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Realizing how important a role amplification played in headphone listening, a couple of days ago I ordered the Mapletree HD2 Tube headphone amp. $600.I also sent the AKG701 to moon Audio for re cabling (Silver Dragon) - also ordered the silver mini cable.
In 1992 I owned a pair of the top of the Grado line - I think it was the RS1, but I may well be mistaken. They were expensive, especially for the time at around $800, and had the polarity invert switches on each non-resonant metal earpiece. I found them immensely entertaining in that they were capable of going very loud without getting edgy and had a very nice midrange quality. Brass instruments were particularly good on them.The highs were good if not noteworthy but the bass was the reason I sold them. ...I had a pair of AKG 501s at the time and felt they were more realistic. They may not have been able to play as loud, but that was OK for me. They were very significantly more comfortable to me, though. Sonically, they sounded slightly scooped (a broad shallow depression centered on about 600 Hz) - almost the inverse of the Grados which sounded like they had a rise of the same type in the same tonal band.I feel my Etymotic Research ER4Ss are in a completely superior league tonally and will play as loud as I can stand without distortion, with the huge (for me) advantage of 35 dB of ambient noise isolation.
LOLROTF!!That Grado you're talking about are not RS series but the HP-1(HP-1000)! The King of All Grados of All Time in the minds of many, including me. You essentially jus said Ety ER4S embarrasses HP-1, which will induce violent convulsions over at Head-Fi.org Oh, yeah, I've owned HP1000 and still own Etymotics, but no way is Etymotic superior. The main problem is HP1000 is very finicky about headphone amps, but with the right amp (Dynahi, etc), it sounds unbelievably pure.
I always wonder how much difference a re-cable K701 can have on this nice natural can.
Quote from: dumdum on 2 Jun 2007, 05:03 pmI always wonder how much difference a re-cable K701 can have on this nice natural can.I've heard the K701 with a Cardas cable, it's a little fuller sounding and less painful than the stock one, but I still didn't like it.
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