Product Type: other headphones
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Anything but a wooden sound
Grado RS 2
Member Name: strawberryhill
Grado RS 2
Advantages: Incredibly rich sound, lightweight, ears don't get sweaty!
Disadvantages: Sound leaks out, crimped cable at the Y-junction of the cable
Me: A mid 30s music lover who mainly listens late at night
Music: Mainly modern with a little world music thrown in
Where: Mostly at home
When: Mostly at night
Depending on how you look at it, the thin cardboard and minimal but tight fitting foam packaging of these phones is functional and eco-friendly or a bit stingy given the price. Thankfully mine arrived without a dent and in perfect working order.
There is a tangible sense of awe as you pull the wooden chambered phones out of their box. They are good to look at (nice grain on the wood) and are always a talking point when friends are around...although many think they are from the 1960s! Noticed that the cable is a little crimped where it splits to go to each ear - could be visual as no problems with them over the past two years.
In a word - staggering. Very rich, deep but taught and controlled bass and spine tingling treble (some say it is a little too harsh) make for an immensely immersive and detailed listening experience. The irony of all the detail is that, combined with a good source such as a Naim CD-X2, it is easy to pick up the fine detail, warts and all, of many recordings.
The firm foam ear cups go over the ears to a greater extent rather than resting on them so may not be to everyone's taste but fit nicely over my small ear lobes!! Relatively low weight enables long listening sessions without discomfort.
The elephant in the room here is the price...at over £500, these are definitely a luxury item. If you can afford them, they bring a whole new life to your music collection. For me, as a lover of music and film who tends to listen late at night when the family is in bed, these are a hit!
Alternatives I own(ed):
Bose Quietcomfort cans offer one of the better closed back headphones with noise cancellation. Perfect for the train or plane but they are more muffled than the RS-2s.
Summary: A fabulous pair of cans for solo listening but not for the train or late night listening in bed!
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