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RA1/RS1 seem thinner

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i've recently replaced the panasonic portable headphone-jack with the new-bought RA1 to drive the RS-1. The details are much clearer and much more than the portable's jack. But the sound now seems much thinner and lacks bass boost comparing to the jack. i also tied another pioneer dvd-player as the source, which resulted the same. how about this problem and do you meet it? the rs-1 has been running for 1 year and i don't think it has not been "burnt-in".
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Re: RA1/RS1 seem thinner

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Originally posted by younglu
But the sound now seems much thinner and lacks bass boost comparing to the jack. i also tied another pioneer dvd-player as the source, which
This is likely due to the fact that the RA-1 does not have a bass boost feature. An oversight on Grado's part.
post #3 of 7
The RS-1 should not need bass boost. However, the thin sound is a result of the stock pads. Sennheiser sells pads for the HD-414 that can be cut to fit the RS-1. This fills in the midrange nicely. You can do a search to find more information on this.
post #4 of 7
here comes some attempts to explain what you're experiencing:

the ra-1's strong point amonst most of its fans is its neutrality. it is known for not adding much color to the sound. however, i do find it to be very smooth and slightly rolled off. the details that you're hearing are the rs-1's being powered better and more clearly. in my experience, i find that the rs-1's are very lacking without an amp. without an amp, i feel they sound harsher and even more bright with less bass. an amp really helps to even out the sound of the rs-1.

in my opinion, i'd say give it a week. listen to the ra-1 for an album or two, and then switch back to your headphone jack. i think you'll find the ra-1 to be a better choice, but if not.. you can always sell the ra-1 and get a meta42.
post #5 of 7
Beagle, you're such a sarcastic bastard... Keep up the good work.
post #6 of 7
Upgrade the source. Try a good British made CD player.
post #7 of 7
Batteries is one reason the RA-1 *could* sound a little thin in bass. It happens everytime the voltage drops and I have a sigh of relief when I use fresh ones.
FYI: I get the best results running the unit at 2x9.5V (2 x 7 x AA NiCd). Others use 9.6v NiMHs.

I also get better bass with a Stancor powered ART DI/O vs. Sony 500V, so sources do make a difference.
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