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Subject: Re: OT, but I need some help

Re: OT, but I need some help

From: Fred Maxwell <>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 14:27:26 -0400


A link would be a big help.

The Grados are wonderfully revealing and detailed, but make sure that
they have a tonal balance that is to your taste. Many listeners
(including me) feel that the Grados to exaggerate the high frequencies,
causing listener fatigue. The other option is the high-end Sennheisers,
which trade a tiny bit of the Grado's detail for a warmer and less
strident sound. If I were evaluating a piece of audio equipment, I'd
use the Grados. For listening for pleasure, the Sennheiser's suit me
better -- and are more comfortable. Of course, what I hear and what you
hear may be totally different since no two people's hearing is identical.

The Grado RA1 amp is also available in a higher gain AC-powered version
for driving headphones which are less efficient than the Grados, so
there are really three versions of the amp. All are superb.

I would be very careful with a transaction of that value. Does the
seller have good feedback? If so, was any of it for high dollar items?
  You want to watch out for scammers who sell a bunch of cheap trinkets
to build up their positive feedback and then lure people into sending
them hundreds, or thousands, of dollars/pounds for high-priced items
that never arrive. You might want to consider one of the reputable
escrow services.

Good luck!

   Fred Maxwell

rinty wrote:

> Hi all, I've been left some money by a relative who knows how much I
> love music, and he's told me to spoil myself. I've found a pair of
> Grado RS1's on ebay, and the RA1 headphone amplifier, which tempt me
> greatly. The price is about the same as buying the headphones alone in
> this country. The headphone amp comes in 2 guises, one that takes
> batteries, 1 that's powered by AC. Could someone take a look at the
> items for me, and tell me (if the pics show any details) which version
> this is? Also it's delivered from Asia to the UK, could anyone see if
> it looks at all dodgy? the seller's English isn't up to the job of
> answering the question.
> Thanks for any help, an Archos is only 1 of the units I'll be using
> this on.
> Rob
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