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Grado RS1i - even better than my 1996 vintage pair of RS1's,
This review is from: Grado RS1i Reference Series Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
All I can say is WOW! The changes in the drivers, cables and wood (there might be other physical changes that I am not aware of) result in the range being extended from lows to highs quite noticeably, and they are stunners.
As I told my daughter (a happy Grado SR60 owner and sharer of my RS1's since the age of 10 - she's 23 tomorrow -and currently enjoying HF1's) "These are NOT your fathers RS1's"!
Sort of... I'm still her Dad but the RS1i's themselves are not exactly what she grew up listening to. They are faster (resolving notes more quickly with zero smudging of sounds/tones together), with 'more bettter' bass (tighter, sweeter, more controlled and deeper), highs that are more transparent and do go on and on, the famous Grado midrange beautifully apparent (although perhaps a tiny TAD less coloured - though that may be simply be a function of their being heard in the context of the extended highs). And I guess it's a result of all that there is even more detail now to boot. Despite these changes there is no mistaking these for some other headphone, they are RS1(i)'s through and through. And all these delicious sounds are presented in a beautiful (to me perfect) balance.
These are amazing headphones, as were the originals. Noone who loves the traditional Grado "house sound" need shell out to those charging crasy high prices for the "vintage" Rs1's to get in on the mojo. THESE are the real deal(in fact even better than) and they sell for suggested retail (and a bit less used of course if you can find someone willing to let them go. hey, don't look at ME!).
I gave up a pair of Grado PS1's which I thought were the ultimate embodiment of the RS1 style Grado house sound. They were a bit too heavy for me to listen to for really extended periods or I'd have never sold them. I had thought I'd still be pining for them but would "get by" with a new pair of RS1's. RS1i's to the rescue!! The Rs1i is
SO great a pair of cans that I am not looking back to the PS1's at all - only closing my eyes and listening to the music.