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Cognac for the eardrums

With rich, seductive mids, these provide an enthralling listening experience. Details are still there, as is typical of a Grado, but the RS1i doesnt flaunt them. Instead, it is more forgiving than the GS1000i, without sounding overly colored, focusing on the rhythm and emotions of the music. Soundstage is very good, as is placement of performers. But the RS1i has liquid mids that are intoxicating and irresistible. One gripe: RS1i can sound harsh in the treble on some classical music tracks. Has an 8-conductor cable, 6.3mm SE plug.

- Pete M, ON
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