Grado RS1i Reference Series Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Tranducer type - Dynamic / Operating principle - Open Air / Frequency response - 12-30 kJZ / SPL 1mV - 98 / Normal impedance - 32ohms / Driver matched db -. 05
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|Color||Black and woodgrain||Black||Black and Silver||Mahogany||Black and Silver||Black|
|Item Dimensions||1 x 1 x 1 in||6.69 x 3.15 x 7.48 in||6.69 x 3.15 x 7.48 in||6.69 x 3.15 x 7.48 in||6.69 x 3.15 x 7.48 in||6.69 x 3.15 x 7.48 in|
|Item Weight||—||0.51 lb||0.79 lb||0.66 lb||0.76 lb||0.62 lb|
|Additional Features||DJ-Style||foldable||Just Released Grado "E" Series Headphones||Just released Grado "e" series headphones||foldable||Just released Grado "e" series headphones|
Product DescriptionWhat does the 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 8 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.
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The tangible nods to "luxury" are the air chambers of mahogany, but the expense (for Grado) is really in the time they spend "curing" the wood to achieve the sound they want. There's no shortcut to that time.
The result is that these headphones are able to deliver a crisp treble when the cymbal clashes at the same time that you hear the lyrics perfectly while still being able to follow the bass as it dips down low. That ability to articulate the entire audio spectrum simultaneously is difficult, rare and yet achieved by this Grado.
My set came with an extension cable (Concert DVD listening!) and the adaptor from 1/4 inch to mini-plug (iPod, yay). These phones are lightweight, but not loose; comfortable enough where it touches you without feeling "silky." The ergonomics are thus good but not out-of-the-park -- except for mahogany, of course. As for sound...
Quadrophenia, The Who: Frankly, I usually let Entwhistle's bass move underneath my conscious listening, sharklike, dangerous and often murky. Not with the RS-1i. That shark has teeth and a flash of quicksilver fin that I now perceive, no matter how deep below me.
Captain Jim's Drunken Dream, James Taylor: Crisp mandolins, beautiful voices so clearly defined that I could hear where each rose and dipped instead of just sensing that it was "pretty."
Sorry-Grateful, Timothy Nolan: This male vocal with piano accompaniment rendition was as lovely as could be hoped, and yielded two unexpected tests: precise soundstage as Nolan slightly moved position relative to the mics, and lack of "chestiness" in the male voice (as Julian Hirsch used to say).
Don't Get Around Much Anymore, Harry Connick, Jr. Hadn't listened to this track in quite a while, and got so caught up in the opening solo voice and piano that I boosted volume and quite forgot about the big band waiting for its moment. When the horns bit in I jumped - but did NOT wince. Normally, at that volume with other phones, including the Grado SR-80 I own, I would have winced. But with the RS-1i all the sonic bite was "natural" to the horns, no added distortion. Wow.
Debussy: La Cathedrale Engloutlie, Erich Kunzel: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (on Telarc): OK, here's where a headphone is a headphone and not a subwoofer. The dwarf-king-low pedal note of the organ is heard clearly, but can't be felt in the gut, of course. Crucially, it did not interfere with the clarity of the notes above it. A thought: long ago I read that the ultimate listening experience configuration consists of quality headphones AND a subwoofer playing at once. With open-air phones like these, that scenario makes sense (once the family is out of the house. Go run some chores, family!)
As you can see I am a Grado fan ever since I own my first 225i, It's just amazing. Especially the ps500 i listen to it for a few days straight without really taking any big breaks and sleepless nights LoL. My music preference are alot of Electronic music such as dub steps, trap, sometimes pop and hip hop. I think these RS1i sounds the best with fast tempo electronic music. So it's the best for my taste. Lets talk about the lows,...there are a lot of Bass but not to much to over muffle you or anything its just right, the mids...are a bit foward but thats what make it sounds so fun to rock out to. The treble are just right unlike the PS500. The ps500 treble was killing my ears after long listening session of dubsteps. I guess you can say that the treble are less roll off on the RS1i from my experience. I heard the opposite for PS500 saying it high is more roll off than the rs1i, but i don't think that is true from my experience. Oh yea I'm using a Asus Essense Xonar STX for my sound dac and amp. Anyways If this fit your budget than go for it it's best headphone for the price. Emphasis on the word price...of course there are always something better, I may upgrade to the PS1000 one day when I'm ready for it, but for now I say the RS1i is a keeper for years to come
, I wouldn't sell it for anything. I made the mistake by selling my PS500 so early, I'm not going to make that mistake again. The PS500 are a step under the RS1i but from my experiences its also an excellent headphone. The RS1i are just a bit better. I truly recommend the ps500 if you can't get the rs1i. But you can't go wrong either way. 2 Best headphones in my book. Rs1i better for me. Thanks for reading!
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