Grado Headphones Paramus NJ

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Sixth Avenue Electronics
516- 21-4530
530 Route 17 North
Paramus, NJ
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Best Buy
Garden State Plaza Route 17 S
Paramus, NJ
 
P. C. Richard & Son
(201) 262-7676
317 Route 17 South
Paramus, NJ
 
Audio Vision Decor by Conklin
(201) 891-4000
189 Greenwood Avenue
Midland Park, NJ
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation, Appointment Only

Talk of the Town Video
(201) 236-1006
319 Franklin Turnpike
Allendale, NJ
Services
Home Audio, Design & Installation

Electronics Expo
(201) 634-0001
166 Route 17 North
Paramus, NJ
 
Sixth Avenue Electronics City
(201) 597-0520
331 Route 17 North
Paramus, NJ
 
Associated Installations, Inc.
(201) 225-9200
700-76 Broadway #215
Westwood, NJ
Services
Audio / Video, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Security / Access Control / Surveillance / Gate Access, Telephone Systems
Brands
Sonance, Parasound, Marantz,Audio Pro, Mb Quart, Sunfire, Russound, Seleco, Buttkicker, Daylite, Jamo, Channel Plus Sim2 Seleco,Luce,Fujitsu,Sharpvision.
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- David Johansen, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Media Connections, Inc.
(201) 819-3844
50 East Palisade AvenueSte. 222
Englewood, NJ
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
Brands
Crestron, ReQuest Multimedia, Krell, TETRA Speakers, TRUAUDIO, Thiel, Fujitsu, InFocus, Parasound, Panasonic
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Duane Smith, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

GREEN T
(201) 327-2729
342 Rt 17 North
Upper Saddle River, NJ
Services
Acoustical Design, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
Brands
GREEN T Eclipse Private Home Theaters, GREEN T Equinox Family Home Theaters, GREEN T Multi-Room Audio, GREEN T Home Network Solutions, Lutron Lighing Contols
Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Vincent Blehl, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional Designer, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

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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