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Originally Posted by thelostMIDrange View Post

So if i understand, those new pads only make the rs1 sound glassy? and not your magnums, vintage 100's or 200's in plastic ? The answer to that could be very informative. But 'glassy' in my research is not a quality that usually comes with a driver. Or at least not entirely. It could be an artifact from the cup at least in part and possibly 100%.

 

My SR200 (Grado pink drivers) sounded a bit glassy with stock pads, and the upgraded flats made that problem a lot more pronounced. And yes the same effect is also on the pink drivers RS-1 too, though you can't hear it with the TTVJ flats (as it just sounds like sparkly, typical Grado highs with those).

 

(just to make sure) By glassy I mean cymbals that sound too high and without texture, that skyrocket in pitch every time. It's a bit annoying to live with frankly.

 

Maybe it's the cups, I haven't heard any other RS-1 with these utterly revealing (Grado headphone experience changing) pads. This effect is not present at all with the improved flat pads on my Full-alu Magnum v4.5, and I have not tried my SR325i with them yet.

 

 

It's just to show how a initial obstacle can obscure a part of the spectrum and then an effort is made in the wrong place (cups?) in attempt to patch over the unseen problem: the stock pads which blur the highs, big time.

 

 

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Originally Posted by scootsit View Post

Arent't they basically flat pads soaked in something?

 

I heard that when you receive them, they come to you wet.

 

Yes basically. I wish someone could reproduce something similar to what Joe is doing to mod and improve the TTVJ flats (Joseph Grado won't be helping us out forever). LFF have tried quite hard already (like 14 attempts) without clear success yet.

 

Wet, up to a certain extent; most other HP 1000 users just use them this way. I am the one a bit special on hygienic measures and I removed most of the oil I could with disposable towels; expecting a detrimental effect but no difference really manifested in the de-oiling process; they still sound so good, are thicker, seem denser and "crunchier". I will buy a second (back up) pair soon and leave it soaking wet compare them in sound and durability/longevity with my current "dry" ones. I expect they will behave pretty much the same in sound, but I really wonder about durability; I hope long term exposure to the oil does nothing wrong to the foam's integrity, and better that it actually protects it.

 

As of a few hours ago I added my infamous 3M Crystal Clear Scotch tape to my upgraded flat pads, and I was positively surprised as it garnered to the pads the same positive effects it always does, and in my opinion, no drawbacks at all. My new clear and forever last definitive change in Grado pads; the only and best pads I'll ever use hopefully: the taped flats"i". For the HP 1000 the effects of tape are generally a bit lesser already, and because the upgraded flats are and sound less airy (and more "tapey" sounding naturally) than the TTVJ, tape doesn't affect it as much, but still it's considerable and makes me happy. I'm getting the most bass, the less midrange shoutyness (without needed to resort the "back-ring" part of the Purrin HP 1000 mod) which highers the sweet-pot volume range (can go louder now with less harshness), improved "flow" (liquidity?) of the highs (also contributes to reduce harshness sensation), and more details.


Edited by devouringone3 - 1/30/13 at 6:40pm
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I've had Grados for a while now, and I love them. I've also read a lot about magnums and they look very interesting. I couldn't resist and sold my SR225i (surprisingly easy and at a good price in Costa Rica) to order all the components to build a set of magnums.

 

I am going to use Symphones X drivers, Vibro Classic Cups, and stock headband and cable from Alessandro MS1 for now.

 

I am not sure they count as magnums, and certainly is not modification either, but hopefully they are going to be the last headphones I buy in a long... Who am I kidding? frown.gif Maybe I am wrong, and the placebo effect will affect me, but I have high expectations for this headphones.

 

I am starting to understand the "sorry for your wallet" thing now.

 

Hope my English makes sense. 

post #2343 of 3231
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Originally Posted by orangecr View Post

I've had Grados for a while now, and I love them. I've also read a lot about magnums and they look very interesting. I couldn't resist and sold my SR225i (surprisingly easy and at a good price in Costa Rica) to order all the components to build a set of magnums.

 

I am going to use Symphones X drivers, Vibro Classic Cups, and stock headband and cable from Alessandro MS1 for now.

 

I am not sure they count as magnums, and certainly is not modification either, but hopefully they are going to be the last headphones I buy in a long... Who am I kidding? frown.gif Maybe I am wrong, and the placebo effect will affect me, but I have high expectations for this headphones.

 

I am starting to understand the "sorry for your wallet" thing now.

 

Hope my English makes sense. 

