- 1,365 Posts. Joined 10/2012
- Location: UK
- Select All Posts By This User
Related Forum Threads
- Best headphones for <= $100 for use with Electronic Piano? Or problem with mine? Last post on 7/16/10 at 1:11pm in Headphones (full-size)
- Which of the following headphones complement my DT990 best? Last post on 11/8/12 at 3:29pm in Headphones (full-size)
- Looking for the right open design Last post on 9/30/12 at 9:16am in Portable Headphones, Earphones and In-Ear Monitors
- New to Audiophile world Last post on 9/23/12 at 8:28am in Headphones (full-size)
- The oft-overshadowed SR125i - My Favorite Prestige Series Model. What's your favorite? Last post on 10/18/12 at 4:47pm in Headphones (full-size)
Last edited: 8/18/12
- Buying Guide Headphones By Price RangeLast edited: 10/26/12
- A Hopefully Helpful Headphone Buying Guide For Newbies By BoomanaLast edited: 1/6/13
I bought these to replace my dead Klipsch Image S2-ii after reading many reviews, because I wanted to try something else in the 60-70$ price range for use with my Sansa Clip Zip, and was very...
A big thanks to Drew and every one at Moon Audio, they handled the sale of this new unit to me and...
Brainwavz S0 Full Disclosure: Brainwavz supplied the S0 for this review It seems Brainwavz has been cranking out the new releases in their IEM line up of late. This time they’ve entered the...
TL;DR Review of the AKG Q701’s Accentuated Mids: Enhances most female vocals, also forwards vocals, “livens” synthesizers in electronic music. Can cause vocals to sound uneven due to the 2khz...
Headphones Too Good For System?post #1 of 1510/27/12 at 10:23amThread StarterAs the owner of a no-frills amplifier (Taec AR610) and an equally low budget Denon CD player, I am wondering if there is any sense in looking to buy a pair of mid-range headphones - something like the Grado SR325i's. I am a newbie here, but I read about folk buying similar specced headphones to pair up with iPods/laptops etc. Would the Grados be a waste of money matched with such a mediocre system? (I am on a tight budget and will not be investing in a dedicated headphone amp.)
Gear mentioned in this thread:post #2 of 1510/27/12 at 2:55pmThread Starterpost #3 of 1510/27/12 at 4:17pmpost #4 of 1510/27/12 at 4:36pm
Grado SR325is are very user picky from experience, even for Grado fans like myself. I like my hot treble, but be warned with the SR325is, it has one of the brightest treble I've ever experience. Returned the 325is for the 225i and I'm still happy today. Specification wise, Grados don't need amping, but they do like being amped. I noticed they sound much sweeter with tube amps (generally speaking) than SS amps.post #5 of 1510/27/12 at 10:26pmpost #6 of 1510/27/12 at 10:53pm
Headphones really aren't complicated, but the analysis (or over-analysis) of audio gear can certainly displace the enjoyment of music for music's sake. It's been said that there are those who listen to their gear, and there are those who listen to music. The general tone of discussion at Head-fi tends to empower the former.
Edited by swmtnbiker - 10/27/12 at 10:55pmpost #7 of 1510/27/12 at 11:20pmQuote:
Orchestras are the real thing. Music concerts are crap; they sound nothing like the album thanks to their special pitch editing, not to mention that the stage equipment are crap. Crappy mics, deafening loud and distorted speakers maxed out on sibilance, musicians dancing around losing focus on the music. Concerts were there to see the musicians live, not really to enjoy the music. That's why recordings specially edited with everything you can think of exists so we can enjoy digitally edited pitch perfect and amazing instruments that we do not hear live.post #8 of 1510/27/12 at 11:30pmQuote:Originally Posted by Tony1110
As the owner of a no-frills amplifier (Taec AR610) and an equally low budget Denon CD player, I am wondering if there is any sense in looking to buy a pair of mid-range headphones - something like the Grado SR325i's. I am a newbie here, but I read about folk buying similar speced headphones to pair up with iPods/laptops etc. Would the Grados be a waste of money matched with such a mediocre system? (I am on a tight budget and will not be investing in a dedicated headphone amp.)
I believe it's Teac, not Taec.
What model Denon CD player is it?
I'm assuming this setup is for just CD music only?
