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post #31 of 721
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Originally Posted by recstar24
The RS-1's are by far my favorite headphones. They simply do music "right" to my ears. Great bass, a wonderful midrange, really extended up high with a slight smidgen of warmth, incredible imaging and soundstaging that is out of this world when paired with a good tubed amp, and PRAT up the yin-yang. Throw some clarinet or saxophone and you'll hear the way the instruments were meant to be played and the way they are supposed to sound in real life, no other headphone recreates the woodwind sound so close to the real thing IMO. Strings are godly, you can hear the vibrato from the fingers and the resin layering against the string, with each bow stroke clearly defined and you get a real sense of the player digging into the string. Voices are pretty awesome too, almost a lush-like quality to it.
recstar24, is your description of the RS-1 sound in consideration of bowl pads or flat pads?

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post #32 of 721
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Originally Posted by Jahn
Yep awhile back I reported at length on the RA-1 versus the SR-71 with the RS-1. Long story short, with the RS-1, this was the result-

1)RA-1 had great extension in the highs (or was it just bumped? bright? almost harsh?), agressive mids/lows - nice and deep, but more slam than substance. Like how a reedy bassoon can get low, versus a Fender P-Bass.

2)SR-71. Black as night. Compared to the RA-1, which had a bit of noise coming through the floor (but only compared to the void which was the SR-71.) Each note seemed more rounded, being so separated by absolute silence. Attack not as aggressive as the RA-1, but I wouldn't say the SR-71 made the RS-1 warmer - the RS-1 still had that signature dry wooden cask feel. Mids might have felt more congested.

The overall impression was the SR-71 to be darker than the RA-1. But then, was the RA-1 being artifically bumped in the highs? Maybe...
Great!thanks a lot!Seems like i will save money to buy the Meridian after all. I should come over for a meeting and give them a listen in order to decide!
post #33 of 721
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Originally Posted by Dimitris
Has anyone tried them out with an SR-71?I am curious cause i am interested in the phones but i am not willing to change amp.

A wonderful combo.
post #34 of 721
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Originally Posted by Beagle
recstar24, is your description of the RS-1 sound in consideration of bowl pads or flat pads?
Flats - I haven't really listened to my bowls in a LONG time, maybe one day I'll force myself to listen to them for at least a week, maybe a paradigm shift is in order...

As for the sr-71 and rs-1, i currently have a HR-2 and I simply adore the combo , it gives the rs-1 this amazing sense of warmth and liveliness on my rig, its been nice in starving off any hunger I may have had for a tube amp.

The one thing that's really surprised me with the rs-1 over time is how great the soundstage and imaging can be when paired with an appropriate amp and a source to feed it a good signal. On the HR-2 it can get downright scary at times, its simply sublime what the RS-1 can do if you feed it properly.
post #35 of 721
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Confessions of a RS-1 fanboy....

Okay here goes...

At the heart of every album is a sound - something so deep that it resonates like a pressure in your chest. It is this feeling that composer or producer seeks to make heard; not merely to underscore the chases, clinchesm, climaxes, or to smooth over the inadequecies of cuts and shaky transistions, but to give voice to an inner life - its soul, if such a thing can be said of music.

If I suddenly had to sell off all of my headphone stuff including the ML combo, the Valhalla cables and bits and bobs, the only thing that I choose to remain constant in my life are my RS-1's. Sure they are coloured and the bass can get nutty at times, some people find the highs too much for them or the listener placement too in yer face. But that's why I love it even more so. I was enjoying them way before I had the ML and expensive amps and what not.

There are always posts about the synergy between the Rs-1's+Ra-1 combo, Rs-1's+Hr-2, EMP's, Ear Hp-4's, Gilmore's, etc. But for me there is only one combo synergy. That is Rs-1's+me. I am a fanboy I admit it, but I am not a grado fanboy per se as I have other headphones by different manufacturer's.

I am a Rs-1 fanboy.

Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a ****ing big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose DIY and wondering who the **** you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing ****ing junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, ****ed up brats you spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got RS-1's

post #36 of 721
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Originally Posted by GoRedwings19
. I am a Rs-1 fanboy.
You're really not a fanboy. Fanboys can never identify weaknesses or things that some people might not like in the items they praise. They aren't objective. I think you do a good job of saying why you like the RS-1s without trying to (literally) sell them to everyone or claiming they're perfect.
post #37 of 721
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Originally Posted by Blitzula
You're really not a fanboy. Fanboys can never identify weaknesses or things that some people might not like in the items they praise. They aren't objective. I think you do a good job of saying why you like the RS-1s without trying to (literally) sell them to everyone or claiming they're perfect.
Everyone should get them, They're perfect Am I a fanboy now????
post #38 of 721
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Originally Posted by Blitzula
You're really not a fanboy. Fanboys can never identify weaknesses or things that some people might not like in the items they praise. They aren't objective. I think you do a good job of saying why you like the RS-1s without trying to (literally) sell them to everyone or claiming they're perfect.
I love my RS-1's but I have to admit that (using flats) the sound gets a bit too warm, fuzzy and cozy after extended listening, and the sound gets a "shut-in" characteristic in the upper midrange/treble. Switching to the bowls, things get honky, bright and thin. The ear does make adjustments but I still wonder how these RS-1's are really supposed to sound.
post #39 of 721
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Originally Posted by Beagle
I love my RS-1's but I have to admit that (using flats) the sound gets a bit too warm, fuzzy and cozy after extended listening, and the sound gets a "shut-in" characteristic in the upper midrange/treble. Switching to the bowls, things get honky, bright and thin. The ear does make adjustments but I still wonder how these RS-1's are really supposed to sound.
I know I am gonna get flamed for this, but this is usually what I do....reverse bowl pads. I find it is a compromise between the flats and bowls. On accoustic, easy listening recordings I go with this.
post #40 of 721
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Originally Posted by Beagle
I love my RS-1's but I have to admit that (using flats) the sound gets a bit too warm, fuzzy and cozy after extended listening, and the sound gets a "shut-in" characteristic in the upper midrange/treble. Switching to the bowls, things get honky, bright and thin. The ear does make adjustments but I still wonder how these RS-1's are really supposed to sound.
I feel like that as well on certain recordings, despite my affection for the rs-1's, there are definitely some recordings where the rs-1's sound "off," its weird too, i can't seem to pinpoint what exactly it is about certain recordings where the rs-1's sound strange and weird and simply off; this is where my 650 comes in, almost everything sounds good from the 650's.
post #41 of 721
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Originally Posted by recstar24
I feel like that as well on certain recordings, despite my affection for the rs-1's, there are definitely some recordings where the rs-1's sound "off," its weird too, i can't seem to pinpoint what exactly it is about certain recordings where the rs-1's sound strange and weird and simply off...
I wonder if it's the wood. I just couldn't get used to the sound with the wood, at least with rock/metal.
post #42 of 721
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Originally Posted by Blitzula
I wonder if it's the wood. I just couldn't get used to the sound with the wood, at least with rock/metal.

The wood I suspect adds to a longer decay rate of notes and reverb effect????. I can see how you would not like this with rock/metal. Ps-1's would be better in this regard, maybe????
post #43 of 721
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Originally Posted by Blitzula
I wonder if it's the wood. I just couldn't get used to the sound with the wood, at least with rock/metal.
It very well could be, however, I remember reading somewhere that mahogany is the best wood for sound purposes, its supposed to be the most acoustical and lively wood you can use for room treatment.
post #44 of 721
Rs1 owners,

Will the wooden coloration be very obvious upon switching from other sub models, or is it somewhat overstated? I realize most of my listening material is constituted of woodwinds and string instrumental, and I find that quality to be very appealing at the moment. It's hard to form a concrete feel of it by imagination.
post #45 of 721
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Originally Posted by holeinmywallet
Rs1 owners,

Will the wooden coloration be very obvious upon switching from other sub models, or is it somewhat overstated? I realize most of my listening material is constituted of woodwinds and string instrumental, and I find that quality to be very appealing at the moment. It's hard to form a concrete feel of it by imagination.
Difficult to say? Have you had any experience of Grado's? The Rs-1's wood colouration is what I suspect make them THE best IMO for woodwind instruments out of all the headphones I own. The he60 comes close with it's transparency and airiness but the rendition of the woodwind instruments is slightly ahead in terms of accuracy portraying it on the Rs-1's. I would suggest you try before you buy or at least try to find someone who has one so you can take a lengthy audition.

Believe me, you won't miss the rs-1's colouration as in you will notice it straight away. This is what most people love/hate mostly about the rs-1's.
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