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"HELP ME PLEASE I'M RUNNING OUT OF TIME"

Born 7-4-47 in a home of religious music haters, forced to go door to door w/a bible in hand, many times having to endure angry verbally abusive people of all sorts for intruding on their privacy, But one day we were invited into a home (I was around age 14 at the time. The most beautiful women I had ever seen had music playing like I had never heard before. it was one of Elvis's love songs, But the system it was playing on was awesome, the speakers were recessed into the ceilings all about the house, she had to excuse herself & leave the room so as to turn the music off. come to find out she was the same religion as my parents. That day changed my life forever, as I would return to that home becoming friends with her son, although different schools he was my age. The whole family not only loved music, but they all played and sang. SO HERE'S MY PROBLEM While in the army 1967-1970 I saved enough money to buy a pretty decent component stereo system while in Germany. But shortly after returning, the bills started piling up. With a wife, baby and another one on the way. As they say, "The writing was on the wall" I fought it off as long as I could but eventually had to sell it in 1971, I got $4,000 for a used system, that was a lot of money back then. Any way, working as an unskilled laborer, retiring as a prison guard during which time, raising 5 children and helping raise 13 grand children and now 3 great grand children. I never was able to put together a decent audiophile system. after sacrificing my life for the family, The BITCH fell in love on the internet and split. And I'm tired of listening to my iPod! Things have changed so much over the years, I really could use some help, so as not to waste what resources that I do have left, buying the wrong items. I am a slow reader and a one finger typist, I don't like to ask others to do my work or research for me, but there are so many choices now, I get lost & frustrated. Would like to spend no more than $10,000 I bought a pair of Grado gs1000i recently and was disappointed, do I need a tube amp or can I use what ever new power amp I buy, I must say I have been impressed with computers. So please all options are open Thanks for taking the time to read this

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Are you driving your Grados with your Ipod?

How are you listening through your Grados?

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keep talking

What is your preferred source?
Vinyl, SeeDee, computer files?
If you already have a music library, what format is it?
Can you describe the room where your system will be?

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grado GS1000i through Sounderblaster z series

I had the headphones sent to my son's house in Florida, By the time I got down there, he had been listening through his computer and same type of sound card. after arriving I noticed the sound card has two settings 32 & 600 ohm what would the result be if the boy treid playing them at the 600 ohm setting before I got there. He has trouble admitting doing stupid things

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MP3 at 256 & 320 mainly

Lost my entire Vinyl collection in a house fire in 1979. never could recover from that. so I had to result to downloading from a friends extensive CD Collection Not thinking I would ever have a really nice system again, I recorded in MP3 format 256,320 now wish I would have took the time for FLAC at the present time I am living out of a 5th wheel camper 36ft Montana the living room opens up fairly wide W/2 slides approx. 16x14 unsure what if any might change

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The reason I ask about the Grados

If you didn't like the sound of the Grados, which are superb cans, then either your material or what was driving them are of poor quality or what you desire in sound is beyond what I would be able to suggest as an improvement.

I appreciate that you would rather not do a lot of typing and all, but absent a description of what you didn't like about the Grado sound leaves me a bit lost in trying to suggest the right direction to go to achieve what you are looking for in sound.

You seem to know a little bit about digital file formats so you probably already know that low resolution digital really loses a lot of the emotional connection with the music. Low resolution files played through a high resolution system (or pair of phones) just sounds bad.

We could all tell you how WE would spend your money based on your scenario, and I guarantee you that we would ALL suggest different components and combinations, but that wouldn't really be the same as being able to perceive how YOU are hearing things and what you find appealing or objectionable, especially given the fact that you didn't enjoy the Grados, which most of us probably would to a high degree unless the files were of poor quality and resolution.

I think since this is a one and done proposition and that you need it be right as your final fling in high quality stereo, you would be wise to seek the help of a good dealer in your area that will allow for the time necessary to discover what the connection between you and the music is.

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grado gs1000i vs grado sr6

thank you for taking the time to respond. The grado gs1000i's just seemed to be somewhat flat or just lacking the fullness of sound, the sr6's sound good, very good. I left both pair in Florida with the 5th wheel (damn it} thinking I was coming right back. if my son had the 600ohm setting switched on instead of 32ohm, could this be the reason they sound flat? could they be damaged? if so can they be repaired? And as far as the music format goes, I will probably start rebuilding with a CD collection, or copy some friends cd's. What would be the best format FLAC? AS far as going to a dealer for audiophile advise, I am in the UP of Michigan right now, so will have to at least put that on hold for awhile. I was planning on doing just that, but needed surgery (actually 2 surgery's) when I was down there. I will be returning to the Pensacola, Destin area NW Florida, will be checking on the forum for advice. Any idea's would be appreciated of what I might start looking at, on line. I am 67yrs old, work out regularly and have taken precautions to protect my hearing (ear plugs at concerts and such) but do realize they are 67yr old ears. This is why I say help I'm running out of time. my music taste vary, Love classic rock, Riders on the storm, led zeppelin, Billy idol, Feed my Frankenstein, alic in chains, disturbed, to many to mention. might be in a campground or apartment so extreme volume is out of the question. need a system with fullness at low to mid volume that is why I purchased the Grado GS1000i's Could it be that much of a difference because they are reference headphones? I never owned a pair before. Or would a tube amp be so much better than that soundcard, If so where should I start looking. I did take electronics in collage and know how to use a soldering gun, Read on line about saving cash putting together your own, but can't remember the name. thanks again for your time, Use what you have left wisely, it really does fly by. and it is so very, very true (andy roonie) Its just like a roll of toilet paper, THE CLOSER YOU GET TO THE END, THE FASTER IT GOES I really don't dwell on it, I just don't have time for many more mistakes

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Sennheiser

I have the Sennheiser 180 wireless headphones and love them. The sound quality is excellent and you can walk around for up to 100 feet in the house with no problems; lightweight and comfortable.

They are less than $300 at Amazon.

I archive everything as 320K MP3 files. They take up less space so I can get 50 or 60 CDs on a singe 8GB USB flash drive, and the sound quality is very good.

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Grados

I'm not familar with your Grados, but their "flat sound" might be attributed to the computer sound card and using mp3s. Try taking them to your local dealer and ask for a demo using a better DAC and FLAC file recording. If they sound better then consider buying better equipment. If your planning on living in the 5th wheel and space is a consideration you might want to check out some of the Peachtree intergrated amps. They give you a good headphone amp and DAC for the money. They range in price from less than $1k to $4500 for their top model. If you decide you need more power they can be used as a preamp.

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take a look

Hi JZ

Take a look here too. http://www.stereophile.com/forums/audio-hardware/headphones-headphone-ac... for more opinions. I would be careful going too high end-ish. Many of them are built for extreme detail with less body and can burn your ears off with rock. Try to find out what music the guy listens to while they're advising.

good luck!

michael green
MGA/RoomTune

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