What is your budget?post #9 of 1510/27/12 at 11:54pmQuote:
Lol guys I was kidding. I'm not that oldpost #10 of 1510/27/12 at 11:59pm
Are you planning on sticking with the gear you have or do you plan on upgrading to better stuff at some point? I'd say the SR325i's would work great now and keep on working great, even better when you've upgraded to a better/amp source. I got my AKG K701's knowing my system probably isn't quite up to par, however now that I have some outstanding cans I can plan future upgrades around them.
Get the SR325i's. They won't cease to be relevant when you get better sounding gear, they'll actually benefit.post #11 of 1510/28/12 at 4:28amThread StarterI've done a bit of research since posting here and I think I'll go for the 225s after all. I've read posts by people in these forums who use vastly more expensive "'phones" without access to any form of amplification and that's reassured me that my cheap amplifier is better than no amplifier at all. I do own a pair of Shure 535 IEMs which I use with an iPod and although the sound is exceptionally clear I'm hoping for a more full-on effect when I hear the Grados driven through an amp - cheap though it is. The reason I'm making this purchase is to obtain the best possible sound while spending the least amount of money; perhaps a reasonably priced headphone amp could be considered at some point in the future. As 95% of my listening is done through headphones, I'd much rather make that purchase than splash out on a whole new fancy system.post #12 of 157/23/13 at 1:08am
We tend to get a little carried away in this hobby (understatement of the year, I know). Upgrading your headphones first will probably bring the most dramatic improvement to your system, you don't necessarily need world-class gear in order to enjoy them.
Unless it's a power-hungry headphone like the Audeze and Hifiman planars, or the Sennheiser HD800 (I know people will argue this one, but it does sound best with a hefty amount of current behind it. I've heard it), a modest source chain with a great headphone (e.g. SR225) will almost always sound better than a mediocre headphone (e.g. $40 Sony) backed by an expensive source chain. This is a bit of an exaggeration, yes, but it illustrates my point. My grandfather once said, "If your speakers suck, does it really matter how good your amp is?).
Buy the SR225, and if it sounds good to you, leave well enough alone. We sometimes tend to use music to listen to our equipment, rather than using our equipment to listen to the music.
I prefer the SR225 to the 325, personally. I found the 325 extremely bright, and the metal housings are heavy which makes them uncomfortable after a while.
I use a vintage Pioneer SA-8500 integrated amp to power my HD650s. World class? Wasn't even top of the line when it was introduced in 1976. Does it sound really really really good? Oh yes . Best $100 I've spent in a while.post #13 of 157/23/13 at 2:44amThread Starterpost #14 of 157/23/13 at 2:33pm
- Headphones Too Good For System?
Gear mentioned in this thread:
- Buying Guide Headphones By Price Range
- › dbpoweramp converter problems 20 seconds ago
- › 「Official」Asian Anime, Manga, and Music Lounge 57 seconds ago
- › Band Name Game II 2 minutes ago
- › Chord Hugo - The PORTABLE discussion thread 4 minutes ago
- › The HeadAmp GS-X and GS-X MK2 Thread 5 minutes ago
- › NEW! SONY NWZ-A10 Series Walkman. Micro SD Card Slot! 7 minutes ago
- › WANTED: HD800 8 minutes ago
- › The iBasso DX50 Thread - Latest firmware: 1.5.0 9 minutes ago
- › Sony's New 2014 flagship IEM - XBA Z5 10 minutes ago
- › Phonak Audeo (PFE) Appreciation Thread 10 minutes ago
- › Beyerdynamic DTX 102 iE In-Ear Headphones (Silver) by MenacingTuba
- › HiFiMAN HM-901 by Mshenay
- › Brainwavz S0 In-Ear Headphones by shotgunshane
- › AKG Q701 Premium Class Reference Headphones, Quincy Jones Signature... by Nec3
- › FiiO X1 Ultraportable Hi-Res DAP by CasperBxl
- › Schiit Audio Valhalla 2 by Currawong
- › Alessandro MS1i by Mshenay
- › Sennheiser HD-598 by ringofoaksmusic
- › Cayin C5 Portable HIFI Audio Headphone Amplifier by AManAnd88Keys
- › Dunu DN-1000 by chupacabra314
- › The Great FiiO DAP FAQ Wiki
- › Audio Connections between components --...
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (Introduction)
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (Over-Ear Headphones)
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (Over-Ear Headphones) 2
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (Over-Ear Headphones) 3
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (In-Ear Headphones)
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (In-Ear Headphones) 2
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (In-Ear Headphones) 3
- › Head-Fi Buying Guide (Gaming Headphones)