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Grado's views on user's modifying their headphones?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

So I just finished reading over the entire "Post your grado mods" thread, and can't help but to think, what does Grado think of all of this? I'm sure John knows about it, but does anyone know what he, or the company, have to say about their fan's modding their lower end headphones to gain better performance instead of purchasing a higher end set?

Driver venting, and headband mods excluded, what do you all think they may think about the few dozen of us who have replaced the plastic cups with wood enclosures, replaced the plastic grills with metal, better breathing screens, upgraded the cables, or even completely liberated the drivers so as to "simulate RS-1i" headphones, for lack of a better term.

 

I know the amount of people that actually mod their headphones that much is small when compared to the fan base and owners of Grado headphones, so most likely they wouldn't think a whole lot of it, I'm just curious as to what John and others at Grado might think of it all.

post #2 of 15

"Modifying our headphones voids the warranty". That's all I can believe he will think on the matter.

post #3 of 15
This ^
post #4 of 15
The high modding potential of Grado headphones is a marketing advantage for Grado so I am sure John Grado and the people at Grado are quite happy with the fact that a community of modders exists. Naturally, modding voids the warranty but this is true of all electronic equipment.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Swimsonny View Post

This ^

 

+1

post #6 of 15
Pad mods are as far as I will go with Grados.
post #7 of 15

I don't know about John, but don't get Joe started, he can't even stand the sight of L-pads on his HP1000s wink.gif

post #8 of 15

Actually, there was an interview with him a while back, Below is an excerpt that deals with mods:

 

"So no new amps, no new headphones save for the street style, and no new pads. Well how about mods? Though John is not in the business of modding, he has absolutely no problem with folks modding their gear, in fact he encourages it so long as one is not making money off of it. By that I mean, selling the modded version as a Grado. He is super cool with what Larry over at Headphile does. If folks find his pads to work better? Go nuts!"

 

The whole interview is here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/127867/an-interview-with-john-grado

 

He seems pretty relaxed about the whole thing...
 

post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Exactly what I was wondering! Thank you! biggrin.gif
post #10 of 15

Does the fact that I read that whole interview indicate an unhealthy obsession with Grados? Maybe...but I guess I wouldn't be cruising this forum if that wasn't the case...:)

post #11 of 15

Heya,

 

I adore Grado's. Love the sound.

 

Comfort just kills it for me though.

 

I wish they designed some prestige series Grados to work specifically with G-cush pads.

 

Very best,

post #12 of 15

I love the sound...I can't keep away...I have actually been looking for a closed back alternative, and I noticed you are onto Beyer DT770 32 ohms....how do they compare to the SR series?
 

post #13 of 15
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I love the sound...I can't keep away...I have actually been looking for a closed back alternative, and I noticed you are onto Beyer DT770 32 ohms....how do they compare to the SR series?
 

me too. I think the Sony MDR-V6 have been mentioned as a closed-back alternative. Have you heard those yet?

post #14 of 15
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I love the sound...I can't keep away...I have actually been looking for a closed back alternative, and I noticed you are onto Beyer DT770 32 ohms....how do they compare to the SR series?
 

 

I've yet to find anything that sounds like a Grado that is closed really. Grado just has a sound to it that is rather... well... Grado.

 

Very best,

post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

 

I've yet to find anything that sounds like a Grado that is closed really. Grado just has a sound to it that is rather... well... Grado.

 

Very best,

 

That's the consensus on all the posts I have read...thanks anyway. I suppose I should just pick up a pair of Beyers sometime and try them out.

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