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post #9166 of 26065
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Here's how I avoid spending lavish amounts of money buying higher end Grados, by spending lavish amounts of money on lower end Grados.:D

 

Poor man's GS-1000i.

I think I'll take a chance and double post on the 325i thread.  Perhaps I'll incur the wrath of the mighty moderators.:gs1000smile:

 

I think after buying all that "bling" you've spent as much on your SR-325i as it would cost to buy the GS-1000i.  In fact, a GS-1000 was just sold about a week ago for about $590 + shipping.  They shure look purdy, though.

 

 

Edit: SR-325i ($299), Wooden Cups ($150 - Est.), Silver / Aluminum Gimbals ($150), Manta Leather Headband ($45), G-Cush ear pads ($45).  Total: $689.00.  :eek:

 

You're absolutely right.  Hence, making fun of myself.  Wooden rod stops?  Then I would be headed toward PS1K territory.  Think I'll quit that chase.

 

Edit:  Martin Custom Audio did the cups/rods.


Edited by bbophead - 9/6/13 at 7:36am
post #9167 of 26065
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post
 

Well I just got my SR225's back from Grado today. They replaced just about everything, both drivers, cable assembly and the earpads. Sounds good but I was thinking they would sound better, then I remembered, new drivers...need to be re-burned in. I still don't think they are going to end up sounding much like the 225i, they are just so much smoother. So I got exactly what I wanted another Grado phone that will sound good (and with the Grado sound) with anything I throw at it. Save me from buying another SR125i.

 

Hank

Do you mind revealing how much Grado charged for this "restoration?
Did they do all that work for the $35 flat fee?

Asking as there was a lot or earlier discussion of Grado's repair service and cost.

post #9168 of 26065

In case anyone is looking, my limited edition HF-2s are on the market

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/680406/grado-hf-2-hf2-extra-pads

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In case anyone is looking, my limited edition HF-2s are on the market

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/680406/grado-hf-2-hf2-extra-pads

 

Oh geez, I'm going into Grado overload.  Received the RS1i earlier this week, the Magnum ver. 3.5 and Cabillas' Iroko cups in the mail today.  And, finally, a nice pair of walnut cups heading my way next week or so for a Magnum ver. 4 or ver. 5 build.  Then, I see this posting ... and it's local to me, too.  I did own the HF-2 at two separate times in the past, too.  Yikes!

 

How much difference is there between the Grado HF-2 and the Grado PS-500?  I know they're basically built the same, but how much of a difference is there in the sound signature?

 

Thanks,

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Gotta stop reading this thread says happy PS500 owner.

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Darnit!

 

I just got done listening to the first track off of Steven Wilson's 'The Raven that Refused to Sing", Luminol, on both my 225i's and the HE-5LE.  Once again, the 5LE's are superior in almost every way.  Except one, and it's a very big one for me.  The bassist, Nick Begs, plays a Rickenbacker bass with a pick.  It is a very distinctive sound, and with the lowly 225i's, it has texture, as in the grunt and mid-range growl of the Rick.  With the 5LE's, it might as well be a Fender P-bass, as the sound is there but it's lacking the texture.

 

In every other way, the 5LE is superior, or dead-even with the Grado's. The 'pop' of a stick hitting percussion is there on both, vocals are eerily similar.  On the cymbals and keyboard work, the 5LE edges out the Grado.  Ditto on depth and soundstage.

 

Am I chasing my tail trying to find one can that gives me the 5LE clarity, smoothness, presentation and depth with the growl of the Grado?  Is there one Grado that can do both?  RS1i, perhaps?  Even the GS1000?

 

WJE, I notice that you once owned the 5LE's, and perhaps my query makes sense to you.  Or anyone else, for that matter...

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Darnit!

I just got done listening to the first track off of Steven Wilson's 'The Raven that Refused to Sing", Luminol, on both my 225i's and the HE-5LE.  Once again, the 5LE's are superior in almost every way.  Except one, and it's a very big one for me.  The bassist, Nick Begs, plays a Rickenbacker bass with a pick.  It is a very distinctive sound, and with the lowly 225i's, it has texture, as in the grunt and mid-range growl of the Rick.  With the 5LE's, it might as well be a Fender P-bass, as the sound is there but it's lacking the texture.

