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post #8191 of 31803
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

 

Amen...I love the fact that our little Grado thread here tends to stay so friendly and respectful. This is always the first thread I check whenever I log on here, and you're in a very small group of posters that I've been enjoying and trusting since I first signed up here in late 2011. 

 

 

 

 

       that's why I keep checking in here, and actually this thread is a big reason I bought Grado's to begin with, although I was lurking back then.

 

       I notice a lot of little dot love, but what about some of the Schiit amps?  Any recent impressions?

post #8192 of 31803
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       that's why I keep checking in here, and actually this thread is a big reason I bought Grado's to begin with, although I was lurking back then.

 

       I notice a lot of little dot love, but what about some of the Schiit amps?  Any recent impressions?

 

I know this community loves the schitt gear, but yeah, seems like I haven't heard many impressions regarding how that line pairs with Grados either. I do know of a guy I correspond with from time to time over at Audio Circle who loves his RS1s with his Schiit amp, but it would definitely be interesting to hear more impressions from other Grado owners who went with Schiit. 

post #8193 of 31803
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

 

I know this community loves the schitt gear, but yeah, seems like I haven't heard many impressions regarding how that line pairs with Grados either. I do know of a guy I correspond with from time to time over at Audio Circle who loves his RS1s with his Schiit amp, but it would definitely be interesting to hear more impressions from other Grado owners who went with Schiit. 


I asked a question not that long ago on here about tube amps and someone responded that they really liked their Valhalla with their Grados. Once again I know the "Oh OTL tube amps and Grados don't work" but once again, he liked it, for whatever that is worth. Schiit themselves recommend the Asgard2 for Grados, but then again that is SS so makes sense that it would be the one they support for Grado. Out of my price range for the moment (I keep buying Lotto tickets and one of these days!!) but Woo makes a transformer coupled tube amp that goes down to like 8ohms or some ridiculous number and all the way up to 300 (maybe even 600) ohms, seems like if you could afford it, that would really be the way to go. Pretty much end game for a Grado enthusiast.

post #8194 of 31803
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The amp I'm really curious about for Grados, especially since I have the GS1ks kickin' around here, would be the Mapletree amps. 

I recently sold my Mapletree Ear HD Super 2. It is a fabulous amp!

 

AppleMark

 

If you come across one of the older MAD Ear HD with the Blackgate Caps - BUY IT - before I do....

post #8195 of 31803
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I asked a question not that long ago on here about tube amps and someone responded that they really liked their Valhalla with their Grados. Once again I know the "Oh OTL tube amps and Grados don't work" but once again, he liked it, for whatever that is worth. Schiit themselves recommend the Asgard2 for Grados, but then again that is SS so makes sense that it would be the one they support for Grado. Out of my price range for the moment (I keep buying Lotto tickets and one of these days!!) but Woo makes a transformer coupled tube amp that goes down to like 8ohms or some ridiculous number and all the way up to 300 (maybe even 600) ohms, seems like if you could afford it, that would really be the way to go. Pretty much end game for a Grado enthusiast.

 

I've always admired those Woo amps from a distance....beautiful gear! 

 

and lol@lotto playing...here in Georgia we are able to buy tickets online...I've been playing a couple times a week just for the hell of it. 

post #8196 of 31803
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Originally Posted by parbaked View Post

I recently sold my Mapletree Ear HD Super 2. It is a fabulous amp!

 

AppleMark

 

If you come across one of the older MAD Ear HD with the Blackgate Caps - BUY IT - before I do....

 

Very nice! How come you sold it? 

post #8197 of 31803
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

 

Very nice! How come you sold it? 

 

I thought I should I should keep only one nice head amp and this little guy won out of nostalgia more than SQ.

 

I also go through phases when i don't want to bother with tubes (warming up, shutting off, rolling, buying etc...)

 

The Joe Grado amp is dead neutral and need good upstream to please.

"Everything" sounds good on the MAD!

post #8198 of 31803

I came across some fun pictures of Joseph Grado taken in Feb 2007:
Listening to his portable recording/playback rig:

 

The rig:

 

 

Better than any damn iPod has a right to sound...

 

 

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I  bought my first amp-Asgard 2 with my first headphones-225i and I think they sound great. I read a headfi poster recently who thought the Asgard does not have great synergy with Grado cans. I'll be the first to self- disclose, that they are my only frame of reference-1st HP and 1st amp-but I think the sound I get is really quite good.

