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When should a Head-Fier move up the food chain, or expand their pallete within their usual spending range?

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by buttuglyjeff, Apr 30, 2011.
  1. ButtUglyJeff
    Well, I have a little headphone spending to do, and I'm looking for a direction to travel.  I'm planning with a budget of around $600, and the way I see it, I have two general options.  But I have decided that I want to make some sort of Grado purchase.
     
    A)  I've wanted a set of Grado woodies for quite a number of years.  And with that budget, I can get a new set of RS-2i, or a very good used set of RS-1 or RS-1i.  I'm also interested in the HF-2, even though they're not wood phones.  So, that'll be one purchase, which will easily be my most expensive set of cans ever.
     
    B)  I could downgrade my Grado purchase to something like the 325is, and leave half of my budget available for an additional headphone purchase.  If I were to do this, I would get something from a manufacturer I've never purchased from before.  The idea being, I would then expand my audio "pallete", so to speak.  I'd then consider options, used or new, for companies like Denon, Beyerdynamic, AKG, or Ultrasone.
     
    The only good set of phones I currently own are HD25s, so I don't have a collection to draw from, to learn more about the sound I like.  I know I love the HD25 sound, but I have a hard time explaining why.  After this purchase, I'll be taking a break from buying phone, and start saving for better amplification.
     
    So, do I get the best single pair of phones I can afford, or do I spread it around?  Which do you think I'll appreciate most, in the long run?
     
  2. scompton Contributor
    If you look at my profile, you'll see that I believe in spreading it around.  Plus I'm a bit of a compulsive collector.
     
  3. baka1969 Contributor
    Quote:Originally Posted by ButtUglyJeff 

    "Well, I have a little headphone spending to do, and I'm looking for a direction to travel.  I'm planning with a budget of around $600, and the way I see it, I have two general options.  But I have decided that I want to make some sort of Grado purchase.
    A)  I've wanted a set of Grado woodies for quite a number of years.  And with that budget, I can get a new set of RS-2i, or a very good used set of RS-1 or RS-1i.  I'm also interested in the HF-2, even though they're not wood phones.  So, that'll be one purchase, which will easily be my most expensive set of cans ever.
    B)  I could downgrade my Grado purchase to something like the 325is, and leave half of my budget available for an additional headphone purchase.  If I were to do this, I would get something from a manufacturer I've never purchased from before.  The idea being, I would then expand my audio "pallete", so to speak.  I'd then consider options, used or new, for companies like Denon, Beyerdynamic, AKG, or Ultrasone.
    The only good set of phones I currently own are HD25s, so I don't have a collection to draw from, to learn more about the sound I like.  I know I love the HD25 sound, but I have a hard time explaining why.  After this purchase, I'll be taking a break from buying phone, and start saving for better amplification.
    So, do I get the best single pair of phones I can afford, or do I spread it around?  Which do you think I'll appreciate most, in the long run?"


    The choice between the RS1(i) and the HF2 is somewhat subjective. I personally prefer the HF2 and there are others that prefer the RS1. The RS1 has more of the Grado house sound where the HF2 is a bit warmer with more mid-bass impact.

    IMHO the 325i(s) is my least favorite Grado with the, to my ears, piercing highs.

    I would recommend that with the higher end Grados you budget for an amp. It will improve the sound quality.
     

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