Grado RS2 Headphones

4.56/5 (9 Reviews) MSRP : $495.00


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Headphones, Transducer Type: Dynamic Acoustic Principle: Open Earpiece Type: Supraural Frequency Range: 12 Hz - 30 Hz


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by hangableauto a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2012

Bottom Line:   
Uncomfortable????? I myself have never suffered from this aggitation but to those who have may i suggest you invest in a pair of Grado G-cushion pads! These pads are made for the high end Grado professional series but fit perfectly well and whats more very easily onto the Rs2/Rs1 models! These pads are bigger than those supplied with your Rs2/Rs1 and therefore you have more room for your ears! I bought these myself not for the additional comfort ( i have read a comment that with these you can consider the phones as the most comfortable cans in existance btw!) but for the improved soundstage! Yes! Even better with the G-cushions!!!

The sound of these cans is absolutely SUPERB! I use them with a handbuilt NJC audio headphone amp, Chord interconnect and a Sony SACD player. I highly recommend buying a purpose built headphone amplifier to those who do not yet own one. The difference in sound quality i experiance when using this, rather than plugging into my normal amp or CD player socket is different class! I wouldn't swap my NJC or Rs2i'sfor the world! (well.....maybe i exaggerate a little there).

Hope this helps! Happy listening folks!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by heyyywhynot a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Look, I know I'm stepping into the lion's mouth with this one, but these headphones just aren't comfortible enough to be considered spectacular. OBVIOUSLY the sound is great, but a feature that is almost important as sound, when it comes to headphones, is comfort. After all, music is meant to be listened to through speakers, so if you're willing to strap those speakers onto your head, you'd better be able to deal with them on your head for an extended period of time.

I can draw an interesting analogy to the Playstation 3 here. People have been saying, for example, that with the PS3, Sony has put technology first and gameplay second. Likewise, Grado has - beyond denial - put sound first and the actual "headphone-ness" of the headphones second. I normally wouldn't have a problem with that if the headphones weren't distractingly UNCOMFORTIBLE, but the RS-2s are. The speaker is rock hard, and is pushed right into your ear. Additionally, unless your ears are circular (which, last time I checked, not many people's are), the earcups simply are NOT MADE TO FIT YOUR EARS. They are made to ACCOMODATE THE SPEAKER IN THE HEADPHONE. Add to that the foam earpads, and I found myself rather disenchanted. Put shortly, RS-2 simply feels unnatural on your head.

There are a thousand articles testifying to Grado's sound, and I'm not going to disagree with them. But when you get headphones, let's be honest, you're looking for more than great sound. Polk's LSi9's (by way of example) have great sound, but I'm not considering strapping them to my head. Likewise, Grado's have great sound - the bass is smooth, the highs are great, and the soundstage is rather large. But they just don't feel like a real headphone to me, and with many other comfortible, slightly less expensive, and virtually identical sounding high-end models out there, I'd advise looking in another direction.

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Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $495.00

Purchased At:   Amazon.com



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Petri a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Simply......Perfect

What more can I say? The construction is superb. The entire Reference series are hand-made (unlike the prestige series). The sound is U.N.B.E.L.I.E.V.A.B.L.E.
The instruments are crisp and clear, the midrange is flawless and the bass id so freakin defined (not exaggerated or boomy).

This is not a headphone for teenagers. This is strictly an audiophile headphone. If you teens want crazy bass go to best buy and get some junky Bose or $30 Sony's.

For those debating between the Sennheiser's and Grados read this:
There are 2 kinds of music playback: The Grado style and the Senn style. Its really up to your ears to decide. AUDITION AUDITION AUDITION.

The Grados are perfect for Classical, Rock, Jazz etc whereas the Senns are better to watch movies on and Rap music because of the punch its got and less detailed quality. Dont get me wrong, Grados are awesome too, but I would prefer the Senn's for movies. But then again, what audiophile listen's to Rap all the time or watching movies on their headphones?

Also consider this: YOU THINK YOUR SAVING MONEY BUYING THE SENNHEISER'S???

The Grado RS-2 is 30 ohms while the Senn's are 300 ohms !!! Thats a lot of power so you'll definetly need an amplifier to power it. A simple receiver can easily power the Grado's. So breakdown.....

Senns + amp-------$450-$600
Grado RS-2--------$-$450

My thoughts exactly.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   eBay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Sam a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2001

Bottom Line:   
These are great sounding headphones whose performance almost fully justifies high price. Compared to Grado SR225 sound is slightly fuller/richer with more apparant 3D soundstage and better bass, although the SR225 have slightly sharper more detailed treble. Overall the edge goes to RS-2, but the difference is nowhere near the amount the price would indicate, making SR225 a much better value.

Sound is slightly lean compared Senn HD580 which has a fuller almost laid back sound which many people like, but the RS-2 is more detailed without being overly aggressive.
It would be hard to choose between these two if price were the same, each has its strengths.

To improve comfort, get comfy pads and modify with hole in center, also apply some foam/rubber to underside of headband to increase comfort.

RS-2 sounds good powered directly by portable, but I usually use with Grado RA-1 amp and this combo produces beautiful music, as sound opens up more and becomes even more deatiled/dynamic.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   E-Bay



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Grado RS-2 is a great sounding set of cans exhibiting very good detail and blending in well with all freq bands. The RS-2 throws a rich quality sound that sounds good on all types of music. Classic rock fans will like the RS-2s. Guitar has good bite and just the right amount of punch from percussions with good dynamics. I use the RS-2 with the Grado RA-1 amp running thru a Classé ssp-50 preamp with a Classé CDT-1 transport using the high quality dacs inside the ssp-50 (basicly a dac-1) into the Grado RA-1 amp. This combination throws a smooth lovely sound that is spooky good with well recorded music that can sound lush but with good dynamics and quick response. Crisp transient attacks hit quick and tight with proper strenght. Bass is good not exceptional with texture and blends well with the exceptional mids. All in all the RS-2 (RA-1) is without a doubt an audiophile product, you get what you pay for. If any interest i paid 675 incl ship for the Grado RS-2/RA-1 combo from Quest for Sound www.questforsound.com, questforsound@aol.com 215-637-3263 Stephen the owner is a great guy with great prices and service.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   2000

Purchased At:   Quest for Sound




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