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Grado SR80i vs. 125i

post #1 of 24
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Is the difference between the Grado SR80i and the 125i worth the $50? Or are the 80i's just as good as the 125i's?

 


Edited by mdonova33 - 10/17/11 at 6:23pm
post #2 of 24

The 125i is certainly the rarest model on these forums, I also suspect that it is the least popular seller

in the SR series, most people jump from the SR60/80i straight up to the 225/325i.

 

Only difference is that the SR80i has a standard copper voice coil while the SR125i gets the

high quality UHLPC copper voice coil. Both retain the standard headphone cable.

 

225i+ gets both UHLPC in the voice coil and in the cable.

 

 

post #3 of 24

I haven't heard the 125, only the 80. But if you do buy it, you will need to buy an 1/8 adapter too, which is another $14.95.

post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 

What about the Alessandro MS1's? Better than the SR80i's?

post #5 of 24

Extremely similar, at one point I had both, and I spent all my time comparing them. In the end I just stopped, too similar sounding for me to care. Only very small differences, and they only come up when you're paying full attention.

Grado changes sound much more dramatically with the higher end models, not the lower end ones.

post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by Nick01 View Post

Extremely similar, at one point I had both, and I spent all my time comparing them. In the end I just stopped, too similar sounding for me to care. Only very small differences, and they only come up when you're paying full attention.

Grado changes sound much more dramatically with the higher end models, not the lower end ones.



So basically, I should save the $50 and get the 80i's.

post #7 of 24

yep...either the 80 or the MS1 is fine. Perfect for Grado beginner.

post #8 of 24

I don't really mean to throw a wrench in the process, but if you're looking to save a few dollars, the SR60i is also a perfectly acceptable choice that doubles as a fun modding piece.

 

I have only heard the SR80i, so take that as you will. Most people seem to think that the SR80i is worth the extra coin, though (and it can be modded as well).

post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by fusedpro View Post

I don't really mean to throw a wrench in the process, but if you're looking to save a few dollars, the SR60i is also a perfectly acceptable choice that doubles as a fun modding piece.

 

I have only heard the SR80i, so take that as you will. Most people seem to think that the SR80i is worth the extra coin, though (and it can be modded as well).



Is it easy to mod? I'm really new to this stuff biggrin.gif

post #10 of 24

Buy the headphones first. Only mod them if you don't like their stock sound.

There are 2 huge threads you can read: http://www.head-fi.org/t/508459/sr60-mod and http://www.head-fi.org/t/560806/sr60-mod-part-ii

 

post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by Nick01 View Post

Buy the headphones first. Only mod them if you don't like their stock sound.

There are 2 huge threads you can read: http://www.head-fi.org/t/508459/sr60-mod and http://www.head-fi.org/t/560806/sr60-mod-part-ii

 

 

@mdonova33
 

Very good advice ~ if you ever want to sell them on one day, stock will always be easier to move than modded.

 

In small markets like Australia for example, you'd struggle to sell a modded pair. Someone looking for

a second hand Grado would most likely want the OEM original without the extras.

 

Just saying.

post #12 of 24
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Are the SR80i's easy to mod?


Edited by mdonova33 - 10/18/11 at 7:21pm
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by mdonova33 View Post

Are the SR80i's easy to mod?



Here you go, if you've got a spare 17 hours set aside for some reading smily_headphones1.gif

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/119314/post-your-grado-mods

post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by Gwarmi View Post

Here you go, if you've got a spare 17 hours set aside for some reading smily_headphones1.gif

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/119314/post-your-grado-mods



Thanks! I'll be reading this during school tomorrow!beyersmile.png

post #15 of 24

Get the SR80, stick to swapping pads only for a while to appreciate their sound before you start modding. Also you might want to only poke two of those "bass holes" tops from my experience.

 

The SR80 has more sparkly colored treble... and the mids were warmer for me, which is great for guitar distortion hehe

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