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Hi~

 

I came from Malaysia, and been an enthusiast of Headphones since 2008, i own AKG K518DJ (2008), Audio Technica Pro 700 (2010) and the latest addition is the Grado SR225i (2013). Amp that i own is the FiiO E5 (2009) and the latest is FiiO E09k (2014) and still waiting for the FiiO E17 to reach my house from china (already more than 1 month of waiting.... :()

 

Even though i,ve been a fan of headphone since 2008, but currently not much of knowledge in this headphone/audiophille world and since not much of budget, cant really spend so much in the headphone & parts... 

 

Currently really into Grado headphones, my target is of course the Grado PS1000 :gs1000smile:, hope by mid of this month when there's enough budget, wanna buy the PS1000~

 

Slowly part by part to upgrade the headphone setup~

 

I hope by joining this Forum i can get more into the headphone world and to share the interest with more people around the world while learning and sharing all the great experience in this headphone world!

 

Thanks! :beerchug:

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Hi. Welcome to Head-Fi. I enjoy (some) Grados a lot and SR225i is one of my favorites.

 

What sort of music do you listen to? Grados play many genres well--that really surprised me.

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Be careful with Grados - it's one of the few companies where their entry level headphones are already 80-90% of their flagship, and you only get about 3-5% improvements with each model as you go up.

I think it's much more fun and ultimately satisfying to modify a low end model and get almost exactly the sound you're looking for, because everything above and including 325i people usually don't touch for modding. 

I had an RS2i at one point, but felt that I was getting better sound from cheaper headphones from other brands, and other high-end headphones offered SO much more for the money. But I still love the Grado sound experience, so I just stuck with modding an old SR80, and now even prefer the entire sound I've created over my old stock RS2i. 

 

Just a few thoughts. Take it with as many grains of salt as you deem necessary. 

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Be careful with Grados - it's one of the few companies where their entry level headphones are already 80-90% of their flagship, and you only get about 3-5% improvements with each model as you go up.

Indeed, I don't believe that more expensive models are necessarily improvements. Within the SR series, I'd rank them 225, 80, 60, 325, 125. There are some strong differences in preference amongst listeners. The one time (so far) I heard RS1i, I preferred my 80i. I would have been very disappointed had I bought them before finding that out. That's why it's important to try any Grado when you can before buying it.
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Be careful with Grados - it's one of the few companies where their entry level headphones are already 80-90% of their flagship, and you only get about 3-5% improvements with each model as you go up.

. Within the SR series, I'd rank them 225, 80, 60, 325, 125. 

Funny - that's exactly my ranking! I really don't know whats going on with the 125... but it's rotten.

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Be careful with Grados - it's one of the few companies where their entry level headphones are already 80-90% of their flagship, and you only get about 3-5% improvements with each model as you go up.

Definitely agree. I've owned almost every single Grado model (see my username), except the PS1000. There's almost no difference between the RS-1i and RS2-i except for $200 (I did a blindfold test). However, Grados are still great and my favorite open cans! 

 

In my mind, the SR225 is the sweet spot between price and performance (best value), but that's just my opinion.

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Funny - that's exactly my ranking! I really don't know whats going on with the 125... but it's rotten.

 

:D Super! At some point, I tried to figure out based on measurements why 80i and 225i are so good and 125i isn't. 80i and 225i measure the closest of all the Grados, and 125 has this big dip at 4 kHz instead of a spike.

 

 

My attempt to give a subjective accounting for 125i is here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/697260/advice-for-a-noob-please#post_10109127.

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Definitely agree. I've owned almost every single Grado model (see my username), except the PS1000. There's almost no difference between the RS-1i and RS2-i except for $200 (I did a blindfold test). However, Grados are still great and my favorite open cans! 

 

In my mind, the SR225 is the sweet spot between price and performance (best value), but that's just my opinion.

 

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Indeed, I don't believe that more expensive models are necessarily improvements. Within the SR series, I'd rank them 225, 80, 60, 325, 125. There are some strong differences in preference amongst listeners. The one time (so far) I heard RS1i, I preferred my 80i. I would have been very disappointed had I bought them before finding that out. That's why it's important to try any Grado when you can before buying it.

 

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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post
 

Be careful with Grados - it's one of the few companies where their entry level headphones are already 80-90% of their flagship, and you only get about 3-5% improvements with each model as you go up.

I think it's much more fun and ultimately satisfying to modify a low end model and get almost exactly the sound you're looking for, because everything above and including 325i people usually don't touch for modding. 

I had an RS2i at one point, but felt that I was getting better sound from cheaper headphones from other brands, and other high-end headphones offered SO much more for the money. But I still love the Grado sound experience, so I just stuck with modding an old SR80, and now even prefer the entire sound I've created over my old stock RS2i. 

 

Just a few thoughts. Take it with as many grains of salt as you deem necessary. 

yeah! thanks for all the advice! one of the main reason why i join the head-fi, still so many things to learn and experience! already read regarding the grado mod n stuff, but still didnt really know well and how to get all the items n etc... hopefully one day can mod my SR225i to improve in overall performance!

 

i read about the turbulent labs, i was really surprised since im from malaysia to see its the USA x Malaysia company

 

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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post
 

Hi. Welcome to Head-Fi. I enjoy (some) Grados a lot and SR225i is one of my favorites.

 

What sort of music do you listen to? Grados play many genres well--that really surprised me.

Hey thanks! mostly i listen to J-Pop/Rock or the movies theme... yeah really like the grado sound~ hopefully one day can listen to the other high end like audeze LCD-3 or the HD800 ehehe

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