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stacker45: Note the "if". Keep appreciating Grados (or anything else) as you wish. I'm just saying, don't let comments you disagree with you get to you. :smile:

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Originally Posted by Focker View Post
 

I love seeing so many people giving the Little Dot I+ some love...David at LD should just become an authorized Grado dealer and start making a few extra bucks on a headphone sale since so many of us use his amp. 

 

Actually, I have owned a Little Dot I+ in the past.  At the time, I had moved over to an orthodynamic headphone and had to move towards something with a bit more juice.  This next one is coming with 5654 tubes.  From the description of their sound, it seems it might be a better starting point, but time will tell.  Plus, I don't see myself as becoming a spastic tube roller either.

 

A pic of the last Little Dot I+ I had (but just never used with Grados):

 

 

 

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My Little Dot 1+, Meridian Explorer, PS500 combo is quickly becoming my favorite headphone setup I've ever had.  It's just so musical and I can listen for hours with no fatigue, it sounds so good that I just bought my first cd over a vinyl version of the same album.  :eek:

post #9154 of 21281
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Originally Posted by wje View Post
 

 

Actually, I have owned a Little Dot I+ in the past.  At the time, I had moved over to an orthodynamic headphone and had to move towards something with a bit more juice.  This next one is coming with 5654 tubes.  From the description of their sound, it seems it might be a better starting point, but time will tell.  Plus, I don't see myself as becoming a spastic tube roller either.

 

A pic of the last Little Dot I+ I had (but just never used with Grados):

 

 

 

rca 5654 , killer, cheap

mullard 6am6, my favorite of the ones i had, and affordable

and as i am a bit of a tube roller, i could see myself gettin another LD at some point, the tubes are cheaper than the lyr's tubes

post #9155 of 21281
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Originally Posted by wje View Post
 

 

Actually, I have owned a Little Dot I+ in the past.  At the time, I had moved over to an orthodynamic headphone and had to move towards something with a bit more juice.  This next one is coming with 5654 tubes.  From the description of their sound, it seems it might be a better starting point, but time will tell.  Plus, I don't see myself as becoming a spastic tube roller either.

 

A pic of the last Little Dot I+ I had (but just never used with Grados):

 

 

 

 

 

I'm sort of the same way...I love that there are so many great tubes out there to try, but I tend to get advice from my tube guy - who has never led me wrong - and choose a single pair to run with. 

post #9156 of 21281
Is also love to hear more about the gs1000 vs RS1 vs ps1000

I'm just in love with the overall sound of my sr80 but the flaws of the price point are there...I'd love to get that sound with a little more on top

Not trying to be a broken record but I really could be a grado fanboi, while for the last year I thought I was gonna be an ortho guy forever LOL
post #9157 of 21281
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Originally Posted by ferday View Post

Is also love to hear more about the gs1000 vs RS1 vs ps1000



I'm just in love with the overall sound of my sr80 but the flaws of the price point are there...I'd love to get that sound with a little more on top



Not trying to be a broken record but I really could be a grado fanboi, while for the last year I thought I was gonna be an ortho guy forever LOL

 



If you want to improve on the SR60-SR225 sound then RS1 is the best option.
The PS1000 seems to be more of an improved SR325 and the GS1000 is a bit of an oddball model that doesn't really sound like anything else in the Grado lineup.
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I have the GS1000 and RS1 and formerly had the PS1000.

In short:

RS1: very direct and forward, especially in the mids, natural vocals and fun as all heck, not much depth. (I've had these for 13 years and use the flat pads for excellent comfort and sound.)

Light as a feather and pretty amazing sound for something that you barely feel you have on. They would be my choice for portable listening.

 

PS1000: big sound but sometimes punishing bulbous bass and piercing highs. Not my cup of tea. Sold them after a year with them. I even tried recabling/balancing them and it didn't help.

They feel a bit heavy and also sound a little heavy.

 

GS1000i: Spacious open sound but not *too* far away or distant. Very satisfying but can sometimes pick up shrillness in the chain, but just sometimes and not really painful, sometimes

it actually adds to the fun, but it seems to be a mild coloration, but still OK in my book. 

Very nice mids and decent detail, controlled pretty deep bass, and has that Grado fun factor. Incredibly comfortable and light, almost better than no phones at all. 

A light touch but still lots of impact, a neat combination.

Very refined sound with no grain and walks the line between excitement and ease. My favorite Grado so far. I had the original GS1000 for 3 years and have used the i-version

for about a year.

post #9159 of 21281
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Originally Posted by ferday View Post

Is also love to hear more about the gs1000 vs RS1 vs ps1000

I'm just in love with the overall sound of my sr80 but the flaws of the price point are there...I'd love to get that sound with a little more on top

Not trying to be a broken record but I really could be a grado fanboi, while for the last year I thought I was gonna be an ortho guy forever LOL

Whoa there- that makes at least three of us drifting from ortho's to Grado.

