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post #9976 of 13961

Triple posts, my personal best, so sorry guys.


Edited by stacker45 - 10/18/13 at 6:23pm
post #9977 of 13961
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Originally Posted by dwayniac View Post

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.

 

Keep in mind, there were a few iterations of the SR-60. The very early version is the one we've been discussing.  That model has the pink colored mesh over the drivers.  In this earlier iteration of that model, it seems that Grado really put some good effort into the sound quality.  I'm not implying that it will really smack any of the other models because I have more testing to do.  However, from what I've heard has been quite good with respect to performance.

 

I'd be willing to be that Grado realized some of their headphones on the lower end were possibly cannibalizing some of the sales of higher end models.  It seems that once that was noted, they scaled back the sound and capabilities of the lower models which ran though the later version of the SR series as well as the newer "i" series.  I also have the Alessandro MS1i headphones, too.  In my comparisons between those and the SR-60 that I have, the SR-60 is placing some really good competition up against the MS1i and surpassing it in several areas.

 

Is the SR-60 that I have a headphone that would blow the RS1i away?  I don't think that's possible.  However, during my use of them last evening as well as at work today, they certainly were not those who had the anemic sound of the SR-60i, SR-80i and SR-125i that I remember.

 

However, I'd like to close with the real reason why we're here.  It's all about the music.  We seek improved methods that will get us closer to our music.  Plus, when I comment in a positive manner on a model, I don't want to ever imply that the members here should rush out and buy a pair.  Normally, I'm just relaying my personal experience and how the interface between my music (Jazz and Blues) has been enhanced with some recent discoveries.  I won't push my opinion on others and tell them to run out and buy model "X" asap.  Just a viewpoint is being shared and the viewpoint provided certainly doesn't mean a direct endorsement for any product in particular.  :tongue:

post #9978 of 13961
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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post
 

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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Congrats...that is awesome.....and yes, I could see that being an end all system.


Edited by whirlwind - 10/18/13 at 7:46pm
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

Thank you, it is shipping with 2x12B4A and 1x12AX7 tubes. I purchased it for my new RS1i's.

I assume you own one, what tubes do you use?

GE 5 Stars 5751. Great synergy with RS1 & PS500 but not so much with the PS1000s

Will be getting a Sylvania 5751 Triple MIca Black Plates shortly

 

Didn't quite like the 12AX7s. 

post #9980 of 13961
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Originally Posted by SHAHZADA123 View Post
 

GE 5 Stars 5751. Great synergy with RS1 & PS500 but not so much with the PS1000s

Will be getting a Sylvania 5751 Triple MIca Black Plates shortly

 

Didn't quite like the 12AX7s.

 

I have my eye on a Sylvania 5751 triple mica black plate as well.........once you receive yours, please report back  :-)

 

I have a 5751 Sovtek Russian tube at the moment

 

The detail and instrument separation is off the hook.

post #9981 of 13961
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Originally Posted by SHAHZADA123 View Post
 

GE 5 Stars 5751. Great synergy with RS1 & PS500 but not so much with the PS1000s

Will be getting a Sylvania 5751 Triple MIca Black Plates shortly

 

Didn't quite like the 12AX7s. 

Are the 12AX7 2x or are the 12B4A 2x tubes? I was under the impression the 12AX7's were the output tubes which have much more influence on the sound, or is it the power tube that has the influence? which is which, I'm a bit confused? Thanks.

Also what didn't you like about the 12AX7's, wether they are the output tubes or the power tube?

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The Sylvania triple mica 5751 is legendary and blows away any Russian version. No offense, just sayin'!
post #9983 of 13961
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Originally Posted by desertblues View Post

The Sylvania triple mica 5751 is legendary and blows away any Russian version. No offense, just sayin'!

 

Yea, I was under that impression after doing some reading, which is why I have been watching out for one of these.......I am going to have to try one, and I am very happy with the sound of the 5751 Sovtek....so I can only imagine!

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But are the 5751's the 1x or 2x tube, thats what I'm trying to figure out.

Also are they the power tube/s or the output tube/s? Thanks.

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Thanks anyway, I figured it out, the 12AX7 and the 5751 are 1x driver tube.

post #9986 of 13961
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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

But are the 5751's the 1x or 2x tube, thats what I'm trying to figure out.

Also are they the power tube/s or the output tube/s? Thanks.

 

The 5751 is the 1x tube

 

The 12B4A are the 2x tubes

 

Only the 1x tube has an effect on the sound, as I understand it.

 

Ooops....sorry you already had it figured out, while I was still typing.....lol


Edited by whirlwind - 10/18/13 at 8:29pm
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

 

The 5751 is the 1x tube

 

The 12B4A are the 2x tubes

 

Only the 1x tube has an effect on the sound, as I understand it.

I must have mistaken what I read and thought it was the other way around. I thought the 2x tubes were the output for the sound preference, and the 1x tube was the power tube. I thought I had read the 2x tubes had a big influence on the sound and the 1x tube had a minimal influence. Thanks for clearing this up!

post #9988 of 13961
Hi,
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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.
Hi, I have a SR325i before I upgrade to RS1i, the RS1i really worth the upgrade and u need to burn in at least 80 hours but not at initial run. Once you are with RS1i, I will never go down IMO. I am very happy really with the upgrade.

Rgds
post #9989 of 13961

Been looking at an amplifier for my Grado's... Obviously a lot of people recommend the Little Dot I+, but there is also the Little Dot MKIII.  Now from what I understand the I+ has (@32Ohms) an output of 800mW where the MKIII has an output of 100mW.  Can someone tell me what this means? Will 800mW drive the cans better?  

post #9990 of 13961

Generally speaking, low impedance cans are current driven, while high impedance cans are voltage driven

 

The Little Dot I+  is specifically designed and optimized to drive low impedance headphones like Grados.

 

Low impedance headphones require high current output to sound their most dynamic and impactful, and the Little Dot I+ provides this as well as a touch of tube warmth.

 

I own the LD1+ and it is wonderful with my RS1i & SR60i...for the price, I can't recommend it enough....great little amp with the option to roll tubes and opamps....makes it a great bang for the buck.
 


Edited by whirlwind - 10/19/13 at 5:14am
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