Grado PS1000 Professional Series Over-Ear Headphones Review

Editor rating

4/5 on August 1, 2016 Reviewed by: Mark Torrent

User's rating

14 reviews

PROS

  • Outstanding detail
  • Easy to drive
  • Extremely clean bass
  • Comfortable
  • Excellent bass quality
  • Warm sound signature
  • World-class design and build quality

CONS

  • May sound too bright

VERDICT

It’s quite a shame that the Grado PS1000 are often overshadowed by more prominent high-end models from other manufacturers. These headphones definitely deserve to occupy all “top 10” charts and lists. If the HD 800 is the privately educated, well-mannered kid, the PS1000 has to be his runaway punk-rock brother. The audiophile-grade audio fidelity is there, but it comes with a bass presentation that screams “fun”.

When one of the best audio equipment manufacturers in the world introduces their new flagship product, you know that you are in for a threat. The PS1000 from Grado Labs represent everything that fans of this stylish company like and only make it even better.

Design and build quality

It almost seems that Grado would like you to believe that the housing is made completely out of metal. In fact, it’s created using a combination of hand-crafted mahogany and a metal machined from a special non-resonant, very hard metal alloy. This combination insures that the earphone chamber is acoustically perfect and doesn’t obscure details or add coloration.

The large circular earpads nicely wrap around your ears and provide the correct balance between the driver and hybrid housing to give the resulting musicality desired. The foam-like material doesn’t do much in terms of passive noise isolation, but it delivers a fantastic comfort and temperature auto-regulation.

The new eight-conductor cable design has been created specifically for the PS1000, and it utilizes UHPLC (ultra-high purity, long crystal) copper. As a result, the cable improves control and stability of the total range of the frequency spectrum.

Sound quality

The main feature of the PS1000 is a newly re-configured voice coil and diaphragm design, resulting in unsurpassed speed and accuracy response. The new voice coil is very easy to drive, which is probably why Grado decided to include an audio jack reduction for portable listening – something you almost never see in a pair of high-end headphones.

After you spend just a few minutes listening to these headphones, you quickly realize what makes their sound so distinct from most other similarly priced headphones: their affinity for fun bass. Unlike the HD 800, these headphones revel in the bottom end of the spectrum, while avoiding sound coloration or sacrificing clarity.

This makes them perfect for those listeners who don’t like how so many audiophile-grade headphones seem to have something against fun and pure musical enjoyment.

What’s in the box?

Unboxing a pair of high-end headphones is always something we look forward, but the Grado PS1000 left us feeling slightly disappointed. The headphones come in a plain cardboard box with a soft foam with cutouts for the headphones and the included cable. The only extra item is the 1/8 to 1/4 adapter. Grado could definitely do a lot to improve the unboxing experience.

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