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post #16 of 23
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From what I gather the 225i and RS1 are the least bright of the Grado line with the 325i being the most bright in the lineup.  That makes sense seeing how a lot of people seem to agree the 225i sounds more like the RS1 than others.


The HF-2s are the least bright...by a good margin, but they manage to keep the Grado house sound and classic match for rock/metal.

 

post #17 of 23
Thread Starter 

Update!

 

After much research I have decided to go with a Magnepan MMG speaker setup.  I'm hoping that it will make female vocals, violins, and pianos sound as close to real as I can get for $599.  I have a Panasonic SA-XR25 i'm planning to use in a 2.1 system along with a SVS PC12-NSD sub.

 

If I do decide to get another headphone though I have decided that it will be the HD 650. 

post #18 of 23
Wise choice! The MMG is excellent and I think you'll enjoy it. Though you might find it a gateway drug to other dipoles. biggrin.gif

Speaking of which, plan to spend at least a few hours moving them around. You'll find that moving them an inch or two and/or rotating them will change the sound. But no matter the room, I've been able to fine-tune dipoles to get them sounding good. You'll enjoy them - especially the soundstage.

Also, the HD-650 is a longtime favorite here. If you eventually get a pair, you'll love them.
post #19 of 23
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Hey guys, here is a quick story on my journey here.  Bought the SR80i and was amazed at the sound I was hearing, so many things I had been missing in my music all these years.

A couple of months go by and I was wanted something with more bass so I ended up buying the Denon D2000.  These were just what I was looking for.  Bought a E7 then a E9 and the Denon's sounded even better.

Another few months go by and I wanted something that was clear and reference sounding.  The AKG K701!  I have been listening to these two for the past year (K701 for Female vocals) (D2k's for Everything else).

 

Now about two weeks ago I decided to try the SR80i's again b/c I never really listened to them with the dac and amp I had bought.  OMG they sounded so good with everything I threw at them and they had much better bass than I remember them having!  I love the upfront sound, guitars sound so right on the SR80i's and Vocals are smooth as butter.  I haven't been able to go back to the Denon's because they sound muted and muffled compared the the Grado's.  The K701's I can tell are clearer then the 80i's but they aren't as fun.  The Grado's get my feet tapping and head bobbing, unlike the K701's.  Now these two $300+ dollar headphones are sitting on my desk doing nothing while I listen to the $99 dollar Grado's.

 

Now I'm thinking about selling the Denon and AKG and putting the money toward a used RS1.  I'm scared to sell them b/c I can't audition the RS1 before hand to see if I like it and I might wish that I had never sold the Denon and AKG once I receive the RS1.  My fear is that the 80i and RS1 will sound almost the same and I should have stuck with the 80i and had three different flavors to choose from.  Do you think this will be a good idea?  I also thought about the 225i or the 325is and only selling the Denon's to fund one of those, would this be the better route?

 

The majority of my music listening goes to female vocals like:  The Corrs, Andrea Corr,  Norah Jones, The Runaways, Cherie Currie, Diana Krall, Florence + The Machine, Joss Stone, Mandy Moore, She & Him, The Cardigans

I do enjoy the Beatles, Silverchair, Led Zeppelin, Rage Against the Machine, Pendulum, Pink Floyd etc also.

 

As Harman themselves sells a new K701 for 215, a used one will not go for more than 175.  A used D2000 shouldn't go for more than 200.  Thats not even used RS1 money.  (Any decent quality used RS1 will sell for say $500, although they have gone for less.  Theres one in terrible condition on Audiogon for 410.)

 

 

 

post #20 of 23

Great choice.  The MMGs are great speakers in that price range.  I have 1.6s and will soon move to 1.7s.
 

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Update!

 

After much research I have decided to go with a Magnepan MMG speaker setup.  I'm hoping that it will make female vocals, violins, and pianos sound as close to real as I can get for $599.  I have a Panasonic SA-XR25 i'm planning to use in a 2.1 system along with a SVS PC12-NSD sub.

 

If I do decide to get another headphone though I have decided that it will be the HD 650. 



 

post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by brokenthumb View Post

Update!

 

After much research I have decided to go with a Magnepan MMG speaker setup.  I'm hoping that it will make female vocals, violins, and pianos sound as close to real as I can get for $599.  I have a Panasonic SA-XR25 i'm planning to use in a 2.1 system along with a SVS PC12-NSD sub.

 

If I do decide to get another headphone though I have decided that it will be the HD 650. 

Busta- thumb"............your going to love the Maggies, then you're going to want to drive them with a much better amp, then your going to wonder what electrostatic speakers sound like, then you'll get a pair of electrostatics. Then you'll want an even better amp for the electrostatics. Then you'll start wondering what electrostatics earspeakers sound like..........it never stops!
I 'm not too sure if there is any point going beyond 2.1 though..........

BTW way, have you heard Lifelines? Highly recommended if you like Andrea.
post #22 of 23
Thread Starter 

Yeah, I have Lifelines, Ten Feet High, and Sharon's Dream of You.  All really great!  Andrea's voice is so soothing.

post #23 of 23
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Yeah, I have Lifelines, Ten Feet High, and Sharon's Dream of You.  All really great!  Andrea's voice is so soothing.


A great voice and absolutely gorgeous......the perfect woman!
 

 

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