What is the opinion on the Grado RA-1 amplifier? There's an old type for sale (only has the RCA female connectors and the silver switch on the back side) for 125 euro. From what I understood it's a good pairing with the RS-1, but would it also pair well with the SR325iS and/or the Alessandro MS-Pro?
Just like the HPA-1 was voiced for the HP-1, the RA-1 was voiced for the RS-1.
The first RA-1 that I've heard was the original one, and so were the RS-1 that the salesman paired it with. At the time I owned a pair of senns HD-600, and I still remember
how impressed I was, by the amount of details that I was hearing. The only aspect of the sound that the HD-600 could compete with the RA-1, RS-1, was the mids, and even then, I still gave Grado the nod.
The RA-1, RS-1 combo were the reason why I decided to join the Dark Side, so that alone says a lot, I think. At the moment, I'm looking for a pair of vintage RS-1, and if I find some, I plan on immitating kayandjohn, and eventually buy a nice RA-1, to pair with them.
I know that some people think that the RA-1 is too expensive, for what it is, but in a world where some sound systems can cost more than a nice house, and a single component can be as expensive as luxury car, it's not that bad.
In my opinion, the RA-1 sounds good, looks good, and, it's affordable, so, It's a win, win, win, in my book.
They say that the ideal amp is a wire with a gain control. Well, if you ask me, the RA-1 is not very far from that