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#193997 - 01/27/08 09:22 AM Re: Headphones [Re: ZG]
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Thanks Z. I also use a set of Al iM716s for when I want to block out the rest of the world. Your cMoy is going to work really well with the ER-4s, that's exactly what I use with the 716s.

Thanks for the link.
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#193999 - 01/27/08 09:33 AM Re: Headphones [Re: Wid]
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Interesting about the Altec Lansing. I have some bias against that company. I guess it's because I sampled their bookshelf speakers years ago and couldn't get over how bad they were. But, I've got a friend who loves his AL speakers - albeit he's not really into audio like I am. But, I'll keep my eyes on those. There's a 30 day return policy on the Etymotics. But, from everything I've read, I'm truly hoping I love them. And I know it will likely take longer than 30 days to break them in.

The reason I've been looking for a new portable headphone amp is because I find the CMoy one exaggerates the bass more than I like. I've only used it with my Sony headphones, which were about $75 when I bought them four years ago. They have great bass - I think they state that they go down to 16 hz or something insane like that. So, what I decided was that the Sony's really didn't need the amp and that's why the CMoy sounded bad to me. I have highly sensitive ears, I've been told. ;-}

ZG

PS...I've been meaning to ask you which Rotel amp(s) you use.
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#194003 - 01/27/08 10:07 AM Re: Headphones [Re: ZG]
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The Altecs were developed by ER with their technology, all they are are a rebadged ER. They are in fact quite nice. I also had some UE SuperFi 3s that I ended up giving to my sister after I got the Als. Although the SuperFi 3 are a really nice set the Altecs are far better imo. I would have think the problem is not the Cmoy but the Sony hps.

I think you are going to be happy with the ERs. To me they are Gradoish in their sound.
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#194008 - 01/27/08 11:03 AM Re: Headphones [Re: Wid]
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Cool! I love the Grados and only wish that at the time I had the money to get the next step up since the sales guys said that the SR80s are more balanced. They basically create a big batch of them, test out matching pairs and call those the SR80s, then take the ones that are a little less balanced and call those SR60s. The rest get thrown back into the melting pot. But at that moment I was between jobs (we're talking a few days), so the panic of not being able to pay rent set in. It's amazing how $30 can make that kind of a difference in a person's life. Anyway, I gave a pair of SR80s to a friend for his birthday this summer. He is a headphone junkie and raves, raves, raves about them! I'll upgrade one day, but the SR60s are fantastic for now.

So, you didn't tell me what Rotel(s) you are using - maybe you didn't see that part of my post. Since you seem to love them as a brand, I figure it's worth reading up on.

Zoë
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#194010 - 01/27/08 11:26 AM Re: Headphones [Re: ZG]
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If you want to up grade those SR60s I recommend putting a set of bowls on them. Before spending more on the SR80s give this a try, you will like what you hear, I'd bet on that. I bought a set for my SR 60s so I know there is a pretty big difference. If you are to upgrade those Grados go up in the line to at least the SR 225s. I went to the SR 325is only months after the 60s. They are, so far at least, my favorite set of hps.

P.S. you have a pm.
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#194014 - 01/27/08 12:30 PM Re: Headphones [Re: Wid]
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OK, what do you mean by "putting a set of bowls on them"? (Sorry if this is a newbie question!)

I've also got a pair of Koss PRO/4 AAA headphones. Nice sounding, but not really as detailed as I normally like.

Since I only listen to headphones at home in the early morning and late at night, I don't plan on upgrading the Grados any time soon. But I have heard the higher models are amazing.
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#194016 - 01/27/08 01:02 PM Re: Headphones [Re: ZG]
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The Grado bowls are what comes stock on the SR 80s and up.
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#194017 - 01/27/08 01:07 PM Re: Headphones [Re: Wid]
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Ah!! Thanks! I'll order some.
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#194026 - 01/27/08 04:07 PM Re: Headphones [Re: ZG]
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Oh, wait, it says they don't work on SR60s. I'll post on Head-fi to find out more about that. Thanks for the tip!

Zoë
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#194034 - 01/27/08 05:22 PM Re: Headphones [Re: ZG]
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They will fit.
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