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Hello all and could I get some advice? Grado 325is vs B&W P5

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When I first heard the p5 I really liked them.  I'm sure build quality had an influence.  I was all ready to take the $300 plunge but thought I should at least check out what else there was at that price point.  Enter the Grado 325is.  I listened to both side by side and the grados made the p5 sound overly bass heavy and the detail was amazing.  I went with the grados and now 2 weeks later I feel like I made a mistake.  I miss the bass!  The shop that sold them has offered an exchange but I just don't know what to do.  Modding is intriguing but it is a one way street.

I know that part of my problem is source (pc or ipod) and I can't afford a DAC or dedicated amp.  Did I just answer my own question? Will the p5's be more forgiving of my source?

Thank you so much for any advice.

 

Joe

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My experience has been that the 325i's need to break in.  I bought mine, was very happy, in about 2 weeks I said what have I done...

 

In another 60 hours or so they were making excellent music including bass. Some people put them under a pillow with a CD on repeat...

 

Good luck!

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The P5s have better sub bass extension than the Grados. So no way to "mod" the Grados to provide <50hz bass. However, depending on the type of music you listen to, that sub bass may not be what you are missing.

For >50hz bass, have you tried a little EQ. I like to bump my SR225i up a few db from 50hz to 100hz.
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Thanks.  I had read several mentions of break-in but nothing about improved bass.  I will try this.
 

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I have tried EQ but it is hit and miss.  I like a lot of different music (on shuffle) so unless I adjust for each track it does not work out very well.

Most jazz and bluegrass of folk sounds fantastic but punk, funk and rock are another story.

Thanks for your reply.

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