Rosson Audio - RAD-0 - Official Thread

Why would “standard” not be “flat”?

That’s the generally accepted definition of the goal of high-end audio.

Regardless … name-calling is not accepted here. I’ll quote one of our less vocal, but very present and respected (and oldest, by tenure), moderators here …

“This place is about tone, in more ways than one.”

And I’ll say it very simply … if your post involves name-calling, then don’t post - or post elsewhere.

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I should have been more careful with my words as it appears I introduced the word “standard” to the conversation. It’s “flat,” which mentions “standard.”

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Fair enough. I will add an edit to my review for clarity.

I’m with Torq on this one, sorry. I don’t see it being an amazing stretch to infer standard = flat.

With that said, prior to now, I have not been to the Rosson site to examine their options or information. When I write a review, I don’t do research on the headphone beforehand. I want to avoid the bias. The term “standard” is what I was told by Mark, and it carried into my review. However, having just visited their site and order page, I do see this listed as the default option for custom RAD-0 orders:
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Apologies. Not my intent, but I can see how one might be motivated to perceive it that way. From my perspective, having defined which tuning the reviewed item was - on the first sentence, of the first paragraph, of the Impressions section of the review - I saw your comment as willfully erroneous.

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Hey everybody, allow me to take responsibility for the nomenclature so we can move on!

In all our defense, here is my email with Alex regarding my headphone:

"Hi Mark,

Correct, 242 is standard tuning.

Best,

Alex Rosson"

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For the record, I wasn’t even referring to your review. I was just making a general statement. And apology accepted. My apologies to you as well. It was all just a misunderstanding. But we all know manufacturers have a house tuning or their own “standard”. Hifiman is bright, Grado is bright, Audeze is Warm, etc. Alex used to work for Audeze so I had no idea if his “standard” tuning had a house sound.

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Purely on the basis of listening (in an ultra-high-end rig) … I’d say he’s gone for (and achieved) what the Audeze LCD-4 w/ the “Reveal” (or Roon) DSP delivered. Not needing the DSP, and being much less demanding of power, are quite remarkable feats …

… even if I’d take the LCD-4 w/ “Reveal” vs. the RAD-0 if push came to shove (if DSP wasn’t available, I’d go with the RAD-0).

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For half the price, no less.

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And then there’s the aesthetics …

My Cocobolo/polished chrome LCD-4 (200Ω) are irrefutably gorgeous. Bitches to get good pictures of (reminds me of ZMF African Blackwood cans), but insanely pretty. At least in a “classical” sense …

BUT …

They have nothing on this … aesthetically at least …

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RAD-0 porn

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I have to agree with you. The resin rings in person remind me of Murano glass.

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Options for grills for my RAD in today. Gonna be painting them this weekend to see what works best.

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Rad! I’m set to get silver/aluminum grills (to match a wristwatch etc.), but your post has me reconsidering to get grills (and/or screws) that match the dominant color of my resin rings instead.

Is grill rolling possible/desirable?!

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I don’t think so, or at the very least depends on the material you chose as it ruins the strength of the material over time.

It’s worth asking Alex and Oliver though. That’s a great question and would be an awesome future customization option.

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Good point on strength of the material. I lobbed a question over to Oliver, will keep you posted.

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Painting - so limiting. Powder coating? maybe. Gold electroplate? Now you’re talking.

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And all painting is all done, back to Alex and the team next week!

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More fine tuning and weathering done today.

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Your grilles look awesome and you convinced me to level up to custom grilles!

Regarding alternating/rolling grilles, the Rosson team mentioned the importance of being careful and not cross-threading the screws in order to maintain durability since the resin and wood (tapped holes) are soft materials compared to metal. I don’t plan on rolling grilles.

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Thanks, buddy.

That’s what I thought, good to know.

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@bpcarb after reading the entire thread, I’ll be saving my pennies for this headphone! Thanks for the recommendation! Now to find an amp to match, and maybe a DAC too, if I can figure out how some mastering engineers have a monitoring DAC and an analog loop AD/DA all at the same time…

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