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Grado RS 2i

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Like its superlative big brother the RS1i, the Grado Labs RS2i brings liquid lushness to Grado's signature lively presence and big musical impact -- just without some of the extra-costly bits. Real mahogany earpieces, ultra-pure copper cabling and precisely close-matched voice coils remain to ensure a wonderfully immersive, completely engaging listening experience. The RS2i on-ear 'supra-aural' cans are highly efficient at 32 Ohms and can be driven by portable audio players without demanding a headphone amp.

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Product Features:

  • Liquid and lush while retaining Grado's signature impact and presence
  • Very efficient, easily driven by portable players without demanding headphone amps
  • A great lower cost alternative to the RS1!
  • Made by hand in Brooklyn USA

What's In The Box:

  • Grado Labs warranty insert

Applications:

If you're seeking the classic high-end Grado RS-1i sound in a slightly less expensive form, then the RS-2i are the headphones for you. They show such a striking resemblance to the RS-1i in cosmetics, ergonomics, and tonal presentation, they could almost be called a younger sibling. The RS-2i deliver an intense, immersive music listening experience that is dynamically impactful, immediately present and very liquid-sounding, although they can occasionally be leading on the uppermost highs -- if only with unforgiving "audiophile" recordings. The more expensive RS-1i model offers slightly smoother transparency on the uppermost treble and precise detail resolution in the midranges. The RS-2i are comfortable but can be made more so by gently (gently!) bending the headband to better conform to the top of the head. They will work well directly out of a portable player/iPod/iPad without requiring any outboard amplification, but the RS-2i will more easily reach their full musical clarity and resolution potential when used with a dedicated headphone amp or with a nice powerful home stereo system that will maximize the dynamic range extension, soundstage imaging 'depth', and smooth tone of this lovely hand-made Grado headphone.

The RS-2i are extremely well-designed at Grado Labs' family-run Brooklyn, NY USA facility and the element drivers are perfectly matched to .05dB featuring voice coils made of Grado's own ultra-high purity, long-crystal, oxygen-free copper. The headphone cord is the straight type & attaches to both earcups in a 'Y' design and it too utilizes the Grado proprietary upscale copper braiding and fully-shielded cable winding construction. The RS-2i's earpieces are hand-tooled with real mahogany wood for a uniquely sophisticated look that some say adds a slightly burnished "woody" tone to the sonic signature of the RS-2i. These cans maintain the standard Grado flexible leather-covered headband and simple metal height adjusters that connect the earpieces to the headband which allow for up & down height adjustment plus full 360 degree rotation of the earcups. This feature is ideal when laying the headphones down flat for storage or traveling. The RS-2i headphone cable comes terminated to a full-size 1/4"-inch plug. If you need to plug into a smaller mini-jack on your source, you'll need the Grado 1/4"-to-1/8" mini-plug adapter. By the way, Grado Labs has now removed the little cosmetic RS-2 logo 'dots' from the outer earcup grille.

HeadRoom is now a fully authorized Grado headphone recable specialist! Please call us if interested in re-cabling your Grado headphones with our exclusive HeadRoom/Cardas 'Fat Pipe' upgraded headphone cord!

Specifications:

  • Cord Type: Straight Y
  • Coupler Size: Medium
  • Weight: 8
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year
  • Cord Length: 7 ft. (2 m)
  • Detachable Cable: No
  • Connector Type: 1/4"
  • Ear Coupler Type: Earpad
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 32
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB/mV
  • Wireless: No
  • Noise Cancelling: No
  • Headphone Type: Earpad
  • Acoustic Seal: Open
  • Isolation: 0
  • Microphone: No
  • Driver Type: Dynamic

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Almost as great as RS1i but much better than SR325is!
Posted by 7un4 on 2012-07-13

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Unbelievably Amazing Sound, Lightweight, Classy IMO, comfortable, great value
Cons: 1/4 inch main plug defeats purpose of low impedance

