Originally Posted by faverodefavero
So, can anyone please tell me if the PS1000 is better than full aluminum Magnum V4, please? Because, I can't believe that the Magnums are better than just all Grados...
I have a Magnum V4, can I use it with Bagel cups and have better sound than PS1000? Because, I find that all pads are really unconfortable with Magnum/Grado except the Bagel/Jumbo one. I do use a wood cuped 325i or portable listening with Bowl pads, but for any long-term listening (1:30h +) I find that - again - all Grado pads (including the 414 Sennheiser quarter moded and flat pads) are really painfull to use for me.
I happen to have a v4 magnum and a PS1000 right here in the house with me. I’ve been listening to them (along with a PS500) the past couple weeks.
The PS1000 has big, speaker like bass whereas the Magnum (with bowls) has a thinner but still punchy bass. If you put flats on the magnum, the bass gets bigger. If you put the G cush bowls on it, it doesn’t sound anything like the PS1000 since it’s not designed for those things. the bass goes away almost entirely and it sound sibilant and tizzy. I don;t think this works at all.
The PS1000 has a sibilance with higher treble “sshhh” sounds that the magnum does not have. that can be annoying. But the PS1000 is much smoother in the mids and high mids and there’s no shout or glare in this area, whereas the magnum still has some. I seem to be pretty sensitive to this glare as I hear it easily with grados now.
Between the PS1000 and Magnum, I think the PS1000 is more immediately impressive with the large soundstage and kicking bass. But the treble can be a problem.
The Magnum compares better with the RS1 or PS500 than the PS1000. With bowls, the magnum feels like a refined RS1 (less treble shrillness and midrange shout) with flats, the Magnum sounds more like the PS500, with a meaty midrange, reduced treble and thicker bass. it can't sound like the PS1000 because it can’t have both a huge soundstage and heavy, hard hitting bass at the same time like the PS1000.
HOWEVER, I should note that I am selling my PS1000 but keeping my Magnums. And that’s because I think the Audeze LCD3 does everything the PS1000 does well, only it does it even better, with no treble sizzle and even more accurate bass, sound staging and imaging. So I’d rather keep the lightweight, on-ear magnum along with and the heavy LCD3.
hope this helps.