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Grado RA1 - Headphone amplifier Reviews

Positive Reviews

Zuqi

The Egg to The Bacon

Posted

Pros: Fantastic synergy with the RS1i; By far the most neutral Grado pairing.

Cons: Need to paired with not too bright source.

The RS1i, along with other Grados, have the reputation of being difficult to pair with. I own/owned 8 pairs of Grados, and auditioned the whole Grado product line, I would say the RA1 & RS1i combo are, by far, the most satisfying and musical pairing.   Many Nay-Sayers bashing the amp for generally two reasons: 1, the company use some cheap components to build the amp; 2, the amp has relatively inferior sound quality in terms of clarity, speed, etc. True, the amp is not the most detailed/spacious sounding amp in the market, even not quite as good as it's rivals in it's price range, but I think...
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Negative Reviews

Spriggs

Possible one of the most over priced pieces of equipment ever.

Posted

Pros: it looks nice... ish

Cons: sounds pretty bad especially for its price. cheaply made inside.

So to keep it simple and short this amp is simple nothing fancy one opamp and it sounds just like the ones in a altoids tin(in fact some of those might sound better) for the money it sounds terrible. the outside looks nice the wood has a nice ish finish the insides are a diffrent story, the board is a single pcb with a bunch of wires running from the power pot and input and output jacks the solder job was actually pretty bad cheap pot ect... over all quality makes it pretty much a over priced wooden paper weight that happens to kinda amplifiy sound. im so glad i didnt buy it
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