The Grado PS-500e audio DNA descends directly from the significantly larger, oversize 'Professional Series' Grado PS-1000 model, and both headphones share similar metal outer housings encasing wood-framed drivers. The smaller 'on-ear' dimensions of the PS-500e will typically rest on the outer earlobes for most wearers and it uses the standard Grado 'bowl' earpads [L-CUSH type].
The PS 500e tone sticks close to the classic lively Grado signature sound but with a slightly more plump bottom-end response than we hear in other Grado headphones, along with the expected super-extended mids and highs. For bass lovers hemming & hawing about Grado's low-octave authority, the PS-500e delivers plenty of bass heft focused through the prism of Grado's balanced musical delivery.
Some audiophiles may perhaps find the overall presentation essence leaning slightly towards bright or forward with certain recordings - a' la the widely renown Grado SR325e model. However, truth seekers of ultimate presence and detail in the mids/treble ranges will swoon with big-grinned delight at the astonishing clarity and impossibly clean punch of the PS500.
Always a uniquely appealing brand to headphone fans, Grado's USA-made quality and hand-built charm are nicely embodied in the PS 500 e. In our Headphone.com review opinion, the PS-500e rate as superb open-back on-the-ear headphones bringing ultra high-end Grado performance to a within-reach investment for music lovers needing maximum purity and resolution.
Rating at an efficient 32 Ohms impedance (like all other Grado cans), the Grado PS500e sounds fabulously clear without demanding a headphone amp.
The Grado PS500e employ the traditional Grado headband with metal height adjusters connecting the earcups to the frame, thus allowing for up & down size adjustment plus full 360 rotation. This feature is nice for laying the headphones down flat for storage or transit.
The PS500e headphone cord is a high-definition 'Grado proprietary' copper/OFC cable attaching to both earcups. The headphone cable terminates to a 3.5mm (1/8") 'mini' stereo plug and measures approximately 6ft long.
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Grado PS500e Frequency Response
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