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post #76 of 2890
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Originally Posted by SHAHZADA123 View Post

The MAD EAR+ has great synergy with Grados, IMO.

My Teac HA501 really shines with all the Grados I tried (RS1, PS500, SR225i,
SR60i, SR60e and GR10. The Grado RA1 has very good synergy with Grado phones and is reasonably priced. My Woo WA3 OTL mates great with my high impedance phones (DT880 600 ohm , AKG K340 and 240 Sextett).
but is not a good match with the Grados mentioned above.
post #77 of 2890

I couldn't help noticing that the back of the drivers in the new series looks pink (or maybe red?). Is that a hark back to the old, famous "pink driver" RS1s?

post #78 of 2890
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Originally Posted by SHAHZADA123 View Post
 

The MAD EAR+ has great synergy with Grados, IMO.

 

Absolutely

post #79 of 2890
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Any first impressions? I have the SR80e and only have a few days to return them. I was thinking about getting the 500e instead.

I only have about 5 hours of head time with these so far but I am noticing some differences.  When going back and forth between the two I notice the e version has better detail retrieval and the bass seems tighter and more controlled.  But they still sound very much like the PS500 but just Enhanced as advertised.  I'll post more after I get some more time with them.

post #80 of 2890
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I only have about 5 hours of head time with these so far but I am noticing some differences.  When going back and forth between the two I notice the e version has better detail retrieval and the bass seems tighter and more controlled.  But they still sound very much like the PS500 but just Enhanced as advertised.  I'll post more after I get some more time with them.

 

nice

post #81 of 2890
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Absolutely

I see you've got the MAD. If you don't mind, which is your preferred tube.

post #82 of 2890
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Originally Posted by SHAHZADA123 View Post
 

I see you've got the MAD. If you don't mind, which is your preferred tube.


With my grados it is a Sylvania 5751 triple mica black plate

 

For the senns it is an 12AX7  gold lion

post #83 of 2890
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If the speaker is red then yes it is the new series.

Man I want a pair of GS1000e's so bad... Off topic but how do the GS1000's compare directly to the SR60's?

I emailed Grado to ask them. It is specifically the magnet cover that is red in the new series. Mine is red, so it is an e series headphone. I guess they just hadn't decided to change the name yet with the first batch that they made.

post #84 of 2890
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With my grados it is a Sylvania 5751 triple mica black plate

 

For the senns it is an 12AX7  gold lion

Great choice for the Grados. Am using the same myself :wink_face:

Prefer the HD800s with my Pinnacle although I've tried a NOS Seimens 12AX7 in the MAD 

post #85 of 2890
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Great choice for the Grados. Am using the same myself :wink_face:

Prefer the HD800s with my Pinnacle although I've tried a NOS Seimens 12AX7 in the MAD 

 

How was that NOS Seimens with the HD800

post #86 of 2890
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How was that NOS Seimens with the HD800

To be honest, I don't remember. It's been a long time.

Will try it tonight and let you know 

post #87 of 2890

Great....thanks.

post #88 of 2890

My mini PS500e review,

 

I purchased a pair of PS500’s in March of this year serial # 3737 and like the rest of you didn’t know Grado was releasing a new series in a few months.  So I would say I’ve logged approximately 50 hours on them and feel I have a good feel for their sound.  Also it should be noted that prior to owning the PS500 I owned the RS1i for 59 days before returning them in favor of the PS500.  I liked the RS1i but compared to the PS500 they sounded thin and (don’t hate me for saying this) a little boring.  The PS500 didn’t bring out the same level of detail but the bass added some weight to the instruments and were so much fun to listen to.

            The PS500e, when they arrived I gave them a very thorough inspection and compared the build and other aesthetics to my PS500’s and found them to be equally as impressive, meaning no scuffs on the cups, no pinched cables and no excessive glue around the drivers; very nice attention to detail.  From here I plugged them into my Asgard 2 and gave them a long listening session of maybe 4 hours and having the PS500’s fresh in my mind the difference stood out immediately.  

First I was surprised to hear that the bass had changed with more control and better definition but with still a lot of impact, and this was with a few hours of use I can’t wait to hear how it changes with 100 hours.  Also the level of detail I was hearing was better it’s like they (with my non audiophile terms) turned up the gain by a few decibels.  For a-b testing I plugged both pairs in with my Grado Y adapter and went back and forth and noticed the e version sounded louder and more forward in the mids while the PS500’s sounded more congested and laid back in comparison.  To simplify, it sounds like the SR325is and the PS500 had a baby which for me is a good thing because the PS500e is replacing my SR325is for use while I’m traveling.

The only real negative thing I can find with these is the 1/8 inch cable end and how the 1/4 inch adapter they supplied comes off pretty easily and I wonder why they didn’t go with the screw on kind.  Also it would have been nice to get detachable cables, but maybe next series.

To conclude, I think Grado has achieved what they set out to do by taking an already great headphone and “e”nhancing it.  These are my early findings and I will follow up when I put some more hours on them.  If you already own the PS500 I wouldn’t suggest running out and selling them but rather give the e series a try and see if the changes warrant an upgrade for you.  If you’re buying new I would definitely suggest the PS500e over the PS500 just so long as the new 1/8 inch cable end isn’t a deal breaker for you.

 

Thanks for reading,

Oracle


Edited by Oracle - 6/16/14 at 4:09pm
post #89 of 2890

What is the name of the Grado on-line dealer where some of you got your 'E"s is it something like ears4u ??

post #90 of 2890

Well...I'm talking one for the team here...I have a PS1000e coming in this Friday-ish at a local Grado dealer. I'll report back on how it compares to my PS1000. If anyone is interested in a near MINT condition pair of PS1000s, please let me know. :o


Edited by MacedonianHero - 6/16/14 at 10:24am
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