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post #1 of 14
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I have read the forums here for a while. Head-fi was instrumental in my purchase of Grado SR-80's a few years back. I started with an old pair of sennheisers, but moving to the Grados was a mind-blowing experience for me. As I'm writing this I put Pink Floyd's Meddle album on because it's just magical with these headphones. The clarity moving from Sennheiser to Grado (comparably priced cans) was night and day.

 

Unfortunately I have abused them a bit over the last 5 years and they are starting to get some buzzes and crackling if I take them around town and now I am thinking about getting some new ones. I'm looking to spend around 300 or 400 (Canadian) but unfortunately don't have much in the way of being able to test headphones.

 

I am thinking about just getting the SR325i because I have tested them at a store and know I will absolutely love them, but I would hate to wreck them like I have the 80's. Is there anything with comparable sound that might be a bit more hardy?

 

I was looking at the V-Moda M-100 and like that it folds, has a removable cord (so if it gets tugged on it won't wreck the connection, which is what I suspect is happening to my 80's) and looks well built. I don't think I would get these because I'm not sure I will like the sound and they are really ugly (although sound trumps all, which is why I will probably just go with the 325's). The Beyerdynamic DT880's seem like they might fit my needs. I listen to a lot of rock, classic rock, electro-pop, hip hop and classical when I'm in the mood.

 

Any suggestions from other Grado lovers will be appreciated!

post #2 of 14
Only Grados sound like Grados. LOL

I've been enjoying the HE-400 lately because of their superior detail resolution and bigger soundstage than my SR225i. Can't decide which I like better for rock music, though.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hmm the HE-400's look like they might be a good candidate if the cnet review is a good indication. I have a Fiio e6, tiny little portable amp. Would it be sufficient to power the HE-400's or would I need a new amp also?

post #4 of 14
I would think you'd want a better amp than the E6 for the HE-400s.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by AlexeyKaramazov View Post

 

Any suggestions from other Grado lovers will be appreciated!

Have you considered getting your SR80 repaired?

It's a very easy job to re-cable a Grado, and a new cable will more than likely be the solution to it's problem. 

 

There are many including myself who would be happy to take it off your hands if you don't intend to. :biggrin:

post #6 of 14

I used a set of Grado 225s for years. I loved the way they sounded with guitar based rock. I upgraded to the DT880 a few months ago and am very happy with them. They are not as forward sounding in the midrange (which can be a good and bad thing), but offer a much better sound stage (wider and with better separation) and are more tonally accurate to my ears. I listen to a lot of progressive rock, especially Pink Floyd, and find the DT880s to excel with that type of music. The DT880s are also far more comfortable, I can wear them for hours without any fatigue whatsoever. The Grado's would make my ears burn after an hour or two of use. 

post #7 of 14

I own the 325's and I don't think think your going to find anything that will pull you into the music like them. I also have AKG 701's and they sound great, but when I listen to them, I just listen. When I use the Grado's, I always get pulled into the music. There is just something about them. And on durability, the 325's are built like a tank. The housings are metal and the cord could be used as a jump rope. The ear pads can be changed easier than any phone I am aware of. Good luck on that search.

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by dwins050 View Post

I own the 325's and I don't think think your going to find anything that will pull you into the music like them. I also have AKG 701's and they sound great, but when I listen to them, I just listen. When I use the Grado's, I always get pulled into the music. There is just something about them. And on durability, the 325's are built like a tank. The housings are metal and the cord could be used as a jump rope. The ear pads can be changed easier than any phone I am aware of. Good luck on that search.

Good point. The cable build quality on the prestige series is much better.
post #9 of 14

I would contact Grado to get your SR80 serviced, they are still a mom, pop (and now kids) operation out of Brooklyn.

SR225/325 is the next logical step.  I don't think any headphone in this price range is going to out-do a Grado in terms of "being a Grado".  Prog-rock and prog-metal is what Grados do best... Alan Parsons, Yes, Genesis, Floyd, Zappa, Marillion, Dixie Dregs, Maiden, Dreamtheater, Queensryche....etc.


Edited by kramer5150 - 3/16/14 at 9:58am
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post


Good point. The cable build quality on the prestige series is much better.

Good to know... This is the first I am hearing of this (admittedly I've been away from HF for 6-7 years).  How are the cables different between the different series?...SR, RS, GS, PS?  I always thought it was the SR60 that has the lower-tier cable and all others share the same 4-conductor cable with 1/4 TRS..???

post #11 of 14

The higher-spec cables are basically the same quality cable, but instead of 4 cores, there are 8, so each channel is literally doubled.

Therefore the main insulation cable is quite thick and tough compared to the standard 4-core cable found in the lower end Grados. 

post #12 of 14

aah ok thanks for that info;)

post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post
 

I would contact Grado to get your SR80 serviced, they are still a mom, pop (and now kids) operation out of Brooklyn.

 

I might still do this. My 80's are still working, no problems while just listening at home so the repair can wait until I get a replacement. I have been wanting to either upgrade to the 325's or find something to fill a void that perhaps a grado won't fill. Some electronic music falls flat with the 80's but I suspect it could be more the recording than the cans.

 

 

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Originally Posted by dwins050 View Post
 

I own the 325's and I don't think think your going to find anything that will pull you into the music like them. I also have AKG 701's and they sound great, but when I listen to them, I just listen. When I use the Grado's, I always get pulled into the music. There is just something about them. And on durability, the 325's are built like a tank. The housings are metal and the cord could be used as a jump rope. The ear pads can be changed easier than any phone I am aware of. Good luck on that search.


This is all I needed to hear. I have been fiending for the 325's since I heard them in the store. I saw a set for sale online this morning, $270 with cosmetic blemishes, comes with manufacturers warranty, brand new so I pulled the trigger. I think I will further expand my headphone collection in the future, 6 months maybe I will get the DT880. I'll find somewhere to try them out and compare them to the 325's.

 

Thanks for your help!

post #14 of 14

I don't think you will be disappointed with your decision. You already appreciate the Grado sound, and I think the 325 is the sweet spot (price/performance) in the line-up. I have the 60's (w/mods) and have listened to 80/125's, but for me it came down to the 225/325. I sat for hours A/B'ing the two. The shop was very cool about me planting myself in their listening room. The 325's were clearly better (2 my ears) in every way. Enjoy your new cans.

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