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Grado RS2x

Reference series on-ear headphones

Item # 786RS2X

The RS2x headphones use two types of wood and updated drivers to dish out detailed, nuanced sound.

The RS2x headphones use two types of wood and updated drivers to dish out detailed, nuanced sound.

Item # 786RS2X

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About the Grado RS2x

Detailed sound enhanced by real wood

Grado's fourth-generation RS2x headphones sound as good as they look. Their on-ear design uses unique bi-wood earcups, tuned and matched drivers, and an improved magnet structure to deliver vibrant, engaging sound. They also received some comfort and style upgrades on their headband.

Detailed sound enhanced by real wood

Grado's fourth-generation RS2x headphones sound as good as they look. Their on-ear design uses unique bi-wood earcups, tuned and matched drivers, and an improved magnet structure to deliver vibrant, engaging sound. They also received some comfort and style upgrades on their headband.

Carefully tuned and matched drivers

These headphones use new 44mm X Series drivers. They're matched within 0.5dB of each other for improved soundstaging and imaging. And they were also tuned by Grado to make sure they sound great in the RS2x's new bi-wood driver housing.

The X Series difference

Compared to previous Grado drivers, the ones found in X Series headphones use a more powerful magnetic circuit for tighter driver control, a lighter voice coil for higher efficiency, and a reconfigured "de-stressed" diaphragm for better detail at lower volume levels.

Bi-wood earcup design 

RS2X earcup design

The earcups on the RS2x are made of hemp and maple for added richness and warmth.

The gorgeous open-backed driver housings are made of maple and hemp. Those wood types were chosen for their sonic characteristics. Maple provides exceptional separation, and hemp smooths things out and keeps the sound warm and inviting. The result is rich, dynamic sound. 

L-cushion earpads rest the headphones softly on your ears. The sleek new headband sports some extra cushioning to make the headphones more comfortable and has a white-stitched accent for some added flair.

Grado also built a new cable for their 2021 lineup. The super-annealed copper eight-conductor cable is housed in a more durable exterior and helps provide more detail while keeping out noise at the same time.

Hand-assembled in Brooklyn

Grado started making world-renowned audio equipment in Brooklyn in 1953 and continues to do so today. The SR60x headphones are hand-assembled in Grado's hometown headquarters on 7th Avenue.

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Product highlights:

  • open-back, on-ear design
  • new 44mm X Series drivers provide better performance and harmonic resolution
    • "de-stressed" diaphragms provide enhanced levels of inner detail for a more open soundstage
    • driver pairs matched to within 0.05 dB for better stereo imaging
  • real-wood driver housings made from maple for improved musicality and dynamics
  • eight-conductor connecting cable with super-annealed copper wire for improved signal clarity and control
    • cable terminates into 3.5mm plug
  • 1/4" plug adapter included
  • adjustable headband with extra cushioning for a comfy fit
  • optional 15-foot Grado headphone extension cable available
  • frequency response: 14-28,000 Hz
  • sound pressure level (at 1mW): 99.8 dB
  • impedance: 38 ohms
  • warranty: 1 year (does not include earpads)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # RS2x

What's in the box:

  • On-ear headphones with attached 68" cable (straight 3.5mm plug)
  • 3.5mm-to-1/4" adapter (installed)
  • Three Generations of Sound (Grado story)

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Features & specs

General
Fit Style On-ear
Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 3.2" x 3.2"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Bluetooth Version N/A
Single-earbud Operation No
Mic For Taking Calls No
Voice Assistant Access
Amazon Alexa No
Google Assistant No
Siri No
Connectors
3.5mm Yes
1/4" Yes
Lightning No
4.4mm balanced No
XLR4 balanced No
2.5mm No
Other None
Specs
Frequency Response 14-28k Hz
Sensitivity 99.8 dB
Impedance 38 Ohms
Weight 10.25 ounces
Cord Length 68"
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features

Overview: The RS2x (and its big brother RS1x) from Grado Labs are the first new Reference Series headphones since 2014. This on-ear headphone features a new 44mm X Driver and a Bi-Wood housing, and are hand-built in Brooklyn, NY. The open-air RS2x also sports a new 8-conductor cable and leather headband. A 3.5mm-to-1/4" adapter is included.

Bi-Wood: With the limited edition Hemp Headphone, the designers at Grado Labs discovered the benefits of building headphones with compressed hemp fibers and maple wood. The RS2x's housing feature a sleeve and ring made from maple, with a hemp core to hold everything together. Wood has been used in headphones for years, because of its warm tones and elegant finishes. The beautiful bi-wood housing and specially-designed X drivers combine to deliver the Grado Signature Sound.

X Drivers: The RS2x headphones feature new 44mm X drivers that were specially tuned for the Bi-Wood housing. These 4th generation X drivers have a more powerful magnetic circuit, a reconfigured diaphragm, and a voice coil with decreased effective mass for better efficiency and less distortion. To insure consistancy, the two headphone drivers are matched to within 0.05dB of each other.

Cable: The Grado RS2x is equipped with a 68" non-detachable headphone cable, which is terminated into a straight 3.5mm plug. The super annealed copper 8-conductor cable has a 2-sided design that is hardwired into both the left and right earcups. The cable has a durable braided jacket, and a sturdy molded plug sleeve with ample stress relief. A snap-on, gold-plated 6.5mm (1/4") audio adapter is included for use with your home audio and studio equipment.

Headband: The headphones are equipped with a redesigned black leather headband with a white stitched accent.

Ear Cushions: The headphones are equipped with replaceable "L" cushions.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 14 Hz - 28 kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 38 ohms
  • SPL @ 1mW: 99.8dB
  • Driver Matched: 0.05dB
  • Dimensions:
    • Diameter 2.31" (housing); 3.2 (w/cushion)
    • Depth 1.78"
    • Headband Width 1.465"
  • Weight: 10.25 ounces

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