In every other way, the 5LE is superior, or dead-even with the Grado's. The 'pop' of a stick hitting percussion is there on both, vocals are eerily similar.  On the cymbals and keyboard work, the 5LE edges out the Grado.  Ditto on depth and soundstage.

Am I chasing my tail trying to find one can that gives me the 5LE clarity, smoothness, presentation and depth with the growl of the Grado?  Is there one Grado that can do both?  RS1i, perhaps?  Even the GS1000?

WJE, I notice that you once owned the 5LE's, and perhaps my query makes sense to you.  Or anyone else, for that matter...


RS1 or an ATH-AD1000X/2000X from all headphones i've tried.
post #9173 of 26065
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RS1 or an ATH-AD1000X/2000X from all headphones i've tried.

 

Of course I respect your point of view, especially regarding the sound of a Ric.  I hate playing them, but that sound is something to chase.

 

Sam, do you have any experience with ortho's, or are you mostly Grado-centric?

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My first pair of Grados arrived yesterday.  SR60i's.  Absolutely LOVE them.  No matter what source I use or genre I've tested them with they just have an addictive sound to them.  These are definitely keepers for me.  

post #9175 of 26065
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Of course I respect your point of view, especially regarding the sound of a Ric.  I hate playing them, but that sound is something to chase.

Sam, do you have any experience with ortho's, or are you mostly Grado-centric?
the only orthos i've tried are the HE400.
post #9176 of 26065
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Agreed - I think perhaps a lot of "burn-in" is simply a headphone's pads and headband relaxing a bit. Please don't everyone get upset - I'm not arguing against the idea of burn-in, just that the cause and result may not necessarily be the drivers in many cases. wink.gif
Lets not forget ones own ears/brain adjusting to a particular sound.
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You're absolutely right.  Hence, making fun of myself.  Wooden rod stops?  Then I would be headed toward PS1K territory.  Think I'll quit that chase.

Edit:  Martin Custom Audio did the cups/rods.
but sheeeat you have a good looking set o'cans.
post #9178 of 26065
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Originally Posted by wje View Post
 

 

Oh geez, I'm going into Grado overload.  Received the RS1i earlier this week, the Magnum ver. 3.5 and Cabillas' Iroko cups in the mail today.  And, finally, a nice pair of walnut cups heading my way next week or so for a Magnum ver. 4 or ver. 5 build.  Then, I see this posting ... and it's local to me, too.  I did own the HF-2 at two separate times in the past, too.  Yikes!

 

How much difference is there between the Grado HF-2 and the Grado PS-500?  I know they're basically built the same, but how much of a difference is there in the sound signature?

 

Thanks,

 

I've always found Grados a bit brighter and higher in energy then I would like (I'm totally a Sennheiser guy), but the HF-2s hit that spot where the bass was relatively deep and punchy (for a Grado) without be overly sparkly at the top.

 

The G-Cush pads definitely gave it a sense of air and positioning and the sale includes both L and G Cush (65$ value) so you can compare which ones you prefer.

 

RE the PS500 - I found the PS-500s a bit to bright for my liking, but the mids are similar.

 

Between HD650 and LCD3, I just don't listen to the Grados.

 

Local eh? I think we can work out a deal for a cash pick up scenario.  Send me a PM.


Edited by GloryUprising - 9/6/13 at 4:11pm
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Hi guys , i bought my alessandro ms1i and i put it and i feeled disappoint . I read some topics about burn in and should i do it ? And how can i do it? After do the burn in the ms1 will sound much better?

Thans guys ! 

 
post #9180 of 26065
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Originally Posted by lllcarbonlll View Post
 

Hi guys , i bought my alessandro ms1i and i put it and i feeled disappoint . I read some topics about burn in and should i do it ? And how can i do it? After do the burn in the ms1 will sound much better?

Thans guys !

 

 

What is disappointing about them?

What kind of music do you listen to?

What is your other equipment: source, amp, etc.?

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