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New here, quick question. AD700 vs Grado Prestige SR125i. Which is better?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

I currently have a pair of AD700s and I looking for a new pair of toys to play with.

 

 

Are the Grado Prestige SR125i a good upgrade from them?

post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post

I currently have a pair of AD700s and I looking for a new pair of toys to play with.

 

 

Are the Grado Prestige SR125i a good upgrade from them?


The SR125's an upgrade? Sure, but only if you're looking for the Grado sound.

 

What's your budget and what kind of sound are you looking for. Most headphones are going to be an upgrade over the AD700.

 

Very best,

 

post #3 of 19
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Here is what I want:

 

Something that doesn't have crazy bass (I am not a fan of it) but has great sound stage, highs and mids and is comfy. I wear my cans for a VERY long period of time (sometimes 8+ hours). I would like something basically similar to how the AD700s are but improved but I am willing to try something new as long as they have an airy feel and sound stage and comfort. I like cans to be on the dynamic side too I guess although at this point I really don't know what I am saying. Also keep in mind these will be plugged into my computer and be warn around as well. I have X-Fi Champion with custom PAX drivers. 

 

 

I am kind of a novice with sound.

I probably am going to take them with me when I go to work.

 

I would like to keep things below 200 if at all possible.

 

 

Although what is the "grado" sound?

 

 


Edited by Lord Xeb - 2/2/12 at 10:32pm
post #4 of 19

Heya,

 

Check out the Shure SRH940 if you want something closed, isolated, comfortable, with those qualities. Otherwise, the AD900 would be the logical choice for you for an open headphone. Even the A900X would be a nice move. Maybe also look at the Beyer DT880. Also look at the Fischer Audio FA-002.

 

Grado sound is Grado sound. Forward mids, very bright, lots of attack, making it great for guitar basically. But they're open and leak big time (both in & out). You probably wouldn't enjoy it on the sole quality of comfort, they're a challenge to enjoy wearing for very long and are on-ear with little sound staging.

 

Very best,

post #5 of 19
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How about ATH M-50?

post #6 of 19
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Most of those cans are out of my price range. 200 is my max sadly. I really wish I could go higher than that :(...

I may just end up going with the AD900s as I have been eyeing them for a while then mod my AD700s with a shorter cord so I can take them with me to work and listen to them from my phone.

 

 


EDIT: sorry for the double post

post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post

How about ATH M-50?


Small sound stage.

Not airy.

Slightly recessed mids.

More bass than you're likely is looking for.

 

Doesn't meet any of your criteria really. It's just an overly popular mediocre headphone frankly. Only good thing about it that stands out is that it's durable and built very well.

 

Very best,

 

post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post

Most of those cans are out of my price range. 200 is my max sadly. I really wish I could go higher than that :(...

I may just end up going with the AD900s as I have been eyeing them for a while then mod my AD700s with a shorter cord so I can take them with me to work and listen to them from my phone.

 

 


EDIT: sorry for the double post


SRH940 for $239 shipped.

DT880 for $247 shipped.

FA-002 for $167.

AD900 for $211.

 

Can't some how make up $40? Think of it like an investment.

 

Very best,

post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 

never bought anything used from amazon....

post #10 of 19
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never bought anything used from amazon....


I've bought about 20 pairs of used headphones both from Amazon and members of Head-Fi. Couldn't really tell they weren't new except a one or two from Head-Fi that were well documented as being heavily used and were very, very discounted.

 

But hey, it's your money.

 

Very best,

post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 

Hmmm.... I will take your word for it.

 

 

I am liking the SRH 940s but I am kinda stuck right now.

 

 

Thanks for all your suggestions.

post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 

Someone over on another forum mentioned AKG Q701. I did a quick look and am liking what I am seeing. Really REALLY liking what I am seeing. The issue is that they need to be amped and DAC'd if possible. I don't own an amp nor do I know how much they run for.

 

 

Thoughts?

 

 


EDIT: For budget reasons, I am going to go grab a FiiO E17 Alpen and a E9 desktop amp. 
 
 
250 + 150 + 100 = 500 for sound XD 

 


Edited by Lord Xeb - 2/3/12 at 9:59am
post #13 of 19
AD700 would be for you. HUGE soundstage, and very comfy. Only problem is the bass is not very strong. Plus they are open, something to consider if you want to bring into work. But it wont leak as bad as a Grado.
post #14 of 19
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AD700 would be for you. HUGE soundstage, and very comfy. Only problem is the bass is not very strong. Plus they are open, something to consider if you want to bring into work. But it wont leak as bad as a Grado.

The op want to upgrade from the ad700
 

 

post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by extrabigmehdi View Post

The op want to upgrade from the ad700

 

Whoops. My bad. I thought he wanted to decide between AD700 or SR125.

He should keep his AD700 based on his preferences.
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