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post #46 of 95
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Originally Posted by Ishcabible View Post

You sure you wanna dive right into RS2's? They're fantastic headphones (wish I could try them for more than half an hour) but are you completely positive the sound signature is for you? Hell, I have Way Too Many Headphones™and I'm still unsure about my preferred sound sig.


I was rather lucky with the IE8s in that regard. I did research on headfi while I was lurking and opted to get those based on reviews. They happened to be the sound signature I was after besides the excessive mid bass hump. Although I do like other sound signatures as well, I haven' spent (rather lost) a tone of money trying to find my preferred signature. Though I have been letdown as well based on hype here. YMWV.

post #47 of 95
I know it is stupid of me to dive directly into something as polarizing as a grado. Rock is my preferred genre, and grados are supposed to work wonders for it. It still does assume too much to say that I will like them. I just won't be able to get another set of headphones for a while, and I don't want to feel like I missed out. And I believe I've mentioned before, I have no way to audition any headphones Do you suggest anything in particular?

(just realized how ironic that question is when you're trying to explain to me how I should find my own sound signature)

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post #48 of 95

One good thing about headfi though is that you can sell the gear you don't like (usually not at to big of a loss). I've been able to sell everything that either didn't agree with me or I just outgrew.
 

post #49 of 95
Good point. I probably will go for the RS2s and sell them if I happen to dislike them or if I feel they aren't worth it.

Wow, this must be the 5th headphone I've gone on record here saying I would buy...

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post #50 of 95
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Originally Posted by TickleMeElmo View Post

 

I don't think there is anywhere in Sydney that has a true variety of headphones that you could audition. I believe there is a shop in Lane Cove that has HD800s (or it may be Beyer T1's I forget).

 

 

I think people discount the Beats brand too readily. They may be overpriced and not the best sound but it brought about a consciousness of the public towards what sounds good. You are probably too young to remember but before the proliferation of Beats almost everyone was using white Apple Earbuds. However bad you think Beats sound they sound better than the Apple Earbuds and this shows some progress.

 

A business is doing itself no favors by selling a cheap product if the market is willing to pay more. If nothing else Beats should be commended on their business acumen. 

You're comparing an earbud to a heapdhone. An earbud by design, is severely limited. I heard Apple actually puts a significant amount of time trying to make the best possible earbuds for the cheapest price/ performance ratio possible. Beats on the other hand, it's questionable whether they do anything of the sort. Maybe add a few extra bass here and there har har har. 

post #51 of 95
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Originally Posted by odehib View Post

Good point. I probably will go for the RS2s and sell them if I happen to dislike them or if I feel they aren't worth it.
Wow, this must be the 5th headphone I've gone on record here saying I would buy...
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Eh don't sweat it. I've been trying to organize a nice setup for years. I used to pl.an on getting a K701, then I got to try one and didn't like it. Then I moved to the RS1, but thought that'd be too risky to buy deaf (years later I finally heard it and realized I've really been missing out), so I moved to the cheaper AD2000, realized I'm worse off in regards to trying one since nobody has them to try, so I moved to the HD650. Didn't love their laid-back sound with less-than-optimal sources, so I aspired to get an old AT woodie, but those are waaay too pricey for my. Now I think I'd be happy with the setup I talked about on the previous page. Maybe.

As for you, I'd honestly start with an SR60. 9 times out of 10 people don't appreciate the differences between cheap stuff and expensive stuff as much as they should. You'll hear a huge difference even with SR60s. The difference between the SR60 and RS2 is great, but less of a jump. At least to my crappy ears. Train your ears a bit. I do suggest buying a used pair of SR60's for little loss when you decide to sell it. But if you don't want to waste money upgrading a lot, the RS2 very well could stave off any want to ever upgrade. But I see you're from Chicago. I'm 90% sure there's a place you'll be able to try at least one form of Grado. I'll get you the name if I can in the morning.
post #52 of 95
Thread Starter 

It's very hard to audition gear in Sydney, which makes it hard because I might save up for quite a while only to find out that I don't like it.

Attending Can-Con should be a great experience. bigsmile_face.gif

post #53 of 95
Thanks, ishcabible. Yeah, the upgrade bug is what I would like to avoid. I was hoping to shoot as far up the chain as possible and be content with what I have for a while. The RS2s are at the top my budget ($400 on sale), so I was hoping they would be that cure. I've heard of places to buy downtown, but none that would let you audition. If you could get me a name of somewhere to audition, that would be great. Thanks again!
Edited by odehib - 8/14/12 at 5:33am
post #54 of 95

I'm pretty sure Music Direct is accommodating. I've never visited myself (I've been meaning to visit MD and Decibel) but my friend said he tried Grados there, but he could have been lying. Email them just to be sure. http://www.musicdirect.com/t-contact.aspx

post #55 of 95
Thanks for the info. I'll email them.

