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post #8476 of 18805
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post

i have a tracking number for the ps500's !! i'm officially excited
 

Jay, I'll be curious to read your impressions. The ps500 and RS1i and HE500 are my short list. Just haven't been able to audition anything beyond the 325. So, far I'm leaning toward the HE500 as I haven't been able to audition the 500 and RS1 and I thought the HE500 would contrast well with my 225s when I auditioned at a meet a few months ago.

 

I remember you had the 225 as I do....please do a follow up post when you have some time.

 

Cheers,

Mark

post #8477 of 18805
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post

Jay, I'll be curious to read your impressions. The ps500 and RS1i and HE500 are my short list. Just haven't been able to audition anything beyond the 325. So, far I'm leaning toward the HE500 as I haven't been able to audition the 500 and RS1 and I thought the HE500 would contrast well with my 225s when I auditioned at a meet a few months ago.

I remember you had the 225 as I do....please do a follow up post when you have some time.

Cheers,
Mark

The 225i is good... the PS500 is outright sexual... (having both on hand to compare makes this one easy)
post #8478 of 18805
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Originally Posted by kvtaco17 View Post


The 225i is good... the PS500 is outright sexual... (having both on hand to compare makes this one easy)

Where would you place the RS1 in your assessment?

post #8479 of 18805
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post

Where would you place the RS1 in your assessment?

The RS1i is awesome... more exciting then the PS500, not as forgiving... the PS500 has a larger sound stage, more bass, smoother treble, all without abandoning the Grado sound completely.

The RS1i has its merits, and is a good complimentary can if you have something smoother/warmer to go with it, where as the PS500 is a good all rounder...

The RS1i I personally would place just behind the PS500 BUT that could be argued either way. Get the RS1i if you like the sr80 but want more bass/mids/treble/detail/everything with a similar frequency response... the PS500 if you like your sr225i but wish the highs were smoother, and the overall sound had more body. (a lot more body)
Edited by kvtaco17 - 8/8/13 at 1:43pm
post #8480 of 18805

hey Grado fans!  

 

 

i can swing either the SR60 or the SR80 - other than the obvious price difference, is it really worth the extra $$ for the SR80?  would the SR225i's HONESTLY be that much better...cause i could probably do that if they were ABSOLUTELY worth the jump

 

i'm looking to get in to the grado sound for something different (currently in love with my HE400's), not looking for the end game setup LOL

 

thanks head-fiers!

post #8481 of 18805
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Originally Posted by ferday View Post

hey Grado fans!  

 

 

i can swing either the SR60 or the SR80 - other than the obvious price difference, is it really worth the extra $$ for the SR80?  would the SR225i's HONESTLY be that much better...cause i could probably do that if they were ABSOLUTELY worth the jump

 

i'm looking to get in to the grado sound for something different (currently in love with my HE400's), not looking for the end game setup LOL

 

thanks head-fiers!

Buy the SR80i and the (L) cushions, they are excellent and well worth every penny!!!

post #8482 of 18805
I agree with joseph69.

Another option is the SR60/80 and TTVJ flat pads. you get smother treble and more mid bass with the flat pads, but more congested soundstage. different flavour of sound.

both L cush and flat pads are good improvements over the comfy pads, imo. good bang for your buck sound upgrade.
post #8483 of 18805
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Originally Posted by ferday View Post

hey Grado fans!  

 

 

i can swing either the SR60 or the SR80 - other than the obvious price difference, is it really worth the extra $$ for the SR80?  would the SR225i's HONESTLY be that much better...cause i could probably do that if they were ABSOLUTELY worth the jump

 

i'm looking to get in to the grado sound for something different (currently in love with my HE400's), not looking for the end game setup LOL

 

thanks head-fiers!

 

At first, the steps up the Grado ladder never seem worth the money, because every Grado headphone sounds fantastic. But after you do start working your way up the ladder, you come to realize it is always worth it :oP

 

I went from the SR60 (non-i) to the SR225i and now to the RS1i. I still kept the 225i's because they do sound different enough that there are tracks I prefer it over the RS1. Mostly when I want to feel like I'm in a club (225), rather than sitting next to a fireplace in the middle of winter (RS1)

post #8484 of 18805
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Originally Posted by kvtaco17 View Post


The RS1 is awesome... more exciting then the PS500, not as forgiving... the PS500 has a larger sound stage, more bass, smoother treble, all without abandoning the Grado sound completely.

The RS1 has its merits, and is a good complimentary can if you have something smoother/warmer to go with it, where as the PS500 is a good all rounder...

The RS1 I personally would place just behind the PS500 BUT that could be argued either way. Get the RS1 if you like the sr80 but want more bass/mids/treble/detail/everything with a similar frequency response... the PS500 if you like your sr225i but wish the highs were smoother, and the overall sound had more body. (a lot more body)

 

I have spent more and more time with the RS1 (from what I can tell mine are an early "Classic" with no serial number) with TTVJ flats and I don't find them harsh or bright at all and also quite foregiving of poor recordings. in comparison to the PS500 i find the treble response quite similar (granted the PS500 has bowls and not flats) but the big difference is the bass in the PS500 is much more present. the RS1 is not lacking though. Soundstage to me is about the same, the PS500 may be a bit wider, however instrument seperation and overall presentation the RS1 is superior in my opinion. Everyone that has heard both of mine have had the same reaction. PS500 = these are great! love the bass. RS1 = WOW!! Personally I love both, sometimes I am in the mood for the RS1 others the PS500. I'm in a great position to have been able to pick both up at fairly good prices. If I had to choose, i'd go with the RS1 simply because there are not many headphones that sound similar. the PS500 is a bit more "normal" for a Grado and I think one could find a similar sounding headphone, and probably for a bit cheaper too.
Edited by bassboysam - 8/8/13 at 1:37pm
post #8485 of 18805
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Originally Posted by bassboysam View Post

