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Grado GR8 In Ear Headphones


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  • A proprietary wide bandwidth moving armature design provides the listener with unsurpassed performance.
  • Small size allows earphone to nestle well within the ear canal, maintaining an excellent air seal for improved bass and reduction of outside noise without causing discomfort.
  • Raised dot on left earphone provides tactile indication of channel allowing earphones to be put on correctly even in the dark.

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  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm ; 118 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 449 g
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  • Item model number: GR8
  • ASIN: B002QL3CX8
  • Date first available at 19 Oct 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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A proprietary wide bandwidth moving armature design provides the listener with unsurpassed performance. Small size allows earphone to nestle well within the ear canal, maintaining an excellent air seal for improved bass and reduction of outside noise without causing discomfort

Product Description

Grado GR8 In-Ear Sound Isolating Earphones. Beautifully presented a wide and even tonal balance and plenty of detail to keep these buds in your ears on hours on end. Grado have produced a set of wide band balanced armature design In-Ear sound isolating earphones that have a superb tonal balance. The main focus of these earphones is quality sound reproduction - they are rich full and vibrant sit back and enjoy the smoothest of top end performances. With the buds nestling in your ears safely and comfortably these earphones create a seal for reduction of outside noise and interference - Coming with extra eartips in various sizes once you find your perfect fit the audiophiles out there will be very pleased. Features: Stylish and well presented Ultra Smooth Top-end performance Three sizes of tips for the perfect fit Wide Balanced Armature Driver Lightweight design

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More thorough reviews of the sound can be found elsewhere (via Google). In short, you'll notice the similarity if you own a pair of Grado headphones, and if you don't, these are detailed, warm, exciting and dynamic.

Comfort: With the right ear tips, these will fit snugly and comfortably for hours. The best tips depend on your preferences and ears. Foam Comply tips are popular and compatible with these, but they have a limited life because the foam degrades. I'd recommend Sony hybrids. I suggest wearing them upside down, with the cable going over your ear and down. They never fall out, etc.

Durability: I've used these daily for 18 months and they're still working perfectly. They live in my pocket. The only minor issue I had was the rubber sleeving on the headphone jack becoming loose, but this was fixed by a drop of glue. The shape also adds to the durability, over some larger IEMs (e.g. models by Shure and Westone).

Overall: I've had more expensive headphones. In some areas they were better. Overall though, these are the best I've ever owned.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Finally, an in-ear monitor that sounds as good headphones 22 Mar 2011
By Thad Phallinger - Published on
Yes. They are expensive. But if you are reading this review you are seriously considering making this purchase. Allow me to push you over the line.

First off, I became somewhat of an audiophile about 2 years ago when I realized that my Bose tri-port headphones were not producing any Mid-Levels, a clear soundstage or any distinguishable depth to the music that was being played through them. I quickly upgraded to the Grado SR-60's and became completely hooked on the Grado soundstage. It spiraled into an addiction from there. Unfortunately, to get sound quality sound like many of the top-notch headphones you have to have open-air, supra-aural headphones. This is just the physics of sound. Welcome the Grado GR-8.

If you are reading this review you are most likely interested in In-Ear-Monitors that sound as good as open air cans. I recently moved to New York City and quickly realized that in ears are a necessity to avoid the noise in this concrete jungle. No in ear will sound as good as a supra aural, open air headphone. It is just physically impossible to create a resonance chamber with in ears. For the GR-8 Grado has implemented some new technology that involves rotating. I cannot begin to understand how it works but I will tell you this: it works. I listen to everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. Every type of music is enhanced by these monitors. They create a brilliant soundstage inside your head. If you ever thought to yourself, "What would it be like to be in the room with The Beatles when they recorded Sgt. Pepper's?" you will actually know exactly what it sounded like after listening to these. They are worth every penny that you pay for them.

Some people have complained about the lack of a case and the lack of some extras when purchasing these in-ears. It can be annoying to open up a $299 purchase and not see a bunch of goodies. To ease that pain, give yourself a night or two of falling asleep with these babies in your ear. You will realize that the goodies are inside the headphones. Grado doesn't need to sell you with cheap pouches and fancy hip holster devices. The sound is unparalleled.

