We have currently reviewed 6 Grado headphones. They're a well-known brand in audio for their unique designs and open, on-ear headphones for critical listening.
Overall, Grado is a niche but well-known brand in audio that makes unique looking, handcrafted headphones for critical listening. They reproduce instruments and vocals well and create a spacious soundstage thanks to their mostly open-back ear cups. However, their distinct sound profile may not be for everyone. They tend to sound a little sharp and lack a bit of bass. Also, their handcrafted design, while nice to look at, are not always the most durable or well-built.
The best Grado headphones for critical listening we've tested so far are the Grado GW100. They similar design, look and feel to the rest of the other Grado headphones we've tested but they're wireless. this makes them a bit more convenient for casual use especially with phones that do not have a headphone jack. However, since they still have open back earcups they won't be as versatile as some of the other wireless headphones we've tested and will not be the best options for commute and travel. On the upside, they improve on the sound quality with a bit more bass than the rest of the lineup and with their wireless control scheme they're a bit more practical to use on the go.
Grado is a good brand for uniquely designed critical listening headphones. They do not offer much in terms of features and headphone diversity, but if you're looking for a retro-style headphone for your critical listening sessions, then the Grado lineup is a good option. They do especially well with instruments and vocals but may sound a bit too harsh and bass-lacking for some. Also while the handcrafted designs look great, they do not have the most durable build quality, especially for some of their pricier models when compared to other brands.
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