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Leading the way for our 4th gen X Drivers, the redesigned RS1x combines maple, hemp, and cocobolo wood into a vivacious and elegant headphone.
Maple, Hemp, Cocobolo. The Sound of Wood
For the first time, three different wood species are working together in a Grado headphone. The housing is made of a maple sleeve, hemp core, and cocobolo outer ring. We build with wood for its warm and embracing tonal abilities, but finding the right balance of three separate woods is no simple task. The reward though is an RS1x that opens Grado to a new level of sound.
What We’re Known For. Signature Sound
Pulling everything we can from the new 50mm X Driver, our signature sound is brought to new heights when combined with maple, hemp, and cocobolo. Maple takes care of most of the work, hemp smooths out top and low ends, while cocobolo adds that extra punch. Together the sound the woods produce, when combined with our special processes, are full-bodied, dynamic, and truly defined.
A New Harmony. X Series Drivers
The RS1x is the first headphone to be built with the larger 50mm X Drivers. Specifically tuned for the tri-wood RS1x, this new speaker design features a more powerful magnetic circuit, a voice coil with decreased effective mass, and a reconfigured diaphragm. Reengineering these components for our 50mm drivers improve efficiency, reduces distortion, and preserves the harmonic integrity of your music.
A Little Extra. New Cable & Headbands
Along with the speakers, the cables and headband have been redesigned for the RS1x. Housed in a more durable exterior, the now super annealed copper 8-conductor cable reveals even more of your music with improved purity. The new black leather headband features a white-stitched accent.
With Love. Hand-Assembled in Brooklyn
Our first wooden headphones were built in the middle of the night back in 1994 by John Grado. Wood has been a staple on our workbench ever since. Each RS1x headphone is hand-assembled by our team in Brooklyn - these headphones go from workbench to workbench until they’re ready for your ears. We started building on a kitchen table in 1953, and every experience since then has led to the RS1x.
Transducer Type: Dynamic
Operating Principle: Open Air
Frequency Response: 12 - 30,000 hz, 14 - 28,000 Hz
SPL 1mW: 99.8 dB
Nominal Impedance: 38 ohms
Driver Matched dB: .05 dB
The most capable
I don't tend to write reviews quickly and I've had these for about 2 months now. First, I love how light these headphones are. I have a ZMF and a planar, both weighing close to 500g, and this one feels so refreshing. In fact, I use this one the most. Right from the get-go, the sound is very relaxed and compared to my other phones, somewhat lacking in bass. But that is the Grado sound and most people ordering this know that. It’s the refinement of the drivers that amazes me. I can push these to higher volumes than any of my other headphones without it getting fatiguing. Yes, Grados have that forward mid-range and sparkly treble but despite that the drivers maintain their composure sublimely at higher volumes and the phones never gets sibilant or harsh at tolerable volumes (for me). ZMF recently came out with a headband mod for Grado that allows you to use their headbands on any Grado headphones. I ordered the two foam pieces that can easily be installed and tried the 2 ZMF pads I had – suede and perf leather. To my ears, this pushes Grados to nirvana land (the place not the band). It’s not without it’s compromises but they are mostly welcome compromises to me. First, the sound becomes less open which is a negative, however, the soundstage is much wider than original pads. Secondly, there is much more bass (mid bass mostly) due to which the headphones sound fuller and this also helps the timbre of Grados. Before the Mod, I liked using Grados because I loved the relaxed nature of it, but I switched to ZMFs when I really wanted to enjoy a song or two. Now, I don’t feel that need. I actually prefer the Grados to ZMFs after the mod. Weirdly, thank you ZMF for the mod. But at the same time, realize that if you are into modding headphones or just want to tweak it here and there, this is perhaps the best platform. This is the best driver that Grado makes and it’s a gem. I’m not new to Grados and in the past I’ve owned Grado SR225i, Alessandro MS2s, SR325e and PS500e and I can safely say that RS1x is the best out of all I’ve tried. I also highly recommend trying the Grado mod by ZMF. You will trade some of the “Grado” sound for a more traditional (headphone) sound, but it will still be Grados, just more balanced. Even without the mod though, this is a thoroughly enjoyable headphone.