Having been excited to go take a listen to both the Grado RS2i and RS1i's, I went to my local shop with my newly gained LD1+ and some music favorites. After a good A/B comparison of the two, with various music types, I came to the conclusion that I liked what I was hearing in both sets, but simply couldn't LOVE them.
Of course, the RS1i's provided a better soundstage, better imaging, and a great effect that seemed to transcend beyond the "in your head" experience that even the RS2's still had. However, upper guitar midrange and symbols (progressive rock/metal albums) still had too much of a "pressure" experience in my head. While the RS1s were more refined and have a greater level of separation, I still just couldn't get over the pressure feel.
While my budget for a new set of headphones would be between $500-$600 preferably, I simply wouldn't be able to "settle" for the RS2 sound, and can't justify the cost of the RS1's, which I simply couldn't fall in love with. I still feel like I'm missing something from these sets. They didn't pass my "smile" test: where I'm listening to certain passages in a select number of tracks that when the speaker acheives what my mind is begging to hear, that I just bust open this huge grin that I can't lose, and inevitably want to listen to for hours.
When did I achieve that experience? Listening to the Vandersteen 1c's in the next room. Can I get that kind of experience from some headphones without spending in the price range of what the 1c's are? If I'm going to spend my hard-earned money on a set of headphones, I want to be sure I LOVE them.
Any thoughts/suggestions are greatly appreciated.