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The True Grado Experience.
on 27 February 2013
If you're an Audiophile or an avid music lover that is on the go, these are the the way forward. They're the cheapest IEM's that Grado offer, but they certainly don't feel or sound cheap.
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. It has met some heady duty, being used almost every day for long hours at a a time and many outdoor activities, so it's understandable it's begun falling apart this early in, but it's still very upsetting for the price paid. So I've decided to mark it down a star based on build and the annoying habit of tangling too easily. But the sound, once it broke in after 3 weeks, became a flurry of warm, spacious and super balanced tones. Extremely detailed and greatly comfortable, giving an addition snug fit to it's list of wonderful traits. I'm about to order a second pair and even if the price might hurt, it's a set well worth investing in.