I’m not entirely sure why my local Audio Advice has the entire e series line absent the RS2e. They have:
Grado RS2i whoa whoa whoa wait, what?! Black sheep black sheep! I’m sorry I’m kind of in a weird mood today. 😛
Wow! That was quite a mouthful. Anywho, in terms of comfort and build the open back RS2i is pretty much identical to all the other models. Closed back vs. open back headphones?. This isn’t really a surprise considering all Grado headphones more or less look, feel, and sound the same. There are minor differences, but it takes awhile to really discern them. In my PS500e review, as well as my Grado SR325e review, I talk about the different pads and how they affect comfort.
The RS2i can be classified as a fast, analytical sound that provides plenty of detail but can become harsh/sibilant at times. What does sibilant mean?
The bass is there, but it’s not overpowering and muddy. It’s a very articulate, smooth, and detailed response.
That said, I found the sound to be significantly louder with a lot more sibilance than your average Grado. I had to turn them down quite a bit, and on Led Zeppelin’s “Over the Hills and Far Away” they didn’t do well at all. They came across as much harsher than other headphones I tried (The HE400i and LCD3).
That said, both of those headphones benefit more from a good Amp/DAC then the RS2i. Still, through the astonishing Bryston BHA-1, I wasn’t impressed with the RS2i at all even with good quality source files.
I realize that an amp like the Bryston isn’t really meant for the RS2i, but I should be able to plug them in and get a good sound, regardless of not having to turn up the volume very high. Yes, they are incredibly efficient and have a low impedance. That said, with a good amp and good files, they should sound good in theory. To me they just didn’t.
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