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Grado SR60s - love sound but too painful!

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by AlecF, Oct 24, 2004.

  1. AlecF

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    Can anyone recommend me some headphones for, say, up to £100, that don't need an amp to drive? I don't mind if they are open or closed. They will be used at home mainly on my computer and hi-fi.

    I love my SR60s but they hurt my ears after a couple of hours!
     
  2. Crocodile

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    The Philips HP890s are very comfortable, well reviewed & will only take up half of your budget
     
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    I'd recommend the Beyerdynamic DT440.
     
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    had exactly the same experience as you mate.bought some grado`s i think i got the sr80`s and the sound was lovely,warm bass was just right and that was just in the shop demo`ing them lol.bought them on the spot got them home plugged them in and let them run in for a bit while i went out.along came night time and it was "grado time" lol after an hour my ears where hurting after 2 they became uncomfortable after that i couldnt wear them any more and simply returned them.i bought a pair of beyer dynamics dt 531 and while the sound isnt as good i could wear them for days on end,with there lovely crushed velvet ear pads and there fuller fitting design i cant fault them.
     
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    Having had both, I think the DT531's sound better than the SR80.
     
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    Just bend the headband on the Grados for a looser fit. I have on mine and can wear them comfortably for hours.
     
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    its not the headband its the bloody rock solid sponge cheap sponge lol.you can feel the plastice behind it.
     
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    Thanks, I've had the "bend the headband" recommendation already but I don't see how it will change the pads (agreeing with Birkenhead here), cause it is the pads lack of cushion that lets the earpiece plastic scrape one's ears.

    Anybody know where to get the Philips? Can't find this anywhere.
     
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    The Philips HP890s were readily available from larger branches of Currys for £50. Maybe worth a call to your nearest store to see if the still have them.

    Failing that, a call to Philips to check they're still in production.
     
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    The band controls how hard the pads are pressed against the ear, if you're feeling the plastic they're too tight. I bent it so the pads only very lightly touch my ears that way their cheapy no-paddingness doesn't matter. It's a free mod so worth trying.

    What pads have you got? I've got the one's without holes in the middle.
     
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    Hole? Er, my pads just slip over the evil plastic earpices. I'll try bending the band a bit but I've already ordered some Beyer Dynamic DTX 900s! These Grados are destined for ebay, I'm afraid! Will do a review comparing them, though!
     
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    In the ear canalphones ??
     
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    Philips HP890s £60 from amazon
     
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    Order the flat pads from www.ttvj.com.


    Alternatively if you have a dremel handy, you can slice off the harder part of the form, and end up with your own DIY "flatter pads".
     
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    Too late, they're on ebay and I've switched to Beyer DTX900s (very nice) :thumbsup:
     
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    Keep us updated on how long the DTX's last and what you think of them. My opinion was that they were rattly and more fragile than the Grados but I'd really like a long-termer's view. If it falls apart, let us know :p
     
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    Well, I'm quite a careful owner and they don't go roaming far from my desk/PC.

    The only problem with the DTX900 is the amount of plastic used; it doesn't look very sophisticated, nor even bling.

    OTOH, one immediate benefit is they're very light indeed, and extremely comfortable (takes a couple of days from new for the band to stretch to one's head - which, btw, it does BY ITSELF), with big soft velvety earpads. Yum. Compared to the Grado head-in-a-vice experience, this is a :thumbsup:

    Happily, soundwise, I also much prefer the DTX900s to the SR60s.
    In terms of simple stats out of 5

    Neutrality/Colouration (so important for acoustic and vocals): Grado 2 Beyer 4
    Detail: Grado 2 Beyer 4.5
    Bass: Grado 3 Beyer 4
    Soundstaging: Grado 1 Beyer 4
    Comfort: Grado 1 Beyer 4.5

    They're excellent value for moneyl; really bloody good!
     
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    how much did you pay for them mate and where did you get them from ? as a owner of beyer dynamic myself i would agree that they never usually do look anything special and imho the dtx900 if anything look cheaper than previoes models but then again the grados look like a set of phones from 1970 lol.you would think grado by now would sort out the comfort on there range as even the 600 pound plus ones look the same padding etc.
     
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    £60 inc next day shipping from www.veronica.co.uk

    I think my next upgrade will also be Beyer, prob the DT990 or DT880.
     

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