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Indecision Time! Shure 1840, Grado RS1i, PS500, AKG 550

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I need some help here making a decision. I accidentally destroyed my SRH440 and have to send back my SRH940 due to a growing hairline crack. Here's my current setup:

 

 

Ebtech Hum Exterminators ->
Monster Power Station Pro 1000->
2010 27 Apple iMac ->
Audioquest Carbon USB Cable ->
Apogee Duet 2 ->
Mogami Gold TRS Balanced Patch Cables->
KRK Rokit 5 2nd Gen 

 

Here's where I'm at with the contenders mentioned in the title:

 

SRH1840 : not tested, got a great quote from local shop (return policy kinda of sucks, 25% packaging fee), concerned about build quality due to experience with SRH940

 

Grado RS1i : liked them a lot, loved the treble, not very comfortable, looked cool, made in my hometown, most expensive

 

Grado PS500 : liked them as well but not as much the RS1i, better bass than the RS1i (I'm not a basshead), treble didn't chime as well RS1i, not very comfortable, looked cool, made in my hometown

 

AKG 550 : Über comfortable, nice bass & warmth, I thought the treble was a tad lacking, least expensive

 

All comments & suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks!

 

 

 

post #2 of 16

The comfort of both the Grados will improve if you use a G-cushion (about $45). I also feel like the G-cushion improves the soundstage for the PS500 which is why they are so appealing to me. Ask your dealer if they'll let you swap out a G-cushion to try out on the PS500 or RS 1i. It would be worth a try.

post #3 of 16

From my experience, the treble on the K550 is not lacking in quantity, though maybe in quality. There are parts of the treble range that inconsistent for me, and even uncomfortable. But I definitely wouldn't consider it treble light!  I'd give it another audition when you can go. The headphone is ridiculously comfortable and the openest closed headphone I've heard.

post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 

I was considering the K550 as a second pair to keep @ work. I did like and might have to revisit them with my ipod loaded with lossless music.
 

post #5 of 16
I am just returning the SRH-1840 I have been reviewing and have to say I will miss them a lot. They really grew on me, especially their build and design. But if budget is a concern, the build quality of the SRH-1440 is better than the 940 I think and I really like the sound signature. The signature is a bit more mid-centric than the 1840 more like the 940. But the 1440 has more bass presence than the 940. All three have a similar type of treble.
post #6 of 16

I've had the Rs1i's for a while now and although I do think they are a truly great hp, they are pretty limited in comparison to other (often a lot cheaper) hp's. For rock, jazz and small ensemble classical they really excel, but feed them more complex music like big orchestral and they struggle. I don't listen to much pop music but what I have- the Rs1's can sound a bit hard up-top, even harsh depending on the source.   

 

Having said that, with the right set up they can be pretty spectacular in putting you centre stage, feeling every plick, thump and tap..!    

post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 

I can't make up my mind. I'm going to pass on the Grados for now. It's between the AKG K550 & Shure SRH1840. The SRH 1840 cost more than twice of the price of the K550. Is the difference in performance worth the difference in price?

post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 

I'm going to throw in the Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro in the ring as well. My local Guitar Center has them in stock and I have a 15% off coupon.

post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 

I picked up the HD650 off of craigslist yesterday. Too good of a price to pass up.

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by JmanOfIsrael View Post

The comfort of both the Grados will improve if you use a G-cushion (about $45). I also feel like the G-cushion improves the soundstage for the PS500 which is why they are so appealing to me. Ask your dealer if they'll let you swap out a G-cushion to try out on the PS500 or RS 1i. It would be worth a try.

+ a lot, IME.

post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by CB3874 View Post

I picked up the HD650 off of craigslist yesterday. Too good of a price to pass up.

I think you'll be happy with these. They have been my reference hp for 7 years, just make sure you give them plenty of voltage!

 

Enjoy

post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 

I'm using a Apogee Duet 2 but I'm thinking a tube headphone amp would be a nice addition.

post #13 of 16

My vote would be the PS500's in that price range - SUPERB! 

 

Especially with the G Cushions (stadium pads) of the PS1000's - very similar sound!


Edited by Gradofan2 - 6/30/12 at 1:30pm
post #14 of 16
At the moment...i prefer listening to my ps500 then my t5p. Just love that sparkling highs. Detail is excellent. Very crystal clear. I do not have any other grados series. But this ps500 the bass is just perfect for jazz genres. Defenitely addictive sound signature.
post #15 of 16

I have the K550, HD650 with SAA cable and the 1840 amongst a SL of others but I will give will rank the 1840 (mid centric and sweet midrange) then the HD650 (laid-back and lush), the K550 is too trebly to even concentrate on some music genres.

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