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Originally Posted by Zarathustra19 View Post

Way late into this thread, since I've been on since '06, but I just got my first pair of Grado's (SR-80) and I'm in love.  I've only had them for a few weeks, but even with the limited burn in time, I'm enamored with the crispness of these cans.  Grado fan in progress.

 

Cheers.
 

 

I'm not surprised that you love your SR80, i have the SR80i, and they sound great, especially when you replace the S-cush with the L-cush.

 

I just recieved my new Little Dot+1 today. The main reason why i bought it was because i found the headphone output on my old Yamaha CA610II a bit noisy. Well, i'm happy to say that the Little Dot is dead quiet, and since i listen to a lot of female vocals, the blacker background makes for a more realistic listen, and give the music more contrast, so to speak.

 

Tonight i used my SR80i with the L-cush, and since i used the tone controls and the loudness to taylor the sound to my liking, bypassing the tone controls was a bit disconcerting at first, i had to get used to the ''new sound'' i was hearing, but after a few songs, i started to appreciate what the Little Dot was brigning to the table. The bass, although no as deep, was much tighter and the sound was cleaner and clearer, overall.

 

So far, i'm impressed with this little amp, especially considering how little it cost. It might even give my four times more expensive Musical Fidelity X-Can V2, a run for it's money.

 

Tomorrow it's going to be the GS1000's turn to partner with the Little Dot, so, to be continued...

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Quick question as a lot of you use the LD 1+. Does that amp have a gain switch or is it fixed? If it is fixed about how far do you have to turn it up to get 'normal' volume with your Grado phones? Just wondering because I just adjusted the gain on my MKIII tonight and it made a pretty big difference in both how far I had to turn it up and as odd as this sounds, it seems to me like it sounds better now than it did. That sounds crazy, even to me as gain is just gain, I don't see how that would or should affect the sound, but it sure seemed like it did to me. As cheap as it is I may just go ahead and get a 1+ for my Grado's. Of course that is all I need...another tube amp<LOL>

 Anybody have a solid state amp they think really works particularly well with Grados?

post #8283 of 21220
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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post

 

 

Tomorrow it's going to be the GS1000's turn to partner with the Little Dot, so, to be continued...

 

If you're running stock tubes on the LD, you may find that the GS1ks expose them pretty quickly. Some better quality NOS tubes will remedy that, though. 

 

Glad you got hold of one to play around with! 

post #8284 of 21220
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post

Quick question as a lot of you use the LD 1+. Does that amp have a gain switch or is it fixed? If it is fixed about how far do you have to turn it up to get 'normal' volume with your Grado phones? Just wondering because I just adjusted the gain on my MKIII tonight and it made a pretty big difference in both how far I had to turn it up and as odd as this sounds, it seems to me like it sounds better now than it did. That sounds crazy, even to me as gain is just gain, I don't see how that would or should affect the sound, but it sure seemed like it did to me. As cheap as it is I may just go ahead and get a 1+ for my Grado's. Of course that is all I need...another tube amp<LOL>

 Anybody have a solid state amp they think really works particularly well with Grados?

 

It's fixed in terms of the controls on the face of the amp, but Im pretty sure if you go under the hood you can adjust it. Supposedly it's pretty flexible in terms of swapping out opamps, accepting different types of tubes, and potentially adjusting the gain setting. I haven't messed with mine yet, so can't be of much help. 

 

As for the volume, I typically have my LD turned up about 40% of the way, except for the GS1ks which usually need about 50-55% of the dial. 

post #8285 of 21220
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Originally Posted by Zarathustra19 View Post

Way late into this thread, since I've been on since '06, but I just got my first pair of Grado's (SR-80) and I'm in love.  I've only had them for a few weeks, but even with the limited burn in time, I'm enamored with the crispness of these cans.  Grado fan in progress.

 

Cheers.
 

 

Nice! Welcome to the club :)  The 80s can be absolutely captivating...I fell in love at first listen. 

post #8286 of 21220
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post

Quick question as a lot of you use the LD 1+. Does that amp have a gain switch or is it fixed? If it is fixed about how far do you have to turn it up to get 'normal' volume with your Grado phones? Just wondering because I just adjusted the gain on my MKIII tonight and it made a pretty big difference in both how far I had to turn it up and as odd as this sounds, it seems to me like it sounds better now than it did. That sounds crazy, even to me as gain is just gain, I don't see how that would or should affect the sound, but it sure seemed like it did to me. As cheap as it is I may just go ahead and get a 1+ for my Grado's. Of course that is all I need...another tube amp
 Anybody have a solid state amp they think really works particularly well with Grados?

