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In Reply to: RE: Grado SR-80 Earpads posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on September 26, 2016 at 22:02:22
I have sr125's that always hurt my ears after extensive listening. Several years ago I ordered, I think from Amazon, the large version. No doubt, better comfort and better, smoother bass.
Hi Genungo, I finally received a pair of leatherette headphone ear pads from EarZonk for 20.00 bucks. It took a while for them to arrive in my mailbox. When I e-mailed to check on them a man named Rob gave me prompt and cheerful help. I think it was my mistake on a address or something. They were on my doorstep when I got home for the Pats/Steelers game. That was a Sunday. Who delivers on Sunday?
I was not sure how to put them on, there was this certain mesh screen involved. A quick e-mail to Rob and he gave me fail proof instructions and said if I screw it up which he thought impossible that he would just send me a free pair. Like Enzo and Big Cass say on the WWE...you can't beat that!
An idiot could of snapped them on but Rob was polite and didn't laugh at me...this guy went above and beyond and has earned my business as long as he hangs his shingle over the front door.
Grado never spends any money on anything that is not equated with sound. Buying their cartridges over the years I noticed they come in glorified toilet paper tubes while a cheaper Shure cartridge I just bought came in a velvet lined (Cross pen/pencil) styled case. I kind of thought about that when examining the deteriorating foam ear pads, my second set.
When you put on the leatherette replacement pads my Grado 80's became more like the Sennheiser 600's. I'm not talking sound but build quality.
I can't give a sound review yet because I've only had the best hits cd of the Ventures on. Someone else said the bass improved in a review.Maybe it was suggestive but I could follow every bass note the guitar player was plunking where I never noticed this before.
This is the best 20 bucks I ever threw down for stereo stuff and you can always go back to the original foam pads if not to your liking. If you own Grado headphones it's a no-brainer to e-mail Rob at Earzonk and get a pair. I'm only giving the Zonk a nod is because I'm still flabbergasted about how well a small company can treat you without thinking your on Candid Camera...extremely happy!....Mark Korda
Good to know, thanks...
Reviews of the Earzonk leatherette pads have certainly been "mixed" ones, so far. A number of people over at Headfi have tried them and promptly dissed them. The durability aspect was never under dispute, but some questions remain about sound quality.
Do you still have the original "bowl" pads? Unless it is too much of a hassle to switch earpads on different recordings, I wish that you would carefully compare the Earzonks to the originals and note any changes in soundstage and tonal balance.
I noticed that Earzonks also sells a $19.99 headphone case that comes with a free pair of replica "bowl" style earpads that would seem to made of a softer foam than the originals. I need a carrying case for my Grados and I'm wondering if these replicas sound as good as the originals do. I'll post my impressions if I get a pair.
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