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Are the SR125s the most overlooked Grado?  Lots of folks jump from the SR60 or SR80 right to the SR225.  I went SR60 --> SR225 myself but always wondered about the 125s.  With the new 'e' series out, I figured why not!!!

 

Received them today and love 'em!

 

Cheers!!!!!

 

 

post #2 of 28

congrats! can you tell me the differences in sound sig between the SR225i and the SR125e? thanks!

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I bet the 125e with bowls are better than the 225i with bowls. I had a pair of 225is and thought they were so-so and harsh with the 325is being much better. I did hear the 125 with a good tube amp and they were quite a bit better than my 225 out of some standard equipment.

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Originally Posted by sfordphoto View Post
 

congrats! can you tell me the differences in sound sig between the SR225i and the SR125e? thanks!

 

 

Thanks!

 

Sure.  I'll be doing some comparisons this weekend.  I have the SR225 (non-i).

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by donunus View Post
 

I bet the 125e with bowls are better than the 225i with bowls. I had a pair of 225is and thought they were so-so and harsh with the 325is being much better. I did hear the 125 with a good tube amp and they were quite a bit better than my 225 out of some standard equipment.

 

 

 

Have not put bowls on the 125s yet.  A few hours with the s-cush and now I've had the g-cush on for a while.  Will try some bowls as well as HD414 and a few modded comfies.

 

I'm really not a fan of bowls to listen for a long period of time.  Unless I wear them with KSC75 pads. :gs1000smile:

 

 


Edited by HeatFan12 - 7/4/14 at 8:29pm
post #5 of 28

I put bowls on my 125e. I find them more comfortable physically. I also don't think they sound harsh. They are my first Grado, so I don't know how they compare to the other models.

 

I was thinking since I bought bowls to use on my 125, maybe I should have just gone for the 225 instead. I am curious how the 125e, 225e, and 225i compare, all with bowls. The e series wasn't officially released when I bought mine, I got a transitional model, so if I bought the 225 I could have ended up with either version.

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now that the e series is out i wonder if the stigma around the 125 will slowly disappeared

post #7 of 28
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Been pad rollin' for a few days now.  My fav on the SR125e were the HD414 pads, but today I spent a good amount of time with the s-cush (quarter mod) and I believe I have a new fav.  Bass is tight and of course there's a bit more air in the overall sound vs. straight comfies.  Great combination.  And very comfy indeed.

 

 

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by MindsMirror View Post
 

I put bowls on my 125e. I find them more comfortable physically. I also don't think they sound harsh. They are my first Grado, so I don't know how they compare to the other models.

 

I was thinking since I bought bowls to use on my 125, maybe I should have just gone for the 225 instead. I am curious how the 125e, 225e, and 225i compare, all with bowls. The e series wasn't officially released when I bought mine, I got a transitional model, so if I bought the 225 I could have ended up with either version.

 

 

Congratz MM!

 

That is a never ending cycle with the Grado ladder.  The 'what if' factor.  I went SR60 -> SR225 -> RS2 -> RS1i and still own them all.  But I always wondered about the SR125.  Where did it really fit in?  In terms of tonality and overall presentation.  Was it the aggressive / harsh one etc. etc......

 

Years went by and when the 'e' series came out, I finally said 'it's time for the SR125'.

 

I have not been disappointed one bit.

 

 

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Originally Posted by winterandsummer View Post
 

now that the e series is out i wonder if the stigma around the 125 will slowly disappeared

 

 

Haha.  Let's hope so!!!!!


Edited by HeatFan12 - 7/7/14 at 9:38pm
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Originally Posted by HeatFan12 View Post
 

That is a never ending cycle with the Grado ladder.  The 'what if' factor.  I went SR60 -> SR225 -> RS2 -> RS1i and still own them all.  But I always wondered about the SR125.  Where did it really fit in?  In terms of tonality and overall presentation.  Was it the aggressive / harsh one etc. etc......

 

Years went by and when the 'e' series came out, I finally said 'it's time for the SR125'.

 

I have not been disappointed one bit.

 

When are the comparisons coming!!!!  :D

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Originally Posted by sinnottj View Post
 

 

When are the comparisons coming!!!!  :D

 

I have the next two days off, so they will be all Grado love :D

 

Been planning it out the last few days (source, amp etc.).  Want to use the same pads for all five Grados across the board for comparisons.  L-cush has more air but bass suffers a lil' bit, g-cush has better soundstage etc......Trying to get a happy medium all around.

 

:beerchug:

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Originally Posted by HeatFan12 View Post
 

 

I have the next two days off, so they will be all Grado love :D

 

Been planning it out the last few days (source, amp etc.).  Want to use the same pads for all five Grados across the board for comparisons.  L-cush has more air but bass suffers a lil' bit, g-cush has better soundstage etc......Trying to get a happy medium all around.

 

:beerchug:


Cool! Really looking forward to some comparative reviews of the Grados :beerchug:

 

Personaly, I'd vote for an L-cush based review, just 'cos it's the de-facto standard Grado pad

post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by sinnottj View Post
 


Cool! Really looking forward to some comparative reviews of the Grados :beerchug:

 

Personaly, I'd vote for an L-cush based review, just 'cos it's the de-facto standard Grado pad

 

 

Haha.  I was leaning towards the bowls to make it even in scaling and refinement all the way around.  I have been enjoying the HD414 and quarter modded s-cush for a while now though.  Loving the bass with these pads.:L3000:

 

 

Later on this morning all my Grados will be getting some Mapletree love :beerchug:

 

 


Edited by HeatFan12 - 7/8/14 at 1:18am
post #12 of 28

flats have to be included here :D

post #13 of 28

Any updates on sr125e vs sr225i? And what pads are the final winner? :D

post #14 of 28

That red & black Mad Ear is "sexy"

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That red & black Mad Ear is "sexy"

 

 

I'm missing mine now :(. Should never sold this amp.

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