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A nimble yet unwavering headphone, the redesigned RS2x explores new territory for the Reference Series by marrying maple with hemp wood.

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A nimble yet unwavering headphone, the redesigned RS2x explores new territory for the Reference Series by marrying maple with hemp wood.

  • Transducer type - dynamic
  • Operating principle - open air
  • Frequency Response -14-28,000 hz
  • SPL 1mW - 99.8 dB
  • Normal Impedance - 38ohms
  • Driver matched db - .05
  • L cushions

adaptor plug

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Dan Barstow
Excellent with hearing aids!

I wear hearing aids. . .and enjoy classical music. These RS-2X headphones certainly sound superb - and they solve an annoying problem I've had with other headphones. Over the ear headphones with a tight seal cause my hearing aids to whine with a feedback loop. However, these headphones, with the open foam cover, avoid that feedback loop. I've tried many alternatives over the years, and Voila - these RS-2X solve the feedback problem, and give exceptional sound. Bravo!

Murray McConnell
Awesome Headphones

The RS-2X headphones are beautiful to look at and even better sounding. The first time you pick them up you are amazed at the crafsmanship of the real wood and leather. Secondly, I was surprised at how light weight they are. However, good looks wouldn't mean much if the sound wasn't great. The sound of these headphones is awesome no matter what kind of music you listen to. The real test of any audio gear is if you sit down to listen and the next thing you know 2 hours have gone by. The Grado sound draws you in and I keep wanting to hear another recording to see what I've missed in the past with my other headphones or speakers.

The customer service is outstanding, as well. Rich Grado does a great job of taking care of the customer.


The RS-2x is a must-have for enjoying acoustic, classical, and instrumental music, and punch above their weight for most everything else.

In particular, they sound absolutely gorgeous with acoustic instruments. There's a sense of space and physical presence I can't quite describe but could never give up now that I have it. Is it the wood, or is the wood just a gimmick? I couldn't tell you, but I can say nothing else that has ever graced my ears was quite like this. I reach for them in preference to my loudspeakers* every time I've a hankering for classic rock, folk, or the handful of orchestral albums I like.

One big caveat: heavy electronic base, especially of the sort designed to make your subwoofer go wub-wub, is a little awkward. It'll kick in your ears for sure, but I've noticed the actual /sound/ this creates, as opposed to the more physical sensation produced by a standalone subwoofer, with greater clarity than ever before.

If you're like me you're likely to find that clarity a bit unpleasant, like the buzz of an IC fixing to give up its magic smoke or the obnoxious hum of an old refrigerator.

So maybe consider other options if EDM is your jam. Incidentally, EDM sounds great on my old SR-80e headphones, if a little lacking in bass, and I'd bet it sounds great on the rest of the SR line too.

*a restored pair of late-60s Sansuis, which IMO have a similar sound to Grado headphones. I guess I have a type.

Matthew Stone
Nice sounds

I have an SR-125X that I love, and bought the RS-2X to see what Grado can do at a slightly higher price point.
I consider the RS-2X to be a worthy upgrade. It retains the signature Grado treble clarity and responsiveness, but adds some pretty substantial bass. It retains the airy openness, but the bass drum now kicks like a mule. It's become my favorite way to listen.
Oh, and it does look pretty cool, so that's nice.

Thomas Bruggink
Poplar Music

Realizing that every brand and model has a different sound motivated me to buy the Grado headphones to complement my Bose and B&Os. At first I purchased the 325s and was very pleased ,but a week later I purchased the RS2s and was even more pleased. Must be the wood! Returning the 325s. Impressed by the speed of service.

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Immerse yourself in the world of premium sound with Grado’s RS2x headphones, designed exclusively for audiophiles prioritizing unrivaled audio quality. These wired wonders are ideal for the refined home listening experience. Revel in their exquisite sound profile, boasting a wide stereo field, precise bass depth, and articulate highs, all packaged in an attractive design with wood accents and a leather-stitched headband.
The RS2x’s lightweight, on-ear design ensures comfort, featuring foam cushions and adjustable fit. The headphones house Grado’s fourth-generation X series dynamic drivers, delivering a frequency range of 14Hz to 28kHz with a distinctive hemp wood and maple exterior. Its super-annealed, eight-conductor copper wire cable guarantees durability. Upgrade to an XLR termination cable for $170 or explore optional cases starting at $49.95 (Save $5 when purchased together).
Experience exceptional spatial detail with the RS2x, tested across various devices, delivering accurate bass and clear highs even at moderate volumes, these headphones excel in reproducing intricate details and spatial depth. The unparalleled sound quality makes it a compelling choice for serious audiophiles.

Maple, Meet Hemp

A family favorite, the RS2x has been completely redesigned to bring out the full potential of its maple and hemp wood. The housing’s sleeve and ring are made from maple, while a hemp core keeps everything together. For decades we’ve used wood for its warm and embracing tonal abilities, and the RS2x is an exceptional evolution to the RS2 line.

Signature Sound

Discovering new pieces in songs heard hundreds of times is what we’re here for. The driver and housing working in tandem react to sound vibrations and virtually eliminate transient distortions. With harmonic colors and a world renowned mid-range, the RS2x immediately draws you in. The sound the woods produce, when combined with our special processes, are full-bodied with a rich vocality.


  • L-Cushions
  • White stitched leather headband
  • De-stressed driver
  • Drivers matched .05db
  • Maple /Hemp wood housing
  • Durable 8-conductor cable
  • Bi-wood design
  • Hand assembled in Brooklyn


X Series Drivers

4th gen X Drivers are here. Specifically tuned for the RS2x wood housing, this new speaker design features a more powerful magnetic circuit, a voice coil with decreased effective mass, and a reconfigured diaphragm. Reengineering these components for our 44mm drivers improve efficiency, reduces distortion, and preserves the harmonic integrity of your music.

New Cable & Headbands

Along with the speakers, the cables and headband have been redesigned for the RS2x. Housed in a more durable exterior, the now super annealed copper 8-conductor cable reveals even more of your music with improved purity. The new black leather headband features a white-stitched accent.

Hand Assembled in Brooklyn

Founded on a kitchen table in 1953, and working with wood for over a quarter century, Grado Labs has been perfecting the art of sonic reproduction every day since. This RS2x has traveled from workbench to workbench until ready for your ears. Every experience since that kitchen table has led to the creation of the RS2x


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