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Quest, what wood do you have yours in? People should be aware the wood makes a big difference.
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I would agree with Chef.  I've heard the entire Grado lineup, including vintage RS1s, and nothing can touch the HP2 and PS1.  I've owned multiples of each in the past, some sounding noticeably better than others, but eventually I steered away from Grado towards the HD800 and then on to the LCD2.

 

Upon first making the dive in to audiophile headphones I believe the Grado sound does more to enamor new users than any other house sound.  With time, experience, and exposure to more of the brands the headphone world has to offer I have noticed the majority eventually migrate away from Grado.  The only two models I would ever consider owning again are the ones I mentioned above, but their rarity and the price that goes with that make them easy to avoid, as does the fact that I have discovered superior sounding headphones.


That very wise... it's something I will probably never be able to say on my own. I grow too attached to my things. And in this case, my case, things = Grado headphones.

 

 

Anyone know how the Magnums compare to the Grado PS1?

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That very wise... it's something I will probably never be able to say on my own. I grow too attached to my things. And in this case, my case, things = Grado headphones.

 

 

Anyone know how the Magnums compare to the Grado PS1?


I have both. Although the Magnum 325 don't really have the seductive mid of PS1, overall I feel  they compared well. I have always been a little bit bordered by the overblown bass of the PS1 (I heard different pairs). The Magnum with bowl pads gives me better bass and an overall balanced sound.

I know PS1 is special but for the money you have to pay for them these days, I'll go for the Magnum.

 

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I have both. Although the Magnum 325 don't really have the seductive mid of PS1, overall I feel  they compared well. I have always been a little bit bordered by the overblown bass of the PS1 (I heard different pairs). The Magnum with bowl pads gives me better bass and an overall balanced sound.

I know PS1 is special but for the money you have to pay for them these days, I'll go for the Magnum.

 

Wow thank you! I didn't expect someone who owned both to reply (and I had forgot you had a PS1 too)

 

Balance is usually something I appreciate and prefer. I'll try to forget about the PS1 for now... or "from now and forever". In other words I'll try to get the Magnums first.

post #35 of 85
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Balance and natural sound is just what the magnum does (when treated right). I'm not sure any headphone will beat it for that. I plan to pick up another pair of T50RP. Then upgrade my O2 with the ODAC, then build an ODA and probably call it a day. Maybe grab some gr07 I hear those are real natural sounding. Maybe the new Blox. Lol

Maybe test some of the flagships as I can. Hd800, the big ortho hitters, something stax.
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Quest, what wood do you have yours in? People should be aware the wood makes a big difference.


Mine are planted in Cabillas sappelle cups -- the same ones used on Kojaku's pair from Tyll's article on Innerfidelity (a reference for those who haven't followed the Grado threads). 

 

I don't doubt that the type of wood makes a difference -- but at the end of the day, doesn't that just come down to a preference in color?

 

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I have both. Although the Magnum 325 don't really have the seductive mid of PS1, overall I feel  they compared well. I have always been a little bit bordered by the overblown bass of the PS1 (I heard different pairs). The Magnum with bowl pads gives me better bass and an overall balanced sound.

I know PS1 is special but for the money you have to pay for them these days, I'll go for the Magnum.

 



And the Magnum compared to the hp1/2 upgraded i model? Or even the standard hp 1/2?

 
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And the Magnum compared to the hp1/2 upgraded i model? Or even the standard hp 1/2?

 


I prefer the HP1/2, upgraded or not. 

The Magnum sound is more like John's but better in most cases. I swapped out the Grado drivers in a pair of RS1i for MagnumV4 and  the phones sound better and more refined.

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Personally I think that anything Grado currently has is largely inferior to the orthodynamic headphones.   Compared to say the 325i which I have heard for hours on end my HE-500s are better in every single way.  I've only heard the ps1000 and the RS1i for a brief time at Carolina can fest but I would say the same thing for them as well.  They just lack speed, resolution, bass output, detail etc.... compared to the Hi-FI mans or Audze.   

 

Not saying there bad, but there not just as good not even close really. I would put the PS1000 RS1i above my HD650s by a good bit, but much lower then my HE500s it terms of making music sound realistic.  

 

If you happen to prefer a less realistic sound then you might like the grados more in terms of personal opinion but it's immediately clear putting them on back to back next to a high end orthodynamic that they lack technical ability comparatively. 

 

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Personally I think that anything Grado currently has is largely inferior to the orthodynamic headphones.   Compared to say the 325i which I have heard for hours on end my HE-500s are better in every single way.  I've only heard the ps1000 and the RS1i for a brief time at Carolina can fest but I would say the same thing for them as well.  They just lack speed, resolution, bass output, detail etc.... compared to the Hi-FI mans or Audze.   

