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post #76 of 230
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Originally Posted by mbd2884 View Post

Try googling RA-1 ever?  It's a joke.  Probably the biggest joke in Audio history, period. I can't think of any audio equipment more ripoff, more BS snake oil ever in all the time I've been reading about audio equipment.  It ranks at the absolute #1.

 

#1, RA-1 for BS snake oil would be like a satellite in space.

#2, the #2 spot would go to some random snake oil on Mount Everest.  That's how massively ridiculously dumb the RA-1 is.

 

You can build a RA-1 for less than $30 without any prior experience in DIY projects.


 



 



+1.

post #77 of 230
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Originally Posted by BotByte View Post

 

 


You need to get a RA-1 amp to push the RS1 to the limit. No other amp pairs better.



L O L !!!!!!!!!!!

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Originally Posted by BotByte View Post

 

 


You need to get a RA-1 amp to push the RS1 to the limit. No other amp pairs better.


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L O L !!!!!!!!!!!



Ill take a double LOL, with a triple LOL shot!

post #79 of 230
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Originally Posted by sling5s View Post

 

I have had the MAD EAR HD and Grado RA-1 for the Grado RS1. 



 


Me too and while the RA-1 was "nice" with the RS1s, it was a far cry from the amazing MAD Ear+HD.

 



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You need to get a RA-1 amp to push the RS1 to the limit. No other amp pairs better.

 

You mean this wonder of engineering?

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post #80 of 230
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post


Me too and while the RA-1 was "nice" with the RS1s, it was a far cry from the amazing MAD Ear+HD.

 

 

You mean this wonder of engineering?

Image2.jpg
 

 


 

wow that looks so cheap. i could build that and it would cost less than 20 bucks.

post #81 of 230
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post


 

wow that looks so cheap. i could build that and it would cost less than 20 bucks.



Electronics wise definitely...but what a pretty wooden box its in. smile.gif

post #82 of 230

Crap amp or not, it can still have nice synergy with the RS1, which it does.  If anything, the RA1 is a testament to synergy and nothing more. 

 

I'm not saying anyone should buy one though, I'd rather just use an ipod, which if I'm not mistaken is about the same price but holds 160GB of music as well as a DAC and probably sound better on most other phones...

 

edit:  also, that picture is awesome!  Haha.  Makes you wonder how the headphones are made.  Time for the picture of the big cardboard box full of RS1 drivers!

post #83 of 230
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Originally Posted by rhythmdevils View Post

Crap amp or not, it can still have nice synergy with the RS1, which it does.  If anything, the RA1 is a testament to synergy and nothing more. 

 

I'm not saying anyone should buy one though, I'd rather just use an ipod, which if I'm not mistaken is about the same price but holds 160GB of music as well as a DAC and probably sound better on most other phones...


Totally agreed that the pairing sounded nice (synergistically speaking). But $400?

 

post #84 of 230

I find it telling that a cheap amp put in a wooden box and sold for a huge markup by Grado is "synergistic" with the wooden RS1.

 

On a related note, has anyone ever confirmed that Grado uses the same or different drivers for different headphones? I feel like it would be extra telling if RS1 drivers are mostly the same as SR60 drivers.

post #85 of 230
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Originally Posted by Head Injury View Post

I find it telling that a cheap amp put in a wooden box and sold for a huge markup by Grado is "synergistic" with the wooden RS1.

 

On a related note, has anyone ever confirmed that Grado uses the same or different drivers for different headphones? I feel like it would be extra telling if RS1 drivers are mostly the same as SR60 drivers.



+1

post #86 of 230
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Originally Posted by detoxguy View Post

While I'm sure GRADO appreciated you telling them how to fix their business the RS1 is not a flagship, the headband is perfect as it is a quality leather on a headphone that weighs nothing, and the box is just a box. The box has nothing to do with the sound. 

 

 



 


I have a feeling, that was Grado's reaction too. The RS1i speaks for itself.

 

post #87 of 230

LOL I had one. They sound aight. It's not an X-Can which you can get for the same money, but it's not horrible

 

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The setup sounds good... I mean it's kinda ****ty that for $400 you can get an HDP which can pull music from your computer and make it sound like a thousand bucks, but with this you get wood, a volume knob, two caps, and an opamp.

 

But hey Grado putting simple inexpensive things in a nice package kind of seems to be their thing.

post #88 of 230
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post


Me too and while the RA-1 was "nice" with the RS1s, it was a far cry from the amazing MAD Ear+HD.

 

 

You mean this wonder of engineering?

Image2.jpg
 

 


Thanks for the insight

Or should I say, inside look

 

post #89 of 230
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Originally Posted by Head Injury View Post

I find it telling that a cheap amp put in a wooden box and sold for a huge markup by Grado is "synergistic" with the wooden RS1.

 



That has nothing to do with it.  I'm not susceptible to placebo, and furthermore could care less about a wooden box.  I would have thrown my LCD-2 box away if it weren't for resale value.  The RS1 is an immensely colored headphone and so it doesn't really matter if the upstream gear is colored, as long as the colorations match with those of the RS1.  The RA1 is a crap amp (edit: or just a simple/cheap amp) whose colorations match well with the RS1's. 

 

In fact the RS1 is probably better off with "inversely colored gear" to counteract some of the madness.  The best I ever heard the GS1000 was with a tube combo that would have sounded like wonky garbage on anything else. 


Edited by rhythmdevils - 1/14/12 at 3:26pm
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You're one of the few reasons why Head-Fi is still worth venturing into occasionally.  Someone who has the experience of high end equipments and tell us not as experienced folks how it is without the BS.  

 

I commend you.  You should be a mod :D

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Originally Posted by rhythmdevils View Post



That has nothing to do with it.  I'm not susceptible to placebo, and furthermore could care less about a wooden box.  I would have thrown my LCD-2 box away if it weren't for resale value.  The RS1 is an immensely colored headphone and so it doesn't really matter if the upstream gear is colored, as long as the colorations match with those of the RS1.  The RA1 is a crap amp (edit: or just a simple/cheap amp) whose colorations match well with the RS1's. 

 

In fact the RS1 is probably better off with "inversely colored gear" to counteract some of the madness.  The best I ever heard the GS1000 was with a tube combo that would have sounded like wonky garbage on anything else. 



 

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