We delete comments that violate our policy , which we encourage you to read. See Phono Cartridges The finest in the world. Cons – Pads are stiff right now. An hour of listening and no pain. The only headphones you’ll ever need. BTW, most of my comparisons have been done with a Grado headphone amp driving the cans. For ear pad discomfort, they are little stiff and hard when new.
Grados are not known for bass, with middle and uppers being key to the sound signature, and this was true of the tracks I listened to – the bass was there to give voice to the drum and lower notes, but it didn’t boom. I do this about every 3 months to keep the pads in top shape. But does it sound as good as it looks? Later I slid them down the legs. I nearly stopped wearing them I bought the SRi with e drivers. Bass texture is just dripping from the wooden cups and has a resonation that is almost Cello like in nature giving string and classical instruments such depth and warmth it’s hard to find a comparison.
This was evident when listening to the Pearl Fishers duet, which had an intensity that was almost too harsh when played through the Grados, but felt more rounded and warm with the s. This is partially because the foam is relatively stiff and applies more pressure on your ears.
A high-precision operatic number such as the “Sull’Aria” duet from Refference Nozze di Figaro really accentuated the shrill, soaring complementary voices, capturing the accuracy and technicality of the voices.
Grado Labs – RS2e
And remember, good sound quality is a very personal thing. The closeness of the sound really works with music that makes you want to be present – you feel regerence, the music can be pulled into your body rather than being held at a distance.
The following article is now a bit outdated, but we are leaving it here for reference purposes: To be fair, for anything that doesn’t need thumping bass, I haven’t heard anything that sounds as engaging as the rs2e. Do you already have an account?
The impact on the sound is negligible – refegence cans still sound fantastic. Quote from your review: GreenBowMar 8, Fun and engaging rs2e Written by cs Published Nov 30, We also noted that the cable is stiffer and bulkier than average.
Grado RS-2 Reference Series review: WhiteCrowApr 12, But for an open headphone it leaks less than I thought it would be. Well the is I fell are built better as they are I slid them down further, and still painful. People seem heqdphone complain about the headband hurting their head but I have never experienced that with any headphone as of yet and this is no exception.
This is where the Grados probably let themselves down – the lack rdference balance at the lower end means that the clarity of the vocals and synthesisers aren’t balanced by the drive of the bassline. Grados are not known for bass, with middle and uppers being key to the sound signature, and this was true of the tracks I listened to – the bass was there to give voice to the drum and lower notes, but it didn’t boom.
After doing a bit of research, I’ve ordered a pair of replacement rss2 Zonk G cushions which may help – I’ll add an update once i’ve tried them.
I suppose I should start by saying that I love the Grado sound, or seris least I thought I did as I had only tried the sr80i and bought them and the i and was underwhelmed by the price to performance. Mind you, I had to listen closely to hear that difference. The RS-2 are not at all like that in fact I think the is start to capture the house sound rather well but are still fathoms below the Vintage RS-2’s.
See Phono Cartridges The finest in the world. The RS-2s certainly aren’t lacking in deep bass, teference they’re tighter and firmer, with significantly better pitch-defined bass than the s.
Grado RS-2 Reference Series review: Grado RS-2 Reference Series – CNET
Whether you will want to spend the extra bucks on the best is your call? Headphones, Warranty, Grado story-sheet, 6. The only specification difference between these models is in the frequency response.
This being my first pair of Grado Labs headphones, I was slightly concerned from pictures that the clamped pins for adjusting the earpieces would be flimsy but these fears proved unfounded and the joints feel grippy and solid.
Grado RS2 review
An hour of listening and no pain. I switched to vocals – notably operatic recordings. Open Air Frequency Response: The bass is still a bit lacking but blows the k and k’s away in that department.