taken the room out of most of the equation, though i'm sure the room plays a part with the a2's.

as for getting distracted, i bet most of us here can get that way from time to time, i know i can.

i just remind myself, this is fun, relaxation, we aren't here to solve the worlds ills! it aint rocket science ! lol

its good if i like it !

 

my $.02 as well, now there's 4 cents on the table !

post #7850 of 16775
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

Mark: It's probably the room that is holding back the Monitors. I've always been a fan of Monitor Audio, so I have a pretty good idea of their quality. If I were you I'd use the money you were going to spend on a new integrated and put them toward some room treatments. I know that's not as exciting as getting new gear, but honestly, treating the room makes a huge difference...far more than new gear will make. I've always used GIK treatments, but there are lots of great options out there if you decide to go that route. 

 

Just my $.02 :)

 I'm open to suggestions confused_face(1).gif (me being distracted)

 

My set up is all in a small spare bedroom/office. I've got a budgetish Onkyo receiver and Montior BR-1 shelf speakers. Now, they are a clear upgrade from my ancient circa 1990 Pioneer box system speakers and sound much better.

 

But, they don't sound as big and full as they did in the showroom (kind of an upscale home theater/sound system place), or quite as good as my Grado/Asgard-2.  I'm wondering now how much was the acoustics vs the amplification in the store? Since my Grados sound great with the HP amp, I was thinking it might be the quality of amplification that's missing from my speaker system.

 

I had been thinking of either getting an integrated amp or an upgraded DAC for my Sonos system or both in one. Sonos has its own DAC, it doesn't flat out stink...but it's not great ether. Peachtree makes some nice looking DAC/amp combos-which would out price my speakers by a few hundred and be the most expensive component I would have....I would go for it if I thought it would make a noticeable difference. PT also has an external DAC (Dac-It) comparable in price to the upgraded Bifrost w/ USB, coax, etc. that has been well reviewed I've been considering...but that's a different threadtongue_smile.gif

 

I'll look into GIK treatments. Certainly, I've heard of room treatments, but haven't given it too much thought.

 

Thanks gents.


Edited by markm1 - 6/29/13 at 12:30pm
post #7851 of 16775
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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post

Well, i did it joseph,as promised, i have tryed the L-cush with my SR80i, and i have to agree that they take the SR80i to a whole other level, so much so in fact, that i'm thinking about selling my PS1000, just kidding of course, or am i. wink.gif


The first thing i noticed was that i was hearing more details than with the comfies, also, i've foond the bass to be tighter, and the soundstage is bigger, so exept for comfort when i'm wearing my glasses, it's all good.

I don't understand why Grado even bothers with the S-cush, i mean, the difference is anything but subtle. I feel like an idiot knowing that i already had the L-cush, and never bothered to try them with my SR80i, oh well!, better late than never, i guess.

I have always said that i could be happy with my SR80i as my only pair of headphones, and now, with the L-cush, the compromise would be that much smaller.

Thanks joseph.
I love my sr80 so much that probably any amp you used to it is simply amazing. Partnering it with my fiio e7 or my DIY, they produce detail on any kind of music. Even With or without amp they are one of the headphones to adore to. Bringing it with me every time I go or just simply on a stroll, wow they sound so good to your ear. Nothing beats this HP in my opinion especially for its price to sound quality. I would love to have that L Cush but I think it's not available here in our country. Probably buy it in eBay and maybe might put my sr80 to the next level.
post #7852 of 16775
My Grado collections are :
Grado HF 2 limited edition first batch
Alessandro Grado MS PRO
GRADO gS 1000 I

I love Grado for listening with low volume





post #7853 of 16775

Very nice Rudi.

 

I am looking to add the PS500 to my RS1i and SR60i

 

Also going to get a Little dot 1+ when the funds allow for it.

 

Great collection, man.

post #7854 of 16775
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Originally Posted by CrystalT View Post

Repairing your cable is easy. Want me to help you?

Thank you for the offer, but i can handle the soldering iron quite well wink.gif
it's just that i need to find a new cable, and that might be a bit hard...

