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Solo Diamond Ultra Linear - Oh My God!

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Originally posted by Edmond_Terakopian Edmond_Terakopian wrote:

Hmm, worrying to hear that Badger


Here's a subjective opinion... the RS1s are the 2nd most expensive can in my collection and yet I could not rate them anywhere near the top 5 in terms of any overall measure including head time. Yet on occasion they have a magic that no other can ive heard possesses. I'm hoping the DE will bring that more consistently. Especially with Grado being such a 'marmite' can, I do not find that worrying... frustrating sometimes perhaps as I want that magic all the time (!), but that is often the nature of this pursuit.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Edmond_Terakopian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Dec 2012 at 10:26am
I think so many variables come into it that one setup (source, amp, headphones etc) can't bring out the best in every piece of music. Genre is one aspect but I think quality of sound engineering and recording is another. My personal thoughts are it is a hobby and pursuit, but I'm conscious of not letting that get in the way (and become an obsession) of what I really like; getting lost in the music.
One thing's for certain though, even without my Solo ULDE being anywhere near burnt in and ready, I'm hearing details and subtleties in music which I thought I knew well! It's fabulous as it's almost like they are new to me now and I have the joy of discovering them again, but this time, fully :-)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote mrarroyo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Dec 2012 at 11:28am
I on the other hand believe the RS-1 are as good as it gets for under $1,200 and thus why they have been with me the longest. BTW, I ran the GS1000 for 400 hours before critical listening and they did not do it for me. A pity there is no shop around you where you can try them out first.
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Hmmm, interesting that after 400 hours they still didn't do it for you. Good to hear your thoughts on the RS-1. It's on my shortlist too (I hasten to add, not as well - it'll be just the one purchase!!).
Out of interest Miguel, what is your favourite pair and generally what do you enjoy listening too??

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Hi Edmund, I'll try put my two penneth in, I too had the Grado SR325is & during the time I had these I loved them, albeit, comfort left a lot to be desired! However, I then heard the Denon ahd5000, these blew my Grado SR325is out of the water. Everything was better. I point this out as, like you, when I was thinking of upgrading, I too was stuck on Grado as the upgrade, but ended up buying Denon, & the bonus is the Denon just got better when I followed MarkL mods, which started to fix the slightly overblown bass, to me the only negative I can give to stock ahd5000. What I'm trying to point out is don't rule out other makes just because of the SR325is as I nearly did, incidentally, when I listened to the RS-2 I found these sonically different to the SR325is, mainly less bright sounding and more warmer sounding, maybe due to the wood?? I still bought the Denons & have never looked back. Just further food for thought.
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Cheers James; appreciate the feedback and thoughts :-)
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My favorite cans are the old ADK K1000 ear speakers but these are a bear to drive well so a real stereo amp works best. For traditional dynamic cans I have a few favorites:

1. Grado RS-1
2. Denon AH-D2000/5000 with MarkL mods and Bubinga Wood Cups.
3. AKG K501 re-cabled with silver plated OCC wires

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