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Rocky Mtn. Home Ent.
(970) 566-1438
220 Egyptian Court
Fort Collins, CO
 
Dream Theater Colorado
(970) 224-4484
5100 S College Ave Unit A
Fort Collins, CO
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Runco & JVC projectors. Stewart & DaLite Screens. Mitsubishi, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba TV''s. Sonance, AT, Phase Tech, Velodyne speakers. Integra, Marantz, Yamaha receivers. Panamax & Richard Gray''s Power. AMX & Control 4 control systems.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Mark Hovey, CEDIA Certified Instructor, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Encore Sight and Sound
(970) 217-7018
7080 Mount Adams
Wellington, CO
Services
Audio / Video, Central Vac, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video, Wire and Cable / Power Management, Home Networking, Service Repair, iPhone / iPad integration
Brands
Control4, Denon, Optoma, Mitsubishi, JBL, LG, Sony, Yamaha, RBH Speakers, Proficient Audio,Panasonic, Samsung,
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Brian Pantle, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
8682 Park Meadows Center Dr
Littleton, CO
 
NuLine Ltd.
(303) 478-3728
3834 Orion Ct.
Boulder, CO
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Bill Jacobsen, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
4040 S College Ave
Fort Collins, CO
 
Bose Factory Store
(970) 593-5633
The Outlets At Loveland,5600 McWhinney Boulevard
Loveland, CO
 
Constellation Home Electronics
(505) 983-9988
215 N. Guadalupe
Avon, CO
 
Vail Electronics
(970) 827-9120
PO Box 3940
Avon, CO
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access
Brands
LG, Elan, Niles, Xantech, RBH, Monster Cable, Sony, JVC, Samsung, Sharp, Parasound, Caddx, Toshiba, RCA, Phillips, Kef, SpeakerCraft, etc.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Ted Sprague, CEDIA Certified Instructor, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Electronic Lifestyles
(719) 390-7511
1002 East Cimarron
Colorado Springs, CO
 

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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