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post #451 of 744

Nice shot!  What tubes are you running in the WA6?

post #452 of 744

My initial impressions of the Bushmills vs Alessandro MS1i. The BM sound like Grados. The BM sound warmer than the MS1i. The BM has more midbass. The MS1i has more treble extension. The BM sound less open due to their vented design. They sound like a closed headphone. The MS1i seems to have a little more clarity or maybe it just seems that way because of their open design. There is no serial number on the cups of the BM which makes me wonder how limited they will be. The BM is a nice headphone, but the MS1i wins the price/performance ratio.

post #453 of 744

After giving a quick listen to my new RS1i...the Bushmills are excellent headphones that are completely worth the $400 price tag, but they just don't stack up against the RS1i. I didn't really expect them to either, so it's not a surprise. I'd actually be upset if they did had I paid full price for the RS1. I did ship out the BM today and I received the RS1 today...I don't feel so bad now after the quick listen. I was afraid I was going to regret selling them. Not the case. In the end, I basically paid $200 for the RS1i so I think I did pretty good for myself and my headphone upgraditis has been satisfied for a while.

post #454 of 744

What do you especially like in RS1i that you didn't like or not so much in Bushmills?

post #455 of 744
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Originally Posted by bbophead View Post

Nice shot!  What tubes are you running in the WA6?


 



It's the stock rectifiier tube which I have been told is a winged C, the power/driver tubes are RCA 6FD7.
post #456 of 744

Love those 6FD7's.

post #457 of 744
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Originally Posted by Rauliki View Post
 

What do you especially like in RS1i that you didn't like or not so much in Bushmills?

 

 

 

Well, it's hard to say as I'm not a technical listener but to be very general...they just sound better.

 

I have the SR325's which I love. They are kinda bright, fast, clear sounding decent mids, great highs. The Bushmills were warm, bassy, more mids than highs but still good on the high end. The RS1 seem to have it all. Warm but clear and refined. Great highs without being bright, mids that are pronounced, not recessed or muddy at all, enough bass to not leave me wanting more. They feel more open than the 325's and the BM but they aren't vast like some other headphones I've listened to. That can be good or bad depending on taste. I do like an open sounding headphone with great soundstage. Not sure how soundstage is, I haven't really given them a good listen yet...just a couple songs so far. But that's all I need to know they are by far my favorite headphone to date with the BM a close second, the 325's 3rd, and my Etymotics a close 4th.

 

I'll be giving them a good listening to tonight.

post #458 of 744

I will get to hear the RS2 vs the BxG in a couple of days. Should be fun, has anyone else done this yet and what are your thoughts?

post #459 of 744

I've heard the RS2 but it's been a while and not directly against the BM. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts. From what I can remember, the BM is much closer to the RS2 than the RS1. Not sure which is better if one is even better than the other. I do remember the RS2 being a fantastic headphone for sure, as it the BM. Should be a good comparison. I should have delayed shipping my BM one more day so I could A/B them against the RS1.

post #460 of 744
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Nice shot!  What tubes are you running in the WA6?

Hey bbophead, I haven't gotten around to buying the 6FD7's yet, but I did buy 1966 NEW, NOS Sylvania 6SN7WGT octal pre-amp tubes for the WA6. Even though there not burned-in, I like them already, they are warm and smooth with a nice amount of bass for me, and they also took the (sometimes edginess) depending on the recording, right out of the RS1i's!

 

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Originally Posted by lord_tris View Post
 

I will get to hear the RS2 vs the BxG in a couple of days. Should be fun, has anyone else done this yet and what are your thoughts?

I did this with the RS1i's and the BM's. IMO the BM's are a really nice headphone and sound great, but to me they are no RS1i.

The BM's don't have the clarity, detail, highs or the separation the RS's have, but the BM does have a really nice midrange for vocals, as well as the RS's. And I'm not knocking the BM's at all, I just don't feel they are up there with the RS, but like I said, they are a really nice headphone.

 

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Originally Posted by ArmAndHammer View Post
 

I've heard the RS2 but it's been a while and not directly against the BM. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts. From what I can remember, the BM is much closer to the RS2 than the RS1. Not sure which is better if one is even better than the other. I do remember the RS2 being a fantastic headphone for sure, as it the BM. Should be a good comparison. I should have delayed shipping my BM one more day so I could A/B them against the RS1.

post #461 of 744

For some reason, I can't use the quote function, so I have to do it this way, sorry.

 

I mean no disespect to ArmAndHammer, but your comment about the RS1i, and the Bushmills were you say,  ''But that's all I need to know they are by far my favorite headphone to date with the BM a close second'' doesn't make sense to me.

 

You're obiously very .enthusiastic about your RS1i, and that's what counts.

 

Again, no disrespect, just, head scratching.

post #462 of 744
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For some reason, I can't use the quote function, so I have to do it this way, sorry.

 

I mean no disespect to ArmAndHammer, but your comment about the RS1i, and the Bushmills were you say,  ''But that's all I need to know they are by far my favorite headphone to date with the BM a close second'' doesn't make sense to me.

 

You're obiously very .enthusiastic about your RS1i, and that's what counts.

 

Again, no disrespect, just, head scratching.

Not sure why it doesn't make sense. In just a few songs the RS1 has become my favorite headphone out of all the ones I've owned. That's all it took. Literally like 4 songs I was able to listen to during my lunch break.

 

The Bushmills is my second favorite. While not to RS1 standards as it shouldn't be, considering a $300 price difference, it is still a great headphone and for my ears, hits a sweet spot for me. I love good mids and the bass increase is a nice change in a Grado. But again, the RS1 is just refined. Does everything the Bushmills does but a lot better, except the bass. There's enough, but it's not as prominent as with the BMs. But that's an easy fix with a little EQ adjustment.


Edited by ArmAndHammer - 12/27/13 at 7:02pm
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post #464 of 744

ArmandHammer, are you comparing the rs1 and the Bushmills using the same pads? or bowls for rs1 and comfys for the BM. The pads in itself makes for more than 50% of the difference in sound between Grados IMO

post #465 of 744

Yeah. L-cush and G-cush. G-cush my preference on both Grados. 

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