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 1000e is amongst John Grado's finest efforts to achieve this rarefied ideal.
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 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-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 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-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. The oversize circumaural foam earpads are the hole-in-the-middle 'doughnut' style and they are quite a bit bigger than any of the other Grado earpads, which makes the GS-1000e 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.
What's In The Box:
Grado GS-1000 Frequency Response
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