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Grado GS1000i Statement Series Open Backed Headphones

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  • Vented diaphragm
  • Wooden air chamber
  • UHPLC copper voice coil wire
  • HPLC copper connecting cord

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  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 2.7 x 0.8 cm ; 880 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
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  • Item model number: GS1000i
  • ASIN: B001BIQROS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 July 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Grado Statement Series GS1000i Headphones

Grado GS1000i Statement Series Headphones

Flagship of the handcrafted, carved mahogany series, the GS1000i headphones are as comfortable as they are sonically superb.

Flagship of the handcrafted, carved mahogany series of headphones, the GS1000i 'Statement' is capable of delivering truly stunning sonic performances.

This superb headphone features; handcrafted, over-sized, mahogany earpieces made using an intricate curing process, which enables Grado to optimise the tonal quality. The GS1000i also uses new upgraded dynamic transducers and the new 8 conductor cable design.

The headphone's 'oversize cushion' design actually creates a 'listening room for the ears', creating a larger soundstage and greater spatial experience for the listener. It was most important to design the correct balance between the driver and the wooden housing, to ensure the resulting sound was precisely what Grado wanted. This has clearly been accomplished.

With this cushion design, we believe the GS1000i to be one of the most comfortable headphones on the market today. Listen and enjoy.

Grado GS1000i Statement Series Headphones

The handcrafted mahogany earpieces are made using an intricate curing process. The result is superb tonal quality, free from unwanted resonance.

Grado Headphones, Better By Design

All Grado headphones have a vented diaphragm design that incorporates a large air chamber. This design concept lowers the frequency resonance (distortion) of the diaphragm and extends bass response. The diaphragm is made of a low mass polymer, carefully formed to broaden resonant modes to reduce their amplitude. The diaphragm mass is determined with the compliance of the suspension in mind so that the desired low frequency resonance is achieved.

The Professional, Statement, Reference Series, and along with the Prestige Series (SR325is, SR225i and SR125i), feature voice-coils that are wound from ultra-high purity, long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen-free copper. The copper is slowly drawn through the die in extremely small increments and is annealed following each drawing operation. Ultra-high conductivity copper yields the clearest transmission and lowest colouration possible. The sound of UHPLC copper is smoother, cleaner and more dynamic. All use very high power neodymium magnets to provide maximum efficiency and better sound. Each headphone driver is made to Grado's high standards, then pair-matched for exact imaging. These headphones also utilise UHPLC copper in the connecting cable.

Technical refinements for Grado drivers include improved diaphragm and voice coil design for increased bass response and a larger perceived sound stage. A unique process to "de-stress" the diaphragm results in enhanced inner detail. An increased ability to control driver resonance virtually eliminates distortion. For all models, an improved headband spring will afford greater comfort for the majority of listeners.

The Grado Sound

Grado headphones can reproduce as natural a soundstage from stereo recordings and provide as much listening pleasure as a good pair of speakers do. Grado headphones are free of room effects and placement problems, and they minimise any interference from external noise. They also offer portability and the ability to listen without worrying about the neighbours. With Grado headphones, you will hear recordings with greater clarity and with deeper bass than others. Grado headphones are the antithesis of mass production, as each Grado headphone is hand-assembled and closely scrutinised to meet full performance specifications in the U.S.A.

Grado PS1000 Professional Series Headphones

The Grado story started in 1953 with the production of high-end phono cartridges.

The Grado Story

Grado is one of the oldest family owned companies in the audio industry. For more than half a century it has been a leader in design engineering for the high-end audio and recording industries.

Grado is famous for their remarkable headphone and phono cartridge designs and hold over 48 patents. Company founder, Joseph Grado is credited as the inventor of the stereo moving coil phono cartridge. He is responsible for more innovations in phono cartridge design than any other person in our lifetime and was inducted into the Audio Hall of Fame in 1982.

The Legacy Continues...

Joseph Grado has passed on the mantle of President to his nephew John Grado. John has risen from sweeping the floors of the factory as a twelve year old, to President and Owner of Grado Laboratories. Following on from Joseph Grado's acclaimed designs, John has led the development of the Prestige, Reference and Statement Series of headphones and phono cartridges and the Professional Series of headphones. All of which have received world wide acclaim by the audio press.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trev-R TOP 100 REVIEWER on 5 Feb. 2014
I am reviewing these headphones after buying them from a Grado UK dealer near Peterborough for £997 rather than the £1200 they are currently being sold for on Amazon. I have come to the GS1000i's via the 80i's and then the superb Philips Fidelio X1/00's. I now live in a flat so can no longer enjoy my music through full size speakers late into the night as I used to. It has also meant downsizing my music collection from some 2,000+ CD's to that same collection mostly now stored in Digital format on a Cocktail Audio X30 and as a portable source, a FiiO X30. I now try and buy my music in 'Studio Master' 192/24 or 96/24 FLAC format when it is available.

