Grado has pulled out two new pairs of audiophile-friendly wired headphones, with the premium audio brand boldly claiming that their new flagship Statement GS3000x is the best sound they’ve ever made.
Eschewing the modern features most headphone users expect from their cans, such as noise cancellation and voice assistants, Grado’s high-end lines focus on detailed wired models that deliver pristine audio fidelity at an equally asking price. first-rate.
The GS3000x features a new 52mm driver, the largest in the company’s history, measuring 2mm longer than the speaker that appeared in Grado’s GS3000e headphones.
The new driver design also features a more powerful magnetic circuit and voice coil with reduced effective mass, along with a revised diaphragm.
As we’ve come to expect from the Brooklyn-based brand, the GS3000x has a wood finish, with the casing made from a tropical hardwood called cocobolo.
The driver has been specifically tuned to maximize the wood’s resonance, while the cocobolo’s nature means no two headphones are alike, thanks to the wood’s varying grain and tone.
Sitting just below the GS3000x is Grado’s also just-announced successor to its popular GS1000e headphones.
Sharing a similar retro design, the new Statement GS1000x shows Grado combining mahogany and ipe wood for the first time.
The family company claims that the combination brings together the best qualities of the two tone woods, with mahogany bringing warmth and texture, while ipe helps maintain the structural integrity of the sound as it passes through the grains of the carcass.
Very similar to its main sibling, the main performance difference comes with the GS1000x’s slightly narrower 8 – 35,000Hz frequency response compared to the 4 – 51,000Hz provided by the GS3000x.
With both models having exposed grilles on the back of the case in each housing to allow sound and air to move more freely, these headphones are primarily designed for listening to music at home, as their output leakage makes them less that are ideal in an office environment or on a crowded train.
Both new Statement lines come with an “improved” 12-conductor braided cable, as well as a new redesigned headband, with both ready to go on sale next month.
The Grado Statement GS1000x is $1,195 / £1,295 or $1,365 / £1,495 with balanced XLR connectors, while the flagship Grado Statement GS3000x is $1,995 / £2,195 or $2,165 / £2,395 with balanced XLR connectors.