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Are Grados suited for Classical?

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by davidmahler, Aug 4, 2007.
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  1. DavidMahler Contributor
    I notice most of the Grado lovers are into rock and metal. How do the Grados (specifically the RS-1) fare with Classical music. I love the UE10s and HD650s with classical.....any comments on the Grado. Thanks
     
  2. GlorytheWiz825
    The RS1 does string instruments extremely well. Best headphones I've heard for string instruments.
     
  3. 003
    No...
     
  4. granodemostasa
    I think the GS1000 is a better headphone for classical than the RS-1, but the RS-1 isn't shabby. I don't think the RS-1 could possibly to large orchestra stuff, or choirs remotely accurately... but It does wonderfully with string quartets and organs (I was totally shocked by how damn good it sounded with the organ). Overall, however, I wouldn't replace the HD650 with the RS-1 as my main classical can.
     
  5. epaludo
    No good for classical. Look for a headphone with the biggest soundstage possible.
    The best i've heard for classical is the K701 ...
     
  6. MaloS
    Grados will do fine as long as you don't have more than one instrument...after that things get hateful. Classical guitar should be really impressive on an RS-1.
    Once you have alot of instruments, you need a soundstage...
     
  7. Assorted
    I think Grado's are too aggressive even for solo classical. It's fatiguing to listen to piano, let alone the harpsichord. And organ works -ugh. You need soundstage for that kind of stuff.

    Especially coming from your 650s. You will find it too forward.
     
  8. riceboy
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    Originally Posted by GlorytheWiz825 /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    The RS1 does string instruments extremely well. Best headphones I've heard for string instruments.



    I am a Grado fan. My GS1000s should be in soon. In regards to your question, I agree with GlorytheWiz825 that it is good for string instruments. But, if you want a soundstage for Classical I really like my AKG 701s and others like the HD650s. The GS1000s I've heard are a different signature from the other Grados. They supposed to have a bigger soundstage than the other Grados (which I'm not sure if it's saying much considering Grados have a nice small soundstage, which I love). I've heard that the AKG 701s have the biggest soundstage. Good luck on your search [​IMG]
     
  9. MaloS
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    Originally Posted by Assorted /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    I think Grado's are too aggressive even for solo classical. It's fatiguing to listen to piano, let alone the harpsichord. And organ works -ugh. You need soundstage for that kind of stuff.



    I thought they were fatiguing. Period. Not with just classical >.< Try SR225 + Nora Jones - the treble makes you want to suicide via making IEMs out of tweeters.
     
  10. KT88
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    No...



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  11. Mindless
    GS1000 on my rig sounds amazing with classical.
     
  12. headphonejunkie
    I have listened to YO YO MA(classical cellist) with my 80's and 225's and he sounded ok. Is soundstage that important? It sounded alright to me.
     
  13. Zayeem
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    Originally Posted by headphonejunkie /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    I have listened to YO YO MA(classical cellist) with my 80's and 225's and he sounded ok. Is soundstage that important? It sounded alright to me.



    It is only important with more then one instrument (or lage orchestral work).
     
  14. Pibborando
    Soundstage you say? Airy highs? Immaculate detail and separation? Looks like a job for the DT 880s! [​IMG]

    I need to stop pimping these in every thread but I can't help it.
     
  15. headphonejunkie
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    Originally Posted by Zayeem /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    It is only important with more then one instrument (or lage orchestral work).



    I guess that is why senn's are listed for classical. They represent the environment better. I listen to rock and such so grados are for me.
     
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