33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2012
Ok, I like and collect headphones, earphones and various other headphone peripherals such as amps and DACS.
Though I have a seperate Hi Fi set up I tend to do most of my listening using headphones via an iPod Classic, lossless files, digital signal through a Cypher Labs Algorythm Solo DAC and various portable headphone amps.
Favourite earphones are currently Westone 4R and favourite headphones a tie with Grado GS1000i and Sennheiser HD 800.
Until now that is.
The Grado PS1000 take the best of the Grado GS1000i and just improves it.
No shrillness, no exagerated bass, just accuracy and detail and great seperation.
It is the detail and seperation I love. No need for loud volume.
These are open headphones which I do prefer, however that does mean people sat next to you will overhear.
So not ones for your daily commute unless that involves being chauffeur driven in the back of a Mercedes S Class.
Now the Sennheisers are built like an S Class and exude class. The Grado's build quality is more akin to a 60's Etype, more coach built than robot built.
For example the cabling twists easily and the crimp marks are a little off putting. That said I have owned the RS1, the GS1000 and over many years have had no build issues. Just bear in mind they look hand built, if you want indestructible get the HD800.
That saying these are simply the best headphones I have heard to date.
They can transport you to heaven without the hassle of the rapture and if God wore headphones he would wear these babies.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2014
Just taken delivery of a pair of Grado PS1000 headphones, so this is purely my initial impressions ... there is no shock and awe with these 'phones, they just present music as the sound mastering, musicians and producers wanted. Take The Dandy Warhols ... typical dense wall of sound stuff, but, through these masterful 'phones, you enter a wide wide WIDE universe where each line of the music is unpicked, to hang there shimmering in the vast open spaces of silence ... it's totally magic. And I never realised how good Jack Bruce was as a bass player ... in fact I'd swear I've never actually "heard" him before, even though I have a pretty decent music set-up. Likewise with Joni Mitchell ... you can hear the way she alters the shape of her mouth in order to change the sound of the words she's singing, or listening to John McLaughlin you find yourself entering the musician's soul (that last one is my wife's phrasing ... she thinks they're amazing, too!).
IN one word (OK several) if you have the money, don't hesitate. I picked mine up on Ebay for less than half price, and it's one of the best investments in my ears I've ever made. Fabulous. Eat lentils and cabbage for a year in order to save the money for these elegant pieces of pure magic.
26 of 320 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2011
i was looking for a cheap pair of headphones so i clicked these and sent off for them. When they arrived i played them straight away and i guess there okay for a budget pair but you can tell they are not expensive . I keep them up loft for spares incase my other headphones break but i wouldn't recommend these if looking for good value,,there as good as you pay for them,cheap but i guess they do there job.