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Oh, and given that I have never tested Marantz, I am immediately suspicious of that kind of markdown.  In retail, to avoid getting stuck with too much old inventory, we always marked the goods down to get them out the door.


i'm sure its an older, end of life model

the peachtree dacIT i have coming tomorrow, is a last years model, saved $60 bucks about, its only 24/96 instead of 24/192

the musical fidelity vdac ii can be had at $250, instead of the original $379,

so some good deals can be had, but you do have to be careful

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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post

before i do the dacIT, or bifrost,
i'm going to try one i haven't heard one word about
the new musical fidelity v90
32/192, upsampling dac
1 day shipping, an extra $4 it'll be here tomorrow

I haven't. heard the v90 but I do like the 192/32 bit capability. My current dac of choice is 32 bit ready just in case I ever have a 32 bit file! On a more serious note I am very interested in that Halide dac also after reading the Stereophile review (but it's only 96/24 lol) .
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waiting on the ups man is difficult sometimes !!
 

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waiting on the ups man is difficult sometimes !!
 

AusPost too! Postie will be here with my RS1i's soon!

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AusPost too! Postie will be here with my RS1i's soon!
I'm waiting on two DACs to compare
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I got two Grados in my place this week. An Alessandro MS2 (but with recently replaced MS2i drivers and 8 strand cable) and an older Grado SR225. driving everything from the HA160D.

 

I’ve never had these both in the house at the same time. (or a 325 and 225 at the same time).

 

First up, I love the old look of the MS2 cups. I really prefer the flat look compared to the mushroom cups.

 

In terms of sound, the MS2 sounds bigger and fuller than the 225. slightly larger soundstage. slightly more mid bass and lower mids warmth on the MS2. All comes together to make the MS2 sound a bit more “live”. And although there is a little shout in the upper mids with both, the MS2 seems a little bit more mellow in this area so it’s just right for me. 

 

I was not a fan of the SR325 as it was the most aggressive Grado I had heard but the MS2 provides a great balance for my ears. And, at 300 bucks (or ~200 used), it’s got one of the better price/performance ratios in the Grado lineup. Very happy with it.

 

As for the SR225 I think I’ll keep them as a bedroom nightstand headphone.

 


 

Here’s a pic of the new MS2 from the person who sold them to me.

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Originally Posted by LCfiner View Post

I got two Grados in my place this week. An Alessandro MS2 (but with recently replaced MS2i drivers and 8 strand cable) and an older Grado SR225. driving everything from the HA160D.

 

I’ve never had these both in the house at the same time. (or a 325 and 225 at the same time).

 

First up, I love the old look of the MS2 cups. I really prefer the flat look compared to the mushroom cups.

 

In terms of sound, the MS2 sounds bigger and fuller than the 225. slightly larger soundstage. slightly more mid bass and lower mids warmth on the MS2. All comes together to make the MS2 sound a bit more “live”. And although there is a little shout in the upper mids with both, the MS2 seems a little bit more mellow in this area so it’s just right for me. 

 

 

Random note, but if any of you are on flickr, as I am, I notice that a lot of flickrites are fans of Allesandro series headphones! Just do a search for "Grado labs" and there are a good number of Allesandros represented. smily_headphones1.gif

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waiting on the ups man is difficult sometimes !!
 

 

Who waits on UPS?  If I hear them in my neighborhood, I chase them down and ask for my package.  basshead.gif

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Who waits on UPS?  If I hear them in my neighborhood, I chase them down and ask for my package.  basshead.gif


i have done that with the mailman !! i had to sign, and i wasn't home, i found him !!

post #8995 of 18637
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Originally Posted by LCfiner View Post

I got two Grados in my place this week. An Alessandro MS2 (but with recently replaced MS2i drivers and 8 strand cable) and an older Grado SR225. driving everything from the HA160D.

 

I’ve never had these both in the house at the same time. (or a 325 and 225 at the same time).

 

First up, I love the old look of the MS2 cups. I really prefer the flat look compared to the mushroom cups.

 

In terms of sound, the MS2 sounds bigger and fuller than the 225. slightly larger soundstage. slightly more mid bass and lower mids warmth on the MS2. All comes together to make the MS2 sound a bit more “live”. And although there is a little shout in the upper mids with both, the MS2 seems a little bit more mellow in this area so it’s just right for me. 

 

I was not a fan of the SR325 as it was the most aggressive Grado I had heard but the MS2 provides a great balance for my ears. And, at 300 bucks (or ~200 used), it’s got one of the better price/performance ratios in the Grado lineup. Very happy with it.

 

As for the SR225 I think I’ll keep them as a bedroom nightstand headphone.

 


 

Here’s a pic of the new MS2 from the person who sold them to me.

This cup style is nicer looking than the newer style cup, and the aluminum finish is much nicer than the sparkle gray finish that I own. Mind you, I have 325is drivers in Alessandro's cups from a driver trade because I preferred the more aggressive sound. Anyway really nice finish on these. I have often thought about removing the sparkle gray with a scotchbrite pad down to the raw aluminum finish so they look like these, but just didn't do it, (YET!).

post #8996 of 18637

intitial, first impressions of the two dacs that arrived today

they are both very good !

if i had something about the difference i can hear immediately, the dacIT may have better low end

this may be tough !

really more surprised by the v90, but maybe i didn't expect as much from it as the dacIT

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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

Who waits on UPS?  If I hear them in my neighborhood, I chase them down and ask for my package.  basshead.gif

 

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i have done that with the mailman !! i had to sign, and i wasn't home, i found him !!

Yeah, I have their routes memorized and I know about where they will be at certain times of the day.  they are also getting to know my vehicle so if they see me they flag me down.

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PS500 + Meridian Explorer + Little Dot I+ Hybrid = basshead.gif

 

I'm having a blast listening to my hi-resolution files through the Meridian Explorer and Little Dot.  Very analog sounding with not a hint of harshness anywhere.  The PS500 is very addicting with this setup.  Thanks jaywillin!

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PS500 + Meridian Explorer + Little Dot I+ Hybrid = basshead.gif

 

I'm having a blast listening to my hi-resolution files through the Meridian Explorer and Little Dot.  Very analog sounding with not a hint of harshness anywhere.  The PS500 is very addicting with this setup.  Thanks jaywillin!


that little set up is killer, i should know, i had it ! lol, glad you like it, its nice knowing the pieces went to a good home !

try the mullard 5am6's, and the rca 5915's , even more layers and textures to the sound

read the little dot thread, there's a chart on page 77, will help you know where the pins go , and don't go

and the guys over there are helpful

post #9000 of 18637
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post


that little set up is killer, i should know, i had it ! lol, glad you like it, its nice knowing the pieces went to a good home !

try the mullard 5am6's, and the rca 5915's , even more layers and textures to the sound

read the little dot thread, there's a chart on page 77, will help you know where the pins go , and don't go

and the guys over there are helpful


NO, he must try the RCA 6DT6, literally on a different level then every tube I've used in the Little Dot!... so far...

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