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post #9676 of 34322
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

 

Congatulations on you new amp!

I see you also own the LD1+, I also own the LD1+ and the RS1i, guess you know where I'm going with this!

Maybe you can give a small review between the sounds of both amps, please? I'm interested in possibly purchasing a MAD ear+HD. Also, maybe I can get some input about it with the RS1i, from you or from anyone who has both amps and the RS1i's for that matter.

Is this the MAD ear+HD amp highly regarded among amps, as the RS1i's are in terms of headphones?

I'm very curious to know!

BTW, you guys are really killing me over here...I just purchased the RS1i's a couple of weeks ago and now I'm dying to hear this amp with them!!! LOL. 

i haven't heard it either joseph, and i've had the little dot, have the lyr (and love), the the MAD is supposed to be the ONE,

other than being really curious about how this baby sounds, i'm really very satisfied with my set up at the moment,

of course, i've said that before

post #9677 of 34322
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

 

 

I hear ya...so far from all my listening to Grado's...there is really not a bad one, as long as you are a lover of the grado signature to begin with.....it is just all in how much you feel like spending.

 

I dig the SR60 very much.

I think that's right. For someone who's never owned one, it comes down to $. For me the 225 seemed like a big step up from 60 and even the 80 auditioning with my IPOD with highly compressed music...pretty low end source. Later, when I reripped my stuff into lossless-I might have noticed more of  the refinement that the 325 boasts. At the time the 325 just didn't seem to be worth the extra $100. Now, I know there are people that would argue the opposite with great enthusiasm.

post #9678 of 34322
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post
 

i hear ya !

we all have our certain preferences, on sound, music, etc, then there's our budgetary concerns limitations, etc

now when i started this thing, i already knew pretty much what kind of music i liked, listened to mostly, that hasn't changed too much

now my budget has changed, evolved . it started pretty low, system wise, and individual piece wise.

as for sweet spot, everyone's could be a little different , we all have our biases i haven't heard the 80, or 325

i have owned the 225, and ms2 (my two picks) , i bet it would be safe to say any one of these four are good contenders

i keep thinking i'm going to get rid of one of the three grado's i currently have, i still can't pick one

every time i pick up the ms2, i kinda think it could keep me satisfied forever, and maybe let the rs1i go,

but every time i put it on, i like it more

i guess this is a nice problem to have !!

 

I am pretty much going through the same thing rigt now. Everytime I put on either my 80's, 325's or RS1's I also say to myself they are all great sound but different from each other and I could live with any one of them. And also lie you said, every time I put the RS1's on I like them more ad more! And although this is a fortunate problem to have, I feel guilty having three pairs, but its hard to let go of any of them.

 

And as far as the MAD amp of course its natural to want to hear it, (and I want to) especially that everyone says it matches well with the RS!'s. And I was (still am) very content with my 80's playing directly out of my Sony CDP-C801ES, which is what I started with about a year and a half ago. So its hard not to want to hear different equipment...and it is an awesome hobby and there is nothing like listening to the GIFT of music. 

I feel like I need a shrink!!! LOL,

Also, have you really thought about letting your RS's go being you just got them?

How much do you really like the RS's over your MS2i's and the PS500's? 


Edited by joseph69 - 10/6/13 at 5:21pm
post #9679 of 34322
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

 

Also, have you really thought about letting your RS's go being you just got them?

How much do you really like the RS's over your MS2i's and the PS500's? 

here's the thing, when i started head fi-ing , i said one set of headphones, because i listened to speakers more.

well, as i progressed, i now listen to headphones mostly, so, i thought, i kinda need two sets.

i was very happy at the time with the ps500 and ms2, but all the damn talk about the rs1 got to me.

my rationalization in buying the rs1 was, i'd get rid of one pair. either the rs1 if it didn't impress enough,

or the ms2.

now at the present i feel a little guilty with three sets of cans. part of me says having the 500 and rs1

is overkill.

long story short(i know, too late), i'm not going to sale either the 500 or the rs1 , not anytime soon anyway

if one goes, it'll be the ms2, but, no real rush !

post #9680 of 34322
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post
 

here's the thing, when i started head fi-ing , i said one set of headphones, because i listened to speakers more.

well, as i progressed, i now listen to headphones mostly, so, i thought, i kinda need two sets.

i was very happy at the time with the ps500 and ms2, but all the damn talk about the rs1 got to me.

my rationalization in buying the rs1 was, i'd get rid of one pair. either the rs1 if it didn't impress enough,

or the ms2.

now at the present i feel a little guilty with three sets of cans. part of me says having the 500 and rs1

is overkill.

long story short(i know, too late), i'm not going to sale either the 500 or the rs1 , not anytime soon anyway

if one goes, it'll be the ms2, but, no real rush !

