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Portables to replace my Grado SR80

post #1 of 9
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Been using my Grado SR80 for travel but they are falling apart and dont fill the portable roll well at all.

 

I am looking for portable headphones which are durable, comfortable and sound nice. I prefer to spend around 100-150USD but I can go up to around 250 if the gain in quality is good enough. I listen to a large variety of music like Electronica, female vocalists(a lot of japanese ones in my collection), classical, rock, ect.

 

Oh I do not plan on amping them and will use them out of my laptop, my Cowon J3 or Iphone 4s.

 

I was reading other forums but was getting a bit overwhelmed and you guys have given me some great advice in the past. Thank you!

post #2 of 9

Sony MDR-1R is probably the best value for money closed-back, portable headphone on the market today. Coming from a Grado SR80 you shouldn't be disappointed in any way.

post #3 of 9

There is nothing that sounds like a Grado--except for a Grado or Alessandro (which is based on Grado cans).  Those are all open.

 

The closest closed can suitable for portable use and within your budget to your Grado is the Ultrasone HiFi 780.

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There is nothing that sounds like a Grado--except for a Grado or Alessandro (which is based on Grado cans).  Those are all open.

 

The closest closed can suitable for portable use and within your budget to your Grado is the Ultrasone HiFi 780.

Which sounds nothing like a Grado. evil_smiley.gif

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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post

There is nothing that sounds like a Grado--except for a Grado or Alessandro (which is based on Grado cans).  Those are all open.

 

The closest closed can suitable for portable use and within your budget to your Grado is the Ultrasone HiFi 780.

Which sounds nothing like a Grado. evil_smiley.gif


I does sound something like a Grado, but it certainly does not sound like anything approaching a Grado clone (see my earlier post above).

 

Do you know of a closed can within his price range that is closer to the Grado SR sound?  If so, tell us about it.


Edited by KG Jag - 7/6/13 at 12:27am
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I does sound something like a Grado, but it certainly does not sound like anything approaching a Grado clone (see my earlier post above).

 

Do you know of a closed can within his price range that is closer to the Grado SR sound?  If so, tell us about it.

 

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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post

Sony MDR-1R is probably the best value for money closed-back, portable headphone on the market today. Coming from a Grado SR80 you shouldn't be disappointed in any way.

 

Based on the the tonality of the mids.

The HFi 780's timbre is just weird compared to all Grados. 


Edited by GREQ - 7/6/13 at 3:33am
post #7 of 9

Since the MDR 1 sounds nothing like the Grado, I'd go with the more portable Sennheiser HD25-1 II (new) or an Amperior (refurbished)--if you are willing to spend $200 and don't care how close to the Grado the can sounds.  Like the Grado, the Senns are on ear and both are more comforable (for almost everyone) than is the Grado.

 

Currently a refurbed Amperior can be snagge for $137 shipped:

 

http://www.vminnovations.com/Product_46888/Sennheiser-HD-25-Amperior-DJ-Pro-Monitoring-Headphones-Blue-Refurbished-.html


Edited by KG Jag - 7/6/13 at 1:22pm
post #8 of 9

The HD-25 ii is said to be close to Grados. I didn't see this when I owned them personally, and had serious comfort issues, but YMMV...they sounded very nice, and were a good, robust portable.

post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the advice so far. Currently on a work trip in Okinawa but as soon as I get back to Tokyo I am going to go try these out at Yodabashi (electronics store near where I live)

 

That seems like a great deal on the Amperior.

 

Edit: 4/13/2014:

 

In case anyone happens to be reading this to help them make a purchase, I ended up buying the Koss portapros because they were way cheaper and still sounded pretty decent. Maybe the best price/performance headphones on the market.


Edited by my2crazy - 4/13/14 at 6:56am
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