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Audience Inc.
(214) 726-9089
4906 Shady Knolls Drive
Parker, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Multi-Room Video, Satellite, Telephone Systems, Wire and Cable / Power Management
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AMX, Crestron, Elan, Escient, Lutron, Sunfire, Martin Logan Samsung, Denon, Sharp, Velodyne, Universal Remote Controls, Chief, KEF, Monster Cable, Stewart, Middle Atlantic, Xantech, Leon.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jonathan Jolley, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Safe & Sound
(972) 647-2474
3001 S. Hardin Blvd.Ste. 110
Mckinney, TX
Services
Acoustical Design, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Wire and Cable / Power Management
Brands
Marantz,Denon,Onkyo,Triad,Kef,Jamo,Niles, Draper,Samsung, Panasonic,NEC,Toshiba,Fujitsu, Active Thermal Management, Panamax, Phillips.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jason Merrick, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer- Jesse Smith, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Enthusiasts Choice A/V Systems
(469) 450-5607
1812 Cotton Mill Drive
McKinney, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Crestron, SpeakerCraft, Sharp, Samsung, Chief, Yamaha, Lutron, Optoma, Da-Lite, Velodyne, Mitsubishi, Sonance, Vutec, URC, Harmony, Atlantic Technology, Gefen, Polk
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Grant Wilson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Hi-End Theater & Audio
(972) 208-4382
7508 San Jacinto Place
Plano, TX
Services
Home Audio

Bose Showcase Store
(469) 633-1083
The Shops at Willow Bend,6121 West Park Blvd.
Plano, TX
 
ARM Entertainment Solutions
(972) 549-1049
5100 Eldorado PkwySte 102 #584
McKinney, TX
Services
Central Vac, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Brands
Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Marantz, InFocus, Sharp, Toshiba, Grey Fox, NetStreams, Jamo, Proficient Audio, M&S, Channel Vision, Caddx, etc...
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Kelly Wells, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
(214) 250-5939
8720 State Hwy 121 Ste 112
McKinney, TX
 
Stereo East
(972) 335-5122
9150 Warren Parkway
Frisco, TX
 
Modia
972- 40-4950
7300 Lone Star DriveSuite 120
Plano, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

MyHomedia
(469) 361-6619
3309 N. Dallas ParkwaySte. 431
Plano, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Onkyo, Yamaha, Marantz, Denon, Sherwood, Samsung, JVC, LG, Panasonic, Pioneer, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, RTI, Sony, Energy, Audioquest, Monster, APC, Furman, Panamax.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jerrme Stinnett, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

RS-2 headphones

POSITIVE FEEDBACK ONLINE - ISSUE 3

grado labs

RS-2 headphones

as reviewed by Carlo Flores and John Brazier

   

one.jpg (6551 bytes)Audio is an expensive hobby, so it’s nice when the money invested yields a product with an attractive exterior. The Grado RS (Reference Series) 2 headphones are absolutely gorgeous. After opening the box and seeing their rounded mahogany chambers and soft leather headband, I sought out the closest mirror. I wear headphones in public, and these made me look like a cross between a mod kid and a 40s-era radio operator. They make women look like Princess Leia. A big thumbs up on aesthetics. 

Grados aren’t for everyone when it comes to comfort. The RS-2s have foam pads that are hard for the first week or two of use, but they do soften and conform to the ears. They fit comfortably, but pressure on the ears, even after shaping the headband, annoys after an hour—a good excuse for a coffee refill or smoke break. A few minutes are enough of a break for the next album. The over-the-ear design of the pads leaves much to be desired, but placement of the drivers is critical to the sound, and is a tradeoff I’m willing to make.

Grado’s house sound is all over these headphones—fat and bloomy, with something groovy in the bass lines. Grado’s Signature line of headphones corresponds to the sound of their Prestige cartridges, with the RS-2s echoing the Grado Platinum. Having a woodsy coloration isn’t necessarily negative. While these headphones are advertised as one of the best without amplification (only stepping aside for the megabuck RS-1s, according to Grado), their performance rises significantly with some milli-watts behind them. Separation increases, and there’s more slam with any of my amps when compared to my Sony portable or the AH! Njoe Tjoeb’s headphone jack. However, none of the amps I had on hand complemented the RS-2’s coloration and character, either leading to a bloated bass response or, when driven by tubes, an excessively thick midrange. The closest to success was a CHA-47 amp built by a moderator ( jmt@head-fi.org ) of the internet’s leading headphone message board ( www.head-fi.org ) and designed by Chu Moy and others at Headwize ( www.headwize.com ), though I always had the feeling that the headphones were holding something back. A follow-up with the RA-1 amp designed for the Grado Reference Series may be in order. I switched between the Arcam Alpha 9 and my vinyl rig for sources when indoors and the Sony dej-220 portable when on the go.

Give the RS-2s a sweet, simple Fender guitar (a la Jonathan Richman’s solo works) or a bass line from Sly and The Family Stone, and they sound refreshingly organic and rich, with believable decay and roundness. Push Wes Montgomery through them, and they convey a sense of nuance that leads to jaw-dropping involvement at times. These headphones, when they found the tune, force...

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