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post #61 of 77
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Hmm I guess ill just have to wait to get more money :/
post #62 of 77
If I were you I would get the 325 first, decide if you like it, then look elsewhere. At that level, you are certainly dealing in the loft diminishing returns. Every additional hundred dollars does not yield as much better sound. The 325 with a nice tube hybrid amp like the Little Dot 1+ is a fantastic combo that won't break the bank.
post #63 of 77
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Hmm but from what I heard the 325 isn't that much better the sr60s
post #64 of 77
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Hmm but from what I heard the 325 isn't that much better the sr60s

Not sure where you "heard" that, but anyone in the Grado Fan Club would refute that statement. The 60 is a solid headphone but not nearly as engaging or refined as the 325. SEVERAL head-fiers have likened the 325 to th RS1i.
post #65 of 77
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Hmm but from what I heard the 325 isn't that much better the sr60s

I found that the SR80i and the SR225i were very similar. The differences seemed to be (a) better matched drivers in the higher prestige models (see Grados description on their website), (b) heavier cable, and (c) different pads.

The biggest difference seems to be the pads. When I switched them out, it took the SR80i 80 to 90% of the way to the SR225i sound. So I suspect that the drivers are the same, just better selected to match with each other just like Grado claims.

Given that, the primary difference between the SR225 and SR325 seems to be plastic vs. metal cups. This would explain the SR325s reputation for being brighter because of the reflective nature of the metal. So unless you want a bit brighter sound than the SR60s would sound with the same pads as the SR325, might not be the best choice for you.
post #66 of 77
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But don't they pretty much have the same driver?
post #67 of 77
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Just a different housing and more venting.
post #68 of 77
While most grado drivers are similar - differentiated in dampening, matching, and venting - don't let that dissuade you. There's a reason that old beat up lab in Brooklyn maintains one of the strongest and most loyal customer bases around.
post #69 of 77
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Haha they pretty much trick people,they make there cheapest headphone really awesome but then the higher end ones hardly improve,but still get really expensive.
post #70 of 77
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Haha they pretty much trick people,they make there cheapest headphone really awesome but then the higher end ones hardly improve,but still get really expensive.

I don't think it's quite like that.

Grado hand winds their drivers. So there will be some variation in the manufacturing process between them. Then they have to find ones that match better as you go up in the higher models, and there's probably a very limited number of those sets that result from the manufacturing process.
post #71 of 77
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Yes what do u think there's a 200 dollar difference between the sr60s and the sr325s
post #72 of 77
I have not heard the SR325. I went with the SR225, and they were definitely bright enough for me, so I've never been interested in the SR325 because I doubt they offer any real audio difference other than different frequency response.

As I already said, when I took the L-cush pads off the SR80i and put them on the SR225i, it took them 80 to 90% of the way to the SR225i sound. If you haven't tried the L-Cush pads yet, you should.
post #73 of 77
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Haha they pretty much trick people,they make there cheapest headphone really awesome but then the higher end ones hardly improve,but still get really expensive.

On one hand, everyone does that. The HD800 from Sennheiser is certainly not $1000 better than the HD600. That's called marketing.

On the other hand, you get improvements in sound quality, comfort, and a much better cable. All of those are upgrades that if you pursued their aftermarket sources, Would certainly cost more than $200.
post #74 of 77
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True but when you go that high up in sound quality it gets expensive
post #75 of 77
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True but when you go that high up in sound quality it gets expensive

Yep. You should spend that money on your speakers. More return for your money smily_headphones1.gif
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