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Grado RS1x Reference-series on-ear headphones

Item # 786RS1X

The lightweight RS1x headphones sound as good as they look. The specialized drivers deliver tight, detailed sound.

The lightweight RS1x headphones sound as good as they look. The specialized drivers deliver tight, detailed sound.

Item # 786RS1X

In stock
$750.00

About the Grado RS1x

Archer A.

Reference-quality sound from Grado

The first RS1 headphones were created like most great things: during a middle-of-the-night spark of inspiration. After countless hours of prototyping and testing, John Grado made his company's first wooden headphone. Three decades later, the RS1 series is still going strong, continuing with the RS1x.

Reference-quality sound from Grado

The first RS1 headphones were created like most great things: during a middle-of-the-night spark of inspiration. After countless hours of prototyping and testing, John Grado made his company's first wooden headphone. Three decades later, the RS1 series is still going strong, continuing with the RS1x.

Carefully tuned and matched drivers

These fourth-generation headphones are the first to use a 50mm X Series driver. The drivers are matched within 0.5dB of each other for improved soundstaging and imaging. They were also tuned by Grado to make sure they sound great in the RS1x's new tri-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.

Tri-wood earcup design 

Grado RS1X earcup

The RS1X headphones use a tri-wood earcup made of a maple sleeve, hemp core, and cocobolo outer ring

The gorgeous open-backed driver housings are made of a maple sleeve, hemp core, and cocobolo outer ring. Those wood types were chosen for their sonic characteristics. Maple provides exceptional separation, hemp smooths things out and keeps the sound warm and inviting, and cocobolo adds some extra impact to the bass. The end 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 50mm 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, hemp, and cocobolo wood for improved richness 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: 12-30,000 Hz
  • sound pressure level (at 1mW): 99.8 dB
  • impedance: 38 ohms
  • warranty: 1 year (does not include earpads)
  • MFR # RS1x

What's in the box:

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

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More details on the Grado RS1x

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Features & specs

General
Fit Style On-ear
Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 3.169" x 3.169"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Bluetooth Version N/A
Single-earbud Operation ---
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 12-30k Hz
Sensitivity 99.8 dB
Impedance 38 Ohms
Weight 11.3 ounces
Cord Length 68"
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features

Overview: The RS1x from Grado Labs is the first new Reference Series headphone since 2014. These on-ear headphones feature new 50mm X Drivers and a Tri-Wood housing, and are hand-built in Brooklyn, NY. The open-air RS1x also sports a new 8-conductor cable and leather headband. A 3.5mm-to-1/4" adappter is included.

Tri-Wood: For the first time, the designers at Grado Labs have used three different types of wood to work together in a headphone housing. The housing is made with a Maple sleeve, and a core of Hemp, with an outer ring of beautiful Cocobolo wood. Wood has been used in headphones for years, because of its warm tones and elegant finishes. In the RS1x, Grado has found the right balance of materials to elevate the Grado Signature Sound to new levels.

X Drivers: The RS1x headphones feature new 50mm X drivers that were specially tuned for the Tri-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 RS1x 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: 12 Hz - 30 kHz
  • Nominal Impedance: 38 ohms
  • SPL @ 1mW: 99.8dB
  • Driver Matched: 0.05dB
  • Dimensions:
    • Diameter 2.437" (housing); 3.169 (w/cushion)
    • Depth 2.046"
    • Headband Width 1.49"
  • Weight: 11.3 ounces

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