Just so you know: I power these headphones straight off my iPhone and the sounds is magnificent. I love apple lossless and flac files when I can have them but even mp3's will sound better through the GR-8's.
A final note: All day long I see people wandering the city with $400 "Beats By Dre" headphones on. Before the invention of headphones as "fashion accessories" and status statements, Grado was making quality headphones that reproduce sound like nothing you have ever heard. Now people are willing to blow a sizeable amount of money for what are essentially two Monster Brand subwoofers shoved against your eardrum. Save yourself $100 (or more) and get headphones that will blow those out of the water. Get a pair of Grado's. Whichever pair works for you. Personally, I love traveling with my in-ear GR-8's because they reproduce sound as well as many of the Grado supra-aural cans will.
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Great earphone, but needs to have case for storage 21 Oct 2009
By L. Topper - Published on
The sound of the Grado earphones is very good. It is balanced. It is not weak either in the upper end or in the bass. The sound production seems very accurate, but also really fun. These earphones have that Grado sound which is very lively. I have used them both for classical music and jazz. They are surprisingly good in classical music. They are very clean sounding. I listened to them on an Ipod with a Leckerton headphone amplifier which is under $200.00. It comes with three different sizes of ear gels, but none was quite big enough for me to achieve a good seal which is necessary for proper bass response. I used a T 400 Comfort Foam Tip which did the trick for me. I noticed that Westone, Shure and Etymotic all include foam earpieces to ensure that their earphones achieve a good seal. If a listener (particularly a newbie to high end earphones) first tries earphones and does not get a good fit, they feel cheated or at least very disappointed. Hopefully, Grado will see fit to include some alternative foam tips in their packaging for future models.

The best thing about these earphones is that they have a very good sound stage. I listen primarily to jazz and classical music. Both are essentially "acoustic" in nature. You can actually detect "sound stage" and placement of instruments with these earphones which I believe is not very common in earphones.

The individual earphones ae very compact which is very convenient. There are three negatives to these earphones. The packaging is very sparce. It comes with the standard three ear gels which are always too small for me to get a good seal. Secondly, the earphones do not come with a little carrying case. This is a mistake. They could have a small pouch like comes with the Etymotics if they wanted to save money. After all, they are portable for people on the move. The investment is too dear to not want to take care of them. The good news is that there are a few sources for inexpensive zippered cases. If Grado included a carrying case, it would complete the picture for me. Don't be discouraged though. You can buy a very cheap carrying case. It does improve the comfort and sound experience. Lastly, the wiring seems to get tangled rather easily. I am using an old Shure case with a spool in the middle to wrap the cables around to ensure that they do not tangle. Even though the wiring can easily tangle, the wires are not particularly "microphonic" in that they do not seem to actually magnify the sound of the wires rubbing against anything while you move. The Klipsch Image is a wonderful tiny earphone where the wires are extremely microphonic which can be irritating.

PS. I recently got some black flex tips which allows me to get a good seal with the earphones. I got them on Sweetwater from the Amazon website. It is great because the tips have a rather large opening which makes it easier to put slip them onto the Grado earbud and the Audio Technica earbuds. It provides another alternative along with the Comply Comfort Tips which are wonderful.

All in all, these earphones really sound fun. That Grado sound is like a terrific desert.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great pair of earbuds 11 Jan 2014
By Barbara Herzing - Published on
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I have enjoyed Grado headphones for some time now, but never even thought of them for earbuds. Previously I had used Shure 420's which had a nice balanced sound but turned out to be unreliable and eventually had to be replaced. I wanted to go with a different brand and search around Amazon and found these. As I said, I liked the sound of my Grado headphones, so I decided to give these a shot.

On Christmas morning, I tried them on and was totally underwhelmed. The sound was very clean, but there was no bass at all. There wasn't much in the box that was helpful, but saw a review for Grado GR10's that talked about earbud fit and seal and how important it was to bass. So I took the largest pair of Silicon tips and tried again. What a difference. The sound was ultra clean and well balanced. My only complaint was the bass still wasn't as good as my old Shures, but playing with the equalization controls on my iPhone I was able to get an acceptable sound.

So why only 4 stars? I have never had a pair of earphones that is so persnickety about getting the exact fit in my ear canal. Going to try some aftermarket replacements to see if I can do better. I feel if ear fit is that important it should be explained better in the instructions.

Still I am a happy owner. I hear things with his set of earphones in familiar albums I have never heard before. If you want a pair of high quality earbuds, then these are highly recommended.

Shorewood, IL
Very good eraphones 5 Aug 2014
By Daniel Rodriguez - Published on
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When I first received these earphones, I was very disappointed because the sound was very dull: poor bass and treble. I even felt that the earphones that come with an Ipod sounded better. However, after about 100 hours of use, the sound improved dramatically. Treble is now great and bass is very good, although I think not to the level of Bang and Olufsen's A-8 earphones that I also own, which are probably the best ones I know, although slightly less comfortable than Grado's, I think that if you are looking for truly great sound and can settle for a earphones that are worn over your ears instead of inside your ears, I recommend the Bang and Olufsen's A8, with the advantage of a lower price.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good earphones; wish they had ear hooks 8 Jan 2013
By greenbreen - Published on
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I like these earphones. My only complaint with them is that the left ear bud doesn't like to stay in my ear. The earphones come with three different sized ear inserts. I've tried all three sizes on my left ear, but none of them work well. It's probably an abnormality of my ear rather than a fault of the earphone, but ear hooks would be guaranteed to solve the problem for just about any ear. These earphones are made in Japan.
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