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Hey guys, sorry for posting a thread again, but I was curious about what type of difference in sound quality I can expect from a set like the ATH-A700's and a set of cans like the Grado Prestige SR325is.


A set like those don't seem to be incredibly out of my price range for my next set of headphones, so I'm looking around a lot.
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Grado is generally a very "love it or hate it" brand. Some people swear by the in-your-face presentation while others think it's absolutely atrocious sounding.

I for one think they're nothing special, have terrible sound stage and are completely uncomfortable. I've worn a wide gamut of them from the SR60i to the GS1000i as well as several Alessandro varieties. You really should try one before you get one because I can tell you right now that it's not for everyone...kind of like Ultrasone.
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Grado is generally a very "love it or hate it" brand. Some people swear by the in-your-face presentation while others think it's absolutely atrocious sounding.

I for one think they're nothing special, have terrible sound stage and are completely uncomfortable. I've worn a wide gamut of them from the SR60i to the GS1000i as well as several Alessandro varieties. You really should try one before you get one because I can tell you right now that it's not for everyone...kind of like Ultrasone.
I am guessing you are on the hate it side.. but your description of the grado sound is pretty spot on. I sounds good in the beginning until you realize that there is no sound stage. I found them pretty comfortable, but everything is comfortable to me.

Without knowing your music preference, it's hard to give you suggestions. But I will suggest the D2000, it's a very versatile headphone. If you can get it Mark'l mod'ed it is really good.
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I had some ms1 which are pretty much grados. They have no soundstage which makes them seem to sound more detailed. I liked them for music that I don't like sounding too distant like some rock and metal.

For comfort they were just decent. They just rest on the sides of your ears, but are very light weight so it didn't bother me too much. I still hate having things touching my ears tho.

I would actually suggest going for something else like some d2000. I haven't heard them, but they get recommended a lot for a good all-rounder.

It really just depends on the music you listen to.
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If you don't like rock, acoustic, metal, etc. you won't like Grados.
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I have a really, really diverse music library ranging from electro-house/dubstep type stuff to folk and classical. I would say I spend the most time with electronic music, followed by rock and folk. Classical is probably in the lower bracket.
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Grado RS1 would be great for you, but likely out of your budget. SR325 are great. I own a pair of semi-vintage SR325 now. You might be better off getting a pair of SR225 and modding them. My recomendation would be a Cardas cable and wood cups. Great mod friendly headphone that won't break the bank IMO.
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post #9 of 9
Go for the SR225 if you're a first time Grado user, the 325s are kind of quirky, and a bit of a niche headphone.
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