I owned quite a few pairs of headphones in my life time and borrowed many from friends. I thought at first that I was out of my mind to be shelling out $500 for a set of headphones, but after auditioning them in my local store, I had to get them. I chose Headroom instead of the actual store because of the much better return policy. Before these headphones, I owned Bose qc15, Monster studios and pros by dre, Ultrasone HFI 780, Audiotechnica ATH WS70, Sennheiser HD 429, CX300II, CX500, and Grado Sr80i. The Sr80i was introduced to me when I first went to the audio store and I couldn't afford more than $120 at the time. The sound from those were so lively and accurate for $99, so I bought them. I hear many stories that Grados are the company that provides the best bang for the buck which only lead me to want to upgrade to something better. As you move up the ladder of any headphone line, the price/performance value starts to drop. You start paying more for improvement that becomes less apparent. I was choosing between these RS2i, a PS500, an RS1i, a Sennheiser HD600 and 650. The Sennheisers have very roomy soundstage, but was very hard to power without a $400+ amp due to the very high impedence at 300ohms. I then narrowed down my picks between the 3 Grados. The RS1i is barely noticably better than the RS2i with a slightly larger soundstage and marginally punchier bass and brighter treble. The midrange was about the same but it is less friendly to poor recordings compared to the other 2 Grados. The PS500 was much punchier in bass and less bright in treble and midrange was still the same. Seemed to me like the RS2i was the way to go. Besides the fact that it was cheaper than the other 2 Grados, it was too little a difference aside from the fact that the PS500 was noticably bassier than the RS2i. It made the PS500 seem more colored and directed towards Hip Hop Lovers and R&B as well. I don't listen to those genres enough to care about more bass. I wanted clarity and rich sounding headphones for the best possible price/performance ratio. I forgot to mention that the best headphones I ever borrowed for a month of listening was the Sennheiser HD800. I would compare these to the HD800 in a heart beat. On a scale of 1-10, the HD800 would be a 9.5/10 and these RS2i would be a 9/10. For less than half the price, you can't get better.


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Something Special...
Posted by Izzy Axel on 2012-02-10

Recommend Product: No
Pros: Excellent extension, harmony throughout the frequencies, comfortable, looks great
Cons: Could do with a wider soundstage

I can't recommend these headphones to anyone, all I can recommend is finding and listening to a pair of Grados before you buy any. Everything about them seems to be polarizing, the looks, the comfort, the sound, everything seems to create a heated passion in people, going one way or the other.

But, these cans are special to me.

I don't know quite what it is, maybe it's the omnipresent rich low end that doesn't stick its neck out, unlike what seems to be popular today. Maybe it's the calm, crystal clear waters of the mids and highs, the resolving capability that allows you to hear all the way down and back through a mix...or maybe it's that the sum of the parts adds up to more than it logically should. It's a common occurrence among talented musicians, but it seems to be woefully uncommon in headphones, and any other section of the audio market.

The comfort of the bowl pads is contested, but they didn't bother me any, even though I wear glasses. The headphones' fit can be modified by bending the headband outwards or inwards to get more or less clamping pressure, but even by default they fit loosely on the head, and when I found my desired fit, they disappear when I listen. The looks of these cans are polarizing to say the least, I've not found a single person outside of the internet who likes their looks. I personally love them, but that's not relevant, look at them and decide for yourself.

As for driving, I run them through the headphone amp on the HT Omega Claro Halo soundcard. I'm not entirely sure how it compares, but it sounds leagues better than my FiiO E7, so I imagine it's pretty good. They do sound a bit piercing through the E7s though. But then again, the E7s are regarded as bright themselves. Line out of the iPhone 3Gs is nothing special but it gets the job done.

As for the open back design...I'm an odd one when it comes to this. I actually REALLY like the way outside noises meld with the music when I'm walking downtown. I use these as a portable set, but most people would not want to do this, due to the sound leakage both ways.

And for the con I listed, the soundstage is perfectly fine, you do get the look-over-the-shoulder moments with it, but it's not QUITE a total sphere around your head, it only goes ~70% of the way around, I'd say, and it isn't outstandingly wide.

To close out, a polarizing line of products that will require you test drive them before buying. Not for everyone, but they gave me something special and unforgettable.


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I wish they were circumaural...
Posted by Rotobuster from Bridgeport CT on 2011-03-06

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Warm present beautiful rich sound
Cons: Those darned ear pads

I love these cans. But I've just sold mine on an auction site. Why? It isn't the sound quality. Wow. The best I've ever heard, period. Its the on-ear ear pads. Try listening to an extended symphonic piece and you will find yourself scratching your itching ears. They lay ON the ears, which crush them down against your head, and after a while the only thing on your mind is the discomfort. You can bend the band outward to relieve the pressure, but it still doesn't solve the problem. If you go to the web, you will find sites listing 'solutions.' One person cut holes in the bottom of tube socks and rolled them onto the cans. My solution was to tape a pair of styrofoam 'bumpers' on the plastic pieces on the sides of the headband. This cased the pressure to be shunted to my skull bone over my ear, which helped, but looked doggoned silly, maybe not as silly as tube socks, but close. I got that idea from my Koss Porta-pros, which have a similar bumpers built in. Finally, I just gave up, and went back to my old standby, Beyer DT770s. I would replace these Grados in a NY minute if Mr. John Grado would give us a circumaural version. Hint hint hint.


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