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For those who have issues with Grado comfort

post #1 of 7
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I'm sure most of you know this piece of advice, and I had heard it for awhile but I was skeptical. If comfort is an issue, get the G-cushions as soon as possible Grados are uncomfortable but I like the sound, and the latest pair I bought came with L-cushions, somewhat more comfortable than flats. Grado recommends not swapping pads, as it will effect the sound signature, so I avoided changing to the G-cushions. I got tired of my ears hurting after 2 hours and finally made the swap (I've always heard people preferring the sound of G-cushions, it's more isolating than L-cushions). It was like night and day. I am surprised how much more comfortable these pads are. I can't exactly "forget" about them, and eventually my ears will ache, but moving them around relieves the stress. It is ten times more comfortable, I'm really glad I made the switch. Note, I'm using Ear Zonk pads, I hear the official pads are harder. Get the G-Cushions! I don't think you will be disappointed.

post #2 of 7

I totally agree. The original ear pads on my Grado 325I were pure torture. 

Thank goodness the G cushions are available. As far as sound quality goes I don't 

think they dimnished it any. I highly recommend the G cushions to everyone. 

post #3 of 7

Are G-cush pads different from the original GS1000 pads?  I tried those years ago on my RS1 an it reduced the bass impact by at least ~3 db.  Do the current g-cush pads retain bass better than the original GS1000 pads?

post #4 of 7

People still don't know how to wear Grados....

Kinda sad. I bet most bad reviews about their sound is entirely attributable to this fact.  

They (L-cush) are supposed to be ON ear. I Always see people trying to fit them over the ears. No **** it's uncomfortable then.

You can lightly bend the headband to lower the tension, it also tells you this in the manual. My RS1 are more comfortable than my HD25-1, since the latter has way more clamping. Even though the HD25 are still quite comfy to me.


Edited by Aizura - 3/16/14 at 1:09am
post #5 of 7

Grados are made to be uncomfortable, you can't have it all :P

 

Can't have you enjoying your music too much now can you?

post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post
 

Are G-cush pads different from the original GS1000 pads?  I tried those years ago on my RS1 an it reduced the bass impact by at least ~3 db.  Do the current g-cush pads retain bass better than the original GS1000 pads?


I believe they are the same pads, Kramer.

 

I experience the same reduced bass impact when I use mine on the RS1i

post #7 of 7
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I believe they are the same pads, Kramer.

 

I experience the same reduced bass impact when I use mine on the RS1i

OK thanks for that feedback.

I have seen others encase G-cush pads with tape in an effort to try and retain bass.  I tried an RS1 with taped G-cush and it was still way too bass-shy for my tastes, and I most definitely am not a bass-head.  Although the increase in comfort and soundstage image almost makes it worth while.

 

[EDIT]  My larocco PPA has a bass boost that I NEVER use.  It instantly turns all my cans into dre beats...  That in combination with G-cush pads might make for an interesting experiment.


Edited by kramer5150 - 3/16/14 at 8:54am
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