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post #9961 of 17433

Hey, for anyone that is interested. I recently did a blog about the history of Grado. It's such an interesting story when you look into it!

 

Anyway here is a link to the blog.

 

http://adairacoustic.tumblr.com/post/62895933074/grado-labs-from-the-kitchen-table-to-the-world

post #9962 of 17433
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I will try to get some pictures of my SR-60 posted this evening too.  The drivers look exactly like the picture that was posted by Wormsdriver, though.  I applied about 6 more hours of listening time through the night on them, too.  There was just something gorgeous about the sounds of female vocals.  I have the SR-60 along at work today and will be using it connected to my iPod classic for more enjoyment.  I don't have my Fiio Monte Blanc along as it is at home.

Going into the weekend, I want to spend time with the SR-60 and my RS1i in order to document some varying differences between the two.

Additionally, the headphones from the era of the pink drivers also featured:

- At the top of the curve where the gimbal connects to the silver rod, there are not any oval areas where there is a slight protrusion.  On the newer models, these smaller raised oval areas are present.

- On the older SR flavor of Grados, the headband is vinyl like the new ones.  However, there appears to be actual stiching on it as opposed to "stamped" fake stitching like on the newer heabands.  Also, this older flavor has a thin piece of foam inside to make it a bit more cushy.  Not a lot of foam, but a small amount which is better than the current bands.

What a great find Wje...my SR80 pinks have the same distinguishing characteristics...

I agree that the sound signature is definitely different, and very pleasant. I thought of selling them, then pulled back. I think of givin them wood cups too, but also can't bring myself to tear them apart. Mine were a lucky eBay find for $75. Worth every penny.
post #9963 of 17433
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Originally Posted by lewisprinceAAD View Post
 

Hey, for anyone that is interested. I recently did a blog about the history of Grado. It's such an interesting story when you look into it!

 

Anyway here is a link to the blog.

 

http://adairacoustic.tumblr.com/post/62895933074/grado-labs-from-the-kitchen-table-to-the-world

Awesome.

post #9964 of 17433

Hello everyone. I've had the sr325i's for a couple of years now and really love them. I avoided the forums because I didn't want to cave into upgraditis without disposable income. Now that I have some.. I was wondering, what would be the next Grado's headphone to get in keeping with the sound signature of the 325?

 

I mainly listen to metal with a small amount of classical and soundtrack.

 

Currently using the xonar essence stx but thinking about upgrading to a woo audio wa7 firefly.

 

I've been reading threads like this one http://www.head-fi.org/t/442125/what-i-think-gs1000-vs-rs1-vs-rs2-and-vs-sr80/15, and it seems the RS1 would be a nice upgrade to the 325. Would that be a common opinion?

 

Thanks in advanced for any suggestion and input.


Edited by Angelbelow - 10/18/13 at 11:04am
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RS3 Prototype back in 1995

post #9966 of 17433
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Originally Posted by Angelbelow View Post
 

Hello everyone. I've had the sr325i's for a couple of years now and really love them. I avoided the forums because I didn't want to cave into upgraditis without disposable income. Now that I have some.. I was wondering, what would be the next Grado's headphone to get in keeping with the sound signature of the 325?

 

I mainly listen to metal with a small amount of classical and soundtrack.

 

Currently using the xonar essence stx but thinking about upgrading to a woo audio wa7 firefly.

 

I've been reading threads like this one http://www.head-fi.org/t/442125/what-i-think-gs1000-vs-rs1-vs-rs2-and-vs-sr80/15, and it seems the RS1 would be a nice upgrade to the 325. Would that be a common opinion?

 

Thanks in advanced for any suggestion and input.

I purchased the SR80i's then the SR325is's and recentely purchased the RS1i's. IMO, out of the 3 headphones the 80 and the RS's have a more similar sound signature than the 325's. The 325's to me have a totally different sound signature from all of the Grado/Alessandros I've heard. I was hesitant to buy the RS's, because of the price difference, but I'm glad that I did. It is smoother, with a wider sound stage, more detail and more instrument separation with a nice all around bass presence, clear mid-range and smooth high frequencies. To me, you really can't compare the 325's to the RS's, they are both very different (both being very good sounding headphones, as well as the 80's). But like I said they definitely have a closer sound signature to the 80's than the 325's. I still own the 80's and the 325's, because to me they are all different sounding, I don't feel one is better than the other, just different. I was always curious about their sound signature, so like I said I finally purchased them and I'm glad that I did. I even purchased a MAD Ear+HD (which was shipped today) to drive them to push the envelope even further, because from what I've read these are an excellent combo together. So yes they are a nice (totally different sounding headphone). It is really up to you to say if it is an upgrade for YOU. Hope this helps you. 


