Grado RS1e Headphones
RS1: Referential TreatmentEver wondered what hardcore audiophiles are hearing, and that you might be missing? The Grado RS1e is the point of no return so be warned, cross this threshold and you’ll never enjoy mass-market headphones again. Once you’ve experienced this elegant audio masterpiece you’ll grasp the reference.
The new RS1e from Grado uses a different species of handcrafted mahogany from our previous models. The earpieces utilize an intricate curing process that optimizes the tonal quality while giving them a new look. The RS1e places a 50mm dynamic transducer and an 8 conductor cable design in an open-air configuration. 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 wonders of Mother Nature with a gorgeous light mahogany look. The RS1e is a masterpiece in the Grado collection.
General DesignAll Grado headphones have a vented diaphragm design that incorporates a large air chamber. This design concept lowers the frequency resonance (distortion) of the diaphragm and extends bass response. The diaphragm is made of a low mass polymer, carefully formed to broaden resonant modes to reduce their amplitude. The diaphragm mass is determined with the compliance of the suspension in mind so that the desired low frequency resonance is achieved. The diaphragm's total mass is calculated to provide a full 20 KHZ bandwidth, while avoiding break-up at lower frequencies. Technical refinements for Grado drivers include improved diaphragm and voice coil design for increased bass response and a larger perceived sound stage. A unique process to "de-stress" the diaphragm results in enhanced inner detail. An increased ability to control driver resonance virtually eliminates distortion. For all models, an improved headband spring will afford greater comfort for the majority of listeners.
Sonic ReproductionGrado headphones can reproduce as natural a soundstage from stereo recordings and provide as much listening pleasure as a good pair of speakers do. Grado headphones are free of room effects and placement problems, and they minimize any interference from external noise. They also offer portability and the ability to listen without worrying about the neighbors. With Grado headphones, you will hear recordings with greater clarity and with deeper bass than others! Grado headphones are the antithesis of mass production, as each Grado headphone is hand-assembled and closely scrutinized to meet full performance specifications in the U.S.A.
Grado RS Headphone Series DetailsGrado's wooden Statement and Reference Series are hand-crafted at our labs from a new specially selected species of mahogany. An intricate procedure of curing is done between production steps to achieve optimal sonic quality. The overall sound remains pure Grado, warm harmonic color, full bodied vocals, excellent dynamics and an ultra smooth top end..
Ratings & Reviews
Amazing headphones! Don't be discouraged by the bad reviews the RS1e (not on this website, but on the internet in general) are getting from some people. I am an owner of the original RS1 with the "button" on the side, and I do admit these headphones have a different sound signature but it is not bad. I prefer them! Basically, these headphones have a slightly darker treble, especially when they are brand new. I have never had headphones that benefited as much from burning in as these did. Again, do not be pushed off by the naysayers; burning these headphones in has a dramatic impact on their final sound. I won't suggest a method or amount of time, but just to say that it really does change things. The base becomes smoother and fuller, and the treble brightens up considerably. The mids are basically good out of the box. For reference, I'm driving them with a Benchmark DAC1 (for digital) and an Ortofon 2M blue amplified by a cambridge audio 651p (for analog) both plugged into an Allen & Heath R16 mixer. I also use these headphones to play various Moog, Roland, and Dave Smith synthesizers all of which sound amazing with these headphones. So in summary: Let them burn in.. expect amazing sound! Do not expect them to be identical to the old RS1, and you'll be happy!
Just played some Japanese vinyl and used the RS1i for the first time and WOW! Worth every penny. Clear, rich sound and comfortable to boot. A solid winner.
Oh Dear !! Most comfortable and truly accurate cans I've ever had. Pricey yes, but you'll keep them and use them forever.
What the reviewers never talk about is comfort and listener fatigue. I've used RS-1's for tape editing for 3-4 years and still like them (a lot). They are VERY comfortable and not at all fatiguing, even over an extended editing session. But, since they are open backed, they won't do for master recording of live concerts. The RS1's don't have the distortion that masquerades as clarity in lesser equipment, so I can use mine for hours at a time. A word on cost - yes, they cost more than I wanted to spend, but they proved to be a bargain after the first long editing session.