Conclusion: I know that most people dont understand the true value of a GOOD pair of headphones. Unfortunately, this whole digital era has has seriously tarnished the value of "Real Audio". More and more people are using their MP3s and their Pandora Radio, which I completely understand the convenience of those.But if your phone is your music source, and its full of your MP3s or your iTunes downloads, then you probably are looking at the wrong item.
Summary: Theses are the most expensive head phones I've ever bought but they are also the best. I listen mainly to classic and indie rock and I don't think you can find a better phone for those genres. Excellent bass and in your face musical clarity. These definitely are colored headphones and the soundstage is small but they still manage to provide great detail. If looking for the best headphone overall, these aren't them(see HD800, T1's,etc.).
Summary: I owned some Grados in the past and had big expectations from this one. First thing you notice is that it is made from beautiful mahogany wood, more metal is used compared to plastic on lower models and have deeper wooden cups compared to RS-2i or SR-325i. They are extremely comfortable to wear due to light weigh a very little pressure on your ears, comparing to SR-325i for example.
Summary: These headphones will bring out all the lost detail you never heard from your songs; detail even $300 range headphones miss out on. I recommend buying these if you have the money for them! You will NOT regret this purchase.
Summary: These are some of the most dynamic headphones around; dipping them in the goo of any genre will see them come out practically unscathed, although perhaps with a few blemishes.
With a very natural (but not especially neutral) sound, the RS1 provides a very euphonic sound without skimping on the music. They have excellent inner detail, however they are rarely the focus of the sound.
Summary: The Grado RS1 is a reference for listening to classic music. In comparison to the AKG K701 (which is another reference headphone) the Grado sounds with more precise and intense sound (nearly brutally natural). The Akg K701 in comparison with the Grado sounds more soft and less stunning.
Summary: I own a SR125 and these blow those way out of the water. The sound is fuller and richer. The 125 sounds flat in comparison. The difference is huge. Definately worth buying if you have the cash.
Summary: I bought these to see how they compared to my Sennheiser HD-650's. The difference is remarkable.I do all my listening with headphones so I have gone thru about 5 difference kinds. These are amazing. Heavy choral parts(ie Bach B Minor Mass) are "sweet" not "edgy".
If you love music you need these!.
Summary: The current top of the John Grado line exemplifies what he has made the Grado name all about: hard hitting bass and exciting forward midrange, at the expense of extension, smoothness, build quality, and comfort. The highlight of the RS-1 is certainly the midrange, which is unapologetically upfront, making various music come alive with energy.
Summary: I've tried the Rs-1 thanks to a friend. I have to say that i loved this headphone. I've tried it with flat pads. They have a warm, natural, full bodied and very musical sound. The mids are magical. They let flow the music and the emotions in a way that no other headphones I've heard can do. Yes, a Senn HD650 is more neutral, while the Rs-1 is on the warm side, but... they have a very lovely sound. Excellent both with rock and classical (and wathever...).