Edited by joseph69 - 10/18/13 at 11:48am
post #9967 of 17433
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Originally Posted by lewisprinceAAD View Post
 

Hey, for anyone that is interested. I recently did a blog about the history of Grado. It's such an interesting story when you look into it!

 

Anyway here is a link to the blog.

 

http://adairacoustic.tumblr.com/post/62895933074/grado-labs-from-the-kitchen-table-to-the-world

That was a great read...thank you for that.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Angelbelow View Post
 

Hello everyone. I've had the sr325i's for a couple of years now and really love them. I avoided the forums because I didn't want to cave into upgraditis without disposable income. Now that I have some.. I was wondering, what would be the next Grado's headphone to get in keeping with the sound signature of the 325?

 

I mainly listen to metal with a small amount of classical and soundtrack.

 

Currently using the xonar essence stx but thinking about upgrading to a woo audio wa7 firefly.

 

I've been reading threads like this one http://www.head-fi.org/t/442125/what-i-think-gs1000-vs-rs1-vs-rs2-and-vs-sr80/15, and it seems the RS1 would be a nice upgrade to the 325. Would that be a common opinion?

 

Thanks in advanced for any suggestion and input.

I went up the same upgrade path that you are thinking about.

 

I have never looked back, since I pulled the trigger.

 

At first, I was not too sure if I liked the RS1i better or not....after a couple of weeks, it was pretty clear that the RS!i was the phone that I wanted.

 

I  really liked my 325i, and I still recommend it for a rock headphone in the $300 range.

 

Think of the RS1i as more detailed, more refined , more precision..

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I'm regretting selling my 325. I thought the RS1 would be a better version of them but in reality they are two very different headphones. I'll probably snag a pair again at some point.
post #9969 of 17433
I just upgraded to the 80i from the old 60 and can definitely hear a difference for the better. I don't see myself getting higher end model but I would do the wood cups and/or a different cable.
post #9970 of 17433
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That can be a hard question to answer. The Grado lineup contains several models, and there are differences between them. But, to answer your question generically because I've owned the Magnum v.4 drivers in the past in wooden cups -- The Magnum would fall somewhere between the SR-325i and the RS1i.  The sound would be better than the 325i, but quite possibly not quite as refined as the RS1i.  When I had mine, I also had the Grado HF-2.  I thought the Magnum v.4 edged it out by a slight margin, so I ended up selling my HF-2 at the time.

I've had the Full Magnums V.4 in aluminum and they were way more refined and detailed than the RS1i.  But what they lacked was the "soul and timbre" or the RS1i.  They just were not as "musical". 

Later I tried the Magnums V.4 in Mahogany (from turbulent) and they were also more refined and detailed than the RS1i.  But not as much as the ones in aluminum.   The Aluminum made the V.4 hyper detailed and clean in sound.  But it lacked a certain musical timbre that "wood" possessed.  So what did I prefer out of the three?  The Magnums V.4 in mahogany.   It had the refinement of the Magnum and "soul and musicality of the RS1i.  

post #9971 of 17433

I have come across some SR60 headphones that have a black mesh on them instead of the white mesh... does this mean anything or is this simply another 'normal' SR60?

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post #9973 of 17433
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I just upgraded to the 80i from the old 60 and can definitely hear a difference for the better. I don't see myself getting higher end model but I would do the wood cups and/or a different cable.

Nice! I would definitely put wood cups and the (L) cushions on them. What a difference this made with my SR80i's!

post #9974 of 17433

I know that this is the headphone forum, but since it's the Grado fan club thread I figured that this might be somewhat interesting to some of you.

 

A few days ago, I bought a very nice, and rare, Grado HPA-2 headpnone amp from Parbake, who, may I say, is a very nice guy, and boy, can he pack a safe box, I've never seen so much bubble wrap, I swear they could have droped that box from the plane in mid air, and it probably would've hit the ground and bounced right back in the plane. I have tryed to post a pic, but I couldn't do this right, if my life depended on it, sorry.

 

According to him, the HP1000 and HPA-2 combination could very well be an endgame setup for me, now,, considering how much I love my PS1000/Little Dot 1+ combo, this was a very tall order to fill.

 

All my listening has been done using battery power, so I have yet to try AC power.

 

So far I'm very impressed by the HP1000/HPA-2 combo, Joseph Grado sure knew what he was doing, and he didn't do things half assed, don't forget that we are talking about 20 years old components here.

 

I wouldn't say that the HP1000/HPA-2 are better than the PS1000/L D 1+, but they're certainly just as good, and that's fine by me.

 

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Double post, not surprising, Damn!


Edited by stacker45 - 10/18/13 at 6:25pm
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