What does the i stand for in the new RS1i from Grado? Improved, that’s what! Featuring a new species of handcrafted Mahogany earpieces made using an intricate curing process; Grado has been able to optimize the tonal quality. The RS1i uses new upgraded dynamic transducers and the new 8 conductor cable design all in an open-air configuration, the cups being open-backed. 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 wonder of Mother Nature with a gorgeous, dark-colored Mahogany look.
The RS-1 is the Masterpiece of the Grado collection, the Top Of The Range product which oozes class both in looks and sound.
"We've always had bit of a headphone fettish at What Hi-Fi? We're often talking about how they can create your own private universe, plug directly into your favorite piece of music. Now we've heard the Grado RS1s, and our fettish has become an epic, full blown love affair. Ooooh..."
"I'm very impressed with it" said Wes Phillips, an editor at Stereophile magazine who is evaluating the headset for next month's issue. "John introduces things that monster companies can't produce."
"I can honestly say that there is no better sounding headphone than the Grado RS1"
"If you value headphone listening enough to consider buying a reference dynamic, then you should audition the RS1's."
"The RS1 offers something so stunning that price becomes irrelevant."
"One of the years awesome high-end audio achievements."
"I would urge any serious headphone listener to audition this Grado RS1."
"It's rare that any audio product can come along and simply bowl me over. In this case, I yeild."
"Rated Class "A" on STEREOPHILE'S recommended components list."
"I say that the RS1 is a Masterpiece."
"The RS1's are the only product ever nominated by STEREOPHILE for their "PRODUCT OF THE YEAR" distinction, two years in a row!"
"From their honey-hued mahogany earpieces to the ultra-pure, oxygen-free copper voice coils, the RS1 headphones ooze old-world craftsmanship. These headphones offer a sound that's warm, smooth and dynamic, revealing otherwise-hidden detail."
"EDITORS' PICK! The chassis on these audiophile classics are handcrafted from cured mahogany, making them both light and dynamic. Amazing sonic detail, marvel at the clarity of your Steely Dan records. And thanks to a fully open design, you can have a conversation without reaching for the volume knob."
"...offer what many audiophiles consider the most accurate sound quality available in headphones. The low end is warm, the high frequencies are crisp and clear, and there is never any distortion. This is, quite simply, the way music is supposed to sound!"
"Even in the heady group of contenders the Grado RS1’s luscious sound scores an immediate “wow” response. But over the months living with the three headphones, I gravitate to the RS1 more than the others. I love these headphones."
"RS1 is at its best with instrumental, vocal and small-scale groups, particularly if you like your music up front and personal. The Grados are clearly a music lover’s component, trading a little accuracy and detail for warmth, presence and tonal color – a trade most tube lovers would make any day. Try them on for comfort and sound, you’ll not be disappointed."
"Grado's RS1 has been able to utilize the natural resonance of wood to produce - in our humble opinion - the finest headphones in the world. In fact, the word "masterpiece" was bandied about frequently in the edit meetings"
"...the Grado RS1 adds up to a resounding no-brainer recommendation. Some refer to it as foot tapping, or pace and rhythm, I prefer the term kinetic energy. Whichever term resonates with you, be aware that the RS1 brings all of the above to the musical table."
"A ludicrously pricey pair of headphones but the sound is that good – really!"
"But there must be a winner and so based on the time we spent with them and our almost compulsive desire to use them over any other headphone (even to listen to the iPod), the Grado RS1i stand up as test winners."