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Grado goes small

For more than 50 years, Brooklyn-based Grado has been making top-of-the line headphones for music lovers who take their equipment seriously. Now the legendary Grado sound is available in an earbud. The GR8 delivers a lively, detailed sonic presentation in earbuds so small you won't have to think twice about carrying them wherever you go. Plug them into a portable music player or laptop and you're instantly in the front row thanks to the GR8's immediacy and wide soundstage. Or pair them with a headphone amplifier for even greater instrument separation and punchier bass.

Superb sound on the go

If you've ever owned a set of Grado's marvelous on-the-ear headphones, you've likely cringed at the thought of stuffing those high-performance cans into your bag when traveling. The GR8 eliminates those worries by employing a moving armature design for a super-compact earbud that will bring your music wherever you want to take it. Use the included ear tips and cord adjustment slider to ensure a comfortable, rich listening experience perfect for home, work, or on the go.

Product Highlights:

  • 3 pairs of silicone ear tips included for optimum comfort and sound quality
  • 4 earwax-proof cloths for cleaning ear tips
  • raised dot on left earbud provides tactile indication of channel, allowing headphones to be put on correctly in the dark
  • 51" cable with gold-plated stereo mini plug
  • built-in cord adjustment slider for a comfortable fit
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 118 dB
  • impedance: 120 ohms
  • weight: 0.32 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Grado GR8 Reviews

Average Customer Review:

1 Review


Written by: sammy from Bothell, WA on August 4, 2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

Love the Grado GR8.



Hands-on research

What's in the box?

  • In-ear headphones (with attached 51" cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • 3 Pair of silicon ear-tips (S/M/L)
  • 4 Earwax proof cloths
  • 2 Earwax proof cloth rings
  • Specification sheet

Features and Specs

Fit Style In-ear/Earbud
Earcup Type Closed
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Frequency Response 20-20k Hz
Sensitivity 118 dB
Impedance 120 Ohms
Weight .32 ounces
Cord Length 51"
Airline Adapter Included No
iPod Control No
Volume Control No
Built-in Microphone No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


GR8 In-Ear Headphones: The Grado GR8 in-ear headphones feature a proprietary wide bandwidth moving armature design that provides you, the listener, with unsurpassed performance. Its small size allows the earphone to nestle well within the ear canal, maintaining an excellent air seal for improved bass and reduction of outside noise. There is a raised dot on the left earphone that provides tactile indication of channel allowing the earphones to be put on correctly even in the dark.

Multiple Ear Tips: The Grado GR8s come with 3 pair of ear tips (small/medium/large). These ear tips are made from a special blend of two types of silicone. Finding the right size for your ear canal lets the headphones create a seal that blocks out ambient noise, improves sound quality and bass from the headphones, and provides lasting comfort and stability.

51" Headphone Cable: The headphone cable features oxygen-free copper construction on the inside to make sure your sound has a clean signal path to travel along, while the outside has a flexible and durable coating. Strain relief is built into the connection points at the earpieces and the plug to help prevent cable damage. The cable also resists noise from friction and handling, so you won't hear bumps and scrapes as you move about with the headphones.

3.5mm Connector: The headphone cable is terminated by a 3.5mm plug, made from gold-plated brass for durability and resistance to corrosion. It's a standard 3.5mm size; so it will work with MP3 players, CD players, laptops, smart phones, etc.

Included Accessories: The GR8s come with a set of cloth filters and rubber rings, which are used to prevent earwax, dust, and debris from getting inside the headphones.

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