Grado Headphones Northridge CA

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Horizon Home Install Group, Inc.
(818) 898-7705
11335 Pala Mesa Drive
Northridge, CA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls
Brands
Sharp, Samsung, Control4, AMX, Sonance, Atlantic Technology, Denon, Panasonic, Panasonic Telephone Systems, Toshiba, JVC, Stewart Filmscreen, DirecTv, Niles, Xantech
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Dave Hirsch, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Integrated Home, Inc.
(818) 994-9409
6910 Hayvenhurst Ave. #102
Van Nuys, CA
Services
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
Crestron, Kaleidescape, Fujitsu, and many more of the finest names in audio, video, networking, and computing equipment.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Isaac Saboohi, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Magnolia Audio Video
(818) 251-3540
21603 W. Victory Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA
Services
Home Audio

iSYS
(818) 996-6500
18314 Oxnard StSte. 7
Tarzana, CA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Satellite, Telephone Systems
Brands
Audioaccess, Proficient, Jamo, Stewart, Pioneer, Panasonic, Russound, StereoStone, Triad, Toshiba, RTI, Lexicon, Zenith, Sony, RCA, Premier, Chief, Middle Atlant, Audio Source, Hughes, Sharp, Yamaha, Totem Acoustics,Niles, Control 4,
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Christopher Morris, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Wilson Home Theater Systems ~Founding Member~
(818) 881-7665
6130 Melvin Ave.
Tarzana, CA
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Wire and Cable / Power Management
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jules Leach, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Randy Wilson, CEDIA Certified Instructor, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Connex A.D. Inc.
(818) 994-5252
7261 Woodley Ave
Van Nuys, CA
Services
Acoustical Design, Audio / Video, Designing for Individuals with Special Needs, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Motorized Window Treatments / Home Theater Curtains, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Controls, Multi-Room Video, Satellite, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access, Telephone Systems, Wire and Cable / Power Management, Energy Management / LEED, Service Repair, iPhone / iPad integration
Brands
Crestron, Lutron, SpeakerCraft, Panasonic,GE security, Nevo, Anthem, Denon, Tantra, Genelec, Velodyne, RBH, Middle Atlantic, Triad, Kef, AirVac, Doorking, Douglas, D-box, Pronto
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Dagoberto Bardales, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Maxsystems aka Maxsecurity Systems
(800) 540-4022
P. O. Box 8076
Van Nuys, CA
Services
Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Creston, Trufig, Lutron Homeworks, Kaleidescape, DPI, Sim 2, Dynaudio, Sunfire, , Sonance, Samsung, Denon, Panasonic, LG, Stewart Filmscreen, JBL, Sunbrite, Gefen, Furman, Nuvico, ATM, Chief, RTI, URC
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Joshua Gore, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
(818) 686-1839
13510 West Paxton St
Pacoima, CA
 
Video & Acoustic Solutions
(818) 471-6793
5715 Kester Ave.
Van Nuys, CA
 
Automation Experts
(323) 856-9999
7073 Park Manor Ave.
North Hollywood, CA
 

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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