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Re: Grado Cans
« Reply #30 on: December 29, 2011, 03:30:05 PM »
Just to add to my purchase story here, I want to include a conversation I had with a guy at work today:

Me: I finally pulled the trigger on some sweet headphones
My Boss: Wow, that's really cool (after I explained what they were to her)
Matt (another dude I work with): What kind of headphones are they?
Me: Grado RS225i
Matt: Oh, I thought you were going to say something sweet like Turtle Beach
Me: I'll take the Pepsi challenge with that Amsterdam shit any day of the week.
Matt: What?
Me: Exactly.

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« Reply #31 on: December 29, 2011, 05:19:33 PM »
that's great. people are stupid.

My records are my media for music. They are to be played. Loud and as often as possible.

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« Reply #32 on: December 29, 2011, 08:51:38 PM »
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« Reply #33 on: February 19, 2014, 06:27:06 PM »
It's time to infest in some good cans. Obv, the folks around here seem to suggest grado. I have no experience with open cans at all, but I will say, I have always found I prefer something that sits around my ear, as opposed to on my ear. Suggestions?

Also, I'm gonna go ahead and say the RS1 is too expensive for me. Thinking about the SR225i with the G-Cush pads as suggested here:

http://goodcans.com/HeadphoneStore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=78
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« Reply #34 on: February 19, 2014, 07:11:51 PM »
It's time to infest in some good cans. Obv, the folks around here seem to suggest grado. I have no experience with open cans at all, but I will say, I have always found I prefer something that sits around my ear, as opposed to on my ear. Suggestions?

Also, I'm gonna go ahead and say the RS1 is too expensive for me. Thinking about the SR225i with the G-Cush pads as suggested here:

http://goodcans.com/HeadphoneStore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=78

I may infest in some good cans myself.  :wink:

I actually have tossed this idea around for awhile now but my track record with headphones has been less than stellar.
I feel like I need to stick with the cheapos orwind up super disappointed.

ETA. Those cans are bad ass and I would love to have a pair.
that's great. people are stupid.

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Re: Grado Cans
« Reply #35 on: February 19, 2014, 07:40:58 PM »
I bought Sobel's RS2s off him and love them.
Grado makes an outstanding product.  you'll love whatever you choose.  :music:
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Re: Grado Cans
« Reply #36 on: February 19, 2014, 08:41:24 PM »
I have RS2i's...I love them.  Couldn't pull the trigger on the RS1s....I almost never use my Grado's, but when I do, it's usually a late night focused listening session and they are simply unbelievable.  I have never heard so much detail in the White Album as I have when playing an OG mono copy on the Grado's.  They have paid for themselves in enjoyment 50 times over....

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« Reply #37 on: February 19, 2014, 08:58:21 PM »
I have RS2i's...I love them.  Couldn't pull the trigger on the RS1s....I almost never use my Grado's, but when I do, it's usually a late night focused listening session and they are simply unbelievable.  I have never heard so much detail in the White Album as I have when playing an OG mono copy on the Grado's.  They have paid for themselves in enjoyment 50 times over....

do the RS2i's rest on your ears at all?
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« Reply #38 on: February 19, 2014, 09:52:02 PM »
I have RS2i's...I love them.  Couldn't pull the trigger on the RS1s....I almost never use my Grado's, but when I do, it's usually a late night focused listening session and they are simply unbelievable.  I have never heard so much detail in the White Album as I have when playing an OG mono copy on the Grado's.  They have paid for themselves in enjoyment 50 times over....

do the RS2i's rest on your ears at all?

Not sure exactly what that means, but they're really comfortable...It takes a little while for them to break in, but now I don't even notice them and they are still pretty new.  I have had them for about 4 years but they barely have 200 hours on them I would guess.  I did read about some people's issues with comfort, but I never really had any (though they were stiff at first).

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Re: Grado Cans
« Reply #39 on: February 19, 2014, 09:53:00 PM »
I have RS2i's...I love them.  Couldn't pull the trigger on the RS1s....I almost never use my Grado's, but when I do, it's usually a late night focused listening session and they are simply unbelievable.  I have never heard so much detail in the White Album as I have when playing an OG mono copy on the Grado's.  They have paid for themselves in enjoyment 50 times over....

do the RS2i's rest on your ears at all?

