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Grado SR225i vs HE-400

post #1 of 23
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I'm currently looking for my first open headphone. I listen primarily to rock and metal, which in this case many people recommend grado. However, from what I've read, grado seems to be a wall of sound with no depth and such. I am just afraid it won't be refined enough for me. Many people recommend the HE-400 for rock/metal as well, and it just seems a lot more refined than the grado, plus it has a much better bass and a fantastic seperation. so between these two, which one do you overall enjoy the most when listing to rock/metal?

post #2 of 23

That's honestly hard to answer, since both headphones have such polar opposite signatures, you'll either be drawn to one over the other on that alone.

post #3 of 23

Yes, the headphones really represent polar opposites on the headphone lineup.  Grado, provided the sound that captured my attention and drew me into the headphone scene.  Then, there were the options such as wooden cups as well as other options came along to include the Magnum drivers.  I was quite happy with the headphones and what Grado offered.  Then, I started to go forward with trying out other brands and types of headphones.  Along the line, came the HE-400s, and I was really taken in by their performance.  But, the HE-400s do have more weight to them than a typical pair of Grados.  However, if headphone size / weight do not seem to bother you, the HifiMAN should be highly considered.  However, if one needs a more compact headphone with a bit less weight, one should consider some other brand or model.

 

However, I really love my HE-400s and they perform very well for my listening needs.  I had a chance to move a pair of Grados in my lineup again a few months ago.  But, I found that I could no longer reconnect with the sound offering of the Grados.  I had become quite accustomed to the sound offered by HifiMAN, modified Fostex, Audio Technica (A900x) as well as others.  While I am fond of Grado as that was the line that got me introduced to this hobby, I really don't have any immediate desires to have a pair of their headphones in my lineup for use.

 

It all depends on the person's preferences.

post #4 of 23
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@TMRaven and wje

 

thanks, I understand they are polar opposites. I should try them out and see which one I prefer. Something good about grado's is that they'are really easy to mod :)

post #5 of 23

Don't take this the wrong way dude, but you are creating far too many threads for one headphone purchase. There is no fail safe method to finding the perfect headphone for you unless you try some out and find out what you like. Best to go with the tons of advice you've been given already and take the plunge on one. If you don't like what you hear, sell and move on.

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Originally Posted by SgtPepper View Post

Don't take this the wrong way dude, but you are creating far too many threads for one headphone purchase. There is no fail safe method to finding the perfect headphone for you unless you try some out and find out what you like. Best to go with the tons of advice you've been given already and take the plunge on one. If you don't like what you hear, sell and move on.

Yeah, thats a good idea. I'll find a way to try them.
post #7 of 23

The HE-400 can be tried and returned free of charge through head-direct.  I'm not sure about the Grado.

post #8 of 23
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The HE-400 can be tried and returned free of charge through head-direct.  I'm not sure about the Grado.

The store with the grado's has a return policy, so I can return either one.

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Yes, the headphones really represent polar opposites on the headphone lineup.  Grado, provided the sound that captured my attention and drew me into the headphone scene.  Then, there were the options such as wooden cups as well as other options came along to include the Magnum drivers.  I was quite happy with the headphones and what Grado offered.  Then, I started to go forward with trying out other brands and types of headphones.  Along the line, came the HE-400s, and I was really taken in by their performance.  But, the HE-400s do have more weight to them than a typical pair of Grados.  However, if headphone size / weight do not seem to bother you, the HifiMAN should be highly considered.  However, if one needs a more compact headphone with a bit less weight, one should consider some other brand or model.

 

However, I really love my HE-400s and they perform very well for my listening needs.  I had a chance to move a pair of Grados in my lineup again a few months ago.  But, I found that I could no longer reconnect with the sound offering of the Grados.  I had become quite accustomed to the sound offered by HifiMAN, modified Fostex, Audio Technica (A900x) as well as others.  While I am fond of Grado as that was the line that got me introduced to this hobby, I really don't have any immediate desires to have a pair of their headphones in my lineup for use.

 

It all depends on the person's preferences.

