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Grado GS1000e

Some listeners tend to raise the volume on headphones to improve detail in the highs and get more impact in the lows. However, jacking the jams can result in permanent damage to your hearing -- a terrible thing for a lifetime of headphone listening enjoyment.

But with tipped-up responses both low and high, the Grado GS1000e is the very best headphone for ideal low volume listening. You'll get that famous Grado immediacy and transparency at safe listening levels.


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 Grado Labs have spent years traveling the lonely road of craftsmanship searching for a highly personal audio goal. Largely turning a blind eye to cold science, they've tweaked, twiddled and obsessively fine-tuned their line of headphones to produce a sound that suits a particular listening taste and desire. 

A quick look at our scientifically-measured frequency response graphs of the GS 1000 e 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 aficionados 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 Headphone.com listen at fairly low levels when having extended 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-1000e 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 GS-1000e is even a whole lot of fun to listen to out a smartphone or tablet without requiring the use of a headphone amp. We can only imagine the impressed looks you'll get bumpin' this woody pony on a busy city street. Rock On!

The new Grado 'GS-1000e' 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-1000e! 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.

  • Product Features:

    • Lushly clear sound at safe long-term listening levels
    • Easily replaceable earpads ensure long life
    • Real wood hand-tooled design
    • Individually serial numbered by Grado Labs
    • Engineered /manufactured in Brooklyn USA
  • Specifications:

    • Driver Type: Dynamic
    • Impedance @ 1kHz: 32 Ohms
    • Sensitivity: 98 dB SPL/V
    • Connector Type: 1/4"
    • Cable Length: 6.5 ft.
    • Cable Style: Straight Y
    • Weight: 11 oz w/o cord
    • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year

    What's In The Box:

    • Grado GS1000e headphones
    • 15 foot extension cable
    • Grado 1/4"-to-1/8" mini-plug adapter
    • Grado Labs warranty insert
  • Grado GS-1000 Frequency Response

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