So, I looked at the allesandro, but unfortunatley, I wont be able to get it because I'm buying these off amazon for practicly nothing because of all the giftcards I own, and the sr325i is out of the qestion because it's way beyaond my price range, maybe some day though.
Difference between Grado sr125i's and Grado sr225i's - Page 2
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Keep in mind that the SR125i uses pads instead of bowls. The old SR125 had bowls.
If you want bowls, which generally provide better sound quality by opening up the treble, you may as well skip the SR125i and go for the SR225i, as SR125i+bowls isn't much of a bargain.
SR60i+bowls is astonishingly close to the SR225i, but with slightly less midbass and significantly less subbass. That's nothing a little modding can't fix, though if you're brave enough to get the SR225i and mod it to give it the SR325is bass slam, you'll hear even better results.
Edited by colgatetotal - 2/23/12 at 1:59pm
I only own 125 R, have them for 10 years already; all I can say is that they are a real joy to listen to.
As I have no other headphones worth of comparison, I can compare the speakers and the rest of the audio systems I owned and own.
The Nakamichi system, has a CD player and receiver that drive a pair of StudioLab speakers that sound real detailed and dynamic, with an easily reached 20Hz - 20kHz frequency range. This system sounds really natural, with smooth highs and punchy bass. I can play any kind of music on it and it is a delight: symphonic, progressive rock, hard rock, or even deance/disco music. They all sound great, as I looked for the pieces for more than a year, in 1994-1995, when good stuff could still be seen and heard in the stores.
The second system is a monster, with Nakamichi players, Mackie designs mixer, Bryston 4B power amp and Klipsch La Scala speakers. The sound of this system is out of this worls. It is so clear and detailed that you can hear the sweat dropping on the violin player's face. It is not harsh at all, contrary to many opinions, it really is a fine and powerful system. Just imagine how a 500w per channel go with a 104dB/1w/1m speaker that can catch even a mosquido sneeze during an orchestra fortissimo. Soundstage is totally amazing too.
The third system is made of a Tascam CD player, with an Outlaw Stereo integrated (receiver) amp (120w/ch.), a pair of Monitor Audio RX6 speakers and an Outlaw Ultra-X12 powered subwoofer. This is a concept that brings the sound of a 20-50k worth of fine equipment into my present home (as I moved away), costing only a fraction of that. Great detail, great dynamics, 17Hz to 35kHz frequency range, quite an amazing system, lots of joy to my ears.
And now, the Grado 125, 10 years old and connected either to the CD player, or pre-amp headphones output. The detail and presence of the music is comparable to the systems I described above. Dynamics, soundstage, everything. Sometimes I feel the headphones deliver even more detail than the finest of the finest sounds, even compared with tens of thousands of dollars of fine equipment I listen to for over 20 years. Maybe onoly the bass is a notch shy, but that is not actually a problem, as it is very clear, just not quite as punchy as the powered subwoofer delivers. I believe that is quite a remark, considering the Outlaw powered sub is one of the finest on the market in the $700 price range.
These headphones are detailed to the extreme, without being harsh at all. I can listen to them for 3-4 hours no problem, which I do when it is late in the evening and I don't want to destroy the neighborhood with the speaker/woofer system. Or before with the Bryston-Klipsch killer combo.
Maybe 225 and 325 are better, I cannot say. But I can say that 125 is quite a treat.
Personally I don;'t care of the looks, or the colors, as long as it delivers music the way I enjoy and love.
I am sure you would be very very happy with the Grado 125.
My understanding is (from as much as I've read about the Grado Prestige and Reference lines) that the 125, 325 and RS-1 are a little bit more dynamic and detailed, whilst the 225 and RS-2 are a little bit more laid back, with a better soundstage.