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Grado-rs1.486091
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Grado RS1

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Overall 6
5.5
Sound quality 7
7.0
Comfort 3
3.0
Durability 4
4.0

User Review

TrevorNetwork, Headphone Reviews
4 December 2012
  • Summary: Let's start with the good stuff. The RS-1 sounds generally pleasing as a headphone. The RS-1, despite standing for "Reference Series 1", certainly is not a reference headphone for neutrality. Rather, the headphone possesses a sonically pleasing "wood colouration". The RS1 does vocals quite well if they are given powerful, clean amplification. The RS-1's bass is tight, and quick. The RS-1 has good pace, rhythm, and timing (PRaT). As far as its weaknesses.
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Overall 7
6.5
Sound quality 7
7.0
Comfort 3
3.0
Durability 5
5.0

User Review

Iron_Dreamer, Headphone Reviews
18 October 2007
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.4
Sound quality 8
8.0
Comfort 7
7.0
Durability 9
9.0

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amartignano, Headphone Reviews
18 October 2007
  • 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...).
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Overall 7
6.9
Sound quality 7
7.0
Comfort 6
6.0
Durability 6
6.0

User Review

ijan, Headphone Reviews
7 January 2007
  • Summary: Had these RS1 on loan from a friend and this is really a jaw opener. The transparency, details, bass impact and tightness, everything in one whole (expensive) package. Sounds like Grado, very upfront and amazingly it is able to really emphasis on the main equipment (or vocal). Female vocal tracks have never sounded any better, rock guitar instrumental is almost perfect with a captivating sound you jus cant take the RS1 off your heads (until your ear starts to feel...
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Overall 7
7.1
Sound quality 7
7.0
Comfort 5
5.0
Durability 4
4.0

User Review

jbunniii, Headphone Reviews
13 March 2005
  • Summary: The RS-1 are wonderful headphones provided they are equipped with flat pads, which is what they were originally shipped with and presumably designed for. They now ship with bowl pads, and I found that these made the sound too harsh and thin. With flats the sound is warm and detailed with good fast bass and a fabulous midrange that excels with vocals and guitars and the like. The highs are also good though slightly hazy or grainy at times.
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Overall 6
5.5
Sound quality 7
7.0
Comfort 3
3.0
Durability 4
4.0

User Review

TrevorNetwork, Headphone Reviews
17 December 2004
  • Summary: Let's start with the good stuff. The RS-1 sounds generally pleasing as a headphone. The RS-1, despite standing for "Reference Series 1", certainly is not a reference headphone for neutrality. Rather, the headphone possesses a sonically pleasing "wood colouration". The RS1 does vocals quite well if they are given powerful, clean amplification. The RS-1's bass is tight, and quick. The RS-1 has good pace, rhythm, and timing (PRaT). As far as its weaknesses.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

MickeyVee, head-fi.org
13 September 2003
  • 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.  Some have taken month to grow into and some have impressed me in the first week and dropped off pretty quickly.
  • Pros: - easily driven out of any type of source from iPhone 5 to a dedicated DAC/HP amplifier system
  • Cons: - can be a little shouty/shrilly at times
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Overall 10
10

User Review

JoeDoe, head-fi.org
13 September 2003
  • 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. Everything else I've ever listened to has some sort of coloration in a way that sounds unnatural or reminds me that it's been digitally enhanced through bass boost or treble peak. My RS1s are a perfect example.
  • Pros: Sound quality, Aesthetics, Craftsmanship, Low Impedance
  • Cons: Not super-comfortable, Pricey
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Overall 9
9.0

User Review

Zuqi, head-fi.org
12 June 2002
  • 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. The build quality of these cans are as bad as I expected since I have already owned several grados. But what I care about is the sound quality, and its just BEAUTIFUL!
  • Pros: Good sound quality: a combination of warmth and resolution
  • Cons: Crappy build quality; not the perfect cans in terms of tonal balance.
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Overall 7
7.0

User Review

kite7, head-fi.org
12 June 2002
  • 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. Poor recordings won't sound so bad on the RS1i unlike all the other grados.   My first listening impression was,   "...err what the heck is this??
  • Pros: Looks great, good PRaT and somewhat engaging sound
  • Cons: Not the grado house sound, side step
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