Playback from both of these sources is via a Graham Slee Solo headphone amplifier. All my reviewing was done through this amplifier and I would recommend this as a minimum as if you are simply planning to plug these headphones into you iPod you are wasting your money.

I am sure purists will be spinning in their leather armchairs at the thought of my listening setup, however as much as I would love my Mark Levinson amps with my beloved Dynaudio Confidence speakers back, I would not actually fit into my flat. So back to my reality and trying to give me the best listening experience without my neighbors reporting me to the Environmental Health Department.

Lets get the build quality out of the way - terrible for such expensive headphones AND you have to buy the case on top! They must be handled very carefully and are less robust than the 80i's and not even close to the Philips Fidelio's. It could be argued that their construction is to ensure every drop of musicality is squeezed from each recording, this may well be true but at least Grado, put a free case in with them.

You do get a 3.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bug DeLug on 31 Aug. 2010
Not exactly being an audiophile, I was initially interested in these headphones as I wanted something sturdy, long-lasting and first class in the sound department as these were going to be a one-off purchase for me. I bought these along with a good headphone amplifier (I opted for the Graham Slee Novo) and was truly blown away by the results. On first listen you will be disappointed- right out of the box they don't sound so good, but give them time (people recommend that you burn them in for 80 hours) and the results will blow you away.
Used best with a good headphone amplifier, and some good source material (don't bother using these with mp3s or ipods) the headphones look and sound great. Unfortunately, they aren't quite as sturdy as I'd hoped, and I would recommend that you handle them with care. However,the design, the mahogany cups, the huge ear-engulfing pads and thick cord all combine to make a great set of headphones that if treated right should last many years.
I have listened to all kinds of music on these, from heavy electronica to light jazz, and though it all sounds wonderful I would heartily recommend these to lovers of classical. The brass blasts forth from these in stunning clarity, strings sound so sweet and choirs really do sound heavenly. Like I say, any kind of music is going to sound great with these though. Tom Waits' Mule Variations album for example sounds absolutely exquisite- all wooden and earthy, you can almost hear the floorboards creaking under the musicians feet.
Mine go straight back into the box after each listen and I'm hoping that I will never need to buy a pair of headphones like this again.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lensman 23 on 7 Nov. 2013
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These Grado headphones are very highly rated by the hi-fi press, both in the UK and elsewhere, and for the most part I would agree. The sound is very open and spacious, with a wide stereo soundstage, and punchy dynamics.

The only disappointment for me is with classical orchestral music. Mostly it sounds very good, but the strings - particularly the violins - sound thin and occasionally a bit screechy. This is the same with full-price, highly-rated CDs as well as budget discs. I've tried them with two different, expensive CD players, and with and without a headphone amplifier, and it's the same. The same discs played back on the same equipment through a different pair of (cheaper) high-end headphones have much better string sound. Maybe they'll improve in this regard with a hundred hours of running in, maybe not!

So yes, I'd recommend them, for rock, jazz, blues etc, but you may be disappointed if you listen to classical orchestral works.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
My appreciation for the Grado GS1000 12 Dec. 2008
By R. Scharba - Published on Amazon.com
As relatively few people are willing to spend this kind of money for a headphone, I figured I'd add my appreciation for this item. While I have not been able to indulge in multi-thousand-dollar headphone setups like the Sennheiser Orpheus or some of the Stax electrostatics, I do have a Grado RS1 and a Sennheiser HD600. I admit to being a big fan of Grado headphones, but when I first heard about the GS1000 my kneejerk reaction was to reject it as being just too expensive to consider. But the more I read about it, the more intrigued I got. Reading references to it as a "masterpiece," that it was a departure from the bright, up close sound of the Grados I was familiar with, and especially about its remarkable impression of spaciousness and, in what might seem contradictory, precise imaging, I became more and more interested in these headphones. I finally came to the conclusion that it had been a rough year, I had been a good boy, and I deserved a nice new toy, so abandoning my tentative plans to try out an AKG K701, I bit the bullet and ordered a Grado GS1000 instead.

