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I currently have a HD598 and a lowly FiiO E7 to drive it. Since I'm not concerned with portability, I'm looking for a serious amp/DAC for if, and another pair of headphones to listen to heavier types of music. I'm currently looking to save up for a Schiit Vali/Modi combo, but I'd like to hear some suggestions and opinions on that. With my HD598 Listening to soft music, especially with female vocals, had been heavenly. Like many said, heavier music types were not suited for them, so I'm looking for another set of headphones as well, preferably $200 and under. I'm currently looking at the Grado series, since I believe they're designed for the "in-your-face" kind of sound, but I'm not sure about the possible discomfort. I'm a guitarist for several years now, and though my knowledge on audio is still limited, whenever I set up my guitar amp, I prefer to run my heavier distortion with 8-10 on bass, 0-3 on mid, and 8-10 on treble, if that means anything in the area of headphones. Some bass is nice, but I don't really listen to dubstep or anything, but as long as I know it's there, and I can easily hear the all the difference instruments and sounds instead of a conglomerate that my HD598 struggles with heavier music. 

 

Any help is appreciated, and thank you n advance.

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Grados are great for guitar--absolutely the best. And not only guitar, all string music. Vocals sound good too. The SR series are all bass light, but that can be much improved by using L-cushions and tape-modding them. So get 225i or, if want to spend less, 80i + L-cushions as they sound similar.

 

The only comfort issue with Grados is the headband on the really cheap ones. Everything else can be fix. You can bend the headband insert to get it comfortable and wash the earpads to soften them. But the plastic headband itself . . . gotta do something about that. Either cover it with something, or add some foam, or replace it with an aftermarket one.

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I see. How big of a difference does the 80i and the 225i have, sound wise?

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I see. How big of a difference does the 80i and the 225i have, sound wise?

 

225i is faster-sounding and more resolving. Otherwise, they sound quite similar. I found it to be an improvement for metal and rock, but I was buying for organ music where I think 80i is a little better. They're pretty close though.

 

The charts are accurate this time:

 

 

You can see how close they are. The difference is extra speed and clarity. (Don't be too concerned about the bass roll off because you can bring the bass up with the tape mod.)

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225i is faster-sounding and more resolving. Otherwise, they sound quite similar. I found it to be an improvement for metal and rock, but I was buying for organ music where I think 80i is a little better. They're pretty close though.

 

The charts are accurate this time:

 

 

You can see how close they are. The difference is extra speed and clarity. (Don't be too concerned about the bass roll off because you can bring the bass up with the tape mod.)

 

Aah, alright. Thank you very much, but do inform me of the "tape mod", I'm quite interested.

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Aah, alright. Thank you very much, but do inform me of the "tape mod", I'm quite interested.

 

Sure. http://www.head-fi.org/t/148598/grado-basshead-mod and there's a good photo in the middle of the page here http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/evaluation-grado-stock-and-modified-ear-pads.

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Sure. http://www.head-fi.org/t/148598/grado-basshead-mod and there's a good photo in the middle of the page here http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/evaluation-grado-stock-and-modified-ear-pads.

Much appreciated! Thank you so much!

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Much appreciated! Thank you so much!

Glad you liked it. Grado modding, even simple mods, make 'em feel like their yours.
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