Right now enjoying some Jean Michelle Jarre on my SR80i's, and repairing the koss has moved way down on my "to-do" list. smily_headphones1.gif
post #7855 of 16775
I could probably make u one. Just for cost of parts/shipping I'll have to dig out a portapro to see how they come apart... Its been awhile since I've used them
post #7856 of 16775
Beautiful collection Rudi!
post #7857 of 16775

My setup is coming together!

 

Fidelia on MacBook Air

Meridian Explorer

Little Dot mkII (with Voskhod drivers and Novosibirsk power tubes)

Grado SR80i (Grill replaced with popfilter cloth, 4 holes vented, L-cush, cloth in front removed, some blue tac behind the driver)

 

Sound is otherwise really nice and well balanced but I'm craving some more low end punch to the sound. It seems that the low end is starting to roll off bit too quickly. I tried to use tape with the L-cushions and it helped a bit, but I still would like to have more punch on the low end. S-pads also helps but they seem to dull the high's and limit the soundstage a bit. (I really like the mids and the highs on my setup!)

 

Would it help to upgrade to SR325i or even the RS2i? I might have the budget to do so and leave my modded SR80i's as portable headphones.

post #7858 of 16775
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Originally Posted by kvtaco17 View Post

Beautiful collection Rudi!

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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post

Very nice Rudi.

I am looking to add the PS500 to my RS1i and SR60i

Also going to get a Little dot 1+ when the funds allow for it.

Great collection, man.

Hi all

Thank you
I like Alessandro Grado ms pro better than ps 500 , that's why I bought ms pro IMO

Grado sound signature is unique , I have so many headphone , still miss the SQ from Grado biggrin.gif
post #7859 of 16775
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Originally Posted by JohnyL View Post

My setup is coming together!

Fidelia on MacBook Air
Meridian Explorer
Little Dot mkII (with Voskhod drivers and Novosibirsk power tubes)
Grado SR80i (Grill replaced with popfilter cloth, 4 holes vented, L-cush, cloth in front removed, some blue tac behind the driver)

Sound is otherwise really nice and well balanced but I'm craving some more low end punch to the sound. It seems that the low end is starting to roll off bit too quickly. I tried to use tape with the L-cushions and it helped a bit, but I still would like to have more punch on the low end. S-pads also helps but they seem to dull the high's and limit the soundstage a bit. (I really like the mids and the highs on my setup!)

Would it help to upgrade to SR325i or even the RS2i? I might have the budget to do so and leave my modded SR80i's as portable headphones.

Taped bowl 325 has more low end punch than a taped bowl 80 for sure. But before you go there, have you considered the TTVJ flats? My understanding is that they do help bring out the lows without losing much of the detail. You can also try the quarter mod on the comfies. Both options are much cheaper than upgrading to a new headphone.
post #7860 of 16775
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Originally Posted by bassboysam View Post


Taped bowl 325 has more low end punch than a taped bowl 80 for sure. But before you go there, have you considered the TTVJ flats? My understanding is that they do help bring out the lows without losing much of the detail. You can also try the quarter mod on the comfies. Both options are much cheaper than upgrading to a new headphone.

 

Thaks for the input!

 

I did try those comfies (called s-pads by the natives here) with quarter size hole, mini holes all over them and with full driver size hole. None of them sounded "right" for me. The sound was a bit too much inside my head with no to little soundstage. L-pads gives you more room and air to the sound (which I like!). It could be the result of drivers having a bit more distance to ears. While the bass is a bit better with comfies it still isn't what I'm looking for. So that's why I'm considering new HP's. (If 325i's or RS2i brings more soundstage to the table it will be a positive result as well!)

 

I would imagine TTVJ Flats would be somewhat in the same ballpark with driver-size-hole comfies? (Haven't tried since they are bit hard to come by around my neighborhood and postage pretty much kills online ordering.)

 

I think I have to go to local hifistore with my setup to audition new Grado's for me!gs1000.gif (It won't be a cheap trip!)

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