Brand: Grado


Grado GS1000x Statement Headphones

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Grado Labs is introducing the new Statement Series, which brings fourth generation X Drivers to the wooden GS3000x and GS1000x. The GS1000x combines mahogany and ipê wood, for a refined look. Along with the superior sound these new drivers produce, the GS1000x also utilizes Grado’s improved 12 conductor braided cable and new headbands. These are hand assembled in Brooklyn, New York.

Continuing over two decades of one of Grado’s most important headphone designs, the now hybrid GS1000x sees mahogany and ipê wood come together for the first time. Mahogany has been a long standing material in almost all of Grado’s wooden headphones and phono cartridges, so combining it with a wood not yet used in a Grado called for a delicate balance. Mahogany still exudes warmth and texture, while ipê improves the structural integrity of the sound passing through the grains of the housing.

“I remember trying on the first GS1000 decades ago when my dad (John Grado) brought the first pair upstairs from the workbench”, says Jonathan Grado. “I was seven or eight and they swallowed my head. The fact that they are in their fourth generation today is a testament to the design of the original GS1000. And I’m sure my mom has that photo somewhere.”

In thirty years Grado Labs has only released four generations of drivers, the speaker inside the headphone. Avoiding yearly update cycles “just because”, Grado has made sure to only place new drivers inside their headphones when there is a significant upgrade. The X Drivers bring a completely redesigned speaker and new harmony to the inner workings of the GS1000x. Each one is specifically tuned for the wooden enclosure they’re in. In Grado’s pursuit for the betterment of sonic reproduction, the Brooklyn company is using a first time wood in their lineup, ipê, and released their largest driver yet at 52mm.

• Transducer Type: Dynamic
Operating Principle: Open Air
Frequency Response: 8 - 35,000 hz
SPL 1mW: 99.8 dB
Normal Impedance: 38 ohms
Driver Matched dB: .05 dB

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