That is much cheaper than the more expensive alternatives that populate this forum.
Why don't Stax amps get as much praise and attention as the other alternatives?
And with good reason. There are headphones with darker presentations - the LCD2 comes to mind, and then there are Grados, which are brighter. It's a description rather than a criticism.
I agree. I think different people just prefer different sound signatures.
I really like my RS1s also (I've had them for 10 years now).
If you like them, I bet you would love GS1000is (I got some and I do. They are a *better* RS1. The highs are sweeter and more liquid and natural.
And the imaging is better, much better; world class. Comfort is world class too.).
Skip the PS1000s.
Don't you find the GS1000i's mids recessed compared to the RS1? I think the PS1000 improves upon the GS1000i in that area; making it sound more complete.
The original GS1000s yes, but I was pleasantly surprised that the new i version is not that way at all.
The PSs had too bloated bass and some glare and peakiness.
The GSs are great to me now.
Thanks. I knew I was not imagining things.
My impression is based on hearing the GS1000i. It had an even more spacious and crisper presentation than the PS1000. It sounded decidely v shaped, whereas the PS1000 sounded fuller - putting more meat on the bones. Both have accentuated treble but it's very smooth. I didn't notice marked differences in the bass presentation. Neither have the RS1i's mids but the PS1000 comes closer IMO.
My GS1000is sound less "bright" than my HD800s. Somehow the Grado's highs are sweet and inviting all the time whereas the HD800's highs on brighter recordings can be shrill or abrasive.