 

Not saying there bad, but there not just as good not even close really. I would put the PS1000 RS1i above my HD650s by a good bit, but much lower then my HE500s it terms of making music sound realistic.  

 

If you happen to prefer a less realistic sound then you might like the grados more in terms of personal opinion but it's immediately clear putting them on back to back next to a high end orthodynamic that they lack technical ability comparatively. 

 

 

That sure hasn't been my experience with the HE500's.  I didn't like their "thick" bass and mids - too "hip hoppy" and not enough clarity for my tastes.

 

 I also found the HD800's and O2's "weren't all they were reported to be."  

 

But then... I suppose how any pair of phones sound depends a whole lot on what source and amp you mate them with - if they mate well, they sound completely different than if they don't.  I doubt I heard the HE500's, HD800's and O2's with their optimum set ups.  They each likely sound much better than what I heard.

 

Which is why I think broad statements, such as many of them on Headfi (especially by "newbes")... just don't portray the real sound of a lot of equipment - too many variables in each set up.  
 

For me... with the set ups I've tried... few phones can match the RS1's, or PS500's, or AD2000's... or even... the "new version" HD650's - when each are mated with the proper set ups.  

 

So... each person has to... more or less... experiment with various combos to find their "own sound."  Otherwise... they're in for some "real surprises," which will no doubt be very costly.  

 

Edited by Gradofan2 - 4/13/12 at 8:11am
post #41 of 85
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Originally Posted by Super MANSKITO View Post

Personally I think that anything Grado currently has is largely inferior to the orthodynamic headphones.   Compared to say the 325i which I have heard for hours on end my HE-500s are better in every single way.  I've only heard the ps1000 and the RS1i for a brief time at Carolina can fest but I would say the same thing for them as well.  They just lack speed, resolution, bass output, detail etc.... compared to the Hi-FI mans or Audze.   

 

Not saying there bad, but there not just as good not even close really. I would put the PS1000 RS1i above my HD650s by a good bit, but much lower then my HE500s it terms of making music sound realistic.  

 

If you happen to prefer a less realistic sound then you might like the grados more in terms of personal opinion but it's immediately clear putting them on back to back next to a high end orthodynamic that they lack technical ability comparatively. 

 


Good thing this thread isn't about Grados rolleyes.gif

 

Magnums really are a completely different beast. 

 

I haven't compared them to the HE500's though, but I'd like to soon. I'm curious how they would compare. The magnums are ridiculously realistic and natural sounding.

 

post #42 of 85
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Good thing this thread isn't about Grados rolleyes.gif

 

Magnums really are a completely different beast. 

 

I haven't compared them to the HE500's though, but I'd like to soon. I'm curious how they would compare. The magnums are ridiculously realistic and natural sounding.

 


Ya likely already have an intrinsic bias toward the Magnums' sound signature and dynamics, having listened to them for so long and being so accustomed to how they sound. Bear that in mind when doing comparisons if you get new non-Grado cans in the future.

 

Usually the fairest headphone impressions are from people who have a wide variety of brands of headphones all of which they listen to, since they are not psychoacoustically leaning toward any type of sound signature.

 

post #43 of 85
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Ya likely already have an intrinsic bias toward the Magnums' sound signature and dynamics, having listened to them for so long and being so accustomed to how they sound. Bear that in mind when doing comparisons if you get new non-Grado cans in the future.

 

Usually the fairest headphone impressions are from people who have a wide variety of brands of headphones all of which they listen to, since they are not psychoacoustically leaning toward any type of sound signature.

 



absolutely! in fact, the first time I was exposed to magnum drivers, I didn't like them too much. (I was coming from 225i's)

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This thread really didn't strike me as being about anything...
 

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Good thing this thread isn't about Grados rolleyes.gif

 

Magnums really are a completely different beast. 

 

I haven't compared them to the HE500's though, but I'd like to soon. I'm curious how they would compare. The magnums are ridiculously realistic and natural sounding.

 



 

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This thread really didn't strike me as being about anything...
 

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Originally Posted by chrislangley4253 View Post


Good thing this thread isn't about Grados rolleyes.gif

 

Magnums really are a completely different beast. 

 

I haven't compared them to the HE500's though, but I'd like to soon. I'm curious how they would compare. The magnums are ridiculously realistic and natural sounding.

 



 


magnum headphones, and whether or not people feel they belong in "high-end".
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