Grado conundrum?!
May 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 20

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Hi all,
 
I am having a bit of a conundrum in regards to purchasing a set of Grados. I found a Canadian online retailer with decent prices for new Grados. I am having a tough time deciding between the SR80is and the SR225is. I have enough cash to buy the 225s but I am wondering if buying the 80s and doing the screen mod, and hole mod with some bowls would get me in the ballpark of the 225s. Or should I just bite the bullet and get the 225s and wouldn't have to do the screen mod or buy different pads. 
 
Anyone with experience or opinions I would greatly appreciate some help in this matter.
 
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Dan
 
May 11, 2012 at 10:17 AM Post #3 of 20

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It all depends whether you enjoy modding,i have a fully modded pair of SR80i's c/w woodies and they are still my favourite Grado's and get as much use as my SR325i's.
If you don't want to mess with them just get the 225's.
Good luck.
 
 
May 11, 2012 at 11:47 PM Post #4 of 20

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Personally I think it makes more sense to just buy the 225. Otherwise you'll end up spending around $130-140 on a pair of 80's, when for $60 more you could have just purchased a much better headphone. I have a pair of 60s and 225s. I can't go back to the 60s after listening to the 225s. The upgrade is well worth it in my opinion.
 
May 12, 2012 at 1:10 AM Post #5 of 20

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Never tried the 80s but I love my 225s especially after some modding. The 225s have the metal grills, bowl pads, and closer matched drivers over the 80s. I think the little extra cost is worth it and then you won't regret not getting it later on.
 
May 13, 2012 at 12:04 AM Post #6 of 20

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I got a pair of 80s coming and will be modding them. I like to tinker so I think it is money well spent.
 
May 14, 2012 at 8:13 PM Post #7 of 20

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Well my Grado SR80i showed up today, only took two days. I am enjoying the ****** out of these things! I get it now. I understand all the hype now! I am sold. Consider me a Grado convert. I know these are only 80s, but they seem to do everything right, for me that is. And I haven't even started modding them yet. I intend on acclimatizing myself to the sound and then I will start to modding them. I have NEVER heard guitars reproduced like the 80s are doing right now, drums have more liveness to them as well. Grados definitely do something special with midrange. I know I am gushing like a little kid with a new toy, but, I can't help it at this point. These things are just so damn much fun to listen to.
 
I have a pair of flats, L cush, and Senn 414s coming this week sometime, so I will be doing some serious pad rolling before I start dismantling the cups. Are the comfies worth quarter modding at this point? Also how do they sound reversed?
 
Cheers,
Dan
 
May 14, 2012 at 9:46 PM Post #8 of 20

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225 is a good choice. 
 
May 14, 2012 at 10:30 PM Post #9 of 20

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225 is a good choice. 

Indeed, but due to financial reasons I chose the 80i. The 225 might be my next choice, however, once I am done modding mine they will probably be close to or equal to a 225.
 
May 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM Post #11 of 20

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Go for the gold.  225=sweet spot
 
May 15, 2012 at 1:23 AM Post #14 of 20

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I haven't heard the 225, but I can't imagine that they would touch the 325 through a hybrid amp.


FWIW, I found the 325 (the goldie i) to be overly harsh; the 225 seemed more "in line" with the rest of the SRs. I'm not saying the 325 are a bad can, they just seem to stick out like a sore thumb imho. To the op: I think the SR-80 is a fine choice; to imagine the 225, just think about continual refinement and slight "betterings" over what you have now. You did good (even the SR-60 are good :)).
 
May 15, 2012 at 1:34 AM Post #15 of 20

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Quote:
 
I haven't heard the 225, but I can't imagine that they would touch the 325 through a hybrid amp.

 
Back in my Grado days, it was highly suspected that the SR-225 and SR-325 utilized the same driver.  The difference was that the black housing that fit around the driver on the SR-325 was etched with serial numbers and then had the aluminum shells on the them.  Oh, additionally, the SR-325 also featured a leather headband, which the SR-225 did not.  
 

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