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The Grado GS-1000 headphones
Positive Feedback
By Max Dudious

These are a daring about-face example of what a small firm's engineers can do in this, the mature practice of their craft. The latest offering from Grado Labs represents decades of educated trial and error experimentation, the slow and painful development of mastery, and I feel the GS-1000s are a masterpiece of industrial design. They play naturally all the most complex music and no one part of the audio spectrum is emphasized, which some mistake for not being "hi-fi." In addition to being lightweight, comfortable, and attractive, the strength of the design is musical flexibility: the Grado GS-1000s can be sweet and delicate, or authoritative enough to bowl you over, depending on the music. The better the gear that drives them, the better they sound. I've yet to find their limits, even when playing SACDs through an excellent $3500 player (Marantz SA 11S1), and a roughly $3000 Single Ended Triode headphone amp (Single Power's Supra). At the Head-Fi International Meet in Queens, N.Y. this spring, none of the other headphones showed me such universal excellence. Good enough for Accessory Of The Year? Undoubtedly.



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What does the i stand for in the new GS1000i from Grado? Improved, that's what! Featuring a new species of handcrafted Mahogany earpieces made using an intricate curing process; Grado has been able to optimize the tonal quality. The GS1000i uses new upgraded dynamic transducers and the new 8 conductor cable design. All this, new wood, driver and cable designs result in improved control and stability of the upper and lower range of the frequency spectrum with both better supporting the GS1000i's new world renowned midrange.

Grado's GS1000i cushion design actually creates a "room" for the ears to sit, creating a larger soundstage and greater spatial experience for the listener. It was most important to design the correct balance between the driver and our wooden driver housing to give us the resulting sound that we desired. This has been accomplished. By creating this "room" for the ears to sit, positioning of the cushions with regards to the ears (i.e., forward or back) is somewhat critical in finding the absolute sweet spot.

With this cushion design, we believe the GS1000i to be one of the most comfortable headphones on the market today.

The GS1000i retains a sound that is pure Grado, rich full-bodied vocals, excellent dynamics and an ultra smooth top end. The presentation is very detailed, the bass is deep and the music is very tight and non-fatiguing. All with a soundstage that is huge allowing for unbelievable separation and layering of the music which is simply stunning.

Listen and enjoy!

