Tri-Wood Splendor: Redesigned Grado RS1x Headphones Feature Maple, Hemp, and Cocobolo Wood in a Cohesive, Comfortable Design That Offers Mesmerizing Sonics and Organic Style
Grado's expertise with the sonic character of various woods reaches a new peak with the RS1x headphones, which feature maple, hemp, and cocobolo wood, as well as the company's renowned fourth-generation X Drivers, for a model that delivers impeccable sonics. Superior comfort, fantastic sound, and organic style merge in this amazing set of headphones, engineered for use with your home hi-fi system.
The tri-wood design of the RS1x is a trailblazer, representing the first time that three different wood types have been incorporated into a Grado headphone. The housing is made of a maple sleeve, hemp core, and cocobolo outer ring. For decades, Grado has used wood for its warm tonal abilities, but finding the right balance of three separate woods is no simple task. Maple takes care of most of the work, hemp smooths out top and low ends, while cocobolo adds an extra sonic punch.
The RS1x achieves a transformative level of sound thanks to the new 50mm X Driver. 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 the 50mm drivers improves efficiency, reduces distortion, and preserves the harmonic integrity of your favorite music.
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 detail, with improved purity. The new black leather headband is designed for all-day comfort, and it features a white-stitched accent for timeless style. For added convenience and protection, when you're not wearing the RS1x, they will fold so that you can set them flat on a table.
Founded in the U.S.A. in 1953, and working with wood for over a quarter century, Grado Labs has been perfecting the art of sonic reproduction every day since then. The RS1x headphones are hand assembled in Brooklyn and come with the 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee.
"[These are] clean, clear and punchy performers.... Anyone who has ever heard a pair of Grado headphones, whether that was two years ago or 20, or who has just read a number of reviews of them, won't be surprised to read that the RS1x's performance can be characterized as distinctly open, entertainingly lean and agile, and unfalteringly detailed."
—What Hi-Fi?, five-star review
"[They offer] astonishingly transparent and immersive performance.... The reason why Grado persists in doing what it does is that the result is two drivers in free space, utterly free of mechanical transfer. It is a listening experience unlike almost anything else at the price and if you fall for it, very little else will do."
—Ed Selley, AVForums, Highly Recommended Award
Transducer Type: Dynamic
Operating Principle: Open Air
Frequency Response: 12 - 30,000 hz
SPL 1mW: 99.8 dB
Nominal Impedance: 38 ohms
Driver Matched dB: .05 dB