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Grado PS1000e

Professional Series around-the-ear headphones

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Our take on the Grado PS1000e

by David Brown
Grado

The power to amaze

Think of the Grado Professional Series PS1000e as an open window to the heart and soul of your music. Their clarity and transparency are simply stunning, capable of revealing the subtlest details on your favorite recordings — from the sound of the guitarist's fingers as they settle on the frets to the delicate reverberation of the final chords as they fade into silence. These headphones feature updates to Grado's previous PS1000 headphones, including an improved driver design, better acoustic damping, and a new cable, for even higher levels of audiophile bliss.

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As Grado's finest headphones, the PS1000e are all about power and restraint. The power to lift you out of your seat with a potent dynamic punch. And the restraint to remain steadfastly neutral and balanced, even during the most demanding sonic thunderstorms. These awesome headphones can be driven using the headphone outputs on most home audio systems, but to really hear them in all their glory a headphone amplifier is strongly recommended.

A perfect blend of technology and nature

Each PS1000e is hand-crafted by Grado Labs in Brooklyn, New York. Its outer earcup housings are cast and machined from a very hard, non-resonant metal alloy, then fitted with an inner sleeve of specially cured mahogany wood. This combination of proprietary materials creates an air chamber that resists unwanted vibration, to ensure your sound remains unaffected by coloration and distortion. The PS1000e include extra-large ear cushions that create a "room" around your ears. This added space creates a huge soundstage for your music, and provides enhanced wearing comfort. The PS1000e's ultra-wide frequency range ensures you'll hear every bit of your music. And the genuine leather headband can be adjusted for a custom fit.

From our review of the previous Grado PS1000 Headphones Review:

These are some of the most balanced, transparent, fully-extended headphones I've had the luck to try, and wearing them is like having a little fluffy cloud on your head; they're ready for the long haul. Personally, I feel the best headphones are ones that get out of the way of the original producers and engineers intent, and just report the signals they receive with honesty and integrity. The Grado PS1000s fall into that category, and with their extra little dash of retro sauce, they're pretty darn stylish as well.

— Woody, Crutchfield Home A/V Writer

Highlights:

  • open-back, around-the-ear design with replaceable ear cushions
  • vented diaphragms (open-air) for spacious, low-distortion sound and extended bass response
  • 50mm dynamic drivers
  • extra-large hard metal alloy/mahogany hybrid enclosures and air chambers prevent "ringing" that can adversely affect performance
  • special "de-stressed" diaphragms and a twelve-conductor connecting cable enhance detail and provide a more open sound
  • extra-large ear cushions, precisely matched drivers, and increased air flow through rear metal screens deliver a huge soundstage and freedom from coloration
  • adjustable leather headband for a custom fit
  • driver pairs matched to within 0.05 dB for better stereo imaging
  • ultra-high purity, long-crystal copper (UHPLC) voice coil wire
  • ultra-high purity, 12-conductor long-crystal copper headphone cable terminated with a 1/4" plug
  • 1/8" plug adapter and 15 ft. extension cable included
  • frequency response: 5-50,000 Hz
  • sound pressure level (at 1mW): 99.8 dB
  • impedance: 32 ohms
  • warranty: 1 year (does not include earpads)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
General
Fit Style Around-the-Ear
Earcup Type Open
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Frequency Response 5-50k Hz
Sensitivity 99.8 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 24.1 ounces
Cord Length 81" + 180"
Airline Adapter Included No
iPod Control No
Volume Control No
Built-in Microphone No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Product Research
What's in the box?

  • Over-ear headphones with attached 81" cable (1/4" plug)
  • 1/4"-to-3.5mm Mini-Adapter cable (6" length)
  • 15' Extension cable (male and female 1/4" connectors)
  • "Celebrating Over 60 Years of Tradition" sheet
  • Headphone/Warranty info sheet

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Features

e series: The Grado e series represents the company's third generation of headphones. Every aspect of the headphones; the drivers, cable, plug, even the glue; has been upgraded for better sound quality and dynamics. As in the previous series, the e series headphones are all made by hand at the Grado Lab facility in Brooklyn, NY.

Professional Series: Grado's Professional Series of headphones feature real Mahogany wood, covered by aluminum (powder-coated or chrome-plated), to create a hybrid air chamber. The Mahogany undergoes a proprietary curing process to enhance its natural tone properties. Because wood is subject to variations in density, the curing process ensures consistency of the signature Grado sound. The Grado Labs use Rhodium, the most expensive precious metal on earth, to prevent corrosion on the connectors. New driver cones and voice coil have been fine-tuned to be consistent throughout the frequency range.

PS1000e: The Grado PS1000e over-ear headphones are the flagship of the Grado line. They have an open back design, with a hand-crafted, real Mahogany wood inner sleeve, and covered by a chrome-plated aluminum back. The natural wood, chrome-plated aluminum, and Grado Lab's advance damping treatments, help control and dissipate ringing in the chamber, and other unwanted resonances. The headphones utilize UHPLC (Ultra-High Purity, Long Crystal) oxygen-free copper voice coil wire and state-of-the-art driver design. The 50mm drivers in the PS1000e are matched to within 0.05dB for optimum stereo imaging. The headphones also have a genuine top-grain leather padded head strap.

12-Conductor Audio Cable: The PS1000e has a high-quality 81" 12-conductor audio cable with a 6.5mm (1/4") gold-plated plug. This new cable design exhibits greater control over the entire frequency spectrum. The plug has a sturdy molded sleeve with ample stress relief. Included in the box is a gold-plated, snap-on 6.5mm-to-3.5mm Mini Adapter Cable that you can use with your portable audio components, and a 15' extension.

Note: The size of the 3.5mm plug sleeve may cause interference with some smartphone cases.

Replaceable Cushions: The high-quality extra-large foam rubber circum-aural ear cushions can be removed for cleaning, if needed. If they show signs of wear, you can replace them with the Grado Replacement Cushion G.

Note: The headphone's ear cushions are not covered in the manufacturer's one-year warranty.
 
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