Grado GR8 Headphone Reviews

Manufacturer Grado Model GR8
Headphone Type Canal Headband Type None
Weight (g) 9 Driver Type Dynamic
Enclosure Material Plastic Isolation (dB) 20
Impedance (ohms) 120 Cable Length (cm) 130
Frequency Response (Hz) 20 - 20000  
Connector 3.5mm Street Price US$300
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Average reviewer scores
Bass Extension 6.0 Bass Impact 3.0
Bass Quality 5.0 Mids Quality 4.0
Highs Quality 4.0 Soundstage 5.0
Detail 5.0 Portability 5.0
Isolation 5.0 Comfort 4.0
Durability 5.0 Improvement With Amplification 5.0
Value for Money 2.0    
Overall Score 4.4 Total Reviews 1

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Review by Lead Reviewer commando on 12 Nov 09  10:36
Individual review
Bass Extension6
Bass Impact3
Bass Quality5
Mids Quality4
Highs Quality4

I was looking forward to reviewing these headphones, which were provided by Grado to Grado's a big name in the industry, and i'd never heard anything by Grado before, so I was quite excited about the review.

When they arrived I removed them from their very cool box and immediately plugged them into my iPod Touch - most users of portable headphones like this will be using an mp3 player, not a home sound system or amplifier. I was immediately under-whelmed by the sound quality - it was flat, and a little lifeless. I figured they'd need some time to burn in, so I left them playing at a moderate volume for a few days.

Unfortunately my second impression was much the same as the first. The cymbals are muffled, their detail in the high end isn't there. The midrange sounds a little muffled, like there's a pillow between you and the music. The bass is there, and extension's ok, but it's quiet - you need a strong bass boost to bring it up. Comfort's good, but I find equal length cords annoying - split length cords are much more convenient in my opinion.

While these aren't bad headphones by any stretch of the imagination, they're really not great when compared with other in-ear headphones in this price range. I prefer the sound coming from my low end creative earbuds, which cost about 80% less.

Overall I can't recommend these at the price Grado are asking.

Grado GR8