Review: Grado GH1 Headphones Are Big On Sound, Tradition

August 20, 2015 - accent chair

Good sound never goes out of style, and in a audio universe tradition is a uniquely strong credo.

In gripping with that thought, I’m now leaning back in an Eames Lounge Chair dialing in on a duplicate of a Citizen Kane of headphone-listening albums, The Dark Side Of The Moon Remastered.

I’m listening to this classic manuscript with Grado’s latest span of limited-edition cans, a initial model in their Heritage Series line. These Grado GH1 headphones may be code new, yet they are each bit classical Grado.

The maple wood-bodied GH1’s have a fresh look yet a same good sound, despite a opposite season of it. The association bills these limited-release headphones as their initial span done from a Brooklyn tree. They lay on a higher-end of Grado’s line during $650. They’re flattering awesome.

Big on Sound

These headphones sound stellar, pristine and simple, yet they aren’t suited for everybody.

Open-ear headphones adopt their possess code of lifestyle. The structure of a headphone leaks a ton of noise, that doesn’t make them ideal for spaces where peace is a essence of wit. You hear flattering most all that’s function around we due to a headphones’ pattern so these unequivocally aren’t a ones I’d move on a plane.

Fans of Grado’s sound are doubtful to be astounded by any of this, and this is clearly a headphone built for a brand’s devotees.

“The [GH1’s] are usually a opposite season of a Grado sound,” CEO John Grado told me. “You competence like vanilla ice cream, yet we like Ben and Jerry’s. we like Haagen Dazs. It’s still vanilla yet they’re usually a tiny different.”

The Grado GH1’s are anything yet vanilla.

What mount out about open-ear headphones are a generosity of sound that they bring. The song never unequivocally felt contained by a physique of the headphones given a open-ear inlet placed them in a context of a sourroundings we was in.

Grados generally browbeat on a mid-range and a GH1’s are no exception. The crazy chord progressions on DSotM’s “Any Colour You Like” were energetic as all ruin and I could feel a disproportion in my bones when I cranked a GH1’s to high volume.

The sound felt a tiny reduction encompassing when listening to some-more bass-reliant tracks, yet with these headphones there are always moments of brilliance. A few songs on a some-more complicated choice, Dr. Dre’s “Compton,” felt a tiny agree afterwards I’d like, yet a vocals always popped by with a vigorous intensity.


Big on Tradition

John Grado is a operative class-style Italian dude who appreciates laying out a good backstory.

“We’re an old-style Italian family that’s kind of large on tradition,” he prefaced as I asked him about what creates a GH1’s unique. From there he launched into a history of Grado Labs, Inc, a association housed in a building that his grandfather Joseph bought in 1918.


CEO John Grado, left, with his son Jonathan Grado, VP of Marketing, and a Brooklyn tree that a GH1’s housings are forged from.

By a 1950s, Joseph was commencement to build and sell phono cartridges that were rarely reputable for their quality. In 1965, a 12-year-old John came to work in a emporium unconditional a floors of a factory.

From there, John Grado’s Brooklyn accent guided me by a introduction of their headphone line in 1989, the acoustic fortitude of wood-bodied headphones and the unique opportunities to experiment that Grado Labs is afforded in being a tiny family-owned business.