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So as my rig is going to be down for a while due to my psu failing and taking my mobo and cpu with it, i've just pulled the trigger on an amp and phones to keep me busy.

So i've ordered a Fiio E5 and some Grado Sr80is.

Im not the biggest ever into audio, though I do own some px200IIs that i've been using that I love, so these are the most expensive phones i've ever bought

So im interested if the amp is needed for the Grados and/or will it make a big difference? The amp was a last minute purchase, and amazon did a bundle with 10 pound off.

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Edited by Skaterboydale - 1/13/11 at 1:46am
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It'll make a small difference but how much was the total compared to say a the SR125i?
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I have heard that basically Grados can benefit from modest amplification, but you don't need a monster amp them, and many will sound fine out of a decent sound card or stereo jack.
post #4 of 7
Not much. You need a better amp to really see a benefit. A good tube amp will typically pair well. Most cheap entry level amps are flat in lows and mods with grainy highs... Very similar to how lower end grados sound. It may be better but might be fatiguing.

Your better off playing with pad choice and upgrading the grills if you can't get a good amp IMHO
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I really didn't notice much difference between stock and amped with my brothers SR80i's. This was using a LD MKIII valve amp.
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I honestly couldnt tell much of an improvement with amps as I did with quality DACs and input sources when I tested out Grados a couple weeks ago. Even the RS series didnt benefit.
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Yes, source is very important, possibly the most important component. If you start out with crap the only thing you can end up with is well... Crap!
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