I didn't take too much trouble analyzing its sound right out of the box. I hooked it up to an FM source and let it "burn-in" with about 8 days of continuous use, which approximated the 200 hours of break-in time generally advised for them to become optimum, and at that point I started trying them out in earnest with a great many classical music CDs, which is just about all that I listen to. They were mostly symphonic music, sometimes with operatic style voices or choruses, and a few smaller chamber ensemble recordings. Among my immediate impressions was that of an unusually wide dynamic range. A recording might start out quietly, and I would turn up the headphone amp (a Grado RA-1) to get a good sense of presence during that passage, only to be almost blown away when loud passages were playing. So that took some getting used to, as it was an aspect of my recordings that I had not experienced to such a degree. And indeed, the sense of spaciousness I'd read about was in fact there. Switching back and forth between my Grado RS-1 and the new GS1000, the RS-1 would sound quite confined by comparison. But the other striking aspect was that of imaging. In spite of the fact that I have owned some of the best headphones on the market, I had never experienced the sense of precise imaging that some high-end headphone enthusiasts talk about. I had come to the conclusion that the reason I hadn't was some deficiency in the electronics or cables I was using, or the fact that I myself, for some reason, was incapable of detecting or appreciating it. But through the GS1000, many recordings exhibited quite precise imaging that I could clearly appreciate like never before. A bank of violins clearly would extend from center left to far left, a brass section was clearly focused somewhere to the right of center, three singers in a trio were clearly and evenly spaced across the middle, with one of them dead center. And the GS1000 reveals a greater difference in the sound quality from recording to recording, also to a degree I had not known before. Some CDs simply did not exhibit that impression of spaciousness and others did, some to a quite remarkable degree. Some of the best sounding recordings in that respect turned out to be quite old recordings, like Louisville Orchestra Edition recordings from the early 1960s. So the fact that this spacious aspect of the sound varies to such a degree between recordings suggests to me that it is not so much an artificial acoustic effect applied equally to anything played through the GS1000, but in fact are attributes only revealed when they are part of the recordings themselves in the first place, in other words, not a phony effect but an accurate reproduction of something that is already there. Once again switching back to other high quality headphones in my possession for reference, the sense of space would be more confined and the imaging would be more blurred and less distinct.

So I'd have to say that I'm convinced of the unique quality of these headphones. Whether or not they are the most flat, neutral headphones available is not for me to say, but in the classical repertoire that I love to listen to they are a joy, and I consider it a real treat to slip them on at the end of the day and start playing all of my old CD collection through them. In their present configuration, with the large circumaural foam pads, they seem quite perfect to me. The idea of replacing them with flat pads, as one reviewer here suggested, seems pointless in my view. Why take something quite unique and wonderful, and turn it into something that we've seen before? I've already got an RS-1, and it's a great headphone. But the GS1000 is just....something else, and something special. A masterpiece? I won't say, but if it IS a masterpiece, like the Mona Lisa, then why paint over it just to see what Mona would look like in a green dress? It's just pointless.

ADDENDUM: I failed to take note that the tone colors and textures of instruments and voices are colorful and detailed, without sounding harshly over-etched. Woodwinds, brasses, and human voices have a nice roundness to them and a complexity of tone color, and the slight buzz of bows against string basses can be heard sometimes...presumably if it is actually there in the recording to begin with, but I can't really prove that. For classical music at least, I find it hugely satisfying to listen to, and can honestly say that my CDs have never sounded better to me than through these headphones.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Redefines "sound stage", sounds like a grand should. 18 Jun. 2009
By Andrey Zubkov - Published on Amazon.com
The Good
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- The sound quality. This is highly subjective and the only fair way for you to evaluate my opinion is to go to a store and listen to a pair. Please do this, very important! I read countless reviews and they still sounded way different from what I expected the first time I put them on. I will just say that for my picky taste and a few years of comparisons, they sound very, very good.
- The sound is preserved at lower levels. The drum snares, the bass, the voice, all sound similar at each turn of the volume knob. Pretty cool if you plan on retaining your hearing past the age of 45.
- All genres play very nice on these cans; these should not be considered "rock phones" or "symphony hall phones". For some reason Jazz and Classical sound particularly good. I only listen to Jazz sometimes, but these are making me pick up a few more records and giving the genre a second look.
- Soundstage is mindblowing. Everything sounds like you are listening to a final cut of the recording being performed for you in the studio. If you close your eyes, you can basically point to where each instrument is front of you. I noticed this is more evident in cans that are higher in price, and this is about as good of soundstage as I ever heard. This is achieved by the humongous foam bowls that encompass your ears.
- Bass is not lost. As much as I like the RS1 and the rest of the grado lineup with the in-your-face mids, the bass is very apparent here (in a good way). Because the lower end of the drivers is 5hz, the lower frequencies that you actually CAN hear sound smooth and don't drop off. Very impressive.
- very long extension cable and adapter are included. I can lounge on the couch and plug the phones into a receiver accross the room.