Between the HE-500 and the HE-400, which one do you prefer for rock and metal? Do you think there is a clear audible difference between them, or are they very similar?

post #10 of 23
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The store with the grado's has a return policy, so I can return either one.

Get both and return the one you don't like?

post #11 of 23

Go for the HiFiMan HE-400 (or the HE-500) and an Objective2 amp. I own the Grado SR325is (one step up from the RS225i) and frankly, I think it sounds like crap! I could have peobably built a better set of headphones myself with $3 Chinese no-name drivers from digikey and a coat hanger! 

 

I also own the HE-400 headphones which I really like. Note though that they require a powerful headphone amplifier to work well (a cMoy won't do it). Despite not sounding quite as well as the HE-400's, I honestly think your best bang for buck if you're on a budget it a pair of Sennheiser 280 Pro's. They are high quality (price means nothing in audio) and are easy to drive.

 

Cheers! 

post #12 of 23
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Go for the HiFiMan HE-400 (or the HE-500) and an Objective2 amp. I own the Grado SR325is (one step up from the RS225i) and frankly, I think it sounds like crap! I could have peobably built a better set of headphones myself with $3 Chinese no-name drivers from digikey and a coat hanger! 

 

I also own the HE-400 headphones which I really like. Note though that they require a powerful headphone amplifier to work well (a cMoy won't do it). Despite not sounding quite as well as the HE-400's, I honestly think your best bang for buck if you're on a budget it a pair of Sennheiser 280 Pro's. They are high quality (price means nothing in audio) and are easy to drive.

 

Cheers! 

 

Phaaaillllllllllllllllllllll...

 

To OP: First of all, I'm telling you my opinions. I think the SR325is and SR225i are very different headphones. I bought the SR325is and immediately returned them for the SR225i because, even though I LOVE bright and hot treble, the SR325is was a bit TOO much and the SR225i seemed to have the perfect amount of extreme treble for my needs. With that said, no the SR325is is not "crap" in any way, in fact, it is a well loved and respected headphone in the world, especially on Head-Fi. People who post comments like the one above are very easily targeted by people like myself who actually honor Grado headphones. I think this thread has more than enough advice given; HE-400 and SR225i as polar opposites. You like aggressive signature? Try the Grado. You like laid back and a very good all-rounder? Try the HE-400. Simple as that. I have both and use them for different purposes regularly. Good Luck!

post #13 of 23

If you were choosing between these two headphones for your first purchase I think the HE-400 is a great pickup.

The comfort on the grado line's ear pads has always kept me away (after two attempts & subsequent returns), and I find grado's unique SQ to create headphones that are more specialized rather than an all-rounder.

post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by planx View Post

 

Phaaaillllllllllllllllllllll...

 

To OP: First of all, I'm telling you my opinions. I think the SR325is and SR225i are very different headphones. I bought the SR325is and immediately returned them for the SR225i because, even though I LOVE bright and hot treble, the SR325is was a bit TOO much and the SR225i seemed to have the perfect amount of extreme treble for my needs. With that said, no the SR325is is not "crap" in any way, in fact, it is a well loved and respected headphone in the world, especially on Head-Fi. People who post comments like the one above are very easily targeted by people like myself who actually honor Grado headphones. I think this thread has more than enough advice given; HE-400 and SR225i as polar opposites. You like aggressive signature? Try the Grado. You like laid back and a very good all-rounder? Try the HE-400. Simple as that. I have both and use them for different purposes regularly. Good Luck!

The SR225i are said to be the least fatiguing of the SR line, but still maintaining the energy. I can't wait to try these both out :)

 

@olsenn I think you disliked the sr325i because of the brightness. They are very detailed and have lots of clarity, but the treble is just piercing for some people so I can see why you disliked it lol. thanks for the help.

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The SR225i are said to be the least fatiguing of the SR line, but still maintaining the energy. I can't wait to try these both out :)

 

@olsenn I think you disliked the sr325i because of the brightness. They are very detailed and have lots of clarity, but the treble is just piercing for some people so I can see why you disliked it lol. thanks for the help.

 

Just be warned for the legendary comfort of the Grado SR225i. Both are great cans, just find the HE-400 to appeal to more of a majority while the SR225i are quite picky

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