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post #56 of 95
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Thanks for the info. I'll email them.
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Good luck! Upgrading definitely is kind of fun though. tongue.gif I do recommend trying even the lower end stuff. Odds are, you won't find the RS2's worth $400 in comparison to the much cheaper, lower end models.

post #57 of 95
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Originally Posted by Ishcabible View Post

 

Good luck! Upgrading definitely is kind of fun though. tongue.gif I do recommend trying even the lower end stuff. Odds are, you won't find the RS2's worth $400 in comparison to the much cheaper, lower end models.

Thanks! Will do. I can see how fun some people here find upgrading. I know I probably won't notice too much difference between RS2s and lower end models, but there's a nagging feeling inside saying "I want the best I can afford! No substitutes! muhahaha". The more reasonable voice is telling me "Do you really need a $400 pair of headphones?"
"Yes he does!"
"No he doesn't!"
"But they look beautiful!"
"Looks are not what a good headphone makes"
"But they're made of wood for God's sake!"

"So are the ATHESW9A!"
"But these sound better"
"He doesn't even know what sounds good yet!"
...







As you can see a little lurking and a few months registered on head-fi has already driven me mad. Yet, I still haven't even bought a pair of great headphones (Unless you count Marshall Major).


Edited by odehib - 8/14/12 at 9:18am
post #58 of 95

I definitely would concede that the RS2 sounds a lot more exciting than the ESW9 (Most of the Bust Buys in upper Illinois have the ESW9 for demo actually. Best Buys have A LOT of stuff to demo. Do you actually live in Chicago or a  suburb?) but for some reason, I can't form an opinion on the ESW9. I really don't like how wooly they can sound, but their midrange is wonderfully warm at the same time.

 

Honestly at 15, you probably have better things to spend/save money on, like a car. Heck, I shouldn't even be thinking about getting a $1000 setup when Boston University (or any college I'm looking at) is going to cost me $50K+ a year... On the flip side, my irrational side is telling me it's just a thousand more to make college a little more bearable. 

post #59 of 95
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Originally Posted by Ishcabible View Post

I definitely would concede that the RS2 sounds a lot more exciting than the ESW9 (Most of the Bust Buys in upper Illinois have the ESW9 for demo actually. Best Buys have A LOT of stuff to demo. Do you actually live in Chicago or a  suburb?) but for some reason, I can't form an opinion on the ESW9. I really don't like how wooly they can sound, but their midrange is wonderfully warm at the same time.

 

Honestly at 15, you probably have better things to spend/save money on, like a car. Heck, I shouldn't even be thinking about getting a $1000 setup when Boston University (or any college I'm looking at) is going to cost me $50K+ a year... On the flip side, my irrational side is telling me it's just a thousand more to make college a little more bearable. 

The ESW9 was just by way of example. It was the cheapest woodie I could think of. I live in a south suburb, and I can testify to the fact that a Best Buy around here will not have any decent equipment to audition. You probably have to order your headphones for delivery if you happen to find a pair on their site that isn't made by skullcandy, beats, bose, sony, or those $2 earbuds that everybody will inevitably need to replace. 

I would probably be worrying about a car, if it weren't for the fact that there is already one waiting in the driveway for me once I get my license biggrin.gif. I might have worried about financial troubles at this point, but I honestly don't spend much. My mom worries about my money more than I do. She won't let me spend on things she deems useless. Smart of her, yes, but she absolutely freaked out when I bought some $40 headphones (some cheapo ultimate ears;they broke within a few weeks), and as you can imagine, all online transactions have to go through her account.

That's partially why I wanted a grado, they're supposed to sound great with any source unamped. Imagine this...
"Hey mom, can I get these headphones?"
"How much?"
"...$300"
"What????? I can just get you some headphones from best buy!"
"Umm...these sound better..."
*Weeks of contemplating*
"Ok, order those headphones"
"Oh, and I need this DAC/Amp thingy..."
"What is that supposed to be?"

"It makes the headphones sound better..."

"How much?"
"...$200 [just throwing a random price range out there]"

You can imagine how well that would turn out...

post #60 of 95

I just purchased my stuff through steps back when I was at that 14-15 age. Slowly go from $70 to $200 and etc etc etc.

 

I am going to sell a big portion of my collection in the comming year and stocking up on 1-2 central full sizers with a closed portable and IEM/CIEM for the college years.

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