 

I feel the same way, plus I have the LD1+ and Magni/Modi which also makes me feel guilty, and I just e-maile Lloyd over at Mapletree about the Ear+HD, so I'm waiting for a reply from him to some questions I have. If I purchase the Ear+HD I will have to let go of one amp and one headphone, (because of guilt and I don't NEED all of them). I would think it would be the Magni and the 325's I would let go, that being if I love the Ear+HD. But like you said...no rush.

And once again I am skeptical about the price, especially being I enjoy the LD1+ with the RS's, so once again like I questioned the purchase of the RS's, is it really that amazing sounding with the RS1's. And the only way for ME to know is to hear them together. And yes the RS's sound great, they just have more of everything, but they didn't blow me away because I'm already use to the Grado sound, but I do enjoy the differences that I do hear with the RS's and definitely don't regret the purchase, it was worth it to me.


Edited by joseph69 - 10/6/13 at 6:42pm
post #9681 of 34322
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post

I feel the same way, plus I have the LD1+ and Magni/Modi which also makes me feel guilty, and I just e-maile Lloyd over at Mapletree about the Ear+HD, so I'm waiting for a reply from him to some questions I have. If I purchase the Ear+HD I will have to let go of one amp and one headphone, (because of guilt and I do't NEED all of them). I would think it would be the Magni and the 325's, that being if I love the Ear+HD.
We don't NEED any of it! Lol
I've been thinking about the guilt thing, that may be too harsh, I'm OK with what I've got right now for the most part, but if I increased my budget much more, I don't think I'd enjoy it, maybe I'm just at my guilt threshold ! Lol
I might make some side ways moves, just for fun, I could see myself with a little dot again, so good, and so much fun
Again these are good issues to have!
post #9682 of 34322
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

 

Congatulations on you new amp!

I see you also own the LD1+, I also own the LD1+ and the RS1i, guess you know where I'm going with this!

Maybe you can give a small review between the sounds of both amps, please? I'm interested in possibly purchasing a MAD ear+HD. Also, maybe I can get some input about it with the RS1i, from you or from anyone who has both amps and the RS1i's for that matter.

Is this the MAD ear+HD amp highly regarded among amps, as the RS1i's are in terms of headphones?

I'm very curious to know!

BTW, you guys are really killing me over here...I just purchased the RS1i's a couple of weeks ago and now I'm dying to hear this amp with them!!! LOL.

 

Thanks, I have wanted a MAD EAR + HD ever since I bought my RS1i....I just either could not find it 2nd hand or did not have enough funds, and I could not afford a new one....finally everything worked out and I was in the right place at the right time.

 

I too had never listened to this amp...I had just heard and read what people said about it.  I PM'ed many people asking if they ever wanted to sell their MAD EAR that I would be interested....most responded back but none wanted to let the amp go.

 

First let me say that I do own the LD1+ and I like it a lot....the little amp sounds great and the opamp & tube rolling options make it a fantastic bargain and a great bang for the buck amp......I would recommend it for an amp for the RS1i and other Grado cans as well.

 

I have nothing but great things to say about the LD1+ and I will be keeping mine.

 

For the MAD EAR + HD ...I have only had it for alittle over one day and I made an all nighter out of  last night listening to it .

 

Mine came with the stock tubes, so that is all I can comment on right now.

 

My first impressions of the MAD EAR almost mirror my first impressions of my RS1i...when I first heard the RS1i, I said I like it, but does it sound better than my 325i ?

