Utilizes an intricate curing process that optimizes the tonal quality
Ever wondered what hardcore audiophiles are hearing, and that you might be missing? The Grado RS1e is the point of no return so be warned, cross this threshold and you'll never enjoy mass-market headphones again. Once you've experienced this elegant audio masterpiece you'll grasp the reference.
... They excel at giving your music real definition, and they have one of the silkiest presentations at the high end that I've heard in a set of on-ear headphones. I found they did real justice to almost any music I fed them, and they're beautifully balanced at medium to full listening levels. Another win for Grado. - Woody Sherman
The new RS1e from Grado uses a different species of handcrafted mahogany from our previous models. The earpieces utilize an intricate curing process that optimizes the tonal quality while giving them a new look. The RS1e places a 50mm dynamic transducer and an 8 conductor cable design in an open-air configuration. The result is a smooth, controlled, and coherent sound with detailed dynamics. Frequency response ranges from 12-30 kHz and the drivers are matched to 0.05dB. Weighing 9oz, the headphones are an example of the wonders of Mother Nature with a gorgeous light mahogany look. The RS1e is a masterpiece in the Grado collection.
"The only headphones you'll ever need." - Playboy
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It is not possible to overstate the importance of these headphones. Over the years I have spent more money than I care to admit in the pursuit of great sound including a superb Nelson Pass designed amplifier, various disk players and an assortment of speakers and headphones, including other Grados. No single piece of equipment has made a greater difference in what can be heard or enjoyment of the sound. My only regret is that I waited so long before upgrading to the RS1 series. If there is a downside, it is with the horrible quality that some companies release a music; if the recording is filled with distortion you will hear that too. But that is just the price you pay for perfection. Buy these, you will not be disappointed.
Everything you read about these is true. You can hear everything, even at very low volumes. I have found myself always turning the volume up with previous headphone so that I can hear all the details. No longer necessary with these. They may have saved me from serious hearing damage I would be dealing with later in life.
I don't even need my fancy headphone amps and dacs. I find myself plugging directly into my ipad, the sound is amazing.
Be aware that these will not magically make everything sound amazing. If a recording sounds like s***, it will sound like s***. They are also not Bass heavy, so do not expect beats. These are reference headphones. No nonsense, a solid clean sound.
I love them, cannot recommend them enough.
The "e" series (like the "i" before it) is mostly a collection of subtle and safe upgrades to the previous models; ideally, the headphones should sound about the same, but better. The RS1e is an exception in that it sounds like an entirely new model rather than a revision of the RS1i, and the results aren't at all for the better.
The RS1e's most striking change is a massive reduction in treble. While the bass and mids are largely unchanged from the RS1i, the highs after the 3,000hz mark have been rolled off dramatically, resulting in a sound that's as if the uppermost bands have been muted in an equalizer. Small transient details (the click of guitar picks, squeaking strings, etc) aren't as audible, and the the energetic "Grado sparkle" is gone. On many recordings, instruments and vocals even sound muffled and indistinct.
This change could be seen as an attempt to make the headphones more neutral if it weren't for the fact that the...
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