Triple posts, my personal best, so sorry guys.
Edited by stacker45 - 10/18/13 at 6:23pm
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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
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!
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?
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.