Just some random thoughts on the RS1, I don't have the "i".....
When I first got these I really liked them pretty well, I thought they were a pretty ok improvement from what had which is the SR-80 and HF-2. The more I use them, I just can't stop listening. They just do "music" right, I am able to forget I and dive head first into any album. It is a much more resolving headphone that I originally thought. I think once you give your ears time to adjust they are just heavenly. These phones definitely have a magic that most phones start out with but fades with time. These phones actually get better & better(at least for me) and they are just dang comfy. I know this is a sticking point for some people, but man these are so light I forget I even have them on sometimes. Also, I know this is not a popular thing on head-fi but I just love listening to these things without an amp and man do they sound good!!
I am with you brother, the more I listen to them the more I like them, and trust me I have lots of hours on them
I hear what you are saying, they do sound great without any amp....but a good amp can take them to a completely different level...I know it is hard to imagine, but it is very true.
I have not been able to post very often, or even read the thread due to a lot of stuff going on.
But, I do want to publicly that Jay for helping me to achieve some of the finest listening experiences I have ever had. It started with swapping my HE-5LE for his RS1i, which I did not like at all. I still beleive that my 225i's give me what I want from Grado, and the raw immedateness I get from those cans is totally absent from the RS1. I already have smooth, revealing headphones that the RS1 cannot stand up against. This is not so much a knock on the RS1's as they are a glowing recommendation for the 225's. I fell even more in llove with their sound.
So I sent the RS1's back to Jay, and he made the interesting offer of keeping the 5LE's in exchange for his Burson Soloist. All I can say is that the Burson and Grado's combine to give me the finest experience I have ever had in Head-Fi. And for demanding material, I have the Alpha Dogs, which are a whole different topic.
Yeah, Jay is an awesome guy.