 

I'm finding that the similarity between the HE-5LE and the 225i I once got ridiculed for making (just a bit, and all in good fun) is even more pronounced.  The 5LE is awesome, and it shares common ground in the mids.  The teble is much better, and the bass sometimes feels like I'm wearing a subwoofer on my head, but the 225i's are still my go-to can.  The mids are similar, the detail is similar.  The 5LE's win every comparison, but they are still not as fun.

 

Therfore, I have increasing interest in the upper-Grado's, especially the RS1i, RS2i, and GS1000.  And who am I kidding, I will probably own each one of these at some point as I work my way to an end game

post #9160 of 21281
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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post

I have the GS1000 and RS1 and formerly had the PS1000.



In short:



RS1: very direct and forward, especially in the mids, natural vocals and fun as all heck, not much depth. (I've had these for 13 years and use the flat pads for excellent comfort and sound.)



Light as a feather and pretty amazing sound for something that you barely feel you have on. They would be my choice for portable listening.



 



PS1000: big sound but sometimes punishing bulbous bass and piercing highs. Not my cup of tea. Sold them after a year with them. I even tried recabling/balancing them and it didn't help.



They feel a bit heavy and also sound a little heavy.



 



GS1000i: Spacious open sound but not *too* far away or distant. Very satisfying but can sometimes pick up shrillness in the chain, but just sometimes and not really painful, sometimes



it actually adds to the fun, but it seems to be a mild coloration, but still OK in my book. 



Very nice mids and decent detail, controlled pretty deep bass, and has that Grado fun factor. Incredibly comfortable and light, almost better than no phones at all. 



A light touch but still lots of impact, a neat combination.



Very refined sound with no grain and walks the line between excitement and ease. My favorite Grado so far. I had the original GS1000 for 3 years and have used the i-version



for about a year.

 



is there significantly more bass with the GS1000 (G-Cush) compared to the RS1 (flats)?
post #9161 of 21281
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Originally Posted by ferday View Post

Is also love to hear more about the gs1000 vs RS1 vs ps1000

I'm just in love with the overall sound of my sr80 but the flaws of the price point are there...I'd love to get that sound with a little more on top

Not trying to be a broken record but I really could be a grado fanboi, while for the last year I thought I was gonna be an ortho guy forever LOL

 

Believe me, I love the orthodynamic dynamics.  With such headphones, you may have reached the pinnacle of audio.  After a bit of time, I've realized that only about 1/10th of the amp market really has amps capable enough of supporting an ortho headphone.  This made me rethink my plans.  Also, when a buyer purchases a headphone with a sensitivity level down in the 87dB to 91dB range, they may not think of getting an adquate amp in the beginning.  This can lead to them having to open their wallet again and put down more cash to get the adequate amplifier.  Then, there's the issue of weight.  Some of complained that the headphones are too heavy when one wears them for a long time.

 

As time went along, I realized that I was more into the orthos and the amps that could drive them - as opposed to the music.  When music is what it is all about, then getting hung up on the gear and obsessing in that area isn't doing one any good.  Thus, I just wanted a headphone where I could enjoy the music as well as a bigger selection of amps in the event I wanted to dabble with those further down the road.

 

Additionally, I would be obsessed with looking for the next ortho headphone in the food chain to buy in hope of it being an upgrade.  More time an money spent.  However, with the RS1i, I do realize there are a few additional models from Grado that I could purchase.  But, I'm getting the feeling from my listening that the RS1i is provding me with some great sound - and, hopefully, I'll be content for a bit longer into the future.

 

 

 

Different headphones will appeal to different people.  There isn't a one size fits all solution.

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Yes, there is a decently larger amount of bass with the GS than the RS, at least subjectively.

And the bass seems to be in the right place and has a nice reverberent nature, whereas with the RS, it seems to be generated by the driver,

like the driver is something I feel aware of right next to my ear.

post #9163 of 21281
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Originally Posted by Brooko View Post
 

How big is the difference?  Worth it?

 

 

I have both the RS1i and SR225i, and the RS1s are absolutely worth the upgrade! If only for the metal gimbals, haha (just kidding). The SR225s are my take-out-of-the-house pair that travel to coffee shops and stuff!

post #9164 of 21281

Metal Gimbals!

:beerchug:

Yes, the lack plastic on the RS1 makes a huge aesthetic difference which, combined with the larger cups, makes the RS1 a worthy upgrade from the SR or RS2! 

Go all out and get black metal rod blocks from Martin Custom Audio! 

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Originally Posted by parbaked View Post
 

Metal Gimbals!

:beerchug:

Go all out and get black metal rod blocks from Martin Custom Audio! 

 

How much of a sound improvement can be gained by that upgrade?  I'm curious.

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