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post #8911 of 21171
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Originally Posted by wormsdriver View Post

Ha! don't forget the Rs2, it certainly falls into that Jan Brady category!biggrin.gif

 

Jan Brady! that's an funny way of putting it, and yes, you're right about the RS2i, i would say that they come right after the SR125i and GS1Ki as the least taklked about Grado.  

post #8912 of 21171
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Originally Posted by wormsdriver View Post

the reason I (personally) choose the Rs2 is that the op mentioned he was buying more headphones and only wanted one Grado. In this case, I believe, you would be looking for something very specific from said headphone to complement your other headphones.

Yes, that is the idea. I am building a collection and want variety to begin with. No IEM's or buds, I do not like those at all. Over or On Ear.

The 80i seems the reasonable choice to see if I like the line and then decide from there, though I wouldn't mind buying the 325i's and not liking them.
post #8913 of 21171
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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post

When I was in Middle School 100 years  ago-I listened to nothing but AC/DC for a couple of years. Then, when I went to their For Those About to Rock tour concert, I thought I'd reached the RAWK gates of heaven.

I saw them summer of '78 opening for UFO with Bon Scott. Sadly, they did not cover ANY material from HTH, they were promoting the live lp...they destroyed UFO completely.
post #8914 of 21171
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Originally Posted by desertblues View Post

Fellow Grado Fans: if you get a chance to demo the Woo Audio WA7 amp/dac with your high end Grados, check it out. I have had one since May and have listened to nothing else since it arrived. I'm using RS1, PS500 and Q701 phones. I was really reluctant to invest $1000 but wanted to upgrade, and now I can't believe they can sell this one for that price! It is basically a handmade (USA) hybrid tube amp with a really good built in 32 bit dac and separate power supply (also high quality). Build quality is off the charts amazing-ditto the SQ. There are several threads on head-fi devoted to the WA7. My setup: iMac>hi-rez files>Pure Music>WA7. It can drive just about anything. Sorry about the grainy photo:

 

 

I tried and compared RS1i, MSpro, PS500, RS2, SR325is on the WA7 last month. The fireflies is a quite neutral-ish sounding amp/dac, which can reveal characters of any headphones. To me, RS1i put a bit emphasis on treble and bass, which sounds a bit annoying; The bass on PS500 with the 7 was simply too prominent and boomy, the SR325is sounds bright and "cheap" next to its big brothers. Among these phones, I would say MSpro and RS2i sound more plesant with the amp/dac combo.


Edited by Zuqi - 8/25/13 at 6:24am
post #8915 of 21171
I think Grados in general benefit from a slightly warm-ish amp and/or DAC. unless you are a person who enjoys a lot of treble or like Scott posted a while ago, keep the volume on the lower side.


listening to Lullabies to Paralyze on vinyl with my MKIII and RS1 this morning and it sounds incredible. big grin on my face.
post #8916 of 21171

Recently upgraded to a pair of PS500's after having used the SR-60s for several years.

 

The choice between the RS1i and the PS500 was quite hard!  Both headphones exhibit different sound signatures, but in the end I thought the RS1i was a bit too shrilly to listen to for extensive periods of time.  Other than that, both headphones have great sound stage and I am rather impressed with the airiness of the vocals from the PS500.

post #8917 of 21171
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Originally Posted by brokenthumb View Post

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Originally Posted by desertblues View Post

Fellow Grado Fans: if you get a chance to demo the Woo Audio WA7 amp/dac with your high end Grados, check it out. I have had one since May and have listened to nothing else since it arrived. I'm using RS1, PS500 and Q701 phones. I was really reluctant to invest $1000 but wanted to upgrade, and now I can't believe they can sell this one for that price! It is basically a handmade (USA) hybrid tube amp with a really good built in 32 bit dac and separate power supply (also high quality). Build quality is off the charts amazing-ditto the SQ. There are several threads on head-fi devoted to the WA7. My setup: iMac>hi-rez files>Pure Music>WA7. It can drive just about anything. Sorry about the grainy photo:

 

That WA7 looks amazing, I have always liked the way Woo Audio equipment looks.  I'm seriously thinking of buying a WA6 on looks alone.  lol

Seems like I bought my WA6 almost two years ago.  I have NEVER regretted it.  The build is incredible, the look impressive and the sound marvelous.  I don't see me ever getting rid of it, it's just too fine a piece of kit.

 

 

 

 

AppleMark

post #8918 of 21171
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Originally Posted by hfhimeka View Post

Recently upgraded to a pair of PS500's after having used the SR-60s for several years.

 

The choice between the RS1i and the PS500 was quite hard!  Both headphones exhibit different sound signatures, but in the end I thought the RS1i was a bit too shrilly to listen to for extensive periods of time.  Other than that, both headphones have great sound stage and I am rather impressed with the airiness of the vocals from the PS500.

