Grado SR225e mod for COMFORT?
May 26, 2015 at 5:39 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 8

itsZENmusic

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Hey, quick question.  I just bought the Grado SR225e, loving them, but just as I feared when I read about it online, they just aren't comfortable.  I'm looking to use them for 2-4 hours on end, and they aren't comfortable after 20-30 minutes.  
 
I've read that people often mod their grados or alter the pads (which are thankfully easily removable).  What are some good recommendations?  Really just looking purely for COMFORT, I know that changing the pads or altering them also gives it a different sound signature, but I doubt I'm picky here so don't worry about that.  
 
Also, I've tried the flat pads found on the SR60/80e, and while they are better, they weren't amazing... this is my backup solution to buy these but surely there are better pads out there?  
 
May 26, 2015 at 6:14 PM Post #2 of 8

liquidzoo

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The Ear Zonk pads from Amazon are supposedly softer (though not by a lot).
 
I can say from personal experience, though, that it does get better over time (either the pads normally soften a bit or your ears get used to them, not sure which).
 
Others have said that washing them softens them up.
 
Edited to say:
 
Buying a new headband also helps, along with making the headband shaped more to your head size.  You can either get one from Turbulent Labs or others have said the Beyer DT replacement headband (here) will fit around the stock vinyl band.
 
Aug 1, 2015 at 10:28 PM Post #3 of 8

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Hi,

I have 225e and RS2 and have suffered same discomfort I have used the flat ones S pads (the ones without the hole over your ear) and whilst they are comfy I do find they act as a barrier to the sound. Whilst sound is ok for general listening say for TV or video I think it its detrimentally affected for hi quality music listening.

Although I've seen people suggesting that using the huge G cushions also affects the sound, I've only found that it improves the sound on both my cans. Giving more air and space to the sound. The G cushions are far more comfy as they go around your whole ear.

I'm actually using non original G cushions bought on EBay for £5.00 from China and I'm very impressed so far.

Simon

Hope this helps.
 
Aug 2, 2015 at 10:04 AM Post #8 of 8

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If you have access to a 3D scanner and printer, you can make an adapter to fit for example a leather or velour Beyerdynamic circumaural earpad. Scan the earpad mount on the Grado, then the mounting side on the Beyer earpad. The adapter then needs to have some kind of "step" in the middle hole, so the wider circle will fit around the Grado's earpad mount while the smaller circle will fit around the hole for the driver. You can then apply some kind of easily removable adhesive there so you don't rely solely on friction. The Beyer earpad will then fit around that adapter.
 

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