All the Grado cans are on-ear (or in-ear).  The only circumaural set they sell is the PS1000... 

However, there are after-market pads that can turn a set into circumaurals...  http://goodcans.com/HeadphoneStore/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=65

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Re: Grado Cans
« Reply #40 on: February 19, 2014, 10:09:34 PM »
One other thing to keep in mind:  AFAIK, all Grado's cans are open-backed, so people around you will be able to hear your music...  This may not be cool if you plan on listening to them at your office... 

I listen to headphones about 6hours a day at the office so I need circumaurals/closed back cans...

Right now, I'm looking at ATH-M50s...  I'm really diggin' the blue ones...

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Re: Grado Cans
« Reply #41 on: February 19, 2014, 11:24:35 PM »
Ahhh...I see what PG was saying...No, they really don't rest on your ears and while initially, it may seem odd if you're used to big puffy cans that cover your whole ear (Senns/AKG), but they are fine comfort wise.  Are they the most comfortable cans I have ever owned?  Not really, but you're so immersed in listening that it's never an issue for me.  And Terry is right, being open backed, I would not recommend Grados for any type of commuting/plane/office use.  They project sound pretty clearly.  I had a guy behind me using them on a plane and I might as well have had the cans on my head the music was so clear.

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« Reply #42 on: February 19, 2014, 11:51:24 PM »
I have RS2i's...I love them.  Couldn't pull the trigger on the RS1s....I almost never use my Grado's, but when I do, it's usually a late night focused listening session and they are simply unbelievable.  I have never heard so much detail in the White Album as I have when playing an OG mono copy on the Grado's.  They have paid for themselves in enjoyment 50 times over....

do the RS2i's rest on your ears at all?

All the Grado cans are on-ear (or in-ear).  The only circumaural set they sell is the PS1000... 

However, there are after-market pads that can turn a set into circumaurals...  http://goodcans.com/HeadphoneStore/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=65

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« Reply #43 on: February 19, 2014, 11:54:06 PM »
Ahhh...I see what PG was saying...No, they really don't rest on your ears and while initially, it may seem odd if you're used to big puffy cans that cover your whole ear (Senns/AKG), but they are fine comfort wise.  Are they the most comfortable cans I have ever owned?  Not really, but you're so immersed in listening that it's never an issue for me.  And Terry is right, being open backed, I would not recommend Grados for any type of commuting/plane/office use.  They project sound pretty clearly.  I had a guy behind me using them on a plane and I might as well have had the cans on my head the music was so clear.

These are for use in my office while working, primarily.  I've got westone custom molded in ear monitors for travel. I don't fuck around on that front. But for the office, I'd like some real cans.

I've got this project coming that's gonna require a lot of listening and last just about all year. 
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Re: Grado Cans
« Reply #44 on: February 20, 2014, 12:57:03 AM »
I own a pair of the 225's that I have been using for the last three years.  If you have any specific questions send me a pm or post here.


As for my general personal experience, I have mostly fanboy advice to offer.  Without too much audiophile garble to go into; these are my go-to listening device for personal interaction with music.  After discovering a new music set I like, I often can't wait to "listen to this with my Grados without distraction". 

Clean, Open, and Accurate, are the three words I would associate with the cans.  The sound approximates the breath of speaker system well for headphones in that it doesn't feel like a closed environment.  To me, this is the main draw.  The sound also seems accurate, which can be a blessing or a curse depending on the source material.  I've had great listening experiences with both lossy and lossless music with these headphones, though the limitations of the recording environment/post-production are always apparent in both their glory and shortcomings. 

What I always want more from these cans is bass.  From my personal reference, you'll be able to hear every finger scrape Phil plays on early 70s recordings, but none of them will jar the fillings out of your teeth.  Same with Mike; every note will be represented beautifully, but none will rattle your skull like a full sound system or a set of phones more colored for bass.

Different listening environments are useful for different experiences.  These cans are my go-to for careful listening with headphones attached.

These headphones also improve with age.  It took me approximately 50-75 hours of play to dampen the brightness of the highs and mids.  I let them play overnight a few nights before giving the sound a final chance.  Seems to get better, but subjectivity is a bitch.

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