Originally Posted by analogsurviver
Which Grado did you end up with - Black to get to know the family sound ?
No, I went for the "Red1 model is selected from the Blue1 production run and meets higher test specifications. Approximately 10% of the production run will meet these standards and become Red1 models". I decided I wanted to have a "culled" rather than a "sub-par" model, as the Silver1 is the 95% that supposedly weren't good enough to be Gold1s. Also the Red/Blue is the same construction as the Silver/Gold with the 4-piece cantilever, the only difference is that the Silver/Gold use UHPLC wire and the Red/Blue use standard OFC.
By this logic, I would have opted for the Green over the Black for $20 (15% culled). However I feel I will be getting an honest sampling of the best of the Grado Prestige line by going for the 4-piece cantilever. If I like it quite a bit, I will be back to the dilemma of choosing between the KAB Gold1 and the AVA Longhorn. If I'm not crazy about it I have that Dynavector in my sights, but with the new arm and mods in place I am also looking forward to giving the 103R/AU-300LC another shot as well.
The Red1 is $60 more than the Green1, but $80 less than the Gold1 and after spending way too much time thinking about it I felt it was the best value in the Prestige Lineup. Perhaps it's worth $80 for the better wire, but that would be one of the differences when I upgrade anyways.
I am $pent ATM anyways so the Denon and the Red will have to do for a while regardless.
Edited by grokit - 5/15/13 at 10:07am