I think it is subjective - to me the problem with the RS1i is the bad treble quality and patently unnatural presentation (2D, uneven/coloured, lacking bass extension)
They are fun to rock out with and do good things with electric guitar but, well everything else is pretty unrefined for the money ($700) and very genre limited IME.
There's a particular short guitar solo that I use as one of my electric guitar references - nice short
listen for evaluation, it's Clapton on the axe playing along in Sting's 'It's Probably Me' ~ chain was as follows
Laptop --> Wireworld UV USB ---> Nuforce DAC-9 ---> Chord Chameleon XLR cables ---> Violectric V181
Gave it a rip with the HD600 and the LCD-2 ~ I felt more bite and verve with the HD600 than with the big Audeze
unfortunately, occasionally my mind drifted and the whole solo just passed me by on the LCD-2. I might be too used
to coloration now these days, but that electric twang was all but missing in terms of heightened extension.
Standing front row when that was recorded ~ there is no doubt that there would be a hint of electric harshness,
it's what makes that solo for me in the first place, the distortion.
My 325i is the best headphone I've heard that just rips through that but that's me
Edited by Gwarmi - 1/24/12 at 12:58am