 

Did you have a chance to audition the HF-2 in between the PS500 and the RS-1i?  I guess it would be interesting to see how that model falls, as you can often find them here on the forum for +/- $400.   I've owned them a few times, but never along with another pair of Grados in order to make an objective comparison.  I did though have a pair of Magnums (v.4?) drivers installed in wooden cups.  To me, I liked the Magnum / Grado signature a bit more.  However, that's really an apples vs. oranges discussion when getting into custom headphones.  Again ... back to the PS500 and RS-1i.

post #8919 of 21171
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Originally Posted by bbophead View Post

Seems like I bought my WA6 almost two years ago.  I have NEVER regretted it.  The build is incredible, the look impressive and the sound marvelous.  I don't see me ever getting rid of it, it's just too fine a piece of kit.

 

 

 

 

AppleMark

 

I had never heard of Woo Audio before I discovered these forums, and wondered what all the fuss was about. I have another tube amp which I really like - but I have to say I love the WA7. The quality and value for the money is exemplary. This is one of those rare times when I feel like I got a steal on high-end audio equipment.

post #8920 of 21171
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

Did you have a chance to audition the HF-2 in between the PS500 and the RS-1i?  I guess it would be interesting to see how that model falls, as you can often find them here on the forum for +/- $400.   I've owned them a few times, but never along with another pair of Grados in order to make an objective comparison.  I did though have a pair of Magnums (v.4?) drivers installed in wooden cups.  To me, I liked the Magnum / Grado signature a bit more.  However, that's really an apples vs. oranges discussion when getting into custom headphones.  Again ... back to the PS500 and RS-1i.

Unfortunately, I did not.  I was only able to test drive the PS500 / RS1i since half of the audio stores in Tokyo have sellable headphones all out on display for you to listen to your heart's content.  That being said, I agree with a comment I read previously that these two headphones are more complementary and would be nice to own both!

 

I, too, would be interested in how the HF-2 sounds vs the PS500.  The PS500's pitch on vocals is noticeably lower than that of the RS1i.

post #8921 of 21171

y'all should check out this article by michael mercer!

we may not be able to change the world,well maybe we can, but that's not why we are all here !

what we are here for is the music, and how we listen to it, and we CAN do something about the

hi end audio/personal audio scene

 http://thehighfidelityreport.com/occupy/

post #8922 of 21171

the little dot and the meridian have found a new home, they are going to another ps500, thanks brokenthumb !
 

post #8923 of 21171
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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post

 

Yeah, i'm here buddy, to be honest i'm not surprised that the GS1000i are starting to grow on you, that says to me that even though you love your PS500, you kept an open mind regarding the GS1Ki, and gave them a fair shake.

 

Aside from the SR125i, the GS1Ki are probably the least popular Grado model, i guess people go staight to the PS1K, it wasn't my case, since i bought mine GS1K in 2006. When the ''i'' model came out, i compared them to mine, and the only thing i preffered on the old one was that they had a wider soundstage, and since i like to listen to concerts on DVD, i decided to hang on to them.

 

It's too bad that they're always seem to be in the shadow of the RS1i and PS1000, because i think that they offer a pretty good price vs performance ratio, and you are right Focker, when you say that they benifit quite a bit when they're paired with good upstream equipement.

 

And last but not least, i think that the GS1Ki are THE most comfortable Grado headphones, wich makes them ideal for long listening sessions.

 

As the phrase says in one of George Lucas's Indiana Jones movies, ''you have chosen wisely''.

There you are! :)

 

Honestly, I've always preferred the L-cush, but the G cush are really growing on me...I feel like I'm having a bit of a renaissance with these phones right now lol. They definitely are incredibly comfortable considering how light they are along with the bagels...I think I really just never gave them enough in terms of quality gear to allow them to sound their best.  I knew they were showing signs that they wanted better gear, but I just kept thinking "they're Grados...they can do without" lol. But maybe these are like the PS1ks in that respect and they really do need a quality source and amp in order to get the most out of them.  There's just so little info about them anywhere on head-fi that I didn't even think these would be that "needy". 

 

I have to say, I'm pretty excited....I feel like I've discovered a a lost treasure or something lol...

post #8924 of 21171
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post

the little dot and the meridian have found a new home, they are going to another ps500, thanks brokenthumb !
 

 

Very excited to finally hear the Little Dot Hybrid and Meridian Explorer with both the PS500 and SR80i's!  Should be a nice step up over a e7/e9 combo I use for pc listening now.

post #8925 of 21171

Cool, I'm thinking of getting a little dot I+ soon. What would be more appropriate for grados, stock, EF92 or WE408A?

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