 

I was not sure and it took me two weeks to realize that yes, I liked it more than the 325i......it just took awhile for me to really hear the difference...but eventually it was very clear to me .. I really liked the 325i , it just was not as good and as refined.

 

When I first plugged my RS1i into my MAD EAR...I said I like it...but is it better than my LD1+....but this time instead of it taking me a week or two...I knew after a few hours that this amp was better than the LD1+

 

The 3 main things that I noticed was the instrument separation is just fantastic......the instrument detail is also  better and the highs are so damn silky, silky,silky smooth.  Dr. Peppard  know's what he is doing,  I definitely feel the synergy with this combo.

 

The bass is fast and tight, and I love that, I do know many people do not like that...but I am definitely not one of those people...I am digging the bass with this combo and I also liked it on the LD1+...it is just done even better here.

 

I am hoping that it will work out just like my RS1i did...that the more I listen...the more I will love the amp.....I mean I love the amp now....I just hope that I come to love it as much as I do my RS1i.

 

I really can't say if it is worth the extra cash to get this amp over the LD1+....that just depends on each individual and how much they budget for equipment and so forth. I mean the amp is definitely better, it seems to do everything better, more refined... but it is also more expensive.

 

I love the MAD EAR already and I do know that mine will be staying with me....I have a hunch that the more I listen the more I will fall in love....I sure hope so.

 

I will tell more about the amp after a week or so.

 

I listened to The Jeff Healey Band - Hell To Pay twice today and it was such a pleasure, it made me smile, it made me happy...it made me play air guitar.........life is so good during these times.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by markm1 View Post
 

I think that's right. For someone who's never owned one, it comes down to $. For me the 225 seemed like a big step up from 60 and even the 80 auditioning with my IPOD with highly compressed music...pretty low end source. Later, when I reripped my stuff into lossless-I might have noticed more of  the refinement that the 325 boasts. At the time the 325 just didn't seem to be worth the extra $100. Now, I know there are people that would argue the opposite with great enthusiasm.

Many say that the 225 is the best bang for the buck...I don't know if the 325i is worth a hundred more dollars......I usually buy used, so a 2nd hand 325i can be had for approximately the same price as a new 225i.....both are fantastic cans IMO.

post #9683 of 34322
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

 

Thanks, I have wanted a MAD EAR + HD ever since I bought my RS1i....I just either could not find it 2nd hand or did not have enough funds, and I could not afford a new one....finally everything worked out and I was in the right place at the right time.

 

I too had never listened to this amp...I had just heard and read what people said about it.  I PM'ed many people asking if they ever wanted to sell their MAD EAR that I would be interested....most responded back but none wanted to let the amp go.

 

First let me say that I do own the LD1+ and I like it a lot....the little amp sounds great and the opamp & tube rolling options make it a fantastic bargain and a great bang for the buck amp......I would recommend it for an amp for the RS1i and other Grado cans as well.

 

I have nothing but great things to say about the LD1+ and I will be keeping mine.

 

For the MAD EAR + HD ...I have only had it for alittle over one day and I made an all nighter out of  last night listening to it .

 

Mine came with the stock tubes, so that is all I can comment on right now.

 

My first impressions of the MAD EAR almost mirror my first impressions of my RS1i...when I first heard the RS1i, I said I like it, but does it sound better than my 325i ?

 

I was not sure and it took me two weeks to realize that yes, I liked it more than the 325i......it just took awhile for me to really hear the difference...but eventually it was very clear to me .. I really liked the 325i , it just was not as good and as refined.

 

When I first plugged my RS1i into my MAD EAR...I said I like it...but is it better than my LD1+....but this time instead of it taking me a week or two...I knew after a few hours that this amp was better than the LD1+

 

The 3 main things that I noticed was the instrument separation is just fantastic......the instrument detail is also  better and the highs are so damn silky, silky,silky smooth.  Dr. Peppard  know's what he is doing,  I definitely feel the synergy with this combo.

 

The bass is fast and tight, and I love that, I do know many people do not like that...but I am definitely not one of those people...I am digging the bass with this combo and I also liked it on the LD1+...it is just done even better here.

 

I am hoping that it will work out just like my RS1i did...that the more I listen...the more I will love the amp.....I mean I love the amp now....I just hope that I come to love it as much as I do my RS1i.

