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post #211 of 6518
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Originally Posted by ThePianoMan View Post
 

I personally find my SR325is, plenty comfy and I'm totally with jay. Sound is #1. Unless a can is a torture device (and I haven't really encountered any phones that are this way) it's fine by me. I did think it was interesting that in one of the recent promotional videos, the Grado family said that they've grown every single year since they started making headphones, and there seems to be constant stories about their success floating around. They make a good product for sure! 

And I remember Mike Moffat of Schiit in an interview with Tyll saying something I thought was great: "Too many audiophiles nowadays sit around with their $100,000 systems, and you tell the guy 'I heard something in the highs that disturbs me' and its like you burned the guy's house down!' This little combo here (the schiit magni/modi stack) is just meant to be cheap fun. It's just fun, because that's what the hobby is about." or something along those lines. Truer words have seldom been spoken!


yuuuuuuuup !

post #212 of 6518
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Originally Posted by zoolzoo View Post
 

 

In what way do they sound "light years ahead" of the MS1i? Sounds a little extreme to me.

Hyperbole, bro. They're not PSKi light years ahead but that extra $90 goes a long way as far as refinement, detail retrieval, and overall sound quality is concerned. And they're not even burned in yet like the MS1i was and yet they sound like they're already burned in.

post #213 of 6518
I do consider the ultrasone ed9 as a "torture device" with its ridiculous clamping force. Couldn't get through a song before everything justs too painful

And to maintain the relevance in a grado thread, I don't find any grado uncomfy, including the weighty ps1k
Edited by etnt - 6/20/14 at 6:29pm
post #214 of 6518
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Originally Posted by etnt View Post

I do consider the ultrasone ed9 as a "torture device" with its ridiculous clamping force. Couldn't get through a song before everything justs too painful

And to maintain the relevance in a grado thread, I don't find any grado uncomfy, including the weighty ps1k

+1on including the weight of the PS1K

post #215 of 6518
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My 500e showed up today smily_headphones1.gif

So it's certainly a different sound than the 80e. Any more bass than this would probably be too much for my listening style, that said, it's not bass heavy.

All instruments are very clear. It's very easy to pick out each individual instrument and little nuances are audible that we're not on the 80e.

A few tracks that particularly stood out to me were Wings for Marie Part 1 and 10,000 days (Wings 2) by Tool. Lots of stuff going on in these tracks and previously I thought these tracks sounded like the musical equivalent of mud. Not anymore.

Overture from the Tron sound track along with The Grid and Son of Flynn were particularly enjoyable to listen to. The very beginning if Overture has a slow building deep bass that is clearer than I've ever heard before.

The A Team by Ed Sheeran sounds great with clear separation of the two acoustic guitars. To be honest I never even realized there were two guitars.

Safe and Sound by Capital Cities sounds less floaty and more precise in the Bass department.

Shades of Cool by Lana Del Rey has suddenly become listenable. During the chorus she hits notes that turn into a ear piercing mess on every single speaker or headphone I've tried to listen to this song on. Still don't like the song but I thought it was a good test track.

My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark by Fall Out Boy is a great showcase for the tight bass. Particularly the first few seconds of the track.

Cut Without The E by Taking Back Sunday sounds fantastic! The vocals always sounded a bit buried to me but the 500e brings them to the front making it easy to pick out the duel vocalists even when they overlap.

If I had any complaint, it would be that overall the sound feels a little less "3D".

I also find these more comfortable with the L-pads. 99% of my ear fits under the cups.

I'm not 100% happy with the quality of the engravings on the headphones. You can see in the pics that one side has sloppy lettering. I'm not sure if this is just how they are supposed to be or if that's a defect.

In the interest of transparency, I'm certainly new to this whole high end headphone stuff and haven't had the chance to try many of the headphones that other have, but I did spend hours listening to all the display models at the Apple Store as well as the plethora of headphones that the guys at the office use.

I made my fiancé listen to the 500e, I did the same with the 80e when I had those. Overall she seemed to be enjoying the music more when she tried the 500e. She was "sit dancing" and bobbing her head when using the 500e. When she tried the 80i she was singing but didn't seem to get excited about what she was listening to. When I asked her what she thought the difference was between the two she said that she felt like she could hear different instruments with the 500e.

So that's that...I still need to spend time with them but this has been my experience on day one.

One last note...for the $99...I could have kept the 80e also. It's not a lot of money and I still think they sound great. Still interested in the RS1e as a second set.
Edited by Sense - 6/20/14 at 6:59pm
post #216 of 6518

Congratulations on the new PS500e's.

Enjoy them!!!

post #217 of 6518

Day one exactly, 30 days from now you will know what they REALLY sound like! :happy_face1:

Be prepared for a very long burn-in time.

post #218 of 6518
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post

Day one exactly, 30 days from now you will know what they REALLY sound like! :happy_face1:

Be prepared for a very long burn-in time.


I was going to run them constantly in the office over multiple nights and while at work. How long do they need to break in?
post #219 of 6518
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

I called Grado to ask. They told me that only three models (RS1e, PS1ke, & GS1ke) are 50mm and all the rest are 44.

drvers for prestige series, rs2 and ps500 have increased from 40mm to 44mm. drivers for rs1, gs1000 and ps1000 have increased from 40mm to 50mm. all drivers in the e series are bigger than previous grado models.
post #220 of 6518
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Originally Posted by Sense View Post


I was going to run them constantly in the office over multiple nights and while at work. How long do they need to break in?

I really don't think they should be burned-in by continuously playing 24/7.

I would let them play at low to moderate levels for 2-4 hrs at a time with different genres, then shut them off for a couple of hrs and repeat. You will eventually hear the difference each time you listen to them to determine the burn-in period, it does seem to vary from headphone to headphone. 

post #221 of 6518
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Originally Posted by etnt View Post
 

I guess the difference in driver sizes should at least put to rest the rumor that Grado uses the same driver in all their headphones.

 

Though it might just evolve to "ps1ke, gs1ke, rs1e all use the same driver *yada* *yada* *yada*"...

 

That sounds quite odd....a 50mm, a 44mm and a 40mm??? Did they put different sized plastic rings around them to make them "different" sizes? What we need to know is if the plastic diaphragm is 50 mm...

post #222 of 6518
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Originally Posted by Sense View Post


I was going to run them constantly in the office over multiple nights and while at work. How long do they need to break in?

I really don't think they should be burned-in by continuously playing 24/7.

I would let them play at low to moderate levels for 2-4 hrs at a time with different genres, then shut them off for a couple of hrs and repeat. You will eventually hear the difference each time you listen to them to determine the burn-in period, it does seem to vary from headphone to headphone. 


Well good thing I asked before I did it! Haha.

I'll do the short bursts of continuous play smily_headphones1.gif
post #223 of 6518
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Originally Posted by Sense View Post


Well good thing I asked before I did it! Haha.

I'll do the short bursts of continuous play smily_headphones1.gif

Grado recommends NOT to continuously run them.

Otherwise, that is how I've burned-in all of my headphones with no issues.

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post #224 of 6518
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Originally Posted by Beagle View Post

That sounds quite odd....a 50mm, a 44mm and a 40mm??? Did they put different sized plastic rings around them to make them "different" sizes? What we need to know is if the plastic diaphragm is 50 mm...

the e series doesn't have 40mm drivers. it has 44mm or 50mm drivers depending on the model.
post #225 of 6518

after burning in for 2 weeks My new Mspro now became very very good.

the bass came out more. the soundstage is bigger. the mids is very very beautiful, warm.

i love them.

 

The old version mspro is arriving today. so excited about that.

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