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Grado eGrado

Prestige Series on-ear, behind-the-neck headphones

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Our take on the Grado eGrado

If you didn't know anything about Grado, a legendary brand with a serious following among audiophiles, you might mistake the eGrado for just another behind-the-neck, "street-style" headphone. True, these 'phones offer a convenient design that stays put when you're walking, commuting on the subway, or checking out some tunes mid-flight. But with their detail and definition, they'll give you a taste of the kind of performance that's to be found at the higher end of the headphone category, at a price that's decidedly in the affordable range.

Famous Grado sound in a travel-friendly headphone

Grado eGrado behind-the-neck headphones

The eGrado's behind-the-neck design helps them stay put on the go.

If you didn't know anything about Grado, a legendary brand with a serious following among audiophiles, you might mistake the eGrado for just another behind-the-neck, "street-style" headphone. True, these 'phones offer a convenient design that stays put when you're walking, commuting on the subway, or checking out some tunes mid-flight. But with their detail and definition, they'll give you a taste of the kind of performance that's to be found at the higher end of the headphone category, at a price that's decidedly in the affordable range.

Born in Brooklyn and built to perform

Each pair of eGrado headphones is made right in Brooklyn, New York where the Grado family has been building award-winning audio gear for more than 60 years. Like all Grado headphones, the eGrado uses a vented "open-air" earcup design with large, non-resonant air chambers for powerful, extended bass response and more open, spacious sound. Each driver features a high-quality copper voice coil to ensure smooth, dynamic performance with exceptionally low distortion. Drivers are also carefully matched to within 0.1 dB for enhanced stereo imaging and a wide soundstage.

Product Highlights:

  • portable on-ear design with padded earcups and behind-the-neck headband
  • open-air design for spacious, low-distortion sound
  • driver pairs matched to within 0.1 dB for better stereo imaging
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • sound pressure level (at 1mW): 101 dB
  • impedance: 32 ohms
  • cable with stereo mini plug
  • warranty: 1 year (does not include earpads)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • On-ear headphones (blue) with attached 48" cable (right angle 3.5mm plug)

Excellent sound quality. They stay put when walking, running or bicycling. I am a bit concerned about the plastic band having an issue as you do have to stretch them apart over your head. As long as Grado stands behind the product I think they are a good value.

Bill, Saginaw, MI


Grado eGrado Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(14 Reviews)

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Joshua from Lansdale, PA on 10/16/2018

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Let these things break in for a few hours before making any final judgement on sound quality! They are snug (a little too snug around the tops of the part of the ear that connects to my skull) but that's probably a good thing so they don't move around too much. Sonic quality is great! Nothing less to be expected from Grado. The plastic and color do seem a bit chintzy. Would have preferred a flat black color. Running them off a USB DAC (old nu-force) on a computer listening to compressed music isn't too bad at all!



Amazing sound!!!!!!

Crutchfield customer from Mohrsville, PA on 8/9/2018

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Love these headphones!!! The sound quality is amazing didn't realize how muffled sound was on my old ones. All so your service is outstanding.



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Crutchfield customer from Stantonsburg, NC on 7/18/2018

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My third Grados-like the other two accurate,balanced,Musial.Thanks Grado,Crutchfield!



Great pair of value headphone!

Robert from Neenah, WI on 7/8/2018

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I bought these for my wife to with her PC. Having owned two pairs of Grado headphones (a pair of SR-225e and currently a pair of RS2e), purchasing another pair of Grados was a natural choice for me. I initially pointed her towards a pair of SR-60e but she decided she would prefer a pair that wrapped around the back of her head. Initially out of the box, they are tight to the head, but do seem to fit comfortably. The bass response is solid (one of the features she was looking for) and the sound quality is great. One thing to remember with these (and with Grado's headphone line) is the fact that they are open back headphones and sound will be audible from them outside the headphones at louder volumes.



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Crutchfield customer from Dundee, IL on 3/1/2018

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So far so good. Have used them about 6 times. High range not quite as sharp as the previous brand I had been using but bass and midrange much better than previous brand, Better construction and although kind of snug not at all uncomfortable. Stays put during long runs



good value and stays put

Bill from Saginaw, MI on 10/8/2017

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Excellent sound quality. They stay put when walking, running or bicycling. I am a bit concerned about the plastic band having an issue as you do have to stretch them apart over your head. As long as Grado stands behind the product I think they are a good value.

Pros: good value

Cons: concerned about the plastic neck band having an issue after a period of time.

Grado eGrado behind the neck headphones

Crutchfield customer from Chicago on 6/8/2017

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The sound is great but the hard plastic that the ear wraps are made from are the most uncomfortable head phones I've ever worn. Unfortunately these will be going back.



