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#242109 - 01/22/09 08:51 PM Re: Can Addiction [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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Registered: 12/16/05
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You're down the road to being...a can addict :-)
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#242146 - 01/23/09 12:55 AM Re: Can Addiction [Re: danmagicman7]
oldskoolboarder Offline
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Registered: 05/25/03
Posts: 2181
Loc: Menlo Park, CA
Yeah, I know...

Tried the Little Dot I+ tonight. It's not bad for $100 but the Rotel is still better. The LD doesn't have the soundstage and bottom end that the Rotel has. The highs are quite good, the previous owner threw in some Sylvania 408A's he bought as well.

Looking forward to the Grados.

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#242153 - 01/23/09 02:40 AM Re: Can Addiction [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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What did you end up getting again?
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#242214 - 01/23/09 10:44 AM Re: Can Addiction [Re: danmagicman7]
Wid Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6720
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

That Rotel has a very good HP section. Those Grados are going sound good from it.
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#243511 - 01/29/09 03:57 AM Re: Can Addiction [Re: Wid]
oldskoolboarder Offline
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Registered: 05/25/03
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Loc: Menlo Park, CA
Just got my 'silver' 325i's. (I can't imagine gold vs silver is such a big deal...)

Obviously, they're not broken in yet but it definitely has a different signature vs the Beyers. Highs and mids are more forward, bass isn't as prevalent as the DT770's. Yeah, I can see where these are more suited to my preference of the Axiom sound. I wouldn't necessarily say it's better or worse in comparison, just different.

Surprisingly enough, I like the Grados matched w/ the Little Dot I+ and Sylvania Gold 408A's vs the Rotel's output. It's not a huge difference, only subtle, but enough for me to prefer it. That was a surprise. I want to compare my Sophia but I need to buy an adapter since the Grados only have the larger connector.

My Beyers may be going up for sale. \:\)

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#243523 - 01/29/09 09:49 AM Re: Can Addiction [Re: oldskoolboarder]
Wid Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6720
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

Silver? Are they the current run of the 325I. At any rate I kind of figured you would enjoy them. Once you get used to them I believe you'll be happy with the amount of bass out of the 325s.

Congrats on a fine set of cans.
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#243545 - 01/29/09 11:21 AM Re: Can Addiction [Re: Wid]
oldskoolboarder Offline
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Registered: 05/25/03
Posts: 2181
Loc: Menlo Park, CA
Not sure. However, there's a long debate at head-fi on whether it's supposed to be gold or silver. I think they went back to silver. I would've like the gold for that old school flavor but oh well.

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#243554 - 01/29/09 11:59 AM Re: Can Addiction [Re: oldskoolboarder]
Wid Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6720
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

My gold ones have a production # 3334. I bought them back in Aug. 05. You can check your number against them.
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#243709 - 01/30/09 03:03 AM Re: Can Addiction [Re: Wid]
oldskoolboarder Offline
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Registered: 05/25/03
Posts: 2181
Loc: Menlo Park, CA
I curse Dan. 4 weeks ago I had nothing. Now I have this:



- Sophia Baby tube amp with 8 ohm 10W resistors used to create a headphone jack. Crude but it works
- Beyerdynamic DT770 250 ohm headphones
- Little Dot I+ hybrid headphone amplifier
- Grado 325i

I used think my UE super.fi 5EB were great headphones. They're good but the Grados are much better. I tried the DT770's but didn't really like them. In fact, they'll go up for sale soon.

I've changed out the tubes on the Little Dot to Sylvania Gold 408A's and swapped the cheaper ON Semi op amp for a Linear Tech LT1364. I would've thought that the tubes were going to be the big upgrade from the stock Chinese tubes. I noticed a subtle change but not a huge one. However, the opamp roll was a HUGE improvement which was a nice surprise. Simply put, everything got bigger: soundstage, bottom end, detail, separation, highs, mids, etc.

I'm really impressed with the Grado/Little Dot combo. In fact, the LD easily beats the Rotel's output. And I'm loving the Grados more and more. They sound FANTASTIC out of my iPod 5.5G. Surprisingly enough, the same music sounds better on the iPhone 3G, not sure if the headphone output is supposed to be better. Not what I would've expected but nice.


Edited by oldskoolboarder (01/30/09 03:04 AM)

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#243727 - 01/30/09 08:24 AM Re: Can Addiction [Re: oldskoolboarder]
Wid Offline
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Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6720
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

Nice \:\)
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