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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:37 pm 
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What Grado headphone do you feel is the best bang for the buck? Base this on money spent towards performance (sound) given or heard?

Would it be the SR60, 80, 125, 225, 325 or

RS2 or RS1?

New purchase cost are:

SR60 $120
SR80 $160
SR125 $220
SR225 $300
SR325 $400

RS2 $660
RS1 $900

Many people have suggested the Grado sweet spot is either the SR325 or the RS2. Any thoughts or experience with these headphones? thanks.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:04 pm 
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I owned the RS2 for a period and thought it was a great headphone. I did experience some comfort fatigue with them though. Went to a HiFiman 400i and did not recognize a deterioration in sq. and recent pricing for new put them at less than half the RS2.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:47 pm 
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My first pair was the 60i which was eye/ear opening having used just cheap IEMs prior. Out of curiosity I upgraded to the 125e which gave me a noticable improvement in detail and bass. I tried the older 325i but to my ears found the 125e still more forward and open which I like. Contrary to other online reviews I didn't find the 325i treble fatiguing at all and the bass response of my 125e were on par. I especially did not like the added weight of the 325i considering none of the Grados are particularly comfortable. I did get knock off L-cush pads for the 125e which are much better than the standard ones. Been using them with a Fiio X1 MkII and Benchmark USB DAC.

I also tried the HifiMan 400i which were very comfortable. Again contrary to online reviews I didn't find the bass particularly authoritative. After getting used to Grados, the treble seem rolled off and definately not "airy" sounding like the open Grados.

You're welcomed to come by to listen to my 125e.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:28 pm 
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I think the 80s are the sweet spot for most people's systems.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 5:39 am 
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I have owned all the headphones on the list and I would say RS2


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:52 am 
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I know it is not on your list, but if you don't mind buying used, and willing to pony up to a probable price of $900 to $1000, the PS1000 is fantastic...so much so, I bought another one as a back up.


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How's the build quality of these? I heard they're quite light.


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Have owned the SR60s, SR80s, SR225 and now SR325.

Best bang for the buck is the SR60. Just because its 90% of the 325s for less than 1/4 of the price.

Grado's are a love it or hate it sort of headphone, so it's best to try them out first.

Having said that, i'd say the sweet spot is the SR80.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:22 am 
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After having the time to listen to various Grado headphones, I guess if falls into what cash you have available and are willing to invest.

Since I wrote this inquiry I have come across a pair of PS-500 headphones. Many people and reviews claim that this is very similar to the PS-1000 but for less than half the price. I have spent close to 40 hours listening to both these and the RS2 and I can tell you there is a difference. The 500 has a deeper, richer bass sound and a slightly bigger soundstage. Both pairs have the large style ear cups that you will find on the PS-1000.

However are these extra sound bites worth the extra funds? I guess that is the question of the day. At what level is the additional return on investment worth it? Everyone will have a different level, however I have reached my point of diminishing return!

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:43 am 
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Had the 325 and they crushed my big head, but they did sound great!

Had the Hifiman 400 and that was more comfortable but sold them due to lacklustre bass.

Now have Sennheiser 600's and could not be happier.


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225 and PS500

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SR80 $160


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