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HiTech Environments
(908) 735-7777
116 Center Street
Clinton, NJ
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Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
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Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Brook Hoffman, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

P. C. Richard & Son
(908) 218-7800
501 State Route 28
Raritan, NJ
 
Audio Cafe
(908) 904-1727
926 Route 206
Hillsborough, NJ
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Authorized for LG, Crestron, Yamaha, Parasound, Elan, UStec, Draper, Atlantic Technolgy, Faroudja, Hunter Douglass, AudioPlex, Peerless, Pioneer, Mitsubishi and many more
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Mike Dudzinski, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Bose Factory Store
(215) 794-2052
Penns Purchase Factory Outlet Village,5861 Lower York Road
New Hope, PA
 
Bravo AV Consulting
(908) 304-0555
The Mall at Far HillsP. O. Box 633
Far Hills, NJ
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Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
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Pioneer, Rives, Sonance, Triad, Talon Integra, Parasound, Halo, Sherbourn, Halcro Audio Control, Request Multimedia, Fujitsu, Sharp, Vidikron, Sim2, DaLite, Stewart Furman, Niles, Acoustic Innovations, Synergistic Research, Tributaries.
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Daniel Catala, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Tom Curnin, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer

Electronics Expo
(908) 725-6837
401 State Hwy 28
Raritan, NJ
 
Connect Tech Inc
(609) 397-2997
1525 Route 179
Lambertville, NJ
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Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains, Multi-Room Audio
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jeff Dorman, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Bose Showcase Store
(908) 707-4323
Bridgewater Commons,400 Commons Way
Bridgewater, NJ
 
Best Buy
300 Commons Way
Bridgewater, NJ
 
Sound System, The
(732) 821-7822
3201 State Highway 27
Franklin Park, NJ
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Marantz, Sony ES, Pioneer Elite, JSP, Laurier, JVC, Integra, Onkyo, Lovan, Powel, Boltz, Seleco, SIM2, Bello'', Monster, MIT, Jamo, Energy, Infinity, Warfdale, Niles, Toshiba, Loewe, Studio tech, Elite, Cinematech seating
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Michael Schumacher, CEDIA Certified Professional Installer I, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), 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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