Summary: *note this is actually a rs2e review* Shame head fi doesn't have a product page for it*
Don't quote me, but I'm pretty sure this is the cheapest wood headphone you can buy (well maybe the OG rs2). And it's beautiful. But does it sound as good as it looks? TLDR: Yes it does, but not for all genres and not at high volumes.
Pros: Simple packaging, easy to unbox
Cons: Pizza box!!!, not many accessories
Ah the classic grado pizza box.
Pros: Gorgeous hand crafted design, transparent mids, intimate vocals, sparkly clear highs, deep detailed bass, very open sounding, easy to drive
Cons: Lacks bass impact, lacks subbass, grattles and looses control in higher volumes, uncomfortable
Summary: Wow...where to start, as I said this is MY Audio Nirvana.
I suppose I should start by saying that I love the Grado sound, or at least I thought I did as I had only tried the sr80i and bought them and the 225i and was underwhelmed by the price to performance. The signature of the sr80i was a fantastic fit for me but I HATED the high end.
Summary: Grado RS-2 looks very much like RS-1, except for few things. RS-2 do not have deep cups as RS-1, and ear cup holders are not made of metal like on RS-1 but are plastic.
RS-2 do come in the same pizza box as all Grados come with, be it a 69$ headphone or a 1695$ headphone, which is actually disappointing especially for Reference and Statement series.
I compared them side by side for some time and like the RS-1 a little better, but RS-2 are very close in comparison.
Summary: I purchased the Grado RS2 phones expecting them to hurt my ears. After weeks of use, I find I have no comfort issues with my RS2's whatsoever.
And I'm one of those people who finds it very painful to have anything pushing on, over, or especially in my ear(like canal phones).
No problems here. I comes down to this: people have differen't sized ears. Mine are normal to small sized and fit inside the RS2 earpieces nicely.
*****Big ears don't fit!....
Excerpt: Grado are a company that specialise in headphones that are a mix between vintage styling and new technology. The design of all their headphones are the same but in different materials, they are simplistic but they work. The only flaw is that i find the foam earcups uncomfortable over long periods of time, especially if you have any ear peircings it could cause problems. These in particular are made of mahogany and are part of grado's higher range of headphones.
A fabulous pair of cans for solo listening but not for the train or late night listening in bed!
11 February 2011
Excerpt: Me: A mid 30s music lover who mainly listens late at night Music: Mainly modern with a little world music thrown in Where: Mostly at home When: Mostly at night Packaging: Depending on how you look at it, the thin cardboard and minimal but tight fitting foam packaging of these phones is functional and eco-friendly or a bit stingy given the price. Thankfully mine arrived without a dent and in perfect working order.