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Grado PS1000 Review

GRADO PS1000e Professional Series Wired

The Grado PS1000 is one of the best headphones at a high price, but once you have them on, they take your breath away. The truth is that these non-custom earphones are the most expensive pair you can find globally. But are they worth every cent? We set our ears to the test to find out.

Grado PS1000 Design

GRADO PS1000e Professional Series Wired

The Grado PS1000 has a standard design with a leather clad headband. The headband looks rather thin and holds the earpieces in place with steel rods. Even the surrounding earpads are enormous without extras like a remote control or removable cable. The headphone is a listening tool, and the incorporated cable is thick and durable. Luckily re-cabling is possible, but it is not just a simple plug-and-play compared to another leader, the HD800 from Sennheiser.

You have large foam pads resting around your ears that you can replace. With the deep and broad design, your ears get lost inside the can. We found the earphones most comfortable without any weight added to your head. The cans are made with metal and the pads made of staple wood. The headphones weigh 500 grams, and once you move your head around they come tumbling down. Even or your head, they look distinct, and one could not say it looks stylish as all.

You look more like a flight controller from the 40s, but once you remove the ear pads, they have a petite look. Furthermore, you find the wood-rimmed speaker frame glued into the base and the cans swivel at 360°. As mentioned, they do slip around so you cannot move around with them but remain seated in one place listening to your music.

Moreover, it has an open-back design that will leak sound and not made for the office (unless you use it at a low volume.) On the other hand, you can use them with a portable audio player with the high-efficiency drivers and needs no extra amp.

What is more, the cables equipped with a standard 5.3mm jack with 3.5mm converter extension cable included?


Grado PS1000 Performance

So let us get the drum rolling to find out how good they sound. The truth they sound fantastic! You get an open sound with the design, but what happens is it volumizes bass that most of these sets lack. At the low-end, the volume and power surprised us even if the PS1000 is powerful by itself. When you place your hands over the grilles of one side you can feel the air pushed out.

Compared to the HD800 from Sennheiser, they do not sound as lightly used on a low level. The bass is intense with the 5-50 kHz frequency range offering a vast presence. Each frequency band offers space without invading another’s space. The PS1000 provides you sonic detail across all levels and is stunning.

Even the separation is outstanding, making it able for you to recognize instruments with other sonic elements without any problem. The truth is the Grado PS1000 excels with different genres of music. You can enjoy classical resonance with a full sound that is lush and refined.

However, the only sound the PS1000 fails in is indie music, as the bass was a bit too ripe. So if you want to hear the proverbial strings and in between, the Grado makes for a great buy. However, if you prefer a lighter bass the HD800 from Sennheiser might be better for you.

Grado PS1000 Specs

  • Color: Wood/Metal/Leather
  • Cord Type: Wired
  • Extras: Dynamic Drivers and Replaceable Earpads
  • Form Factor: Open-back
  • Included: Extension Cable with 3.5m mini adapter
  • Noise Isolation: No
  • Warranty: 1-year
  • Weight: 500 grams

Grado PS1000 Pros and Cons

What we like:

  • Detail to die for
  • Effortless dynamics
  • Comfortable over-ear headphone
  • Works well with portable audio devices as well
  • Beautifully crafted
  • Solid metal earcups
  • Include a long extension cable

What we do not like:

  • For the high price, you do not get a travel bag included

Should you buy it?

Yes, if you have the money to spend and want the best sound. A fact is that this headphone costs more than your big-screen television but is the best-looking headphones with sound money can buy.

Compared to the Audio Technica ATH-W5000 and Sennheiser HD800 that are top-end models, the Grado offers you stellar sound. When you match it with the correct amp it is one of the best headphones available in the world.

The only thing you need to remember is that these earphones are made to use in the comfort of your home. However, it does not mean you cannot use them with your portable devices as the high-efficiency drivers make it able to do this.


Our Verdict

We had the privilege of testing the Grado PS1000 and found them amazing. After a 50-hour burn-in, they get even better. The headphones like a perfectly balanced instrument. No matter what you listen from classical, rock, pop, to ultra-high-res digital files, the headphone makes it sound fantastic. The earphone is warm-up in bass and sounds WOW.

At first, they may sound bright, but with patience they become better. The earphones handle everything over different platforms. Furthermore, the headset offers a deeply layered yet specific soundstage with the crystal-clear midrange. So if you do not have the Grado PS1000 yet, it is time to head out to a shop and gives them a try. You will love them.

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