The Annoying
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- The sound will leak in and out of the headphones. While there is a very good reason for this (they're open headphones that utilize open airflow to produce life-like acoustics), you have to be aware of your surroundings, and will hear outside noise pretty clearly as well.
- The cable is heavy and not portable, and they're clearly not made for running in the park.
- They sound excellent without and amp, but even sweeter with one. Bass is tighter, everything just sounds a bit snappier and cleaner. They also need more power compared to standard headphones.
- The source will matter, really! I kept telling myeslf it's ok if I listen to 192 kbps mp3s on these, I will never know the difference...wrong! Just keep in mind: high-def audio (SACD, etc) > CD > Flac > MP3 @ 320 > MP3 with VBR > MP3 @ 128. The lower the quality, the more it sounds like you're listening to the music through a wall. Static will be clearly evident.
- They require burn-in. I used to think this was a myth, even after I opened them fresh out of the box and started listening. Around 3 hours of continuous play made them sound more precise. I lack the audiophile vocabulary to describe the differences, but to me they sounded a bit better after burn-in. The rumor out there is that 200 hours in total are require to fully burn them in.

Final Thoughts
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- They're not the best bang for the buck, but they are the best bang for the killobuck. There are many cans with better satisfaction per hole-in-wallet ratio.
- Only buy them if you accept the fact that you will listen to them while not excercizing and by yourself in a quiet place. Otherwise, you might be a little disappointed (ex not be used on a plane).
- You will probably fall victim to audiophilitis, ensued by purchases of an awesome amp and upgrades to your music collection.
- They are truly wonderful high-fidelity headphones that probably sound better than most audio equipment out there. However, I'm very glad I tried them before I bought them. Just because it's my sound, doesn't mean it's your sound as well.

Disclosure
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I have owned a few sony cans and IEMs, Bose Triport in-ear and over-the-ear, middle-of-the-line shure IEMs. I currently have ultimate ears triple.fi 10 and grado GS1000. My current amp is th total bithead from headroom. Before my purchase I compared the grado's the the RS-1, RS-2, SR-325, and also to the AKG 701 and the Sennheiser HD650.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
You Can Never Go Back 22 Aug. 2008
By Bilavideo - Published on Amazon.com
Until I bought my first pair of Grados, I found myself sending a lot of headphones back, including expensive cans from Bose and Shure. Louder is not necessarily better, especially if the signal separation is mud. It wasn't until I put on my first pair of Grados (SR80s) that I found the headphone equivalent of fine dining. Grado's open-air design may give new meaning to "goofy" but its crusade against resonance produces clarity that is just out of this world. I quickly became a Grado junkie, moving up the product line with a shameless disregard for the folly of paying $300 for the SR325i, $700 for the RS1, and eventually $1,000 for the GS1000.

But like any addiction, nothing - no matter how good - can measure up to that original "high." The most impressive Grados are probably the SR60 whose $70 price tag made them an instant miracle. The SR80s offer better sound but the difference is not quite as impressive. My SR325i's offered better bass and better clarity, but by this point, I'd come to expect as much - and at three times the price, I initially wondered if I'd been snookered. It wasn't until I burned them in that I started hearing things I'd never heard before - not even from the SR80s.

The same process recurs at each step of the product line. The sound gets better but for a steep price. Until the new cans are fully burned in, you won't know why you spent the extra dough. That was my experience with the $1,000 GS1000's. Compared to everything else, these were great - right out of the box - but compared to my RS1's, I kept wondering if I'd been snookered out of an extra $300. My biggest complaint was the added sibilance. By reinventing the headphone cushion (as a concert hall for the ears), Grado opened the soundstage so much, the Grado "presence" was diminished while my ears were full of grating sibilance.

I paid $1,000 for this?

As it turns out, I'm not the first to have this experience, nor the first to discover light at the end of the tunnel. Because of the material used for the diaphragm, these GS1000s have a much longer burn-in period, one measured in thousands of hours rather than hundreds. In the meantime, what was I to do? I simply swapped out the cushions. But rather than opting for the cushions used in the SR60, I used the doughnuts found in the rest of Grado's full-sized line. This reduced the soundstage to a more typical Grado sound - and eliminated the sibilance altogether.