I have spent more and more time with the RS1 (from what I can tell mine are an early "Classic" with no serial number) with TTVJ flats and I don't find them harsh or bright at all and also quite foregiving of poor recordings. in comparison to the PS500 i find the treble response quite similar (granted the PS500 has bowls and not flats) but the big difference is the bass in the PS500 is much more present. the RS1 is not lacking though. Soundstage to me is about the same, the PS500 may be a bit wider, however instrument seperation and overall presentation the RS1 is superior in my opinion. Everyone that has heard both of mine have had the same reaction.PS500 = these are great! love the bass.RS1 = WOW!!Personally I love both, sometimes I am in the mood for the RS1 others the PS500. I'm in a great position to have been able to pick both up at fairly good prices. If I had to choose, i'd go with the RS1 simply because there are not many headphones that sound similar. the PS500 is a bit more "normal" for a Grado and I think one could find a similar sounding headphone, and probably for a bit cheaper too.

My RS1 impressions should really be RS1i lol I'll fix that
post #8486 of 18805
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post

Jay, I'll be curious to read your impressions. The ps500 and RS1i and HE500 are my short list. Just haven't been able to audition anything beyond the 325. So, far I'm leaning toward the HE500 as I haven't been able to audition the 500 and RS1 and I thought the HE500 would contrast well with my 225s when I auditioned at a meet a few months ago.

 

I remember you had the 225 as I do....please do a follow up post when you have some time.

 

Cheers,

Mark


rest assured i'll give my impressions, and i did have, and loved the 225i

with the way most everyone is describing the 500, it sounds like the the way the ms2 sounds to me

we'll see, i've still got the ms2 here

 

i wasn't able to audition either, there is a dealer in nashville(hi fi buys) the hights grado the stock is the 325i.

when i thought about what i was about to spend on the 500's, i started thinking about the other headphones at that price,

but my heart said stay with grado !

i did see the hifiman he300, their dynamic driver model, for $199 on amazon and prime, that kinda temped me


Edited by jaywillin - 8/8/13 at 2:16pm
post #8487 of 18805

The HE-300 is indeed tempting at that price.  I'm trying to exercise discipline right now- otherwise I'll end up with about 2 dozen headphones.

 

Update on the iGrado's.  I listen to them more than my other three sets combined.  They are not better than the 225 or the HE-5LE.  And they feel weird. 

 

But that SR60 driver in that format sounds absolutely wonderful.  It's airy with a good soundstage and that tactile feel with guitars that I like so much. I'm not sure what kind of magic juice they used, but if one can get past the ridiculous 'neck band', they are certainly worth a listen.

 

I got my wife the Sennheiser PX-100 II's last week, and she likes the fit of them, and they are fine headphones.  But so far I prefer the iGrado's.  Maybe I'm just stubborn- but man they are fun to listen to, if not actually wear.

post #8488 of 18805
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Originally Posted by kvtaco17 View Post


The RS1i is awesome... more exciting then the PS500, not as forgiving... the PS500 has a larger sound stage, more bass, smoother treble, all without abandoning the Grado sound completely.

The RS1i has its merits, and is a good complimentary can if you have something smoother/warmer to go with it, where as the PS500 is a good all rounder...

The RS1i I personally would place just behind the PS500 BUT that could be argued either way. Get the RS1i if you like the sr80 but want more bass/mids/treble/detail/everything with a similar frequency response... the PS500 if you like your sr225i but wish the highs were smoother, and the overall sound had more body. (a lot more body)

Thanks so much and to other posters who also chimed in. One thing about Grado owners, as a group seem very willing to share their love of their HPs which is really a nice thing.

post #8489 of 18805
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Originally Posted by bassboysam View Post

 

I have spent more and more time with the RS1 (from what I can tell mine are an early "Classic" with no serial number) with TTVJ flats and I don't find them harsh or bright at all and also quite foregiving of poor recordings. in comparison to the PS500 i find the treble response quite similar (granted the PS500 has bowls and not flats) but the big difference is the bass in the PS500 is much more present. the RS1 is not lacking though. Soundstage to me is about the same, the PS500 may be a bit wider, however instrument seperation and overall presentation the RS1 is superior in my opinion. Everyone that has heard both of mine have had the same reaction.PS500 = these are great! love the bass.RS1 = WOW!!Personally I love both, sometimes I am in the mood for the RS1 others the PS500. I'm in a great position to have been able to pick both up at fairly good prices. If I had to choose, i'd go with the RS1 simply because there are not many headphones that sound similar. the PS500 is a bit more "normal" for a Grado and I think one could find a similar sounding headphone, and probably for a bit cheaper too.

I want the PS500 , as I figure it will compliment my RS1i very well.

 

I will never get rid of my  RS1i, and I have recently bought an AKG Q701, I listen to it some, but mostly just use it for gaming....when it comes to rock, I grab the RS1i instantly

 

I can't wait to hear your impression of the PS500 Jay.


Edited by whirlwind - 8/8/13 at 4:03pm
post #8490 of 18805
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post

i have a tracking number for the ps500's !! i'm officially excited
 

I guess I lied when I said it wouldn't be until this evening I could get it in the mail....8:30am this morning is much better. Should be there late next week. smile.gif Take good care of them and enjoy!

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