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post #106 of 203
Hi guys, I guess I can join the club since I just received my first ever Grado RS1i serial #10165. I have been listening to them for a couple hours and I am liking them a lot so far. They are very good with vocals and guitars like people have mentioned around here before. I wasn't really looking at headphones after I got my LCD-2s but these Grados came up locally for a decent price and I couldn't resist. I have to say they are pretty enjoyable listening to some King Diamond and I expect they will improve somewhat with more burn in time.

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post #107 of 203

^^ wow RS1 passed the 10,000 milestone. 

Wonder when Grado started the count....when the i version came out in 2009? or earlier?

If indeed counted from 2009 then it's only been over 2 years to achieve the 10,000 mark. Go Grado!!!

post #108 of 203

10000 grados!!!! YAY!@#!@#@#@

post #109 of 203
Thread Starter 

OP post updated KEEP UM COMING!

post #110 of 203

Thought I'd bump this thread with a nice picture, since we can never have enough pics of these beauties.

The RS1i is the absolute king of vocals imo. I even prefer them to my HD800's in this regard. Sure the HD800's are even clearer and more detailled, but the Grados present the vocals with a magical presence and with liquidy smoothness. I love them! 

 

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Edited by Aizura - 1/27/12 at 4:49am
post #111 of 203

I wouldn't mind getting added to the list in the OP. I'm extremely happy with my RS1. favorite Grado I've ever owned.

 

no serial, Semi vintage (or vintage B) RS1

 

with wood buttons, square rods and old ~2000 cardboard box.

 

ZerBK.jpg

post #112 of 203

Anyone have any advice for a soon to be RS-2i owner?

 

What's your favourite amp for those 'phones?

Budget is $500 or less.

 

Thanks,

C.

post #113 of 203
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Originally Posted by Chris J View Post

Anyone have any advice for a soon to be RS-2i owner?

What's your favourite amp for those 'phones?
Budget is $500 or less.

Thanks,
C.

Either go with a hybrid like the Little Dot I+ or a solid state like the O2 amp. Both are very cheap and very good.
post #114 of 203
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris J View Post

Anyone have any advice for a soon to be RS-2i owner?

 

What's your favourite amp for those 'phones?

Budget is $500 or less.

 

Thanks,

C.

just look for what people are saying is a warp amp or get a new OP amp for the Little dot 1+
 

 

post #115 of 203

See if you can find a used RA-1. It doesn't sound insanely great with other headphones, but there's a magic synergy with the Reference Series. If you're a dedicated Grado fan and want to hear what they sound like at the factory where they're tested, play your RS out of the RA-1 with Eric Clapton Unplugged.

 

This is an awesome thread, by the way! I definitely agree that the RS1i is better sounding than the RS1 classics produced from 2002ish until the driver update. Different than the Vintage S/A/B, but I kind of prefer the RS1i for a lot of the music I listen to. It's a little crisper and cleaner, though missing some of the fullness and depth. Even trade-off to me. My current pair is SN #10282, but according to John Grado these numbers aren't really the exact number of phones made before yours so much as a tracking system to see where they end up post sale for repairs. He wouldn't be more specific about it beyond that. Side-note on Vintage Grados, and Classic A; there's no serial numbers on those. Older RS2s also lack the serial number. Those numbers didn't come into use until roughly 2003. If it's got a number, it's Classic B. The Classic B is the majority of RS1 out there, as far as I know. 

 

There's a nice looking RS1 on the FS, by the way... they're saying it's 5 years old but the cups are a dead ringer for the older Vintage A. I know that some of the older and less finished cups ended up on "Late Friday" RS1 Classic B, but these are way better looking than those. 

 

 

Also, it's so funny that people miss the buttons on the Reference Series. I remember for so long people tried to figure out how to take them off without damaging their headphones, and how a couple of people went MS-Pro because they figured the button impacted sound quality. 

 

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Originally Posted by Chris J View Post

Anyone have any advice for a soon to be RS-2i owner?

 

What's your favourite amp for those 'phones?

Budget is $500 or less.

 

Thanks,

C.



 


Edited by Mercuttio - 1/28/12 at 12:12pm
post #116 of 203
Thread Starter 

The RA-1 is just a Cmoy amp.

post #117 of 203

My understanding is that the parts are actually cheaper than the average C-Moy. But hey, have you heard it with an RS?
 

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Originally Posted by WhiteCrow View Post

The RA-1 is just a Cmoy amp.



 

post #118 of 203
Thread Starter 

Yea, the RS2 with the RA-1 at 32ohm, it sounded good, but my Little dot MKII pairs just as well with it.  The Grado amps are the pinnacle of synergy with headphones, but that does not mean that it's  worth the money,

post #119 of 203

Sounds like it's all pretty personal as a decision, right? At the right price (between $200 and $250) I think the RA-1 is a great amp for Grado headphones. I don't care for the Little Dot MKII, but I understand that you might feel differently. 

 

As well, here's a little more information about the RA-1, if anyone is interested. http://www.head-fi.org/t/91223/is-the-grado-ra-1-a-cmoy/30#post_5778838
 

It should be noted that while Grado Labs has some lovely Melos amps, it isn't often that they're fired up anymore.

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Originally Posted by WhiteCrow View Post

Yea, the RS2 with the RA-1 at 32ohm, it sounded good, but my Little dot MKII pairs just as well with it.  The Grado amps are the pinnacle of synergy with headphones, but that does not mean that it's  worth the money,



 


Edited by Mercuttio - 1/28/12 at 4:47pm
post #120 of 203


 

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Originally Posted by Mercuttio View Post

 

This is an awesome thread, by the way! I definitely agree that the RS1i is better sounding than the RS1 classics produced from 2002ish until the driver update. Different than the Vintage S/A/B, but I kind of prefer the RS1i for a lot of the music I listen to. It's a little crisper and cleaner, though missing some of the fullness and depth. Even trade-off to me. My current pair is SN #10282, but according to John Grado these numbers aren't really the exact number of phones made before yours so much as a tracking system to see where they end up post sale for repairs. He wouldn't be more specific about it beyond that. Side-note on Vintage Grados, and Classic A; there's no serial numbers on those. Older RS2s also lack the serial number. Those numbers didn't come into use until roughly 2003. If it's got a number, it's Classic B. The Classic B is the majority of RS1 out there, as far as I know. 

 



Welcome to the club Mercuttio, it is good to see you around this thread and guess what I have just recently received my new RS1i serial #10286!  Our phones must be siblings, I bet they shared the same cardboard box on the floors of Grado's factory when they were just a bunch of RS1 drivers LOL.

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