Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphones (full-size) › Grados for my Portable
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Grados for my Portable - Page 3

post #31 of 34
Thread Starter 
Neruda, Are they OK for comfort, or are the newer "comfy" pads definitely worth the extra couple of bucks? ( I would definitely mod their sound performance by cutting a hole just smaller than a quarter or bigger than a nickel/dime in the centre of the pad, as many of you have recommend in the past at headwize)
post #32 of 34

Amps ARE NOT always the answer!

Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of headphone amps. But I think it's interesting that even people who claim to consider themselves "audio purists" (high end "audiophiles, or whatever term they may choose) largely insist that an amplifier is ALWAYS better. It isn't! Amplifiers, like any other piece of gear placed in a signal chain, CHANGE THE SIGNAL! The TRUE purist approach is to have as few doo-dads in the signal path as you can get by with (as can get the job done!). If you have an extremely sensitive headphone which is delivering signals at a volume level high enough for you, with peaks that are completely "un-clipped", then an amplifier IS NOT necessary!

I think even Tyll from Headroom will admit that even the best amplifiers (and Headrooms are certainly among the best...in many respects THE best) change the signal passing through them in some way. NO amplifier is the proverbial "straight wire with gain".

Now I'm a radio production "wiz". I'm certainly not against using compression, limiting, equalization, WHATEVER during the creative process to achieve the sound that I'm after. But once that sound has been achieved, I'd prefer that it not be randomly changed by passing through unnecessarily long signal chains, with pieces of gear in the signal path that simply aren't necessary....like a headphone amp connected between a device which already has plenty of output to drive 'phones, and extremely sensitive 'phones such as many of the more popular models from Sony, Grado, Koss, etc. Of course, I consider my work to be a "finished product", so if I were king graphic equalizers, tone controls, etc. would be outlawed as well! But that's a topic for another thread, in another place.

I love my Total Airhead, but find it unnecessary when using my Sony MDR-7506 with my cd, md, or fm portables. But when I want to plug my HD-580s into my portable, OF COURSE I plug in the old Total Airhead! (Contradicting myself just a bit, I DO prefer the KSC-35 when driven through the Total Airhead! It just has more "oomph".)
post #33 of 34
Thread Starter 
$20 - $25 for the DIY Cmoy amp is a very worthwhile investment for most Headwizers on a budget tho...especially for those who spent most of their cash on a pair of Sennheisers and needs something to power them.

Hey Neruda, (or anyone who would know the answer)
Are the round pads in the picture above (5 or so replies up) ok for comfort, or are the newer "comfy" pads definitely worth the extra couple of bucks? ( I would definitely mod their sound performance by cutting a hole just smaller than a quarter or bigger than a nickel/dime in the centre of the pad, as many of you have recommend in the past at headwize)
post #34 of 34
Thread Starter 
I've been thinkin about it and since I go to California in only 3 or 4 days, and I barely have $50 US, I'm just gonna pick up a pair of mx-500's while I'm there. Then in a few months I'll come back to the states and test a bunch of cans at Cambridge when I have the cash. That way I won't have to make a rushed decision, and maybe I'll have enough to pick up 2 pairs!!!
I know that Cambridge carries both the SR60 and SR80, but which of the following other options do they have in-store for me to test?: Sony V6, Denon 750, Denon 950, and Sennheiser 580.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Headphones (full-size)
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphones (full-size) › Grados for my Portable