Sr 80 vs Portapro
May 4, 2002 at 4:15 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 11

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How much better do the 80's sound over the Portas? I have heard the 80's, and the sound good (could not hear much if any difference between the 80's and 125's). The 80's are $200 Canadian, Portas $75. Are the Portas close to the 80's? I listen to rock, old country, jazz through a yamaha cd player an old receiver with a headphone out. Also would it be worth it to go up a couple of steps to a grado 325 or senn 580/600? They are around $450 Canadian. If I did step up would my player and amp be enough to power them? Thanks all for your opinions.
 
May 4, 2002 at 6:25 PM Post #3 of 11

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For the types of music you listen to i think the Grado 325s would probably keep you happy for a long time. The can be run of your soures, but like all headphones they would sound better with an upgraded source and amp. But for the price the SR-80s would probably make you very happy.
 
May 5, 2002 at 12:59 AM Post #4 of 11

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I agree with Satori, except I'd go with the SR325 if you can afford them. The musical presentation is much better than the SR80 and it will be a very long time before you have to worry about upgrading your headphones (assuming your musical taste doesn't change to classical). The SR325 will work with your current sound source. But they will really shine if you attached a dedicated amp later down the line. Now, to be fair to LTUCCI1924, the SR80 will meet your current needs. I don't know why he didn't like the SR325 as well, but once I tried them there was no going back for me. Oh, and just to confuse you I also have the HD600. I love their sound as well, but not as much as the Grado's for Rock. But, while not absolutely necessary, you really should consider a headphone amp for the HD600. At least you can start off with Grado and save up for an amp.
 
May 7, 2002 at 12:29 AM Post #6 of 11

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Well, I bought the Sr 80's. The Sr 325 was twice the price of the 80, but I still wonder if the 325 would have sounded twice as good. I didn't listen to the 325 though. Thanks to all. I'll post my impression of my new phones after some break in time and listening.
 
May 7, 2002 at 3:37 PM Post #7 of 11

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I gave a listen to my SR80 last night and, using the RA-1 amp, found them more transparent and dynamic than my SR225 and SR325. True, there's a wee bit more coloration in the upper midband, but I can "see through" them much better. I think the SR325 sound is "bigger" but not necessarily "better".

It seems that with the Grados, as you go up the line, you gain some sonic benefits but you also lose some of the clarity that was present in the cheaper models. I find the SR80 very balanced and the SR325 slightly bloated and dark.
 
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Enjoy your new cans Bongo. I'm sure you'll love 'em.
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May 7, 2002 at 6:12 PM Post #10 of 11

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Originally posted by LTUCCI1924
Beagle
Boy was I glad to read your post. I also liked the sr80s over the sr325s and the 325 cost me 300.00 and the sr80s cost me 95.00 so I thought that I was not hearing right but I still sent the 325s back and liked the 80s much better. But after a while I sent the sr80s back not because of their sound but because of thier being unconftable, and spining to much.


LTUCCI1924:

What happens when you send all these phones back?
 

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