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Grado RS1e

Reference Series on-ear headphones

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Our take on the Grado RS1e

by David Brown
Grado

Natural, organic sound

Slip on Grado's RS1e Reference Series headphones and hear your music like never before — startlingly clear, with a sense of presence and transparency that takes you right into the studio or on stage with your favorite artists. These headphones feature updates to Grado's previous RS1i headphones, including an improved driver design, better acoustic damping, and a new cable. The earcups are handcrafted from a different species of mahogany than the previous version, for even more natural warmth and smoothness. The headphones' large wooden air chambers allow them to deliver terrific sonic impact with very low distortion and coloration. You'll experience a wide, open soundstage with extended bass that complements everything from sweeping orchestral arrangements to high-energy rock. The SR1e can be driven using the headphone outputs on most home audio systems, or even a portable player or laptop. But these precision headphones really benefit from the addition of a headphone amplifier.

Old-school looks with up-to-the-minute technology

Like all Grado headphones, the RS1e uses a vented "open-air" earcup design for powerful, extended low frequency response and a more spacious soundstage. Each pair is hand-crafted by Grado in Brooklyn, New York from a specially selected species of mahogany. An intricate process of curing the wood is used between production steps to achieve optimum sound quality. Ultra-high purity copper voice coils and a sturdy eight-conductor connecting cable deliver refined sound with a high degree of control and accuracy. The RS1e's extra-wide frequency range ensures you'll hear all your music. And the genuine leather headband can be adjusted for a comfortable fit.


From our review of the previous Grado RS1i headphones:

Overall, I was very pleased with the Grado RS-1i's, especially so given that they're not my preferred headphone form factor. They excel at giving your music real definition, and they have one of the silkiest presentations at the high end that I've heard in a set of on-ear headphones. I found they did real justice to almost any music I fed them, and they're beautifully balanced at medium to full listening levels. Another win for Grado.

— Woody, Crutchfield A/V Writer

Highlights:

  • open-back, on-the-ear design with replaceable ear cushions
  • 50mm dynamic drivers
  • vented diaphragms (open-air) for spacious, low-distortion sound and extended bass response
  • large mahogany wood enclosures and air chambers provide natural sonic warmth and smoothness in a lighter weight design
  • special "de-stressed" diaphragms and an eight-conductor connecting cable enhance detail
  • large ear cushions, precisely matched drivers, and increased air flow through improved rear metal screens deliver a large soundstage free from coloration
  • adjustable leather headband for a custom fit
  • driver pairs matched to within 0.05 dB for better stereo imaging
  • ultra-high purity, long-crystal copper (UHPLC) voice coil wire
  • ultra-high purity 8-conductor headphone cable terminated with a 1/8" plug
  • 1/4" plug adapter and 15 ft. extension cable included
  • frequency response: 12-30,000 Hz
  • sound pressure level (at 1mW): 99.8 dB
  • impedance: 32 ohms
  • weight: 9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year (does not include earpads)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Preliminary info from the manufacturer
Features and Specs
General
Fit Style
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On-ear
Earcup Type
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Open
Noise-canceling
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No
Bluetooth
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No
Frequency Response
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12-30,000 Hz
Sensitivity
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99.8 dB
Impedance
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32 Ohms
Weight
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Cord Length
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Airline Adapter Included
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No
iPod Control
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No
Volume Control
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No
Built-in Microphone
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No
Parts Warranty
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1 Year, earpads not incl
Labor Warranty
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1 Year, earpads not incl
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