Are These The Best Sounding Headphones Ever Made?
Perhaps, according to PC Magazine reviewer Tim Gideon.
These hand-crafted, polished mahogany beauties are proudly made in Brooklyn, NY. Founded by the inventor of the stereo moving coil phono cartridge, Joseph Grado, Grado Labs is one of the most respected companies in the audio industry. Like most of the company's headphones, the
GS-1000 uses an open-back design. This means some sound will "leak" into the room where others can hear it, so the plan is to use them at home for high quality audio listening, not on the bus to work.
The wooden chambers create a personal listening room around your ears. The effect is a wide soundstage and realism like you've never heard before. Mahogany has special resonant properties which are well known and exploited in musical instruments such as guitars and violins. The single driver per ear (frequency rage of 8Hz-35kHz) interacts with the resonance and external projection characteristics to deliver a magical musical experience.
"The first thing you need to know about the Grado GS1000 is that it's a $1,000 investment. Sure, that's pretty steep, but these headphones are perhaps the best ever made. A single driver per ear covers a frequency range of 8 Hz to 35 kHz and operates in what almost seems like its own room. In fact, each headphone sits just off the ear, pushed away from the skull by foam, and pumps excellent sound from within the wooden chamber it's mounted in. The GS1000s, like other Grado models, also project some sound outwards: These are not for the office, and your fellow riders certainly won't appreciate it if you wear them on the train or bus. Interestingly, it is this external projection and the drivers' distance from the ear that create a unique soundspace for the listener. In this manner, the Grados overcome the greatest shortcoming headphones have—a lack of psychoacoustic space. The cabling is thick, and there is a 3.5mm adapter so that you can listen to your iPod"
"Not only were these the best-sounding headphones I've ever tested," says Gideon, "they were also the best-sounding headphones at low volumes—where I still experienced a strong sense of bass"