But does that mean that GS1000 buyers are simply buying "better" cushions?
No. Using the same cushions (and the headphone splitter that comes with the GS1000s), I ran my own "taste test" comparing the GS1000 to the RS1. While I prefer the sound of a broken-in RS1 to a new GS1000 equipped with "salad bowl" cushions, one the cushion difference was equalized, the GS1000 sounded better. Not only did it have better bass. It had superior clarity.

So, while each Grado upgrade earns immediate disappointment for not living up to the hype of that original experience, time is the great equalizer. I'm still not sold on the salad bowls of the GS1000, but driver-for-driver, there's no going back - not even to the RS1.
31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Audiophile headphones-for Seekers of Eargasm 6 Jan. 2008
By Dr. John A. Heaster MD - Published on Amazon.com
I listen to these daily.They are simply the best.You would need speakers costing 10k to hear music like this.These are the top of the line,and considered so around the world,see the numerous audiophile reviews where they are ranked as #1.They are compared with competition which are 3X the price,and often out of production cos not many people are willing to spend this much on headphones when good sound can be had for one tenth of this price.Your mp3 player will need to be turned all the way up and burn out batteries quickly.These phones("cans") are not even meant for compressed formats of music.To really hear them you need a great sound source,eg SACD better than CD or lossless downloads AND a headphone amplifier.

There sound is above the excellent Senn HD650 and AKG701 and Grado's own RS1 and RS2.Why?Because the sound is the closest you get to being at the performance without buying a ticket.Excellent Bass(hard for cans),beautiful midrange,transcendent highs,quick response which along with the sense of a full soundstage(lacking in the Grado RS 1) make you feel like You're There.The feeling like you are there,but,"got horrible seats" is how far its above the Sennheiser HD650 and AKG701.

If you are really wanting to enter this audiophile world and perhaps experience "Eargasm" for the for the first time:1.Do your home work(See the many reviews online and those of competitors),2.Listen to as many cans as possible,learn what you like,3.Decide what source you will be listening with(headphone amp,from computer,CD,SACD,etc)

Many seekers of the ultimate eargasm are now using their laptop to store all that uncompressed music but don't use the computers sound system but have a separate audiophile DAC go from the USB bypass their soundcard then to the headphone amp.This is now simpler and cheaper than befor,just plug a little box into your USB and your headphones into it,no MS in computer science needed.Search for the FUBAR 3 for a box that does all this for around 200$.Welcome to audiophile land.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Worth the kilobuck, but experiment on the pads 2 Feb. 2008
By C. Her - Published on Amazon.com
Once I got past the shock of shelling out a 1000 bucks for a pair of headphones, I took them for a test drive.

The first thing I noticed were the pads - large, thick, foam pads that have an abbrasive feel to them. With these pads on this pair of 'phones, you get among the best soundstaging from any current production high-end headphone. All higher echelon Grados have superb detail retrieval but this one trumps them all. Instrument seperation is excellent here as well.

The huge pads however, also serve as a double edged sword. Now that the drivers are placed further away, you must increase the volume sharpely to get the same noise level as a "standard" (bowl) padded Grado. This means the iPod can't drive it sufficiently anymore. But what irks me the most is that the pads make this headphone the MOST sibilant headphone I have ever heard among high end headphones. In fact, the GS1000 headphone tends to exaggerate the presence of sibilance in music. Even after 2,000 hours of play time, the sibilance lessens, but will never go away...

...Until that is, you swap out the pad. I personally only use flat pads. This immediately kills the soundtage though. The result: it now sounds like, well, a *traditional* Grado. That is, a Grado that is still very detailed, with TONS of visceral BASS and exciting front-row midrange with the best female vocals I've heard, period. Now the sound isn't dull and boring anymore. But it is also now the furthest headphone from what I can consider neutral. This is the certainly the best headphone I've heard for rock and pop. Also, now any mp3 player can drive it to sufficient levels. Now I can listen to vocals again because sibilance now disappears (the GS1000 with flat pads is among the least sibilant headphones I've heard).

Bottom line, if you're willing to shell out a kilobuck for this guy, you should definitely fork out a few clams on pads, experiment, and see which one you like best on it. Also, good amplification does wonders to this headphone; you shouldn't skimp on this either, but this is of course, assuming you still have any money left in the bank account.
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