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Buying 2nd pair of headphones (Suggestions and Advices).

post #1 of 12
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Hi guys, I'm looking for some advice because i want new headphones. I already own Denon AH-D2000 and i was enthusiastic of them, they are great for my business. But they are a bit huge: they are not portable. I listen them always at home. I need a new pair of headphone in a range of price from 150 to 200 $ that must be more portable, and maybe that does not require absolutely an amp. 

A friend of mine borrowed me for few days the Grado Prestige series SR225i and they sound really good!

So maybe can be a good choice. 

What i'm looking for, is, in the end, something portable, not too expensive but reliable.

 

thanks to all

 

greetings 

 

post #2 of 12

Grado, then velcro strap the cable and you have a solid open portable. I used to listen to the Grados on the bus no problem, a little louder but nothing dangerous
 

SR-225 is good.

 

Order modded SR-60's from Martin if you want a wooden Grado sound for 200 bucks, I think it's just BARELY enough, check with him.

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

It's a big difference beetwen the SR255i and the Sr60 modded with the wood can?

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post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

ok now it's clear!

But my idea is to buy the RS225 one. Do you own them? if yes can you describe them to me, because if i'm really going to buy them i would like to know some further information! like if they are portable, they need amp, which music they sound better, if they are comfortable, if they fits well, and if the sound is pure, how they manage the bass the mids and high? thank you for the information 

 

Even if i'm quite sure to buy this grado, maybe you can tell me other brands on this price that can be good!

 

 

post #6 of 12

Save 100 dollars and buy Alessandro MS-1. They're better than the SR-80 to me. It's a more accurate SR-80 to me without sacrificing anything but treble sparkle which is a very tiny form of distortion in the high end anyway.

 

SR-225 will sound JUST fine, but it's at a level where if played from a very good source, you should be able to hear the difference. For example out of a Cowon, I'd recommend it for portable use, but at home I'd like to see them out of a half decent source. 

 

The MS-1 is worth at least 130 dollars to me, I would go with that option if you're running straight out of an MP3 player.

 

http://www.alessandro-products.com/headphones.html

 

In terms of audio pleasure, I've spent about twice the amount of money on other things and came up shorthanded. It's really a way to get cheap thrills. These things rarely can keep up with the more expensive setups, but for a setup under 500, Grado is king to ME. Thats my opinion. Denon D2K is the bass counterpart with a clean sound still. I also have an attachment towards the looks and the company history of Grado, but philisophical views aside, I think it would be very difficult to find such an accurate headphone in a different package let alone for the money.

 

The SR-225 is a sweet headphone though if you just want to screw it and go big and worry about details later. They don't need an amp, but they shouldn't exactly be played out of an ipod you know? Look into buying an iBasso or something later in life and you'll be JUST fine.

 

I've had my SR-225 for about 3 years now.

 

By the way all Grados generally have the same sound signature. It's just that the higher up you go, you get more bass and the bright treble is less sparkly and more refined. The sweet spot is the SR-225 in terms of money to performance. After that, spend money on sources, amps, and Grado mods. Wood cups are all the rage these days man I'm not kidding.

 

Also, buy them used here. 

 

Audio Technica and Denon are the only two other brands I fully endorse. Can't really go wrong with any headphone from either brand really. With others, you have to nitpick. Audio Technica AD700, AD900 and Denon D2000 are all winners in my book. This is just because I can't really afford anything past 200. I prefer Grado for the sheer aggressiveness. It was a headphone made by old people for old people, but it's something of a brutal fire breathing monster to me.


Edited by Chris_Himself - 7/28/11 at 6:53am
post #7 of 12

B&W P5, Klipsch Image ONE, JVC on ear with nc, Poineer MJ171 and V-Moda V8.

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

I would run the grades with on my iPhone, iPad or MacBook. 

But I read some reviews here on head-fi and i discovered that grado rs225i are great for their price.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Grado-Prestige-Series-SR225i-Headphones/dp/B0006GCCN6

 

here it is, 200$

 

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Sylvyus View Post

Hi guys, I'm looking for some advice because i want new headphones. I already own Denon AH-D2000 and i was enthusiastic of them, they are great for my business. But they are a bit huge: they are not portable. I listen them always at home. I need a new pair of headphone in a range of price from 150 to 200 $ that must be more portable, and maybe that does not require absolutely an amp. 

A friend of mine borrowed me for few days the Grado Prestige series SR225i and they sound really good!

So maybe can be a good choice. 

What i'm looking for, is, in the end, something portable, not too expensive but reliable.

 

thanks to all

 

greetings 

 


Get the SR225i. If you like Grado sound and want a wee bit more bass, this is the headphone to get. It's price point makes it the best you can get for the money essentially. Things plateau steeply after this. So good price point. Sound is great. Good forward mids/highs, bright, easy to drive. Bass is present, but doesn't take over, so you keep your Grado goodness, but it's not absent bass like in other lower end Grados. Great for jazz, rock, indie, folk, acoustic, pop, vocals, orchestra, classical, etc. Really it can be used for anything. The only genre I would say it doesn't really have a use for is something like Dubstep or musics that are heavily centered around mid/low bass frequencies. My only complaint is comfort: you either think they feel fine, or you don't. Also, cup size. I like headphones to sit around my ears, not on them. Keep comfort in mind. Sounding good is one thing, but only doing it for an hour because you need a break is another.

 

You can get it for $170 shipped from Headphones.com. They have a 15% off promo going until July 31rst sponsoring head-fi members. Use this link and get 'em for $170 shipped.

 

Very best,


Edited by MalVeauX - 7/28/11 at 8:52am
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

But they are on ear, right?

 

 

For the offer the 170$ shipped is worldwide? i'm in italy ;)

 

People say that they are terribly uncomfortable. i cannot believe that a product like that (from grado's brand) could be so much bad to fit!


Edited by Sylvyus - 7/28/11 at 2:07pm
post #11 of 12

Try changing pads, it adds more comfort. 

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

in the future i will buy new pads... For now i want to try them original!

But the cans where it's written Prestige Series and Grado Labs is metal or Plastic?

How is the build of this cans?

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