- Apr 2, 2017
If you're still in the market I suggest the Meridian Explorer. I own both the Grado SR325e and Explorer, and I have to say they sound amazing together. Much more powerful in the low end and the separation is greatly improved as well as general detail. Highly recommended.
P.S. Buy the first version, not the brand new one, it's $150 bucks on Amazon, can't beat it.
I'm sorry to revive this old thread, but after reading this I later came across some other discussions that have me thinking. Namely, while researching the Meridian Explorer I read about the first version's "problem" with high output impedance; first 50 ohms then 5 ohms after being "fixed". Then, some time later, I came across a post talking about how Grado's do well with amps with higher output impedances, which is why they love tube amps so much. The poster said it had something to do with Grado's being high dampening cans. Apparently all of these factors lead to the high end of the Grado's being tamed in a positive manner.
So, my mind flashed back to this thread and how Deebrewski was using the original Explorer 1.0. Naturally, I'm wondering now if that high output impedance is the reason for the Exploer sounding so good with the 325e. I don't know if Deebrewski's was the early 50 ohm version or the later 5 ohm one, but they are both still significantly higher than the Explorer 2.0 which measures at just 0.45 ohms. Makes me wonder if the new Explorer 2.0 would not sound as good with Grado's.
I don't suppose there's anyone out there that's heard their pair of Grado's through both the Explorer and Explorer 2.0 and can answer the question.