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Bose Factory Store
(281) 644-2673
Katy Mills,5000 Katy Mills Circle
Katy, TX
 
AV Expert
(281) 856-8367
17510 Golden Glade Lane
Houston, TX
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
APC,Da-lite,Denon,Draper, Escient,Furman, JVC,Lutron,Monster Cable,Mitsubishi, Niles Audio ,Paradigm, Pioneer, Panasonic,RCA,Runco,Russound,Screen Innovations(SI),Sony,and Sooloos
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Fernando Delgado, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Michael Grove, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

SARA International Inc.
(713) 988-1522
10516 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX
 
Home Theater Evolutions
(281) 980-2300
3157 Highway 6
Sugar Land, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Denon, Primare, B&K, DALI, Savant, Niles, Bose, Samsung, JVC, Sony, Mitsubishi, ISF Video Calibration, Universal Remote Control, Philips Pronto, RTI Remotes
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Richard Machemehl, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Audio Video Guys, Inc.
(281) 894-2800
11500 FM 1960 W.Ste. 103
Houston, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Telephone Systems
Brands
Halcro, B&K, Denon, Control4, SpeakerCraft, Da-Lite, Inteset, Lumagen, Panasonic Premiere, PurePower, RBH Sound, Triad, JVC Pro, others
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Darren Orta, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- John Polk, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Leisure Electronics, Inc.
(832) 434-3647
19408 Park RowSte. 352
Houston, TX
Services
Audio / Video, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Multi-Room Video
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Bill Bresett, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Architectural Electronics
(713) 465-6333
1732 W. Sam Houston Parkway
Houston, TX
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation, Appointment Only

Architectural Electronics
(713) 465-6333
1732 W. Sam Houston Parkway N.
Houston, TX
Services
Acoustical Design, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
AMX, Autopatch, CinemaTech, Crestron, Fortress, Furman,Irwin,JBL Synthesis,JVC, Lexicon, Lutron, McIntosh, Panasonic, Revel, Rives Audio, Samsung, Sharp, SIM2, Sony XBR, Sony Bravia, Speakercraft, Stewart, Totem Acoustic, Triad, Velodyne
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Grady Jarrell, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Marshall Nguyen, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Paul Norred, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Doug Smith, CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional Home Theater Designer- Jeff Warford, CEDIA Certified Professiona

At Home Media
(713) 781-1999
3036 Rodgerdale Rd
Houston, TX
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Crestron, AMX, InFocus, UStec, NetStreams, Panasonic, Sanyo, Liberty Wire & Cable, Extron, Klipsch, Tru Audio,
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Lee Fipps, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Chris Hollenbeck, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Jason Janis, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Manuel Pereda, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

High Tech Auto Sound
(713) 974-3810
5705 Fondren
Houston, TX
 

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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