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Solo Diamond Ultra Linear - Oh My God!

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When I put the GS1000 on my ears I hear a highly detailed and extended crystal clear treble with very low colouration. I also hear an extremely strong mid-bass. I hear little deep bass and little in the "presence" region. The soundstaging is very spacious and impressive in a technical sense.

This makes me want, in a nutshell, to turn the volume down and listen to large-scale orchestral music. Even then, I don't find I can relax into the music and forget about the hi-fi, which, for me, is what it's all about. Anything guitar/drum/keyboard based is dominated by the strong mid-bass and for me it is a disincentive to listen to this kind of music.

You're quite right to be highly sceptical of subjective opinions, if I may say so. All of my perceptions are a consequence of the way the unusually sized cups of the GS1000 interact with the shape of my ears and the way my brain prefers to experience sound. 

Many people love the way the GS1000 sounds.

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Thanks again Badger; much appreciated. Interesting feedback. I think with the Arcam DAC feeding out quite strong bass, it may fill in what felt was missing? Proof is in the listening though!
I don't think you took offence at my comment, as non was intended and it was more aimed at me! I'm asking highly subjective opinions and we may well have identical taste, but we may not! I fully agree though, it's about getting lost in the music and not the HiFi.

Food for thought :-)

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I had the GS1000 for a short while and returned it, it was all low end and top end with no mids. Much prefer the RS-1 or the RS-2 which I found much more musical and balanced while still retaining the Grado house sound.
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Thanks; a tad worrying! I've read a lot about how much these headphones need to be burnt in. Perhaps that may have helped?? Hard to tell. A lot of reviews seem to favour them, but I guess any review unit would be burnt in and ready?
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I burned my pair in very thoroughly. The sound didn't change.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote jamescodway Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Dec 2012 at 9:07am
Originally posted by Edmond_Terakopian Edmond_Terakopian wrote:

A lot of reviews seem to favour them


Both professional and user reviews (including mine) are highly subjective. They can help narrow down to an audition shortlist but none (!) can be taken as gospel. Reviews from Users you are very familiar with (their writing) can be more helpful as some of the variables will be better understood (taste, equipment etc) to be taken into account. Not least though, many reviewers perceptions will vary over time.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks gents. Hmm, worrying to hear that Badger.

Indeed, it is all subjective!
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