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post #16 of 35
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Thanks for the recommendation, but I have been doing more research and keep remembering that I like the sound of the music hall amp, so is am going to go to my local dealer where I listened to it and bought my grados from and see if they will price match to the prices I have found online smily_headphones1.gif its the only headphone amp they have that is not a dac so they probably will price match, the old saying goes money talks and bs walks, we will see if it works smily_headphones1.gif

I will update tomorrow night smily_headphones1.gif
post #17 of 35

I have a question, I have got a pair of Grado 225i yesterday and when on my Galaxy S3 with poweramp software it did work well and the bass is ok. If I connect my phone to my Harmon Kardon amp PM655 Vxi at the CD input and connect my Grado on the headphone output then the bass is like my speaker are damage. Do I need something else to be able to use my Grado on my HK amp?

 

Daniel

 

Others headphone I have don't have that problem

post #18 of 35
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Originally Posted by pixelsphotopro View Post

I have a question, I have got a pair of Grado 225i yesterday and when on my Galaxy S3 with poweramp software it did work well and the bass is ok. If I connect my phone to my Harmon Kardon amp PM655 Vxi at the CD input and connect my Grado on the headphone output then the bass is like my speaker are damage. Do I need something else to be able to use my Grado on my HK amp?

Grados have an impedance of 32 ohms. The headphone output on most older amps/receivers is designed for higher impedance headphones. You could always get a headphone amp.
post #19 of 35
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Grados have an impedance of 32 ohms. The headphone output on most older amps/receivers is designed for higher impedance headphones. You could always get a headphone amp.

I really don't have a lot of money, what do you suggest?

post #20 of 35
Thread Starter 
What is your budget for a headphone amp ?

Cel4145, that explains why my grados sound better from a headphone amp instead of the headphone output of the surround sound smily_headphones1.gif

I ordered the music hall amp Monday and it should be here Thursday , I gave my local music shop a shot to price match and they declined
post #21 of 35
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What is your budget for a headphone amp ?

Cel4145, that explains why my grados sound better from a headphone amp instead of the headphone output of the surround sound smily_headphones1.gif

I ordered the music hall amp Monday and it should be here Thursday , I gave my local music shop a shot to price match and they declined

Not a lot of money for now, think I better wait a little and see what are my options but thanks

post #22 of 35
Thread Starter 
Headphone amps can be had for $30 ish for a cmoy, or a bit more for a fiio, the Schiit magni is $100

The only headphone amps I can comment or are the Asgard 2 and music hall ph25.2 but I have read good things about the above listed amps smily_headphones1.gif
post #23 of 35
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Headphone amps can be had for $30 ish for a cmoy, or a bit more for a fiio, the Schiit magni is $100

The only headphone amps I can comment or are the Asgard 2 and music hall ph25.2 but I have read good things about the above listed amps smily_headphones1.gif

 

Thank you for your advice Daniel
post #24 of 35

Definitely look into Fiio's offerings pixels. Grados don't need a lot of juice, just a nice low output impedance :)

I am curious though.. what other headphones sound fine through the HK? I am surprised the grados sound so bad through it.

post #25 of 35

Just discover there was a problem with the switch for bypass tone control. I did clean the switch and now working good.

post #26 of 35
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Just discover there was a problem with the switch for bypass tone control. I did clean the switch and now working good.

That sounds more like it!

Glad everything worked out pixels.

Happy listening!

post #27 of 35
Thread Starter 
Glad to help smily_headphones1.gif

And glad you got the problem fixed smily_headphones1.gif the sr225i sound great to me smily_headphones1.gif
post #28 of 35
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Glad to help smily_headphones1.gif

And glad you got the problem fixed smily_headphones1.gif the sr225i sound great to me smily_headphones1.gif

Thank because I was thinking I was getting play by the guy who did sold them to me...

post #29 of 35
The Little Dot 1+ was essentially designed and built for headphones like Grados. They have a lot of output current for the price, which is what low-impedance headphones like Grados really like. I would know; I've heard all sorts of Grados off the Little Dot 1+.

I'm actually selling a really nice Little Dot with a TOTL tube/op-amp rolling kit that comes with it, if you're interested. I was using it as a Stax transformer preamp and since I upgraded to a full-size amp, I don't need it anymore, hence the sale.
post #30 of 35
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Thanks for the offer but I already bought the music hall amp, it arrived today and i am very happy with it smily_headphones1.gif

I am listening to it now with my grado, it's like I am right up on stage at a concert smily_headphones1.gif
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