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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:58 am 
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thinking of buying grado headphones sr125e only if they are as good or better than hd600 i mostly play rock what is your thoughts on the 2 headphones thanks


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:41 am 
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'I would say you need to go up to the rs1 or maybe the 225/325 level to be comparable to hd600. Hd 600 is a very good headphone. That being said the Grado will offer a quite a differen't sound that will complement the hd600 rather than replace it. Once you hit the RS1/GS/PS line then all bets are off. Some may still prefer the more balanced sennheiser signature but Grado are much more live sounding and great for rock/metal. Grado will sound much better on a low powered portable player as they are much easier to drive, sennheiser needs a dedicated amp.


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Great analysis, realstar.

The only thing I can add is to point out that it's not really a fair comparison. A quick look at Amazon shows that the HD600 is more than twice the price of the SR125. Even the SR325 is less expensive than the HD600.

To your point about head amps, IMHO a "lesser" headphone (like the SR125) with a separate amp can sound better than a more expensive headphone driven by a laptop or phone. There are some good little tube amps here on CAM in the $150 range that would bring the package cost of a the SR325 plus amp to within a few dollars of the HD600 alone.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:38 am 
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Sound aside, the Grado is not even remotely as comfortable as the Sennheiser. If that kind of thing matters to you that is.


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Also not a fan of the Grado fit especially the on-ear type like the SR125. But that is more of a personal taste. I do agree with the comments above in regards to the SR125 vs some of Grado’s better offerings. I will say though that despite being an easy load to drive, care still must be taken to ensure the amplifiers output impedance is at least 1/8 of the nominal impedance of the headphone.

Do you own a pair of HD600’s or looking for an opinion?


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:58 am 
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i own hd 600


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I personally liked the grado sr125e better than the sennheiser hd 600. Found the sound really good with rock music. As for the comfort I found them comfortable and you can buy cup style pads for them if you prefer.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:36 am 
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If rock is your genre of choice then the 650's would be better imo.


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jnaudio wrote:
i own hd 600


As mentioned, the HD600’s are a great HP. What is it about them you feel they could be bettered by another brand? What amplifier are you using?


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:25 pm 
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i think they sound good but maybe lack excitement for rock music


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tiller wrote:
Sound aside, the Grado is not even remotely as comfortable as the Sennheiser. If that kind of thing matters to you that is.

Good point. FYI, you can buy the oversize earpads for the Grados on Amazon for about 20 bucks. Your outer ears fit inside, to the cups sit on the sides of your head, and don't press down on the ears. I find them MUCH more comfortable.

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Grados are my favourite brand of cans, hands down. They are a ton of fun, especially if you love rock.

They are in your face, aggressive, and remind you of being right up against the stage at a concert.

I think all cans benefit from amplification, and Grados, while their impedance is a lot lower than most, still benefit from amplification.
You don't have to break the budget either. Long ago, I had a Millet hybrid amp for my Grado HF-2s and it was a great little amp. I bought it for
less than $200 used.

If you love getting excited by your music, tapping your feet, and playing air drums, get the Grados. Seriously.

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I tried a set of Grado 325i but my head felt as though it was in a vice and my left ear went numb about 20 minutes into any session. I liked the sound but the discomfort over rode all of that. Am thinking of getting the HD 650 - $500.00 on Amazon right now.


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i was listening to my Sennheiser HD 600s last night for number of hours what a great sounding pair headphones anybody looking to buy great sounding headphones under 500.00 should consider the Sennheiser HD600 Headphones


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How does the HD600 and HD650 differ - I pretty much listen to rawk and some pop n jazz. I'm gonna buy one of them - which one would be better. A friend had the 600 and he wrote original music for professional video.


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