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Reference Media
425- 37-4342
2733 Colby Avenue
Everett, WA
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Intuitive Integration, LLC
(425) 771-4343
2125 196th St SWSte 101
Lynnwood, WA
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Brands
Audio Control, Audyssey, Chief, Cineak, Control4, Crestron, Da-Lite, Furman, Integra, iSky, James Loudspeaker, JBL Synthesis, JVC, Kaleidescape, Lutron, Monitor Audio, NuVision, ReQuest, Revel, Runco, SpeakerCraft, Stewart, Triad, Xtream
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Dave Brown, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Dave Hunt, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer- Chad Johnson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Jeremy Knappert, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Tyler Patterson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Heston Technical, Inc.
(425) 822-6940
11155 120th Avenue NE.Ste. 300
Kirkland, WA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Sony, McIntosh, James Loudspeakers, Tannoy, Speakercraft, Paradigm, Crestron, LiteTouch, Stewart, Da-Lite, Stealth Accoustics, Parasound.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Ken Johnson, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Kirk Siqveland, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Definitive Audio
(206) 524-6633
6206 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA
 
Fusion 9 Design
(206) 315-9190
10002 Aurora Ave N Ste 36PMB 287
Seattle, WA
Services
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Central Vac, Environmental Controls, Furnishings, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Multi-Room Video, Satellite, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access, Wire and Cable / Power Management, Preventative Maintenance, iPhone / iPad integration
Brands
Control4, Lagotek, Netstreams, Sim2, Ad Notam, Panasonic Premier, Nuvison, Oppo, Canton, Bay Audio, Amina Technologies, Denon, Cineak, Audioquest, Chief, Inca, Furman, Nevo, URC, RTI, Cisco
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Robert Suryan, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
1130 Se Everett Mall Way
Everett, WA
 
Fusion 9 Design
(206) 315-9190
10002 Aurora Ave N Ste 36PMB 287
Seattle, WA
Services
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Central Vac, Environmental Controls, Furnishings, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Multi-Room Video, Satellite, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access, Wire and Cable / Power Management, Preventative Maintenance, iPhone / iPad integration
Brands
Control4, Lagotek, Netstreams, Sim2, Ad Notam, Panasonic Premier, Nuvison, Oppo, Canton, Bay Audio, Amina Technologies, Denon, Cineak, Audioquest, Chief, Inca, Furman, Nevo, URC, RTI, Cisco
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Robert Suryan, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Magnolia Audio Video
(206) 525-1961
6308 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA
Services
Home Audio

Definitive Audio
(425) 746-3188
14405 NE 20th St
Bellevue, WA
 
Best Buy
4102 S Meridian
Puyallup, WA
 

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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