Originally Posted by barid
I like the rs1, but its a niche headphone to me. Great with guitars and rock, but doesn't work as a jack of all trades for every genre.
I also think they could do a better job with materials. Those rods and plastic caps on a $700 product is a problem imo.
When I read this, I tried a few more types of music. And I played the RS1i first so I wasn't just comparing it to the HD700. I'm starting to hear it as harsh instead of just clear. After the RS1i I put on the HD700 and it sounds more pleasant, but still with enough energy to be truly enjoyable.
I think the caps and rings are metal. They feel solid. The caps have nicks showing the bare metal beneath the anodizing. The rings show nicks under the anodizing.
Originally Posted by HPiper
Nobody actually keeps their Grado's, go with the HD700.
That's funny. There's a thread nearby for the Grado fans. I wonder what they'd say about that. :)
Originally Posted by Gnomeplay
I'm happy keeping my RS1 in the collection, but I definitely agree with you on the materials. I honestly think it would be immensely worthwhile for them to completely remove plastic from the equation as anywhere past the SR series as well as upgrade the headband to a more luxurious option.
I would think that especially for hand-made headphones, they'd have more pride in the finished product rather than just dismiss these imperfections as that's what you get from hand-made. There are, or at least used to be, many hand-made products that the maker ensured were good enough to reflect well on their reputation.
Originally Posted by marone
Reading all the threads on this site, there is definitely an undercurrent of Grado Regret that is more common than with other products.
This response from the namesake does not inspire loyalty nor confidence:
I'll take your word for it. I've only read from the fans who love their Grados. That's why I gave their penultimate flagship a try. Fortunately my regret can be solved by sending them back for a refund.
Originally Posted by MarkIV
I just got the Grado RS1i (used on tis site). My first impressions is that they sound fantastic with alt/indy rock (e.g., shins, flaming lips) but the classical music i've listened to so far wasn't as satisfying. Listening to Beethoven's emperor piano concerto - great on the passages with few instruments but seems overwhelming when the full orchesta kicks in ( particularly the highs). I'll have to try the G cushions that Gnomeplay recommended above. I've just been listening to them with my Yamaha reciever, i'll need to see how it sounds with my ak100 (not sure of the pairing or if it has enough power to drive them).
I've tried Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones and some acoustic, in addition to classical including my number one reference for comparison, Beethoven's Ninth. I find the combination of heavy orchestral works, deep solos and powerful chorals a great test. Some headphones sound awful at the choral peaks. The RS1i don't fail at the choral peaks, but they lack the full emotion to make it satisfying. I truly enjoy the same listening with the HD700.
Originally Posted by whirlwind
If you are referring to the nicks on the metal gimbal....Grado will replace that for you or even send you another one...the kink in the wire looks bad, but many headphones from Grado ship that way.
The kink in the cable will pretty much come out with some heat from a hair dryer......that being said....I still understand what you are saying.
Well, Rich didn't offer to replace them. And not that I don't believe you about the kink, but I wonder how it got kinked and with only a one year warranty and the cable not truly user-replaceable, I'm not comfortable starting off with a problem cable. If it kinks so easily, maybe they should consider a better cable for a $700 headphone. The HD700 has bullet-proof (kevlar) cable for Pete's sake!
Thanks everyone for your comments. After listening more to the RS1i and considering the potential repair costs after the warranty expires, I've decided to return them. At least I tried and now I'll no longer wonder what all the fuss is over the Grados.
Edited by Phredd - 1/17/14 at 9:09am