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Grado Reference Series RS2e review

If you’re looking for the traditional high quality Grado RS-1e sound in a less costly form, the RS2e pair if headphones. They show such an uplifting similarity to the RS1 in beauty ergonomics, products, and tonal presentation; we can call them a young sibling. The RS2e provide a highly effective, immersive music hearing experience that dynamically effects complete, instantly present beautiful and alluring sounds, although they can be major on the top highs. The more costly RS1e design offers a little bit better visibility on the top highs and accurate details quality in the midranges.

The RS2e are comfy but can be done more so by carefully (gently!) flexing the scarf to better comply with the top of the head. They will work well directly out of a smartphone or product without demanding any outboard is boosting, but the RS2e edition will more easily reach their complete musical quality and resolution capacity. When you will use a separate headphone amp or with a nice highly effective home music that will increase the highly effective range expansion, soundstage picture ‘depth’, and sleek overall tone of this charming hand-made Grado headphone.

The headphone cable is the direct type & connects to both ear cups in a ‘Y’ style, and it too uses the Grado exclusive, elegant copper tying or braiding and fully-covered wire twisting development. The RS2e’s earpieces are hand-tooled with actual mahogany wood for an exclusively innovative look that some say contributes a burnished ‘woody’ overall tone to the sound trademark of the RS2e.

These cans take care of the conventional Grado versatile leather-covered scarf and simple steel size adjusters that link the earpieces to the scarf which allow for up & downsize modification plus complete 360 level spinning of the ear cups. This function is ideal when testing the headphones down smooth for storage space or journeying. The RS2e headphone wire comes ended with a small (1/8″) link and contains 1/4″ to the small Snap-On adaptor. By the way, Grado References has now eliminated the little aesthetic RS-2 logo ‘dots’ from the external ear cup grill.

Unboxing and handling

The visual presentation, once you get past the pizzas box appearance (which I don’t mind at all – it just gets eliminated anyway), is instantly influential.  These are well-made headphones, which experience much better on the side (if not on the ear, but more of that later), with the natural components – wood, leather – holding all the natural designs and fragrance that you’d wish for.  The sewing, connection, connects and easy-to-open parts all experience strong.  This being my first pair of Grado References headphones, I was a little bit involved from images that the held hooks for modifying the earpieces would be cheap but these worries showed misguided, and the Joint parts experience grippy and strong.  The wire is thick as well as, with very little kink – giving the sense of naturally insulating material and protection.

Plugging in

The RS2e headphones have short wire, which was not a big problem, but if you are planning on sitting more than a pair of meters away from the headphone port, then extra time would appear sensible.  The tip is a 3.5mm link, with a detachable silver 6.5mm adaptor connected.  Both connects top quality and clicked smooth into the port without any move or activity.

 The sound

As this is my first pair of Grado References RS2e headphones, I am explaining the experience of hearing music through it for the first time and then following changes through the period of burn-in.

I started with sound music and was instantly amazed by the quality and the details of the sound.  Instruments go with perfection, and the resonance was spot-on for my flavour – you can have the take of the thumbs on sequence, and even bass notices were actual without being overwhelming.  Grados are not known for bass, with centre and uppers being key to the sound trademark, and this was the case with the paths I heard – the bass was there to give a speech to the drum and lower notices, but it did not growth.  Some sound music that attracted my breathing through the Grados:


The popularity Grado RS2e headphones have for being unpleasant was certainly secured by my use of the RS2e. It had taken about 40mins before I experienced the redness in the hearing, but it was undoubtedly unable of the design and style.  The earpieces are enclosed by a narrow foam cup – and hard, difficult foam at that.  As much as I love the sound, you have to experience a bit for it.  This is compared to the Sennheisers, which have a very different style, one that allows for basically hours of ongoing hearing without any pain.  After doing a bit of research, I’ve requested a pair of alternative shields (Zonk G cushions) which may help – I’ll add an upgrade once I’ve tried them.

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GRADO RS2e Reference Series Wired Open-Back Stereo Headphones

This item Limited Edition GRADO GH4 Open Back Wired Professional Stereo Headphones

  • The best-sounding headphones around
  • Outstanding for sound and oral music
  • An influential pair of headphones
  • Real mahogany wood earpieces
  • A genuine leather headband
  • Sharpness and quality of sound
  • Visually unique
  • Intimacy
  • The sharpness of the sound is an obtained flavour
  • Horribly unpleasant ear shields
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GRADO RS2e Reference Series Wired Open-Back Stereo Headphones
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GRADO RS2e Reference Series Wired Open-Back Stereo Headphones

  • Open Air / Air Chamber: Norwegian Pine Wood / Voice Coil: UHPLC (Ultra High Purity Long Crystal) Oxygen Free Copper Wire / Diaphragm: Exhaust Type / Diaphragm Aperture: 45 mm
  • Frequency Response: 14 ~ 28,000 Hz / Channel Balance: 0.05 dB / Impedance: 32 Ω / Sensitivity: 99.8 dB
  • Input Terminal: 3.5 mm Stereo Mini Plug / Connection Cord Length: about 1.8 m / Head Band: Side Pressure Adjustment Plate Built-in Skin Leather
  • Weight: about 170 g (Without Cable) / Gross Weight: about 240 g
  • Accessories:  1/4 Inch Standard Plug Adapter

RS2e Overall

I like the Grado RS2e headphones for the closeness and shiny, clear sound trademark.  I know paying attention to traditional sound things with them and experiencing them hugely.  But the convenience issue means it’s not one I’d suggest as a primary hearing pair for long sessions.  If the new ear pads make a difference, I may change that view…

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