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Best Buy
3967 State Route 31
Liverpool, NY
 
Stereo Advantage
(315) 466-6610
9584 Carousel Center
Syracuse, NY
 
Bose Factory Store
(845) 928-4663
Woodbury Commons Chelsea Premium Outlets,646 Bluebird Court
Central Valley, NY
 
Soundworks of New York Inc.
(914) 765-0461
1 Hunter Avenue
Armonk, NY
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation, Appointment Only

Best Buy
2478 Central Park Ave
Yonkers, NY
 
Best Buy
9090 Carousel Ctr
Syracuse, NY
 
Best Buy
3401 Erie Blvd E
Syracuse, NY
 
P.C. Richards
(212) 289-1700
205-209 E. 86Th Street
New York, NY
 
Integrated Media Solutions
(516) 692-9700
998C Old Country RoadSte. 313
Plainview, NY
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls
Brands
Bay Audio, Crestron, Da-Lite, Integra, Kaleidescape, LG, Leviton, Lutron, Middle Atlantic, OnQ, Panasonic,Sharp, Sherbourn, Sonance, Straightwire, Triad, plus many others!
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Chad Pilatsky, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

P.C. Richard & Son
(718) 265-6400
1984 86Th Street
Brooklyn, NY
 

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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