Andre a Dairybeat a Audio Enthusiast, Audio Review
24 January 2003
Summary: See my previous review 12-12-2002 by Dairybeat. I have just sold the Grado's again for a little more than I paid for! I still stand by most what I said, but I found them lacking in the bottom end; the bass isn't rich enough for me and they're not great for comfort. I started in the 1980's with the Beyerdynamic DT 990, they were my friends for more than 13 years; great phones but the bass was always a bit woolly.
Summary: I cannot recommend these headphones. I own both the RS-1 and the Sennheiser HD-600. I drive them both with the Grado RA-1, using an AMC CD8b cd player as source. Also note: I listen mostly to symphonic, choral, piano, some techno, Eno and those he's produced, Hendrix, and other classic rock standards. I find the Sennheisers superior in almost every sound-category, on all the above mentioned groups of music.
Summary: No wooden box, boooo. Fatter ear-pads, yaaaaaay. Still hurt after an hour or two. Full-range. Doesn't flutter or crack like the Senn-600s do. Very accurate mid-range. Awesome detail and coherency, better than any amplifier I have available. Works great with the Creek h'phone amps. Coloration is minor, enough to move the image around a bit, which increases apparent detail and depth. So no bad thing. I am very irritated with the poor construction.
Summary: To all reviewers: What Grado pads are you using? There are 4 different types of pads Grado makes for their headphones, and each one changes the sound like night and day. I see a lot of comments about how the RS-1s sound dark, or how the Sennheiser HD-600s are brighter. I have a feeling that those reviewers are using the old flat donut pads that lie up flat against the drivers.
Summary: I reviewed these headphones fairly extensively for about 2 weeks. They are just not my cup of tea. I agree with the previous reveiw by Gary. I suppose some might like this sound - if you do, you'd probably describe it as warm, lush, and smooth. I'd describe it as tubby, woolly, woody, and lacking in detail. This might be OK for mellowing out some harsh recordings. However, the detail, accuracy, and frequency response of the Sennheiser HD600 just blew these away.
Summary: I've owned these for about 8 months. As I have two systems and already owned the Senn HD600, I wanted something different for the other system. These are excellent sounding headphones, although I don't hear the detail in them that I hear in the Senn's. Also, these seem to be warmer and more forgiving - not as neutral. But they are a very fine listen.