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post #1096 of 1218
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Originally Posted by stacker45 View Post
 

I bought my HD600 in 1995 and I thought that they sounded fine, a few years later, I had te chance to compare the 600 to a pair of Grado RS1, and I remember being stunned by how much more detail I was hearing out of the RS1. That day I joined the dark side, and never looked back.

Or is that, the bright side?:D

post #1097 of 1218
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Originally Posted by bbophead View Post
 

Or is that, the bright side?:D


Haha, good one.

 

It is all personal taste. I sold my 650 cheaply after getting a pair vintage RS-1 too- and carried on listening to 'Bright side of the Moon'

post #1098 of 1218

I just got a pair of PS500 and listening for a few days now. I'm quite impressed with the clarity and bass. This is my first pair of Grado, and I chose the PS500 after reading many posts on Head-fi on how they are smoother than the RS and SR series. I'm one to prefer the darker sound over the bright so these are perfect. The HD800 and LCD2 were not doing it for me with rock music. They were to tame in comparison. Regardless of what a lot of people say about the frequency graphs of Grados compared to other more neutral brands, I can understand why Grados are still awesome in their own way.

 

Funny thing is as "colored" as the Grado sound is, I find it driven out of my Fiio E9 1/8" jack to sound better than the 1/4" jack and also the Burson Soloist SL. Oh, and my PS500 is terminated in 1/8" jack with 1/4" adapter from the factory. Not sure if this is a new change or not, but I'm glad for it.

post #1099 of 1218
Did you buy your PS 500 new? Because the thought of Grado changing the headphone jack from quarter to mini doesn't make a lot of sense to me..
post #1100 of 1218

I never get why Grado uses 1/4 jack when almost all their headphones are 32 ohm...

post #1101 of 1218
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Originally Posted by nw130d View Post
 

I never get why Grado uses 1/4 jack when almost all their headphones are 32 ohm...


The lower end models use an 1/8 " jack.

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I'm on Day 2 of having these PS500s. I am definitely finding a groove for them! Do I think they're as good as the RS1i? Honestly, not really, but I'm glad I got them, and they'll definitely fill a niche in my listening! They are shockingly good straight out of my phone.

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Originally Posted by hsubox View Post
 

I'm on Day 2 of having these PS500s. I am definitely finding a groove for them! Do I think they're as good as the RS1i? Honestly, not really, but I'm glad I got them, and they'll definitely fill a niche in my listening! They are shockingly good straight out of my phone.

 

Great pics, hsubox. Am glad you're enjoying your PS500s. When I picked mine up, one of the biggest factors for me was the TCO - basically, "how much amp am I really gonna need to enjoy these?" With the PS500 - and Grados in general - that's really low. They definitely scale up with better equipment, but you don't need anything more than your iPhone and some great tunes to be happy. 

post #1104 of 1218
Two days is not enough time to make a comparison between the RS1 and the PS500's. You need to give the PS500's a little time to break in, before you can even think about comparing the two. And remember the PS500 is the dark child of the Grado family... It's not like the other Grado's, it's different.. Which is why some people look upon it with a bit of disdain, while others, like myself, :)look upon it with eyes of joy.....smily_headphones1.gif
post #1105 of 1218

It is very hard to do, but I like to actually listen for about 50-100 hours.....before I can make a true comparison.

 

When I got my HD650.....I listened to it for two straight weeks, without putting my RS1i on my head......I wanted too.....but I survived.....it gave me a great read on my HD650

 

By the way hsubox....those are beautiful pics.


Edited by whirlwind - 4/19/14 at 4:11am
post #1106 of 1218
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Originally Posted by Matro5 View Post

Great pics, hsubox. Am glad you're enjoying your PS500s. When I picked mine up, one of the biggest factors for me was the TCO - basically, "how much amp am I really gonna need to enjoy these?" With the PS500 - and Grados in general - that's really low. They definitely scale up with better equipment, but you don't need anything more than your iPhone and some great tunes to be happy. 

Thanks!

You're right, the price of entry for Grado is pretty low, in terns of amping. Which is awesome for all Grado fans ;o)
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Originally Posted by Merlyn1955 View Post

Two days is not enough time to make a comparison between the RS1 and the PS500's. You need to give the PS500's a little time to break in, before you can even think about comparing the two. And remember the PS500 is the dark child of the Grado family... It's not like the other Grado's, it's different.. Which is why some people look upon it with a bit of disdain, while others, like myself, :)look upon it with eyes of joy.....smily_headphones1.gif

Well, these were a demo pair, so had some hours on them already when I got them (I got a really good price on them! Woohoo). They are certainly great fun, but I still think my RS1i is the technically better headphone.

Totally a first world problem that I have both and have to choose between the two... lol
post #1107 of 1218

It took me ten, as in 10, months to decide I liked the 325i better than the 500.:normal_smile :

 

Enjoy the journey.  I sure did.

post #1108 of 1218
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Originally Posted by Merlyn1955 View Post

Did you buy your PS 500 new? Because the thought of Grado changing the headphone jack from quarter to mini doesn't make a lot of sense to me..

Yes, I bought them new from Amazon through a third party 4OurEars. I believe that they specialize in Grado products on their website so I have no reason to believe that they're not real. The box was also sealed. The number for these are #4xxx. In the picture, I have replaced the original L-cush with the G-cush which I find much more comfortable. I was a little shocked that the jack was not 1/4" as that's the only type that I've seen in online pictures, but I'd rather have a 1/8" jack anyway.

 

post #1109 of 1218
From what you told me your headphones sound like a special order headphone that for whatever reason was somehow sold to you. You might want to call Grado, give them your serial number and ask them why you have a factory stock 1/8 connector instead of the usual quarter inch connector on your PS 500...
post #1110 of 1218

FWIW, I bought a 4OurEars T-shirt last year from Grado, I believe.

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