"The GS1000 is a fantastic headphone for every musical taste. It is my headphone of choice and for good reason. Its soundstage is huge, the highs are detailed, the mids are sweet and the bass is deep and rich. Oh, and it's comfortable to boot! Way to go John!!!"
— Todd Green, Todd The Vinyl & Headphone Junkie
"Tell Mr. Grado that those new (GS-1000) headphones are probably the best/finest Dynamic headphones that I have ever heard in the world... in my life."
— Wayne Shuurman, Audio Advisor
"But there's more to the GS1000 than just soundstage. The overall sense of neutrality and transparency. The effortless and liquid midband. And the bass strong yet perfectly controlled and detailed. The GS1000 may be as close to a perfect headphone as I've so far heard."
— Jude Mansilla, founder of
"Grados flagship cans just might make the best sounds youll ever hear."
— Richard Black / HIFI Choice
"The GS1000 was named one of the six great indulgences in the world."
— Details magazine
"Each and every instrument has body and the vocals come across without any doubt or question. When you hear the sound of a voice, you can actually hear and feel the sound as it would be coming from a real human flesh and blood. These qualities, along with the immediate proximity of the headphone, allow the music to actually get right under your skin."
— Dr. Reinhold Martin / HiFi&Records (Germany)
"The GS1000s were superb and did a fantastic job of putting a three dimensional space inside my head, almost fooling me that I was listening to a pair of speakers."
— Jeff Dorgay / Tone magazine
"The first thing that struck me about the GS 1000 was the comfort level. The GS1000 is one of the most comfortable headphones I have ever tried."
— Ryan Clarin /
"This may well be the finest electricity-to-sound transducer in the world. If you don't want to be haunted by the suspicion that your interest in audio is terminally superficial, you absolutely must hear a pair of these."
— Richard Black / HIFI Choice magazine
"The GS1000 was the only headphone selected and recommended by Fortune magazine for their Holiday Gift guide."
— Fortune magazine
"The Grado's bring excitement and an engaging musical quality to the table. I urge you to audition the GS1000 and to appreciate the new qualities which John Grado has brought to the table. The new GS 1000's are a statement option which now belong on the top of the short list up there on the top."
— Ryan Clarin /
"The latest offering from Grado Labs represents decades of educated trial and error experimentation, the slow and painful development of mastery, and I feel the GS-1000s are a masterpiece... Good enough for Accessory Of The Year? Undoubtedly."
— Max Dudious/Positive Feedback
"It's not often a product I review elicits in me an emotional response... The Grado is like no other headphone I have ever tried I've hook them up to quite ordinary hi-fi, to iPods and even my laptop and still been bowled over by the sheer beauty, clarity and spaciness... They have improved my life to such an extent that I have bought a pair for my own selfish use... A sound investment."
— Jonathan Margolis/ Financial Times/UK
"Editors Choice Award* THE GOLD STANDARD: Very likely the best sounding headphones ever made - and they're priced accordingly."
— Tim Gideon / PC Magazine
"The GS1000 exceeds all limits of advances in headphone design... The GS1000 sounds breathtakingly open and transparent. Compared to most other top class headphones, the Grado draws a superior spatial reproduction and makes it easy to feel like being in a concert hall. "
— Martin Freund / HomeElectronic magazine (Switzerland)
"Right off the bat, you enter a universe of subtlety and emotion: the bandwidth toward the bottom as well as toward the top seems unlimited. The best, however, is the fact that the GS1000 does it without "bragging" or exaggeration."
— Henri-Pierre Penel / Prestige Audio Video (France)
"The Grado GS1000 is a luxury headphone built for comfort and long listening sessionssinking into a favorite chair and enjoying a visit with a beloved symphony, headphones don't sound or feel much better than this. The GS1000s are utterly habit-forming, so audition at your own risk. "
— Neil Gader / the absolute sound
"Pardon me while I gush over the way GS-1000 clarifies live recordings. The sound seemed to surround me, with a rare ability to resolve depth, just as you would in a concert hall. Ditto for the way this headphone reveals rhythmic underpinnings in rock and jazz CDs. Grados have always been exciting, classical music now sounds more refined. Bass is deep, yet more controlled and precise than ever before. "
— Audiophiliac CNET News / Steve Guttenberg
"The sonic result is of the highest quality, the spectral balance is an amazing achievement. This headphone is a tool that will highlight the shortcomings of many famous loudspeakers. Have a listen, compare, you shall not be disappointed."
— Audiophiliac CNET News / Steve Guttenberg
"We've rarely heard American Trilogy convey both the pathos and bombast of late-era Elvis in such a moving way even replayed through speakers costing many times the price of these Grados."
— Tech Specs / England
"One of the finest headphones on the planet, with detail to die for..."
— Hi-Fi Choice / England
"Don't be fooled by the retro aesthetic; this pair of phones features incredibly detailed sound and exquisite construction light-years beyond whatever came with your iPod. The flagship model from Brooklyn-based Grado Labs, these headphones are among the finest ever produced. "
— Anthony Cross / City Magazine
"...where they win out over the HD800s is in their sheer transparency and musical realism: their timing and dynamic sweep combine with detail and insight to deliver your music with near-perfect liquidity. Sure the GS1000is are expensive they're also extraordinarily good."
— What HiFi / England
"...the GS1000i retained the power of the bass beat but blended that with delicately plucked guitar strings. That tonal balance was achieved with such ease is a testament to the design."
— Hi-Fi World magazine / England