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post #16 of 18

I do not think Audio-gd is a good match to Grado.   I owned some low end Audio-gd headphone amp  before.   I will spend the money on a RS-1 or SR-325.  those are very good cans, you will not regret.

 

 

Buying an amp for Grado is not absolute necessary,  you will not get a lot more out of them even you add an amp.

post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by samsie View Post

I do not think Audio-gd is a good match to Grado.   I owned some low end Audio-gd headphone amp  before.   I will spend the money on a RS-1 or SR-325.  those are very good cans, you will not regret.


Buying an amp for Grado is not absolute necessary,  you will not get a lot more out of them even you add an amp.

Just curious as to why?As you point out, Grados don't have to have an amp to drive them. I've found that the SR80i and SR225i do quite well with a variety of dac/amp setus. Seems like Audio-GD dac/amps would work as well as other comparably priced setups.
post #18 of 18

I am afraid I do not have an answer.  Grados give out colored sound.  Audio-gd headphone amp does not color the sound, so they should be good match in theory.

 

You may buy a second hand audio-gd to try out  before you commit any serious money.

 

 I am a low tech DIYer,  (tried to home made a Mapletree 

Super II headphone amp and almost set fire on my apartment)

 

 I admit I was impressed when I open up the Audio-gd headphone amp.  They were so many electronic parts even for a $250 headphone amp.  

 

However, they did not sound right when it  get together with Grado.   Of course, taste is subjective , your mileage may vary.

 

Another amp  that gives me similar feeling is the expensive SPL phonitor,  I would rather listen to my Grados straight out of Ipod.

 

You may consider to get small Cmoy pocket amp, it will gives you a lot of fun and it is cheap.  

 

If you like the sound of Grado, try not to think of an expensive amp at the moment.

 

 As I mentioned, Grado sound does not get a lot better even if  you match them with  an expensive amp. ( some of the amp do help a little bit on the bass and treble, but it is  the strong Grado house sound takes main control)

 

I will spend the money on a better Grado instead.  All the models from SR-80 to RS-1 has the same sound structure,  some of them just have more controlled bass and better treble (or less harsh treble).  Please note that the top models (PS-1000 and GS-1000) sound differently from the rest of Grado.  You may need to try them out before you purchase the two  top end models

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