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Grado GS-1000i

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Some listeners tend to raise the volume on headphones to improve detail in the highs and get more impact in the lows, but jacking the jams can result in permanent damage to your hearing -- a terrible thing if desiring a lifetime of headphone listening enjoyment. But with nicely tipped-up responses both low and high, the Grado GS-1000i is amongst the very best headphones for perfect low volume listening. You'll get that famous Grado signature musical immediacy and timbral transparency at safe listening levels. Fletcher and Munson would highly approve.

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Product Features:

  • Lushly clear and liquid tonality at safe long-term listening levels
  • Easily replaceable earpads ensure long-use lifespan
  • Wonderful real mahogany wood hand-tooled design
  • Each headphone is individually serial numbered by Grado Labs
  • Engineered & manufactured in Brooklyn NYC USA

What's In The Box:

  • Grado 15 foot extension cable
  • Grado 1/4"-to-1/8" mini-plug adapter
  • Grado Labs warranty insert


It took 300 years for science to finally grasp the craftsmanship found in a Stradivarius violin. We think science has done a pretty good job of delivering neutral and articulate audio reproduction, but we also believe that science can only shoot for a technical ideal. As soon as you ask scientists to give you an emotional or subjective result like 'bloom' or 'warmth', pure technologists will just stare at you with a blank expression. The family-run operation at Brooklyn's small Grado Labs have spent years traveling the lonely road of craftsmanship searching for a highly personal and subjective audio goal. Largely turning a blind eye to cold science, they've tweaked, twiddled and obsessively fine-tuned their USA-manufactured Grado line of headphones to produce audio reproduction that suits a particular listening taste and desire. And the wood-framed GS-1000i is amongst John Grado's finest efforts to achieve this rarified ideal.

A quick look at our scientifically-measured frequency response graphs of the GS-1000i [click on our HeadRoom audio lab 'Specs' tab above] and you'll note that they have something resembling a "U" shaped response with significant peaks in both bass and treble. When we listen to these cans at solid listening levels [+90dB] we find these sonic artifacts can be non-neutral. But as sophisticated headphone afficionados know well, listening for long periods of time at high volumes is a risky thing to do for your hearing safety. All of us here at HeadRoom are quite careful to stay at fairly low levels when having extended listening sessions. But we've also discovered low-level listening often lacks the intense engagement we always like to have with our music. The reason is simple: an understanding of the Fletcher-Munson Equal Loudness Contour Curve reveals that you need to considerably tip up the bass and the treble response to get the audio to sound 'flat' at lower volumes (remember those 'loudness' buttons on old stereos!) Well, guess what, the Grado GS-1000i has a frequency response curve that looks remarkably similar to Fletcher-Munson specs, meaning it is just about perfectly right for awesome low-level listening. In extended sessions, we found these headphones deliver low-volume listening satisfaction with simply no other equal in this regard.

Creamy and lush, these cans bring a lot of fun back to the type of listening we do every single day around here. They may not necessarily be the ultimate last word in pure reference cans for the recording/mastering engineer, but for the sheer fun of excellent quiet listening, they just can't be beat. We heartily recommend them for all low-level, long-term listening applications. The GS1000i is even a whole lot of fun to listen to out an iPad, iPhone, laptop or portable MP3 player without requiring the use of a dedicated headphone amp. We can only imagine the impressed looks you'll get bumpin' this woody pony on a busy city street or at your next groovy headphone party... Rock On!

The new Grado 'GS-1000i' design improves upon the headphone cord & hardware construction of previous editions. The "i" also employs a new wood species used in the manufacturing, which offers a uniform cosmetic coloration compared to the older models' variable "hand-tooled" look. Their overall aspect is somewhat similar to other Grado wood-earpiece cans like the RS-1 and RS-2, but this one falls more into the behemoth category in its overall sizing & styling... everything's really BIG on the GS-1000i! They sport large mahogany wood ear pieces, large foam-padded earcups, and the traditional --albeit slightly larger and wider-- Grado stylishly "retro" leather-covered headband with individually adjustable bail slides for fit adjustments. The oversize circumaural foam earpads are the hole-in-the-middle 'donut' style and they are quite a bit bigger than any of the other Grado earpads, which makes the GS-1000i more comfortable to wear for extended periods than the Grados of yore. The headphone cable uses a quite beefy 9-foot Grado two-sided "Y" cord terminated in a full-sized 1/4" inch stereo plug.

The Grado GS-1000i package handily includes both the Grado 15-foot headphone cord extension and the Grado 1/4"-to-1/8" mini-plug adapter and arrives in a hard-sided carboard packaging box. Thanks Grado!

HeadRoom is now a fully authorized Grado headphone recable specialist! Please call us if interested in re-cabling your Grado headphones with our exclusive HeadRoom/Cardas 'Fat Pipe' upgraded headphone cord!


  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year
  • Headphone Type: Full Size
  • Connector Type: 1/4
  • Weight: 11 oz w/o cord
  • Isolation: 0
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 32 Ohms
  • Detachable Cable: No
  • Cord Length: 6.5 ft.
  • Cord Type: Straight Y
  • Coupler Size: Large
  • Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size
  • Acoustic Seal: Open
  • Driver Type: Dynamic
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB/mV

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The pinnacle of the headphone experience for me
Posted by ghingus from mt vernon, wa on 2011-07-13

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: soundstage, detail, airiness with plenty of bass and impact
Cons: they look silly on your head

These cans have it all for me - super comfortable and light, amazing soundstage and dynamics. I prefer low volume listening, and these paired with my sony x walkman provide an astounding headphone experience (they were a bit bright with my zune HD, though).

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Fantastic detail and soundstaging!
Posted by headphone junkie from Stuttgart, Germany on 2011-04-30

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Sound, comfort, easy to drive
Cons: Not good for use in public, very leaky

First of all, I love headphones. I own Sennheiser HE60s, HD600s, Akg701s, Grado RS1s, and the Denon 7000 (a great sealed headphone). All these headphones have their strengths. However, what I love about the GS1000 is it's ability to deliver great sound from even an IPod. Like the Grado RS1, you can enjoy them directly from a portable device. Yes, they will sound even better with a dedicated headphone amp, but sometimes, I just want to be able to enjoy the convenience of plugging into an iPod while lounging on the couch or sitting on the back porch (and i dont want the hassle of having amps and wires on my lap) Additionally, you don't need to crank the volume with Grados to get great sound whereas Sennheisers really need some juice to come alive and must be used with an amp. So, if you are looking for a headphone that sounds great at lower volume, audition the Grado.

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unbalanced sound
Posted by SkyKidFalken from Vancouver, Canada on 2011-01-21

Recommend Product: No
Pros: Design, Soundstage, Bass quilty and impact
Cons: highs, mids,

very unique sound for bass and soundstage lovers

mids and highs are not as good at this price range

not as balanced as the rs1i

not for everybody

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