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Grado RS 2i Reviews

GREQ

The Sound I was looking for

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Pros: Clear, open fidelity, but none of the fatigue

Cons: Weak bass extension

I paid more than the US price as I live in Germany but to me are worth every penny as this is the sound I love and was trying to achieve through extensive modding of my SR60i.    BUILD: Pretty similar story to most Grados. Plastic parts seem cheap but they don't look bad and it works. The cable is double the thickness of the SR60i cable - upon inspection inside the cans, it seems that instead of designing a new thicker cable, they just double up the core cables and use 8 core cables instead of the standard 4 featured in cheaper models. The cable is very heavy and thick, and at times seems to have a mind of it's own.    COMFORT: I've got smaller than...
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BigEar

Best sound per $?

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Pros: Dynamic, micro details, speed, easy to drive

Cons: Expensive in Europe, with standard pads not very suitable for longterm listening

Bought these as demo's here in the Netherlands for 430 Euro (list price 595 Euro which is a bloody rip-off compared to the $495 they cost you in the US (= approx. 375 Euro).   What I like most of these is their live-like, open sound character. They are easy to drive which is great as they can be used directly with an ipod. However, you will not get to their full potential that way. Switching to a Cowon J3 was a big step forward in sound and using a better amp like the Rudistor RPX-100 will give you another boost, especially in the treble, which can sound a bit harsh without good amplification. Bass is very solid and dry although it does not reach...
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