 

I really can't say if it is worth the extra cash to get this amp over the LD1+....that just depends on each individual and how much they budget for equipment and so forth. I mean the amp is definitely better, it seems to do everything better, more refined... but it is also more expensive.

 

I love the MAD EAR already and I do know that mine will be staying with me....I have a hunch that the more I listen the more I will fall in love....I sure hope so.

 

I will tell more about the amp after a week or so.

 

I listened to The Jeff Healey Band - Hell To Pay twice today and it was such a pleasure, it made me smile, it made me happy...it made me play air guitar.........life is so good during these times.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for your input on the Ear+HD, and I'm glad you are enjoying it.

Sounds to me like the answers are pretty much the same about the Ear+HD as when I was asking about the purchase of the RS1's (they do everything better). I'll sit on this one until I hear from Lloyd, but I will most likely purchase one being that everyone has pretty much the same thoughts about this amp with the RS's (as far as I've read). Thanks again for your initial impressions, look forward to more (hopefully before I order one) LOL. Enjoy!

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I feel no such guilt, I work hard for my money and I save for what I want.  No need to justify anything or feel guilty about it.  Sure there are lots of things I would like to do but can't, but I do what I can afford and not more.

post #9685 of 34322
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Originally Posted by jaywillin View Post


We don't NEED any of it! Lol
I've been thinking about the guilt thing, that may be too harsh, I'm OK with what I've got right now for the most part, but if I increased my budget much more, I don't think I'd enjoy it, maybe I'm just at my guilt threshold ! Lol
I might make some side ways moves, just for fun, I could see myself with a little dot again, so good, and so much fun
Again these are good issues to have!

 

Good point, "we don't NEED any of it!

And yes, these are good issues to have!

post #9686 of 34322
I decided to take my sr80 with me to work instead of my athm50 since I'm in a real hotel instead of camp

I'm already glad I did, the 50's are a great can (and super durable and isolating) but my typical album before bed has been much more satisfying. I just like these little grados! Maybe I shouldn't get the rs1 since they'd sit unused for 10 months a year like my beloved he400's...
post #9687 of 34322
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Originally Posted by ferday View Post

I decided to take my sr80 with me to work instead of my athm50 since I'm in a real hotel instead of camp

I'm already glad I did, the 50's are a great can (and super durable and isolating) but my typical album before bed has been much more satisfying. I just like these little grados! Maybe I shouldn't get the rs1 since they'd sit unused for 10 months a year like my beloved he400's...

How do you carry your Grado? The cables are so thick and long! It's thicker than my Macbook's charger (excluding the extension cord)! Or you put it inside a case?
post #9688 of 34322
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post

How do you carry your Grado? The cables are so thick and long! It's thicker than my Macbook's charger (excluding the extension cord)! Or you put it inside a case?

I just wrapped the cable around the phones and put them in my headphone bag (that came with my he400's) along with my amp and iPod. Once they are in my room they stay there, I don't carry them around.

They certainly aren't going to be as durable as the m50 but I hope they can handle some minor abuse...
post #9689 of 34322

It's Monday.  The Aune tube DAC will be arriving, as will the Zonk Grado pads (3x L-Cush, 1x - G-cush).  I know a few people have tried them and had some fit issues as well as a few other items of concern.  However, I'm in the mood to try them out and how they are.

 

Now, the question is.  Do I feel the flu coming on, so I could take a sick day from work?  Or, do I go to work and think about what is waiting at home?  Decisions.  Decisions.

post #9690 of 34322
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

Yeah, I know....but we figured for about $200 we can get a 2nd hand 325i

 

I owned the 325 before, and for me personally I feel that it is the best bang for the buck Grado headphone, besides the SR60 and SR80.......as the build quality is quite a step up and it can be had for around $200 used.

 

My son also adored how aggressive it was, when I owned it.......I also quite enjoyed the aggressiveness in your face style of it....matter of fact, I enjoyed that the most about it.

 

I think of it as the AC/DC of the Grados....no ballads allowed!  Just hard, aggressive in your face , no non sense cans.

 

I see! said the blind man

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