Pros: Build Quality, Comfort, Price and SOUND
full review can be found here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/685909/review-rock-it-sounds-r-studio-2nd-strike
Build & Comfort:
The R-Studio take a Circum-Aural design, with a "neo-classic" look as Rock-It call them. They do have some "retro" air on them along with the usual company color scheme. But not everything is looks, right? Not a huge step as it's still made mostly of plastic; the build quality feels better than the Lite. The leatherette covered headband and pads are well stuffed inside, super comfortable and provide an instant seal around the ears for best listening experience. Among the three, the R-Studio are the most comfortable ones and better isolating, even though they aren't as portable, as they don't feature a rotating/folding mechanism, it's only possible to adjust them up or down.
The one sided removable cable is quite thick and well relieved.
"Balance". That’s the first word that comes to mind when listening to the R-Studio. They offer an exquisite and rich balance. Fairly fun and musical, and good dynamics. Everything is there in a right amount, everything sounds full and well separated. Not a huge stage, though, but considering the 'closed' design is above average.
The overall speed should match most genres of music. The soundstage has good width and good depth, without losing the vocals position.
Bass quantity is a bit more than the R-Lite, but still not to be called bass-heavy (but won't disappoint on bassier tracks). It's much tighter, bigger and faster, and better extended. Sub-bass reaches deeper and shows much more rumble and control.
The midrange remains clear and clean of any bass-bleed. While slightly forward it is still on the neutral side with a hint of sweetness (but drier when compared to the Lite or other mid-centered phones). Very nice layered with a good sense of space. Vocals carry a beautiful texture with them, clear and detailed, be it male or female.
Treble, similar to the Bass, has excellent presence and extends quite far. It has quite the energy and sparkle, and while not really sibilant it may be a tad edgy at times. Quantity is more than enough and micro-detail is amazing for the price (even though it can't match its "twin" brother, the R-DJ, hyper detail - but that's another story).
The Studio use a same type of dynamic driver as the R-Lite, and in fact, they do share a familiar sound, and could be seen as an improved/updated, 'mature' and more refined version of them in certain ways. They do need some extra volume though, but remain very sensitive and easy to drive.
The R-Studio should probably be the easier ones to recommend as they offer the best balance on the whole frequency. They are very comfortable and an excellent all-arounder that push way above the suggested price (and I hope it remains like that).
Available at Rock it Sounds for just $74