Grado GR8 In Ear Headphones
- 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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The build is sturdy and the sound so far has been great. I know I still have to break them in, so to have a sound like I do which is straight out of the box is superb and only gives me high hopes.
You get a small variety of foam and silicon tips which might be a bit of a struggle to get used to compared to the average universal ones you get with pretty much every other standard pair of low budget earphones. There are some info leaflets and a carry case. But where these earphones shine and rightly so, is their sound.
The sound is great out of the box. Any Grado fan will not be dissapointed. The soundstage is wide and spacious and has superb clarity and detail straight out the box. The bass is tight and a little recessed, but I'm certain it will loosen up and hit a bit stornger in the break in. The only issue is that it has some sibililance bleed, which means the symbols and some of the vocals pierces a bit, but it's not fair to mark it down based on something that will most likely dissapear when broken in to. If it doesn't, I will update this and note an rate accordingly.
People seem to forget that earphones have a break in period and always rate them on first listen.
My final thought is that these Grado iGi's deserve praise and a definite investment if you're semi serious about your listening.
22 Weeks later and the sound in the right ear has begun cutting out when the jack has pressure applied to it in a certain way.Read more ›
But after 4 months the volume has dropped. I have no idea why, I have treated them with care, they have never been compressed or close to any hazards, i regularly clean them with a dry cloth. It strains to play certain sounds and becomes crackly. Utterly useless. This is the risk you take when you buy earphones no matter how expensive and well made. They will eventually break. Give it on average 6 months to 2 years. So I would advise sticking to the opened backed grado headphones to play at home or a full stereo system to enjoy music if you want to stretch out your money's worth. Scrap listening while travelling, unless you want to play it safe and go for a cheaper model somewhere else. Really disappointed.
If you do want these earphones, be very careful how you use them they are not durable:
-don't play your music loud
-don't play it from a laptop or stereo
-do not leave them on the ground, pressure will damage them
-do not use bass
-do not pull them out of the device sharply
-do not dangle the earphones or spin them
-don't tangle the cord and damage the delicate wires inside
The build quality is unfortunately quite poor, wires look like they came out of an apple iphone or samsung generic , stock earphone quality. I dont expect it to last forever, but while it does, I'm definitely enjoying it
Now the bad: they may look like portable but they are open back and leak sound heavily. Also very unconfortable for my ears. The drivers never seem to cover my ears completely and after one hour my ear lobes hurt like hell.
I will try to put iGrado drivers into some other cans casing to see what happens. Will keep posted
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great sound quality . As good as the SR80s
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These are excellent headphones. The build quality is good for the price, but the sound is truly excellent.
This is my third pair of these. Read more
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BUT - the cable leading up to the jack fails. Read more
Have to admit I'm a bit disappointed with these. I bought them on the recommendation of a friend. The sound reproduction is excellent so no problems whatsoever, there. Read morePublished 11 months ago by RobF
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Both earpieces labelled 'R'. Lot of vibration transmitted via the cables to the ear. Returned for a refund.Published 13 months ago by Ian Marshall
Review of the iGrados: I love the quality of the sound of these headphones, but as others have noted the cables tend to fray, caused by a combination of an inflexible cable sheath... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Miskatonic