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If you had $500... Would you get the RS-2?

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by kinky, Sep 11, 2012.
  1. Kinky
    The RS-2 is on-sale locally near me for $499.99. 
    Would you consider picking it up?
    What is the best bang for your buck headphone around $500...
    I've spent too much on IEMs, planning to get a headphone for desktop/laptop use with my E17.
  2. viralcow
    On sale for $500? That's actually $5 more than what you can find online.
  3. fortitude
    HE-400 is an amazing value for $400 and does pair well with an E17.
    Night Crawler likes this.
  4. MorbidToaster
    I wouldn't buy an RS 2 if you gave me the money to do it. :D
    For 500? Maybe a used HE500...used D7000, HD600...HD650...
  5. MalVeauX
    Since you're in Canada, that changes a few things.
    But I still would not get the RS2 for $500. I would instead save a hair more and nab a pair of HE-500's used from the for-sale forum, or I would look to a new Hifiman HE-400. Or maybe look into other headphones in the 300~400 area that are full size and different from anything you have.
    Very best,
  6. musicinmymind
    +1 for HE-400,
    and I spend more to get Lyr+Bifrost, they pair awesome with HE-400
  7. jackwess
    The HE-400 doesn't need much power. 
  8. musicinmymind
    Hmm, I was using HE-400 with E17 for more than 6 months and now moved to Lyr, found they scale up real well...they are orthos and scale with more power
  9. Eric_C
    If I had $500 I would buy the HE-400 new instead, for $399+ $10 (velour pads) + shipping.
    But I don't have $500...because I spent it on the HE-400.
  10. MalVeauX
    Almost $900 for a setup to run a $400 headphone.
    Yea, I don't recommend that. More like, get a $900 headphone, and a $400 setup to run it maybe.
    For that cost, you can just go high-end frankly.
    Very best,
  11. MorbidToaster
    Most 'high end' systems are built that way in the headphone world (especially orthos).
    Plus everyone could use a quality source no matter how cheap your cans are.
  12. musicinmymind
    HE-400 on Lyr is simply spectacular, it requires a bigger voltage gain than the impedance specs would suggest....this is setup I can live with for a long long time.
    Lyr makes big difference for busy music passages....HE-400 sound much more refined with lot more "air"
  13. olegausany

    Or if you want to save some money and/or don't want to deal with tubes get Asgard but definitely go for HE-400 instead of Grado
  14. machoboy
    In that price range I would rather try the HiFIMANs, modded Fostex stuff or high-end Sennheisers. That's just me.
    As far as the how much your headphones should cost vs how much your source/dac/amp/etc setup should cost, I would personally spend more on the rig.
    Now for a normal person, who just bought one pair of headphones and stuck with them for 20 years, I'd say just find a basic rig that they sound good with and enjoy.
    However, the way Head-Fiers go through headphones (buy, sell/return/trade, buy, sell/return/trade, repeat), it just seems like getting an unquestionably awesome output rig off the bat is a worthwhile investment, since its the benchmark all of your headphone retention will be based on.
  15. priest Contributor
    Yes on the RS2i. Still one of my favorite headphones.

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