Hello! You make perfect sense. Sounds like you will have built a very legitimate set of Magnums. Let me tell you...the difference between the Magnum V5 and SR225 is vast. Please report back with your impressions when you have everything put together!

post #2344 of 3231
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Originally Posted by joeq70 View Post

Hello! You make perfect sense. Sounds like you will have built a very legitimate set of Magnums. Let me tell you...the difference between the Magnum V5 and SR225 is vast. Please report back with your impressions when you have everything put together!

How big is the difference from 325 to V5? I ordered the drivers cups and headband but its taking forever to get the actual drivers
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Originally Posted by kskwerl View Post


How big is the difference from 325 to V5? I ordered the drivers cups and headband but its taking forever to get the actual drivers

should be very substantial.

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Originally Posted by chrislangley4253 View Post

should be very substantial.

Thanks Chris, that's a bold statement and gets me excited because I already think my 325s sound superb
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99 % of the people here prefer the sound of the Magnum to that of the SR325(i[s]).

 

I am only aware of one (*or two, actually) person on this forum who prefers the sound of the SR325is.


Edited by devouringone3 - 2/13/13 at 5:31pm
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*sigh* still waiting on my build. Rather than go through the fiasco I did last time, I am waiting for Headphone Lounge to put it all together for me.

Going from 225i to Magnums myself. Can't wait to see how I feel about the difference.
Edited by fleasbaby - 2/5/13 at 5:46am
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Originally Posted by fleasbaby View Post

*sigh* still waiting on my build. Rather than go through the fiasco I did last time, I am waiting for Headphone Lounge to put it all together for me.

Going from 225i to Magnums myself. Can't wait to see how I feel about the difference.

What kind of fiasco, I'm curious cause this will be my first time building magnums

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GF picked up the packages for the VX today yay! Still need the cups though

post #2351 of 3231
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Originally Posted by kskwerl View Post


How big is the difference from 325 to V5? I ordered the drivers cups and headband but its taking forever to get the actual drivers

 

 

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Originally Posted by fleasbaby View Post

*sigh* still waiting on my build. Rather than go through the fiasco I did last time, I am waiting for Headphone Lounge to put it all together for me.

Going from 225i to Magnums myself. Can't wait to see how I feel about the difference.

 

 

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Originally Posted by orangecr View Post

I've had Grados for a while now, and I love them. I've also read a lot about magnums and they look very interesting. I couldn't resist and sold my SR225i (surprisingly easy and at a good price in Costa Rica) to order all the components to build a set of magnums.

 

I am going to use Symphones X drivers, Vibro Classic Cups, and stock headband and cable from Alessandro MS1 for now.

 

I am not sure they count as magnums, and certainly is not modification either, but hopefully they are going to be the last headphones I buy in a long... Who am I kidding? frown.gif Maybe I am wrong, and the placebo effect will affect me, but I have high expectations for this headphones.

 

I am starting to understand the "sorry for your wallet" thing now.

 

Hope my English makes sense. 

I'm excited for you guys awaiting your Magnum V5's! I will agree with what's been said: I think the V5's are a substantial improvement over the Grado SR series. They are head and shoulders above in regard to clarity, detail, and instrument separation - the result is addictive.

post #2352 of 3231
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I'm excited for you guys awaiting your Magnum V5's! I will agree with what's been said: I think the V5's are a substantial improvement over the Grado SR series. They are head and shoulders above in regard to clarity, detail, and instrument separation - the result is addictive.

I am counting on that! biggrin.gif I feel so much better now.

 

Hopefully my next investment will be a good headphone amp; I am going to have to settle with my E07k for the moment (which is not that bad IMO).


Edited by orangecr - 2/5/13 at 6:30pm
post #2353 of 3231
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Originally Posted by devouringone3 View Post

99 % of the people here prefer the sound of the Magnum to that of the SR325(i[s]).

 

I am only aware of one (*or two, actually) person on this forum who prefer the sound of the SR325is.

 99%  blink.gif really ????  maybe people from this thread but I think this is a very bold estimate. I guest I'm one of them. Who's the other person?

post #2354 of 3231
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Originally Posted by orangecr View Post

I am counting on that! biggrin.gif I feel so much better now.

 

Hopefully my next investment will be a good headphone amp; I am going to have to settle with my E07k for the moment (which is not bad at all IMO).

you will likely not see any improvement from that amp.. Especially with magnums/grados.

post #2355 of 3231
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Originally Posted by chrislangley4253 View Post

you will likely not see any improvement from that amp.. Especially with magnums/grados.

I now it will not improve my headphones performance, but there is a noticeable difference between my laptop's sound card and the Fiio. Unfortunately it is all I have for now, and can't afford anything else for the moment triportsad.gif. It will have to do the job until I save some extra money.

 

When the time comes, I will post back to ask for ideas.

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