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Bose Showcase Store
(619) 298-9745
Fashion Valley,7007 Friar''s Road
San Diego, CA
 
Best Buy
5151 Mission Center Rd
San Diego, CA
 
Breier Sound Center
(858) 569-7785
9340 E Clairemont Mesa BlSuite #F
San Diego, CA
Services
Home Audio, Authorized Service Center

Music & Movies by Mastercraft
(858) 490-1244
5121 Santa Fe StreetSte. A
San Diego, CA
Services
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Lighting Control, Multi-Room Audio
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Certifications
One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Rich Bedell, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Carl Betts, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Daryl Craig-Jones, CEDIA Certified Professional EST III (Advanced EST), CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- Nathaniel Tharp, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

Best Buy
8401 Fletcher Pkwy
La Mesa, CA
 
Magnolia Audio Video
(619) 358-8021
5151 Mission Center Road
San Diego, CA
Services
Home Audio

Fry\'s Electronics - San Diego
(858) 514-4500
9825 Stonecrest Blvd
San Diego, CA
 
Southland Technology
(858) 694-0932
8053 Vickers Street
San Diego, CA
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Darrin Lee, CTS, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II

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(858) 587-6379
8657 Villa La Jolla Dr
La Jolla, CA
 
Southwest Audio Visual
(858) 324-1704
10635 Roselle StreetSte. C
San Diego, CA
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Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
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Savant, Integra, Triad, SpeakerCraft, Gefen, Universal Remote Control, APC, PSB, JVC, Russound, Sphere, Screen Research Theater Screens, Panasonic
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One or more employees at this company have achieved CEDIA Professional Certification status:- Jim Diez, CEDIA Certified Professional EST II- William Kauzlarich, 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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