I love the Heed Canamp with my 325is (gcush) but having looked round the forums I may be in the minority on this.
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I have been just sort of looking, as usual it seems the ones that sound real good are about double my price range (M1-HPA, Burson Soloist) I was hoping someone would say they sound just fabulous with an M-Stage, but that probably isn't going to happen. The one I am really zeroing in on is the Jan Meier amp. I like the crossfeed option on my Headroom amp and this is one of the few other amps I have found that have that. Plus it isn't main stream and I like that too.

post #8288 of 21220
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Originally Posted by jimbob54 View Post

I love the Heed Canamp with my 325is (gcush) but having looked round the forums I may be in the minority on this.

i tried the Canamp with some RS2i and thought the combination was great. very 3D with some nice warmth.
post #8289 of 21220
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post

I have been just sort of looking, as usual it seems the ones that sound real good are about double my price range (M1-HPA, Burson Soloist) I was hoping someone would say they sound just fabulous with an M-Stage, but that probably isn't going to happen. The one I am really zeroing in on is the Jan Meier amp. I like the crossfeed option on my Headroom amp and this is one of the few other amps I have found that have that. Plus it isn't main stream and I like that too.

Any of the Meier amps will drive your Grados, and most dynamics, very well.

Crossfeed is a bonus!

Grados are not a challenge to drive. Most SS amps work fine unless the amp is designed to drive something with a very different load.

The M-Stage should work. It has low output impedance and adjustable gain so you should be fine. 

You can also try the MF V-Can with the upgraded V-PSU.

post #8290 of 21220
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post

The one I am really zeroing in on is the Jan Meier amp. I like the crossfeed option on my Headroom amp and this is one of the few other amps I have found that have that. Plus it isn't main stream and I like that too.

 

I'm typically not a fan of SS amps, but Jan's products are simply fantastic performers. His crossfeed circuit is pure brilliance. I've never really experienced any sort of enhancement feature that had absolutely *zero* affect on the quality of the music. I never use tone controls, dsp controls, etc, etc....but I'd truly be lost without this crossfeed. It does exactly what Jan says it will do. I've corroborated my experiences with several other head-fi'ers who also recently upgraded to some Meier gear. It's the most subtly brilliant enhancement to my music that I've ever encountered. I run his Daccord into both my Meier Classic (for my T1s) and my Little Dot for the Grados. It's a very satisfying set-up.
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post

The one I am really zeroing in on is the Jan Meier amp. I like the crossfeed option on my Headroom amp and this is one of the few other amps I have found that have that. Plus it isn't main stream and I like that too.

 

I'm typically not a fan of SS amps, but Jan's products are simply fantastic performers. His crossfeed circuit is pure brilliance. I've never really experienced any sort of enhancement feature that had absolutely *zero* affect on the quality of the music. I never use tone controls, dsp controls, etc, etc....but I'd truly be lost without this crossfeed. It does exactly what Jan says it will do. I've corroborated my experiences with several other head-fi'ers who also recently upgraded to some Meier gear. It's the most subtly brilliant enhancement to my music that I've ever encountered. I run his Daccord into both my Meier Classic (for my T1s) and my Little Dot for the Grados. It's a very satisfying set-up.

Does the crossfeed circuit expand the soundstage or decrease it?  If decreased, does it roll off the highs?

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Does the crossfeed circuit expand the soundstage or decrease it?  If decreased, does it roll off the highs?

 

To my ears, it doesn't increase it necessarily, but yet it seems to add a bit more depth to the images. It sort of gets the music out from between your ears and/or on top of your head and puts it out in front of you just slightly to where it sounds more natural. I think some are more sensitive to this than others, of course, but I find it a very subtle yet very effective enhancement. it has zero effect on the highs, lows, or anything in between. No impact on tonality, timbre, etc. The recording itself is left in it's natural state, it's just that it gives you a bit more perspective on it than you may normally obtain with headphones. I find it much more noticeable after I've spent hours with it engaged and then all of a sudden disengage it vs when I first listen with it on. It's not like equalization or tone controls or anything like that. Others have explained it better than I can....check out the Daccord and Meier Corda Jazz threads. I just know that I like it...and that's saying a lot given my preferences lol.
post #8293 of 21220
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

 

It's fixed in terms of the controls on the face of the amp, but Im pretty sure if you go under the hood you can adjust it. Supposedly it's pretty flexible in terms of swapping out opamps, accepting different types of tubes, and potentially adjusting the gain setting. I haven't messed with mine yet, so can't be of much help. 

 

As for the volume, I typically have my LD turned up about 40% of the way, except for the GS1ks which usually need about 50-55% of the dial. 

Yes, the gain switch is under the hood.

 

This little Amp has gain switch, opamp rolling and tube rolling....all for a low price.....pretty cool little amp for Grado's

post #8294 of 21220
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post

 Anybody have a solid state amp they think really works particularly well with Grados?

I have used my Asgard 2 with the 325is and it seemed ok,  I will try it with my new PS500's and report back unless someone else beats me to it.  Will also A/B with the 325is to make sure I am remembering right.  Getting old sucks, although now that I think about it, it is a like a new discovery when you forget something and have to go back and do it again...I'll keep telling myself that...L3000.gif

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Alzheimer's... your reward for having done it all!
 

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