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iGrado REVIEW

SUPER SOUND "To Go"
HOMEelectronics Magazine

Grado Labs has always had an excellent reputation among Audiophiles with their line of headphones. They have recently introduced the new iGrado headphone. With the iGrado they wanted to attract those using portable electronics, this has been accomplished. They promise these "portable" customers a true high fidelity sound quality for "on the road" use.

The American Dream is still alive with the introduction of the new iGrado headphone. Apple's iPod has shown what engineering and marketing in the land of the free can achieve. Grado Labs, a family owned American manufacturer, which has been developing superb audio products for over 5 decades, has like others, decided to share the success of the iPod and delivers a portable headphone which uses similar driver technology as their other headphones. The iGrado provides a very secure grip for action and sports activities on the go.

STRONG BASS

The new iGrado uses the same driver that is found in their model SR60 headphone, but has been designed to be worn behind the head, using new cable and cushion design. The iGrado is also even equipped with high quality coils and cables made of ultra clean, long molecular copper which produces excellent electrical attributes and which is usually only found and used on their Prestige Series of headphones. Like all other Grado headphones, the new iGrado is an open ear/air design. The driver works reverse on a relatively large air balancing volume that features a defined reflex hole. With this design and construction, edge frequencies of the system are reduced and the membrane resonances are effectively damped.

COMFORTABLE

The new iGrado weighs in at 4 ounces and compared to other common portable headphones, is quite comfortable. The design of the new cushions, which is so very important for bass reproduction, is both acceptable and comfortable. The bracket for behind the head use lies on the ears and prevents the cushions from sliding down. So even when jogging it is never a problem. Their "portable" claim is fulfilled. Grado has designed them not to be folded, and they have been very well crafted.

SOLID SOUND FULLNESS

The new iGrado delivers a completely new sound experience when compared to other portable headphones. Even when using less expensive portable electronics, the iGrado sound is impressive with powerful sound volume and very well defined bass reproduction. While other portable headphones reproduce solid sound only, the iGrado immediately sounds amazingly full. This not only results in less distortion, but also helps to conserve on battery life. The iGrado reproduces important midrange frequencies that are free of any discoloration and compression, with high frequencies sounding very decent and delicate. As a result there is indeed a tonal balance and characteristic which can hardly be topped in the portable world, thus providing a high level of definition. You can forget about the iPod's equalizer effects, with the iGrado any increase or change cannot be wrong.

CONCLUSION

You will not find more sound volume and or sound culture from any other portable headphones on the market today. With this said, and the overall very high loss of discoloring sound quality, the slightly higher price of the new iGrado compared to other portables phones is justified. Using them on home audio electronics is also absolutely recommended.

HOMEelectronics Magazine
iGrado

Features:

Vented diaphragm

UHPLC copper voice coil wire

UHPLC copper connecting cord

Behind the neck headband

Weight 3oz

Cord Length 40inches


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Tranducer type
dynamic
Operating principle
open air
Frequency Response
20-20k
SPL 1mW
100
Normal Impedance
32ohms
Driver matched db
.1

Grado Labs is pleased to announce the introduction of our newest product, the "iGrado" street style headphone. Designed specifically for the portable electronics market, it was our goal to design a street style headphone that will sonically outperform anything currently available in the low-end portable market. This we have accomplished. The new "iGrado" is functionally stylish, lightweight and comfortable. By incorporating the same drivers used in our highly regarded SR60 headphones, we can proudly state that we are indeed "the high end choice in the low end market." The "iGrado" features a behind the neck headband that is comfortable and stylish. We have indeed kept the highly praised Grado "sound" at a price point that is within reach of all. Truly, Musical Reality For The iWorld!

"...sounds like a "big" Grado; awesome resolution of fine musical detail, very clear and neutral."
— Audio magazine / Germany
"Big sound and bigger quality: Grado has packed a high-quality sound system into a portable package you can use with your MP3 player."
— HGTV / I Want That! Tech Toys
"those, having heard the Grado one time, will be in no hurry to take them off. Out of this acoustic ear muff comes such a crystal-clear and uncolored sound, that people suddenly will sense all the weak-points of data-compressed music."
— Audio magazine / Germany
"The iGrado puts out a warm, heavy bass sound in over-ear phones. Take heed: Going back to your standard iPod buds after listening to the Grado models will make your old music sound tinny, and a little irritating."
— Michael Booth / denverpost.com
"...the iGrado exhibited much detailed information, yet remained relaxed during loud musical passages, while at the same time portraying a very natural musical finesse. Grado continues their success story with this new Stereoplay Highlight (Editors Choice). Sound is topclass with a performance ratio considered outstanding."
— Stereoplay magazine / Germany
"Comparable sound from earbuds would likely cost twice as much as the Grado. At its price, the iGrado hits a mobile-music sweet spot."
— Kevin Hunt / Chicago Tribune
"The iGrado reproduces important midrange frequencies that are free of any discoloration and compression, with high frequencies sounding very decent and delicate. As a result there is indeed a tonal balance and characteristic which can hardly be topped in the portable world."
— HOME Electronics Magazine/Switzerland
"This price is ridiculous for the quality of sound you get, and when you compare them to other brands in that range (believe me, I've tested just about everything out there)."
— Music Forte