Summary: I have owned 3 RS1i, yes 3 because they sounded so different from a SR60i that I had to be sure I didn't get odd balls. I've come to the conclusion it's just the way it is. It has a serious level of warmth that prevents any harshness, only smoothness.
Pros: Looks great, good PRaT and somewhat engaging sound
Cons: Not the grado house sound, side step. Not a clear evolution from the prior RS1.
Summary: A lovely refined headphone in the shape of the Grado house sound. Lovely mahogany earcups add fantastic warmth and detail to stringed instruments. The RS1i give you a lot of insight into hidden details into your music and will get you toe tapping.
Pros: Wonderful musical sound, lovely detail and involvement, nice sturdy cable, mahogany cups are beautiful
Cons: Build quality, sound can be fatiguing, foam pads not overly comfortable
Summary: (Note: this review is for the generation of headphones immediately preceding the current RS1i.)
Grados are the headphone equivalent of old British sitcoms – you either get them, or you don’t. Fortunately, I get them… and my favorites so far are the Grado RS1.
Pros: The prototypical Grado matter-of-factness with none of the harsh qualities found in other models
Summary: Back in year 2008, when I saw the picture of rs1(buttoned) on a website for the first time, I said to myself “darn these cans are expensive, I wish I could have mine one day". A few years later, I finally hold these baby in my hands.
Pros: Good sound quality: a combination of warmth and resolution
Cons: Crappy build quality; not the perfect cans in terms of tonal balance.
Summary: Let's keep this short. There are better headphones out there without any cons. The Grado RS1i can get shouty at times or give a bit of weird bass. The comfort isn't great either although I changed the L-cushions to the G-cushions which changes the comfort to a point where these are the most...
Summary: Grado RS1i versus the Sennheiser HD800
I rarely decide how I feel about a headphone without owning them for a month or two but in the case of the RS1i, it was pretty much love at first listen.
Pros: - easily driven out of any type of source from iPhone 5 to a dedicated DAC/HP amplifier system
Summary: A few days ago, I posted in the Grado Fan Club an idea that sums up these cans as succinctly as possible:
"Grados are the only cans I've ever heard that seem like they are designed to make you forget you're wearing headphones.
Excerpt: “I reviewed and ultimately acquired the Grado SR125 headphone almost two years ago (Smr 95), and have since used it in concert and session recordings for monitoring. The thing I’ve always liked about this phone is that it sounds more like speakers than any other I’ve heard in its timbral balance;...
Excerpt: We’re not sure if we learned to love the Grado RS1e, or if they popped into focus suddenly after significant play. Be sure, then, if you audition a pair of these fine ’phones, that they are fully run-in!