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post #346 of 6518

The tape mod around the "bowl" really works wonders. It just gave my 325e a little sub bass and more impact. I can feel the difference with and without the tape mod.

post #347 of 6518
Man I tried the tape mod on my 325is and it didn't seem to make a darn but of difference!
post #348 of 6518
What do the Larger PS1000 style pads do to the PS500 sound?
post #349 of 6518

A friend of mine got to hear my SR225i's a few weeks ago. He fell in love with them immediately of course. So he went out to B&H and bought a pair. They arrived Friday before last. He said he was in Heaven. So yesterday I went over to his house to do some computer work for him and saw his SR225i's and thought, why don't I listen to some music while doing some work. Wait... these sound different... there is more controlled bass and clearer highs than mine. Surely it's because my SR225i's have about 500+ hours on them and his might have about 30 hours so far. and then I saw his were terminated to 1/8". So I took them off my head and looked inside the grill, and this is what I saw...

 

  

 

We were using his new O2/ODac with no changes in setting on it or Foobar2000 and did some A/B testing immediately between my SR225i's and his SR225e's. His box says SR225i but obviously he got a pair of the SR225e's and I have to say, DAMN I'm jealous. They sound a lot better to me than my SR225i's.

post #350 of 6518
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Originally Posted by MrFaust View Post
 

A friend of mine got to hear my SR225i's a few weeks ago. He fell in love with them immediately of course. So he went out to B&H and bought a pair. They arrived Friday before last. He said he was in Heaven. So yesterday I went over to his house to do some computer work for him and saw his SR225i's and thought, why don't I listen to some music while doing some work. Wait... these sound different... there is more controlled bass and clearer highs than mine. Surely it's because my SR225i's have about 500+ hours on them and his might have about 30 hours so far. and then I saw his were terminated to 1/8". So I took them off my head and looked inside the grill, and this is what I saw...

 

  

 

We were using his new Mayflower O2/ODac with no changes in setting on it or Foobar2000 and did some A/B testing immediately between my SR225i's and his SR225e's. His box says SR225i but obviously he got a pair of the SR225e's and I have to say, DAMN I'm jealous. They sound a lot better to me than my SR225i's.

This is what I found, too. It had been about a year since I owned the SR225i and what remember is exactly what you described. They almost sound like they've already been burned in and if they haven't, most likely scenario, this is going to be one heck of a can for 200 bucks.

post #351 of 6518
Props to mrfaust and zap for listening impressions. I'm sticking to my $100 or under pricepoint but you guys are making it difficult. smily_headphones1.gif
post #352 of 6518
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Originally Posted by music101 View Post

Props to mrfaust and zap for listening impressions. I'm sticking to my $100 or under pricepoint but you guys are making it difficult. smily_headphones1.gif

Obviously $200 is 2x your price point, but I can tell you from personal experience, It's worth it to go directly where you want to go. Yes it is "fun" doing and hearing each version as you upgrade, and maybe by then you can find a used pair for less, but I swear, I'm seriously considering selling my SR225i and getting the SR225e. It was THAT noticeably and better in my opinion. And face it, you will end up there eventually anyways. This hobby has that affect on just about everyone, unless they get to audition a pair for an extended time period to really tell if that is what they want. But stick to your guns... if you can :) 

post #353 of 6518
John Grado just told me that only PS1ke, GS1ke, and RS1e use larger drivers. So now we know.
Edited by Claritas - 6/23/14 at 12:47pm
post #354 of 6518
I'm going to exercise due diligence and wait for reviews on the 60e, 80e and alessandro ms1(e?).

I think anyone interested in the 225e is going to get their money's worth if they are such a clear improvement over the 225i.

I'm also looking at the Fiio X5 (along with 256 GB in SD cards so I have to take that into account as well as far as my budget is concerned
post #355 of 6518

I am going to hold off and wait for the "a" series. I figured that going from 'i' to 'e' is 4 letters (going back), so 4 letters back from 'e' is 'a'.

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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

John Grado just told me that only PS1ke, GS1ke, and RS1e use larger drivers. So now we know.

 

Interesting that the PS500 is not included..

post #356 of 6518
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Originally Posted by Beagle View Post

I am going to hold off and wait for the "a" series. I figured that going from 'i' to 'e' is 4 letters (going back), so 4 letters back from 'e' is 'a'.

Interesting that the PS500 is not included..

Funny. And RS2e.

I had a chance to hear a modded 80e; standard bass mods such as the punch mod and some dynamat. Granted they were modded so let's set aside the bass. Compared with 80i, it was clearer and a little more detailed but painfully bright. Even though that's not consistent with most of the first impressions, it would be consistent with Grado's evolution.
post #357 of 6518

Yes, Grado has gradually gotten brighter, except for the PS500.

post #358 of 6518
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Originally Posted by MrFaust View Post

Obviously $200 is 2x your price point, but I can tell you from personal experience, It's worth it to go directly where you want to go. Yes it is "fun" doing and hearing each version as you upgrade, and maybe by then you can find a used pair for less, but I swear, I'm seriously considering selling my SR225i and getting the SR225e. It was THAT noticeably and better in my opinion. And face it, you will end up there eventually anyways. This hobby has that affect on just about everyone, unless they get to audition a pair for an extended time period to really tell if that is what they want. But stick to your guns... if you can smily_headphones1.gif 

X2. the sr225 has been regarded as the sweet spot in the grado line-up at head-fi. if i was a noob and wanted a grado i'd save up my pocket money for that. that said the sr60 is still great grado bang for your buck.
post #359 of 6518
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Originally Posted by MrFaust View Post
 

A friend of mine got to hear my SR225i's a few weeks ago. He fell in love with them immediately of course. So he went out to B&H and bought a pair. They arrived Friday before last. He said he was in Heaven. So yesterday I went over to his house to do some computer work for him and saw his SR225i's and thought, why don't I listen to some music while doing some work. Wait... these sound different... there is more controlled bass and clearer highs than mine. Surely it's because my SR225i's have about 500+ hours on them and his might have about 30 hours so far. and then I saw his were terminated to 1/8". So I took them off my head and looked inside the grill, and this is what I saw...

 

  

 

We were using his new Mayflower O2/ODac with no changes in setting on it or Foobar2000 and did some A/B testing immediately between my SR225i's and his SR225e's. His box says SR225i but obviously he got a pair of the SR225e's and I have to say, DAMN I'm jealous. They sound a lot better to me than my SR225i's.

This makes me so excited! I have been eyeing the 225s for a while now and was ready to pull the plug just before I saw the AKG Q701s. I ended up going with the Q701s instead since they were on for such a good price. However, these Grados are still on my wish list for a back to school purchase near the end of August. The supposed significant improvements and 1/8" cable termination assure myself that I made the right decision in waiting! Plus the new red drivers look awesome, and I've read they'll make a nice pairing with my Aune T1. 

post #360 of 6518
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Originally Posted by Beagle View Post

I am going to hold off and wait for the "a" series. I figured that going from 'i' to 'e' is 4 letters (going back), so 4 letters back from 'e' is 'a'.

Interesting that the PS500 is not included..

ps500 and rs2e now have 44mm drivers according to grado's website. they used to be 40mm. dunno if the prestige series has gone from 40mm to 44mm drivers tho.
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