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Best Buy
(240) 686-1221
20914 Frederick Rd.
Germantown, MD
 
Best Buy
15750 Shady Grove Rd
Gaithersburg, MD
 
Best Buy
45575 Dulles Eastern Plz
Sterling, VA
 
Best Buy
1200 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD
 
Bose Showcase Store
(301) 767-3988
Montgomery Mall,7101 Democracy Boulevard
Bethesda, MD
 
Innovative Multimedia
(301) 208-0054
7960 Cessna Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD
 
MediaCraft LLC
(202) 596-1195
11609 Swains Lock Terrace
Potomac, MD
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video, iPhone / iPad integration
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Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- John Capoccia, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

All Around Technology
(301) 770-1700
4937 Wyaconda Road
Rockville, MD
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
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Sonance, Triad, James Speakers, Revel, Boston Acoustics, Linn, Crestron, AMX, Universal Remotes, Lutron, LiteTouch, CinemaTech, Stewart, Runco, Sony, LG, Pioneer, Samsung, Panasonic, Chief, Omnimount, Middle Atlantic, Denon, Integra, Yamaha
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Alex Beelke, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Cameron Bolling, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Anthony Elhard, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Peter Elliott, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- James Finnerty, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Timothy Hatfield, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- James McWilliams, CEDIA Certified Pr

Hook It Up
(703) 444-4665
201 Davis Drive
Sterling, VA
 
Soundworks, MD
(301) 929-8600
10518 Connecticut Ave.
Kensington, MD
 

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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