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True, I've always loved the Grado sound, and it's what I was, in a sense, raised on. I'm more accustomed to my DT 770 (32s specifically) now and even the hardcore music sounds pretty great (IMO) out of them....maybe I'll give that a listen for a while and see what happens.

EDIT: Nope...even after a couple minutes, this is not the sound. I feel very frustrated about this, now. Looks like it's time to start hunting for some headphones...maybe the DT 880s are what I'm looking for...*sigh* It must be bed time already rolleyes.gif.

When you say "the sound" what exactly do you mean? I can only imagine that you are dealing with the harsh high frequencies of metal coupled with the harsh highs of the grados. The DT 770s have smoother highs with more pronounced bass to balance out metal music.

Assuming you are talking about both of those factors, then the answer might be a new dac. I remember trying out the 325is at a head-fi meet with the Mjolnir. I mentioned that I really never noticed a big difference in DACs. So he was kind enough to first let me listen to it with a random FiiO dac. The sound was pretty darn harsh. I could barely continue to listen after a while. Then he moved on to the Bifrost. The sound was a lot smoother. It still wasn't perfect, but it was definitely a more balance sound. Finally he pulled out his gungnir and then it was game over for my wallet.

I know you are using the dac on your sound card, but maybe a decent independent dac might just save your grados smile.gif
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When you say "the sound" what exactly do you mean? I can only imagine that you are dealing with the harsh high frequencies of metal coupled with the harsh highs of the grados. The DT 770s have smoother highs with more pronounced bass to balance out metal music.

Assuming you are talking about both of those factors, then the answer might be a new dac. I remember trying out the 325is at a head-fi meet with the Mjolnir. I mentioned that I really never noticed a big difference in DACs. So he was kind enough to first let me listen to it with a random FiiO dac. The sound was pretty darn harsh. I could barely continue to listen after a while. Then he moved on to the Bifrost. The sound was a lot smoother. It still wasn't perfect, but it was definitely a more balance sound. Finally he pulled out his gungnir and then it was game over for my wallet.

I know you are using the dac on your sound card, but maybe a decent independent dac might just save your grados smile.gif

I've been considering a lot of options, but before I do anything rash, I'm going to sleep on it. Ironically, I'm finding the Grados actually very nice for dubstep (ikr...?) until it gets to those ultimate low registers. But yes, like you said...shrill metal textures plus shrill highs of the Grados are a bit...eh. Unamped, the Grados are still fantastic sounding..so I might just have to deal with it rolleyes.gif. Just makes me feel I'm not appreciating the amps....but like I said...going to sleep on it. I am open to headphone and DAC recommendations, though. I will say, the Modi was not pleasant to me as it made this happen to my DT 770's...so with the SR325is...I can't imagine me liking that....who knows.

Goodnight everyone redface.gif.
 
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I've been considering a lot of options, but before I do anything rash, I'm going to sleep on it. Ironically, I'm finding the Grados actually very nice for dubstep (ikr...?) until it gets to those ultimate low registers. But yes, like you said...shrill metal textures plus shrill highs of the Grados are a bit...eh. Unamped, the Grados are still fantastic sounding..so I might just have to deal with it rolleyes.gif. Just makes me feel I'm not appreciating the amps....but like I said...going to sleep on it. I am open to headphone and DAC recommendations, though. I will say, the Modi was not pleasant to me as it made this happen to my DT 770's...so with the SR325is...I can't imagine me liking that....who knows.

Goodnight everyone redface.gif.

Could sell both and get an HE500?

PS
I might get a new AKG K550 for $150. biggrin.gif
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I thought about 500s, but haven't heard 'fantastic' results from that combo (A2 and HE-500). I've been reading that it's good enough, but doesn't drive it anywhere to it's potential, and I'm not going to be in the market for an amp for a long time. I know I like it...just not with the Grados...or with my current DAC (Creative X-Fi THD).

Going to bed for real this time. Swear.
 
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Could sell both and get an HE500?

PS
I might get a new AKG K550 for $150. biggrin.gif

Yay on the HE-500s

Boo on the K550s. I say you sell the lyr and get a tube amp with a 300b http://www.wooaudio.com/products/wa6.html

I am only half joking, but seriously, if you have the LCD2s, I say spend the time and money into making those sound better. thumb.gif
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I thought about 500s, but haven't heard 'fantastic' results from that combo (A2 and HE-500). I've been reading that it's good enough, but doesn't drive it anywhere to it's potential, and I'm not going to be in the market for an amp for a long time. I know I like it...just not with the Grados...or with my current DAC (Creative X-Fi THD).

Going to bed for real this time. Swear.

I am going to another head-fi meet this saturday. I will have full access to the He-500s and an A2, I will be more than happy to go on a fact finding mission and report back. Someone is also bring a bunch of low cost dacs, so I will also see how they effect the 325is thumb.gif
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Hey, do you have an amp/dac? The HE-500s and a decent amp/dac would probably be a better solution than trying to shoot for an o2/odac combo.

Sory am a bit of a audio noob

Only thing i have is a Onkyo TX NR808 surround receiver

Does that have a amp/dac???
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I preferred the HE-500 and HD-800 to T1. Call me crazy.
I might have to see if i can find somewhere to listen to both of those then!
    
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I am going to another head-fi meet this saturday. I will have full access to the He-500s and an A2, I will be more than happy to go on a fact finding mission and report back. Someone is also bring a bunch of low cost dacs, so I will also see how they effect the 325is thumb.gif

I would be forever grateful redface.gif.

I plugged the Grados into my Mac (no Asgard 2), and loved the sound again. Sounded thumpy, bright in all of the right areas, etc. so I'm determined I just don't like the synergy of the X-Fi THD and A2 with the Grados, but love it with the 770s.

I guess my search now is for a headphone with a generally warmer sound that is greatly effected by the brighter and harsher sound of my setup. I'm thinking Sennheiser HD 600 or 650 or possibly the HE-400 or 500.

Also, I have come to the conclusion before that my X-Fi is a fairly bright source, so that may contribute a lot to it. It's also the reason I didn't like the Modi as a DAC because it was even brighter than the THD.

I'm going to try the Asgard 2 from my Mac later on, too.
 
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