By Edward Chester
Reviewed: 23 Jan 2012
Grado PS 500 Professional Headphones Original Model Sound Quality is TOO good
Grado Professional Series PS500e
Any chance of a review of the more affordable sr325is's?
We'll certainly try and source a sample. Keep your eyes peeled.
I have just bought my Grado PS500. The sound is amazing. I like the open headphone compare to closed one. The closed one would be tiring after a while. It has the complete range of sounds and frequencies. Yes, it leaks sound out but I am not bothered with that, even if i am sitting in my office, the voice would not be that load to annoy anyone nearby. The only thing bad about it is the pressure which pads would exert on ears which would make it rather not very comfortable after a while. Probably I would test the pads from PS-1000 (the bigger ones) to see the result. After all I am very satisfied with my purchase. Happy Listening :)
I replaced the headband with handmade Italian leather, and they became much more comfortable. The big earpads (for PS1000 and others) will change the sound (less bass, more soundstage, different treble) to the worse, not recommended for PS500.The stock pads will become more comfortable with usage.
It seemed to me that PS500 need 100-200 hour burn-in before settling in. I think they sounded terrible out of the box. A big disappointment compared to SR325i, but after burn-in they sound truly terrific.
PS500 is easier to drive than SR325i, and has higher resolution and less treble. The SR325is is a very nice headphone, but no match for the PS500.
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