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Grado Reference RS 1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 95 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the bass quality and usability. The build quality and design are also appreciated, but many are less positive about the reliability. There are some mixed opinions about the value for money.

sound, design, build quality, usability, bass quality

reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Grado Reference RS 1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 95 reviews)

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Grado Reference RS 1

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 15 user reviews of Grado Reference RS 1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.co.uk.

value for money, sound, design

80% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Grado RS 1 Headphones,Wired

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Amazon.com review summary for Grado Reference RS 1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 51 user reviews of Grado Reference RS 1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.com.

sound, value for money, build quality, usability, bass quality

reliability

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Grado RS1i Reference Series HeadphonesGrado RS1i Reference Series HeadphonesGrado RS1 Reference Series Headphones

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Grado RS1 and Alessandro MS-Pro

 

The Grado RS1 and the Alessandro MS-Pro share so much similarities in outward appearance, and upon brief listening sessions, many people can't distinguish the difference in their sound.

Thanks to Dayak for making this review possible.

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Grado RS-1 Reference Series Headphones

 

Our reviewer was "bowled over by the sheer clarity" of these headphones and described them as "an utterly naked, translucent, uncolored sound." He added that the "bass extension and control set new standards for open-backed dynamic headphones"......

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Grado RS1 Headphones and RA1 Amp Review

 

First of all, let me just make a note that this review is written by someone who actually did spend about $1,000 on a headphone set up. So, my perspec...

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Good but not worth the price

 

I purchased these cans with great expectations based on the numerous rave reviews I had read, but I quickly came to realize that I could have done just as well with phones at a fraction of the cost. [...] The problem I had was with the mini adapter...

Great Sound

Clunky","Flimsy Construction","Poor Value","Unattractive Design

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Good but not worth the price

 

I purchased these cans with great expectations based on the numerous rave reviews I had read, but I quickly came to realize that I could have done just as well with phones at a fraction of the cost. [...] The problem I had was with the mini adapter...

Great Sound

Clunky","Flimsy Construction","Poor Value","Unattractive Design

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Audio bliss

 

I own quite a few pairs of Grado headphones, and I love them all. However, the RS1 to me hits the sweetspot in terms of price and performance. To the average person, the price might be exorbitant, but to the hifi enthusiast, it's a drop in the bucket....

Comfortable","Durable","Good Bass","Rich Sound

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Best Headphones under $1000 ”

 

The Grado RS1 Reference Headphones are among the very best available at any price!  The quality of construction is top notch, they both look and feel expensive.   But more importantly they deliver on performance way beyond their price!     With CD for...

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Ear Porn: Headphones That Are Obscenely Revealing

 

"If you had access to a car like this,

crisp, clear, puts you onstage, amazingly detailed

looks, comfort, the $700 missing from your bank account

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Grado RS1 Headphone Reviews

 

The current top of the John Grado line exemplifies what he has made the Grado name all about: hard hitting bass and exciting forward midrange, at the expense of extension, smoothness, build quality, and comfort.

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Grado RS1 Headphone

 

The current top of the John Grado line exemplifies what he has made the Grado name all about: hard hitting bass and exciting forward midrange, at the expense of extension, smoothness, build quality, and comfort. The highlight of the RS-1 is certainly...

Product Specifications

Configuration

Active Noise Cancellation: No
Dolby PL / AC3: No
Earclip: No
Neckband: No
Noise Cancellation: No

General Features

Ear Canal Headphone:Not Applicable
Indoor/Outdoor :Indoor
Signal Connection:Wired
Type:Traditional Headphone
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