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Grado sr325is and AKG K550 comparison?

post #1 of 8
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Hi all, can someone give me their thoughts about those two headphones? Which one is more suitable with J-Pop and classical

 

music? Which one has more details and better imaging? Thanks all.

post #2 of 8
Thread Starter 

Can someone help me please?

post #3 of 8

K550 for what you wanna listen to. Grado's don't really shine for that type of music. That's my opinion at least. I love Grado's for metal.

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I've owned (and sold) both of them.

 

Comparing them?  There's a lot to write on that topic

especially because they're very different.

 

 

Keeping it short -

 

I guess you realize the Grado's are open and the AKG's are closed.

 

 IMO the Grado's image more effectively

though it must be said that the K550's have a large soundstage

(and good imaging) for closed headphones.

 

Which are better for the genres you mentioned? 

Matter of personal preference, I think.

 

The 325is's are brighter with more presence.

They're very dynamic and lively.

(BTW, I like the 225i's more because they sound quite

similar but lack a certain harshness in the highs

which many have noticed in the 325is's.)

 

The AKG's felt to me like a work in progress.

Not great at anything; not bad at anything.

They clamp lightly and if you position the earpads directly

over your ears - and they stay put in that position -

the K550's can sound very good.  Detailed,

with solid reproduction throughout the spectrum.

except the bass where they seem lacking somehow.

 

The Grado's may not have more bass, but their sound

is very consistent within itself unlike the AKG's. 

 

As you may be able to tell, neither of these are my

favorites in the price range but if I had to pick one I'd

pick the 325is's for clarity, detail, and more enjoyment

listening to them overall.

 

Hope this helps at least somewhat.

 

There's a big thread on the K550's which I think

you'll find helpful as it has so many different

views and perceptions from so many people.

post #5 of 8

 

 

 

Yeah, the 325is's are great for metal.

 

Definitely.  In fact, it may be the genre in which they shine the most.


Edited by zazex - 12/24/12 at 9:34pm
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Thread Starter 

Thanks guys. BTW, someone I know recommend the HE 400 for J-Pop and classical. What do you think? Is HE 400 the right one for my genre? I know it's more expensive, but I can handle that.

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I just going to put my input about the k550 as I did owned them, i don't think they will do well for J-pop as I think they aren't aggressive enough and sound slightly too thin for it.  I think it will do pretty good for classical though.  Just my thought although I'm not a big J-pop and classical listener.

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Originally Posted by KazeNg View Post

Thanks guys. BTW, someone I know recommend the HE 400 for J-Pop and classical. What do you think? Is HE 400 the right one for my genre? I know it's more expensive, but I can handle that.


Haven't heard them yet but hope to, soon.

They're getting a lot of praise from all over.

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