Hey everyone! I haven't posted in a good while, but couldn't think of a better group to share my good news with!
Tonight, I came up on an awesome deal. I was going through my local San Diego Craigslist, searched "Grado" and the title, "high end headphone - $150" came up. I originally thought to just skip it, but thought, Oh what the heck, I'll just give it a look. I opened it and read: "hi selling grado rs-1 headphone brand new cost 700 dollars selling for 150 this is a great headphone", I couldn't believe it so I immediately contacted the seller, and just got back from buying them from him!
I'm happy to report that I am very very happy with the purchase and still can't believe the price I got them for. I had to cough up a little bit more dough online to get some new L cushion pads for em, but $150 for the RS1's, and $20 for the new pads is still much less than half of what the RS1's would've been alone!
I wish I could tell you what version/year of the RS1's they are, but I'm really not sure. I can tell you that they aren't the RS1-i's, because the box is clearly labeled just "RS1", and I can only also depict that they're the button version because of the RS1 button on each earpiece. Other than that, there's no visible serial number or any other markings to really go by. If I had to judge by the box, I'd say they're slightly older. The Label is pretty simple, with no other print on it other than:
The box is also Pin punctured on the back with:
MADE IN USA
Again, no serial number, item number, production year, or any other number to go off of.
Their sound, IMO, is like the can versions of Westone's UM3x, and if you've read my review on the UM3x, you can understand why I'm so excited about their sound. Also, the RA1 is my first portable (well, somewhat portable) amp I've owned and I really do enjoy it also. It's probably more geared toward a Rock/Acoustic/Jazz/R&B/Classical/Vocal sound. But for Hard Rock/Metal/Rap/Hip-Hop, I don't think it has that lower-mid focus necessary for those genres. Not to take away from it though, it's a great amp! Just though I'd share some info for some prospecting buyers!
Thanks Head-fi members! And if you've got any secrets/tips/info on the RS1's please fill me in! I didn't know too much of them before buying them, other than its high praise, so I'm sure I could learn some new things about em.
I realized I didn't post pictures the first time, and I just did in a later reply, but here's two pics for you guys:
Edited by BrianMendoza - 1/16/11 at 4:00pm