 

When doing research, I found an article on C/Net-it was actually a review for the Valhalla, but also mentioned the 225i and the Asgard (prior to the A-2):

 

"The Valhalla or Asgard, teamed up with Grado's excellent SR225i headphones ($200) are a great way to discover high-end sound on a budget. "

 

As a new Headfi consumer, I thought that was a petty darn strong endorsement, so I bought it. I think the combo is killer.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-20019256-47.html


Edited by markm1 - 7/20/13 at 5:31pm
post #8200 of 31803

I enjoyed the Asgard when I tried it with my Grados, especially for the price. It's a good match.

My problem with the other Schiits with Grados as they seem to have so much output power and gain that the volume control is limited.

I always feel they're designed to plug in some hard to drive cans and think: "man, this amp can drive anything!"

Long term I wouldn't want to match that with sensitive cans like Grados. 

To my understanding only the Asgard has a gain switch to deal with this, but I could be wrong.

I basically only have Grados. If I had a variety of cans and wanted just one amp - different story...


Edited by parbaked - 7/20/13 at 5:52pm
post #8201 of 31803
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Originally Posted by parbaked View Post

 

I thought I should I should keep only one nice head amp and this little guy won out of nostalgia more than SQ.

 

I also go through phases when i don't want to bother with tubes (warming up, shutting off, rolling, buying etc...)

 

The Joe Grado amp is dead neutral and need good upstream to please.

"Everything" sounds good on the MAD!

 

Oh wow, that's a beautiful piece of gear...Joe Grado is one heck of an interesting gent!

post #8202 of 31803

It looks even better with it's playing partner....

 

 

post #8203 of 31803
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post

I  bought my first amp-Asgard 2 with my first headphones-225i and I think they sound great. I read a headfi poster recently who thought the Asgard does not have great synergy with Grado cans. I'll be the first to self- disclose, that they are my only frame of reference-1st HP and 1st amp-but I think the sound I get is really quite good.

 

When doing research, I found an article on C/Net-it was actually a review for the Valhalla, but also mentioned the 225i and the Asgard (prior to the A-2):

 

"The Valhalla or Asgard, teamed up with Grado's excellent SR225i headphones ($200) are a great way to discover high-end sound on a budget. "

 

As a new Headfi consumer, I thought that was a petty darn strong endorsement, so I bought it. I think the combo is killer.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-20019256-47.html

 

 

I've been reading Steve Guttenberg's reviews for quite some time, and it seems as though he's pretty reliable as a reviewer. He's generally positive anyway, but I know he loves Magnepan speakers, Beyer T1s, and Grados...so he's like a kindred spirit lol

 

 

Parbaked: Wow, amazing photos!!


Edited by Focker - 7/20/13 at 5:48pm
post #8204 of 31803
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

 

Oh wow, that's a beautiful piece of gear...Joe Grado is one heck of an interesting gent!

He can pull off wearing leather braces (suspenders) beerchug.gif

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #8205 of 31803
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Originally Posted by swspiers View Post

 

 

       that's why I keep checking in here, and actually this thread is a big reason I bought Grado's to begin with, although I was lurking back then.

 

       I notice a lot of little dot love, but what about some of the Schiit amps?  Any recent impressions?

I purchased both the LD1+ and the Schiit Magni/Modi combo, specifically for my 325's but need to spend more time with both amps. I use the Modi (dac) with both amps, and must say the detail from both amps with the Modi is great! I found my 325's to be a bit bloated in the low end removing the detail and higher frequencies listening through an Adcom GFP-710 pre-amp and Meridian203 (dac), this was the reason I bought the headphone amps and Modi. For the little time I have spent with these two amps/dac, they are both sounding very, very nice to me. I now hear all of the micro details with the 325's through both amps/dac, that I was missing from my other sources. I can not yet draw a conclusion to as which one I prefer because the LD1+ needs more time for the tubes to burn in, but I can say that the Magni amp has a tighter (slam) to the bass and more forward midrange and brighter highs to me, so I may be leaning toward the Shiit for now because this is what I was looking for for my 325's. But I'm waiting for a more forward sounding tube set to arrive from Russia for the LD I've never heard any other tubes with the LD, and I purchased it with upgraded 6AK5W tubes in it instead of the stock tubes, which most people recommend changing any way. The Shiit makes the 325's sound more alive (fun) to listen to which is what I prefer, where as the LD sounds more polite, any way there is nothing wrong with either of them, like I said I need more listening time and different tubes for the LD.   

Plus I'm not so sure I want to wait for tubes to burn for 20-100 hours before they reach their peak, I want to turn my amp on and listen to the music (which it is all about).


Edited by joseph69 - 7/20/13 at 6:09pm
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