Stereophile Magazine Recommended Component
Upgraded Mahogany Headphones with Even More Exquisite Sound!
Grado's new 'i' version of its Reference Series RS1 headphone is handcrafted at Grado Labs from a special species of mahogany. Grado technicians devised an intricate process of curing the wood to achieve optimal sonic clarity.
Upgraded Driver and More
What does the letter 'i' stand for in the new RS1i from Grado? Improved, that's what!
Featuring a new species of handcrafted Mahogany earpieces made using an intricate curing process; Grado has been able to optimize the tonal quality. The RS1i uses new upgraded dynamic transducers and the new eight-conductor cable design all in an open-air configuration, the cups being open-backed.
The result is a smooth, controlled and coherent sound with detailed dynamics. Frequency response ranges from 12-30 kHz and the drivers are matched to 0.05dB. Weighing 9oz, the headphones are an example of the wonder of Mother Nature with a gorgeous, dark-colored Mahogany look.
Wired Magazine 'Editor's Pick'
"The chassis on these audiophile classics are handcrafted from cured mahogany, making them both light and dynamic," reports the Winter 2004 Test issue of Wired magazine, which selected the RS-1 as its Editors Pick for the headphone's "amazing sonic detail."
The result? A sound that's pure Grado: warm and harmonically accurate with full-bodied vocals, excellent dynamics, and an ultra-smooth treble. You haven't heard bass and detail like this before--at least not anywhere near this price! The new Grado RS-1 weighs a mere 9 ounces, so it's exceptionally light on the ear. The flexible hand-stitched leather headband is super-comfortable and easy to adjust for any individual.
"And thanks to the fully open design," says Wired, "you can have a conversation without reaching for the volume knob."
"A ludicrously pricey pair of headphones but the sound is that good – really!"
- What Hi-Fi magazine,
"...the Grado RS1 adds up to a resounding no-brainer recommendation. Some refer to it as foot tapping, or pace and rhythm, I prefer the term kinetic energy. Whichever term resonates with you, be aware that the RS1 brings all of the above to the musical table."
- Dick Olsher, EnjoyTheMusic.com
"Grado's RS1 has been able to utilize the natural resonance of wood to produce – in our humble opinion – the finest headphones in the world. In fact, the word "masterpiece" was bandied about frequently in the edit meetings"
- Kenny Booras, Industry magazine
"RS1 is at its best with instrumental, vocal and small-scale groups, particularly if you like your music up front and personal. The Grados are clearly a music lover’s component, trading a little accuracy and detail for warmth, presence and tonal color – a trade most tube lovers would make any day. Try them on for comfort and sound, you’ll not be disappointed."
- Phil Gold, Inner Ear magazine
"Even in the heady group of contenders the Grado RS1’s luscious sound scores an immediate “wow” response. But over the months living with the three headphones, I gravitate to the RS1 more than the others. I love these headphones."
- Steve Guttenberg, Robb Report magazine
"…offer what many audiophiles consider the most accurate sound quality available in headphones. The low end is warm, the high frequencies are crisp and clear, and there is never any distortion. This is, quite simply, the way music is supposed to sound!"
- Details magazine
EDITORS' PICK! The chassis on these audiophile classics are handcrafted from cured mahogany, making them both light and dynamic. Amazing sonic detail, marvel at the clarity of your Steely Dan records. And thanks to a fully open design, you can have a conversation without reaching for the volume knob.
- Paul Boutlin, Wired magazine
From their honey-hued mahogany earpieces to the ultra-pure, oxygen-free copper voice coils, the RS1 headphones ooze old-world craftsmanship. These headphones offer a sound that's warm, smooth and dynamic, revealing otherwise-hidden detail.
- James Willcox, Mercedes Benz magazine
The RS1's are the only product ever nominated by Stereophile for their "PRODUCT OF THE YEAR" distinction, two years in a row!... I say that the RS1 is a Masterpiece."
- Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News - Record Review magazine
Rated Class "A" on Stereophile's recommended components list. "It's rare that any audio product can come along and simply bowl me over. In this case, I yeild."
- Jack English, Stereophile magazine Vol.19, No.7
"I would urge any serious headphone listener to audition this Grado RS1."
- John Borwick, Gramophone magazine
"One of the years awesome high-end audio achievements"
- Ken Kessler, Robb Report magazine
"The RS1 offers something so stunning that price becomes irrelevant."
-Gavin Isaac, Audio Video magazine
"If you value headphone listening enough to consider buying a reference dynamic, then you should audition the RS1's."
- Wes Philips, Stereophile magazine Vol.19, No.7
"I can honestly say that there is no better sounding headphone than the Grado RS1"
- Corey Greenberg, Home Theater magazine. Vol.3, No.5
"We've always had bit of a headphone fettish at What Hi-Fi? We're often talking about how they can create your own private universe, plug directly into your favorite piece of music. Now we've heard the Grado RS1s, and our fettish has become an epic, full blown love affair. Ooooh..."
- What Hi-Fi magazine
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|The Sound of Real, Live Music|
Grados are unique among the many phones available. They are virtually the only phones that actually sound like real, live music - simply pristine in all respects. Sure they may not be as accurate, as some other phones, but accurate sound is not tantamount to realistic sound. Just as with tube amps, a little distortion is a good thing - which it is with Grados. Organic tone, tenor, texture, soundstage... whatever the criterion, Grados excel in all respects. Of course you must have a well matched amp and source with low impedence and high current output to hear their true sound and avoid the common misconceptions of limited soundstage, strident / harsh / rough highs, etc. Those comments are often made by those who have never driven them with a proper set up - they have never really heard their true sound. And the RS-1s / RS-1is are close to the top of the heap in the Grado line. The PS1000s and PS500s are superb, but the RS-1s / RS-1is may actually sound better with rock, blues, jazz and acoustic music - its a close call, which only you can make. Try them with a well matched set up - you will be amazed!
|- Gradofan A, TX|