Grado RS1X Review and Measurements

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  1. purr1n

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    Oh geez, probably all too well. Keep in mind there are the batter heads and the resonance heads. They can and are usually tuned to different frequencies. Then there are the snare wires, 20 wire, 14 wire, and tension.

    With respect to transients and attack, it seems that with wood and there isn't much difference. However metal usually has a stronger attack and more energetic sound. This seems to be true with turntables and headphone cups, e.g. SR325. Before the X with the flat F cushions, the SR325 with the metal outer cup and the bowl pads was known to the be most energetic and aggressive sounding of the Grados. This sound had its fans, but many also screamed bloody murder because it was too much. With the F cushions which make the sound more neutral, the SR325X are one of my favorites. Which reminds me, I need to put this stuff on the loaner program.
     
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    Agreed on both.

    Have also noticed the difference between woods on a snare is more subtle but there is definitely a huge difference when there is a complete material change (ie wood to steel to aluminum to composites, etc.). Differences are what you describe - much stronger attack, louder, more energetic, etc. in addition to tonal or other changes.

    On a different note, I'm more curious different cup shapes - I found a bigger than expected impact on the sound when I was screwing around with cup shapes on my HE6se mods. After that, I also wonder about what would happen if the woods were mixed together in a more blended way - i.e shredded into tiny pieces and stuck together again (I'm sure the adhesive would also make a difference here). Would it be it's own sound, a not as good sound since the structure of the wood has been destroyed, or would it it just be an smooth blended average of it's constituent components?
     
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    You meant RS1e and RS1x. Typo I assume.

    I think this improper distinction made @rhythmdevils believe RS1 and RS2 are still basically the same. But their paths diverged at ā€œeā€ series where RS1 went to a bigger driver. RS2 remains classic Grado for better and worse. What we want to know is how much the newest RS2x is better and worse than RS2e (for loaner tour in which rhythmdevils is charge).
     
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    fixed typo.

    The RS2x will be on the way.
     
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    I think you'll like those, Try the big cups as well.
     
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    Many thanks to Grado and RD for putting this loaner together!

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    I've been into Grados for about 15 years. The speed, sparkle, and efficiency drew me in. It wasn't until later that I had more context to appreciate their other strengths. They're fantastic at recreating the experience of a live rock or jazz show. Vocals and guitars get the focus.

    RS1x refines the classic recipe. It's not going to surprise anyone familiar with the previous models. Detail and instrument separation is improved. The triple wood build is beautiful in person.

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    Comparisons were made with a Holo Audio Spring 2, DNA Starlett, and a stack of 90s grunge classics.
     
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