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Still very much enjoying my Flat 4s. Haven't been using any other IEM since I've gotten them and I think that is saying a lot. I can't believe how damn good these things are for their price. I seriously could see them being more than 2Xs as expensive for such pure performance.
 

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Oh, but I'm loving the guitar crunch on the HD600 with rock (which i listen to a lot), and the snare snaps are delicious.

 

Different strokes for different folks I guess. I'm pretty happy with how the 600 portrays my music at the moment. I'll probably look into the Mad Dogs should I ever come across any glaring faults in the 600's sound.

 

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Also, I'm not really trying to sell you on the Mad Dogs. If you like the HD600 that much (as well you should), then that's great. I just think that it'd be interesting to hear your thoughts. And there's never anything wrong with trying another new headphone, right?

 

Having owned both, I pretty much agree with what you guys have mentioned. The Mad Dogs sound signature is definitely on par with the HD600s (which I found EXCELLENT out of my Lehman BCL!). The one thing I like about the Mad Dogs over the 600s is the comfort, the fact that they are closed and I can use them at work (main reason for selling the Senns...) and that the Bass is more visceral, more present and slams better so whereas I could listen to EDM, electro-pop, etc. on the HD600s, the Mad Dogs is a whole 'nother experience and I like 'em a bit more just for that.

 

But both headphones are brilliant. (to me...)

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Still very much enjoying my Flat 4s. Haven't been using any other IEM since I've gotten them and I think that is saying a lot. I can't believe how damn good these things are for their price. I seriously could see them being more than 2Xs as expensive for such pure performance.

 

Same here. Spent a few hours listening to them while poring over some spreadsheets and man... Super distracting these phones are. I A/Bed them against the Mad Dogs and was blown away to discover that I wasn't losing anything in terms of soundstage going from one to the other. If anything, I think the F-4 is probably capable of throwing cues beyond the MDs reach. I tried listening to that virtual barbershop with them and was highly impressed by how spot on and convincing they were. I could have sworn someone was standing 10 feet away from me, talking to me in the corner of my room.
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Woah I didn't know I can do this from my subscription page:
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jgray has learned the secret of the plus symbol!  eek.gif
 


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jgray has learned the secret of the plus symbol!  eek.gif
 

 

My new avatar has MuppetFace window shopping in the exclusive district of West Nanjing Road, Shanghai...

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It's noon right now...
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It's noon right now...

 

Ooh, warrenpchi & SO are 12 hours behind...lots a catchin' up to do!

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Two things that made my morning (well noon now...): Saya (my Apple Earpods) keeps amazing me and this is pretty rad: https://soundcloud.com/#theknocks
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On the subject of violence against women, here is my sister's podcast (she is an apprentice journalist out of Berkeley, very involved in such causes). There is just a teaser interview for now, but this can give you an idea of what she will be doing. Thank you fro those who listen to it.

 

http://motuspodcast.tumblr.com/post/44895990856/motus-preview-of-episode-1-tala-khanmalek-about

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My review for the Black Diamond:

 

I spent the morning rocking out, and at one point the old air guitar was dusted off.

That hasn't happened in a while.

 

The volume pot is scratchy when moved, but it's not a big deal especially considering this was a DIY-type build and I practically stole it at what I paid.

 

One of the best amps for the Grado PS-1 I've ever heard; grabs the transducer forcibly and gets it to stop being such a spaz.

 

The end.

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You know, ever since I've known about Grado headphones, I've seen mentions of Joe's and John's. I assume Joe's are all discontinued now and wondering why (which ones) are they held in high regards, without me going all researcher mode to read about it?
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Joe Grado used powdered dodo bird skulls in his headphone drivers. The anguish of the ghosts of extinct birds is what gives his headphones the poingnant sweetness to their treble.

 

John is far too ethical to do that, plus the rising cost of dodo bird remains was making it cost-prohibitive anyway.

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You know, ever since I've known about Grado headphones, I've seen mentions of Joe's and John's. I assume Joe's are all discontinued now and wondering why (which ones) are they held in high regards, without me going all researcher mode to read about it?

 

 

Joe founded Grado Labs to make equipment for recording studios. He worked on microphones and amplifiers, as well as a headphone called the HP1000. The first version had polarity switches, but he made a second version without them. They were called the HP1 and HP2 respectively. These are most definitely no longer in production and are quite sought after. They're still some of the most well-balanced, linear dynamic headphones ever made. Definitely flagship headphones. Which is pretty impressive considering they were made by someone out of his in-home workshop in the 80s.

 

Eventually John Grado took over and started making headphones like the SR100, SR200, and SR325 that were more affordable. The earliest (and now discontinued) versions of these still used Joe's drivers. Basically they were HP1000 drivers that weren't quite up-to-spec, at least not enough to be used in the HP1000. These are pretty rare and now-a-days command almost as much as the original HP1000 among some collectors.

 

John stopped using Joe's drivers and began making his own. These first John drivers are also discontinued and commonly referred to as "pink drivers" by collectors because the fabric covering them turns pink with age (the drivers themselves aren't pink contrary to popular belief). These tend to have a much smoother and more relaxed sound compared to later Grados. They're rare and sought after by collectors, but not quite as much as the ones with Joe's drivers.

 

Over time, John's headphones got increasingly tipped up in the treble, gravitating away from studio use and more toward personal audio. Personally speaking, I definitely prefer Joe's drivers and John's earlier headphones to the later ones. The only "recent" John Grados I remotely like are the PS series: PS500, PS1000, and the PS-1.

 

The PS-1 in particular is interesting, as it was actually made by a German company called FreeSystems. It was supposed to be a wireless system that John commissioned, but the idea was scrapped and he purchased the remaining parts. The PS-1 is discontinued as well.

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