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Want to try GRADO, any views on model to get?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Been using mainly Senns for years and years and would like to try a pair of GRADOs

 

My main music if various from classical to pop but not rock or metal. I like solid tight bass but not boomy

 

My main rig is Senns HD650 and 600 along with 595. The 600 and 650 I run from a Fiio E9+E7 using lossless audio, all CD rips along with the odd 24/192 audio.

 

The 595 I run un amped

 

Dont want to spend a fortune but I was wondering about maybe the SR60i, SR80i and SR125i how would they stack up against the 595, would you say they are on the same level or way below the 595s can they even get close to the 600 or 650?

 

Or do I expect to much from the GRADOs.

 

Your view would be appreciated

 

Thanks

post #2 of 10

I've owned SR60,80,225,HF-1, RS-1 and Sen HD600.  The lower tier Grados are great for the price but I didn't enjoy them nearly as much as the HD600.  The wooden Grados (HF-1 & RS-1) have more powerful bass and much smoother treble, which nicely remedy the shortcomings of the SR series imo.  Those I enjoy about as much as the HD600, depending on my mood and music.

post #3 of 10

My experience with Grado is limited, mainly with low tier models. Take a look at this thread, 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/594909/which-grado-equals-the-hd600

post #4 of 10

Heya,

 

I wouldn't stress trying to get something as overall resolving and balanced as the HD600. And instead, focus on just enjoying the Grado sound, if it's something you enjoy. I have the SR60i, SR80i, SR125i, SR325i. Frankly, I suggest you just get the SR60i with Lcush pads and either love Grado or not. If you find you truly love Grado sound and want to take it to the level of a world class headphone like the HD600, that's when you invest in a non-prestige series Grado like the RS or higher. Even then you still have to deal with it being on-ear.

 

Very best,

post #5 of 10

Used SR60, can't beat that for $$ value.  Turn around and sell it for minimal loss if you don't like it.

post #6 of 10

I know that you said you didn't want to spend a fortune, but there was a big difference in SR60i/SR80i and the SR225i. There should be, they are double the price. If you really love the bright sparkly music that Grado's produce, you love the SR225i's, IMO. It might just be a justification to spend $200, but I noticed a big difference.... When I am alone and want to to listen to bright punchy rock, I prefer the SR225i's. If I am sitting next to someone, I like my bassy AudioTechnica M-50's. I love the contrast.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thank you all for your great comments, think I'm going to try the 60i and if I like the GRADO signature then go up the range.

 

Thanks again

post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

Heya,

 

I wouldn't stress trying to get something as overall resolving and balanced as the HD600. And instead, focus on just enjoying the Grado sound, if it's something you enjoy. I have the SR60i, SR80i, SR125i, SR325i. Frankly, I suggest you just get the SR60i with Lcush pads and either love Grado or not. If you find you truly love Grado sound and want to take it to the level of a world class headphone like the HD600, that's when you invest in a non-prestige series Grado like the RS or higher. Even then you still have to deal with it being on-ear.

 

Very best,

 

I'm suprised that you find the HD600 ''resolving'', since a lot of peoples, (myself included) ,find them veiled especially compared to Grados.

 

Also, can you explain to me what makes the HD600 ''world class''?

 

Finally, in your last phrase, you state ''...'' Grado like the RS or higher.Even then you still have to deal with it being on-ear'', that is partly incorrect, since the GS1000 and PS1000 are circumaural,

post #9 of 10
I think the SR60i would be the way to go to sample what a Grado is like. Last time I looked HeadRoom had some on sale like new, open box for $65. I considered buying some for my office since I enjoy Grado at home.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by Raymate View Post

My main music if various from classical to pop but not rock or metal.

 

In my experience music is the most important specification to choose a headphone.

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