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Grado RS1e Reference Open Back Headphones

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  • Reference level audio with full support across all frequencies

  • Open Back design delivers natural and full sound stage

  • Large mahogany air chamber for natural sound

  • Headphone drivers matched to 0.05dB

  • Adjustable headband and cushioned earpads

Grado RS1e Reference Open Back Headphones

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Grado RS1e

Embarking on an audio journey with Grado RS1e Reference headphones will turn audio enthusiasts into true audiophiles with a no return assurance. Once this luxurious music machine has been boarded it will be possible to finally appreciate reference listening. With a multitude of improvements to the predecessor, the RS1e headphones are an accomplishment that is worthy of high ranking in the Grado Reference collection.

Large dynamic drivers in the core of the RS1e together with an 8 conductor cable design combine with the open design to create signature Grado sound with natural and lifelike response and a full-bodies sound image. With a frequency response that ranges from 12Hz to - 30kHz and carefully matched drivers the RS1e provides a smooth, controlled and coherent sound with highly detailed dynamics.

Grado have crafted the housing of the RS1e with a different species of mahogany than the previous version using an intricate curing process that enhances the sound quality while also refreshing the visual aspect of these headphones.

Accomplished audio.


Grado RS1e


Reference Sound
Grado RS1e incorporates large 50mm dynamic drivers and an 8 conductor cable design in an open-air configuration. The impressive result is a smooth, controlled and consistent sound with highly detailed dynamics with wide frequency response a driver matching to 0.05dB.

Crafted Mahogany
Utilising a different species of hand-crafted mahogany than the preceding model, and a complex maturing process the RS1e provides optimised tonal qualities while giving them a fresh look.

Redesigned Cable
Grado has also designed an eight-conductor cable using a high purity copper that improves control and stability of the total range of the frequency spectrum.

Comfortable Design
Crafted with luxury wood housing and equipped with large foam-padded earcups and signature Grado leather-covered headband with individually adjustable slides in order to adjust the fit for perfect comfort.


Grado RS1e




Sound & Vision Evaluation of Grado RS1e Headphones

Sound & Vision

“The Grado RS1e is lightweight and has a big-as-all-outdoors soundstage and clarity that are unbeatable in its price class.”



  • Driver: Dynamic, 50mm
  • Headphone Type: Open-back, circumaural (around the ear)
  • Frequency Response: 12Hz – 30kHz
  • Sound Pressure Level: 99.8dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 32Ω
  • Driver Matched dB: 0.05 dB
  • Weight: 260g



  • Reference level audio with full support across all frequencies
  • Open Back design delivers natural and full sound stage
  • Mahogany housing for low transient distortion
  • 50mm dynamic transducer and 8 conductor cable
  • Drivers are matched to 0.05dB
  • Comfortable design with adjustable headband and cushioned earpads
  • Handcrafted in Brooklyn, USA



  • Grado RS1e Reference Headphones
  • 6.35mm stereo jack adaptor
  • Extension cable
  • Grado story-sheet
  • Warranty


Product TypeHeadphones
Feature KeywordComfortable, Hi-Fi, Lightweight, Over Ear, Over Head, Professional
Recommended UseDigital audio player, Hi-Fi, Portable audio system, Studio
Manufacturer Warranty2 Years
Included Accessories6.35mm stereo jack adaptor, Extension cable, Grado story-sheet, Warranty
Part NumberGRADO-RS1E
Headphone Fit TypeOver Ear
Headphones TypeHeadphones - binaural
Cable EntryDual Sided
Cable Length2m
Connector AngleStraight
Connector TypeHeadphones (6.35 mm stereo jack)
Detachable CableNo
Driver Size50mm
Driver TypeDynamic
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Earcup DesignOpen Back
Frequency Response12Hz – 30kHz
Headphones Form FactorOver Ear
Headphones TechnologyDynamic
Number of DriversN/A
Sound Isolation (dB)No
Sound Output ModeStereo
Smartphone CompatibilityN/A
Smartphone ControlsNo
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)No
Wireless TechnologyN/A

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