Really great neck phones

Diane from Albuquerque, NM on 4/12/2017

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Exceptional value for level of performance. I'm hearing impaired and get good clear volume. Love the ergonomic design as well. Best behind the neck headphones I've ever owned.



Great sound, very comfortable headphones

Jim from Eugene, OR on 2/18/2017

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These Grado eGrado behind-the-neck headphones are a perfect combination of great sound, comfort and light weight. I use them while bike riding, and the phones don't interfere with how my helmet fits. I have used several other brands of headphones in the past, and while they are perfectly acceptable, the Grado eGrado phones were far better from the first time I wore them. On top of all that, they are reasonably priced. I think now that I should buy another set as a gift to my son!

Pros: Great sound, comfort, light weight,

Cons: I can't think of anything.

Great value

Craig from Park Ridge, IL on 12/13/2016

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This is a new product from Grado. I bought these to carry around in my backpack. I already have the Grado SR60's which are great. These are simpler, smaller, lighter than the SR60's and look like they will take more abuse. While they have the same Grado quality they don't sound quite as good as the SR60's, but they do sound much better than other brand headphones in this same price range. For the price these are a deal.

Pros: Good accurate sound reproduction. Light weight but a robust design made from quality materials.

Cons: Ear pads not as adjustable as the higher priced Grado headphones and take some getting used to.

Good for running

Lost key from Austin on 10/3/2015

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When you are running for hours at a time in the hottest parts of Texas earbuds just don't cut it. The so called "sport" earbud market is full of a bunch of gimmicky designs that make huge claims of staying in your ear, but if your pouring sweat for hours, they all fail the same way. The behind the neck headphone designs are lightweight, allow you to wear a hat, and can have way better sound. These egrados are more comfortable than they look, and the sound is the best I've had in this design. They could use a little more refinement in the design to make them lighter, and better drivers with more bass. Still, they are a pleasure to run with. I recommend removing the ear covers and spraying them with a waterproofing solution that allows for breathing.

Pros: sound is great for this design better build quality than anything in this class

Cons: For what it is, none

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Gary D from Pelham, Alabama on 7/29/2015

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These headphones are just what I was looking for to use with my I-pod, computer and church monitor.

Pros: Good volume with i-pod, computer, etc. Excelent sound.

Cons: comfort could stand improvement.

Best of the best headphones

Franko from Nevada on 7/12/2015

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I've tried them all (wireless, Apple, high end, low end, pricey, less pricey). This are the most practical for my use with awesome dynamic range.

Pros: Excellent Grado sound, well balanced for the use of any sort of music. No microphonics from the cable, awesome color!

Cons: Minor sound leakage

Best sounding, but uncomfortable

JDJ from Puerto Rico on 4/21/2015

I don't own the new blue ones, but I have 2 pairs of the old black ones. These are probably the best sounding headphones for IPhone, MP3's, PC, and other digital media that you can buy for less than $100.00. Very well balanced, you can crank them up and won't distort, detailed, good soundstage, and coherent. The SR60i drivers the eGrado use are some of the best in their category. Now as for the build quality they look cheap, and for the price it's expected; both my sets have cable to driver or jack solder problems. They look fragile, but they are sturdy, the cheap look fools you; this is not a deal breaker at all. But, these are very uncomfortable, I could only use them for no more than 30 mins or so before having to take a break. My son hates the fit, and he is 12 yrs old. It is an over the ear design, and though the fit perfectly on my ears the over the ear design with a thin foam pad makes them extremely uncomfortable, basically you don't feel the foam pad and it is like having the plastic cup against your ear. Plus they clamp hard, which is a pity as being a behind the neck design they are good to use in bed. Sometime ago I got some Shure foam pads, that fit them nicely and were thick and comfortable, sound did suffer slightly, so using a quarter ($0.25) coin I centralized it on the pad and cut around it; not only the sound quality got back to normal, but it actually improved from the original design. For the money, this is the best sounding headphone for digital media.

Pros: Grado SR60i Driver, Portable, Lightweight, Behind The Neck Band Doesn't Look Ridiculous In Public, Great Sound, Inexpensive, Grado Sound

Cons: Cheap, cable prone to breaking at driver solder pads and/or jack connector, thin foam pads tear easily, uncomfortable, open over the ear design does not allow for privacy.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 2.242" x 2.242"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 20-20k Hz
Sensitivity 101 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 3.1 ounces
Cord Length 48"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The eGrado is a lightweight, efficient on-ear headphone designed for use with portable electronic devices. The headphones feature a stylish blue street-style, behind-the-neck headband and a 4' straight cord with a right-angle 3.5mm plug.

Open Air Design: The eGrados have an open air design that allows some of the outside sound to mix with the headphone output for a more realistic experience. An open design also allows you to be aware of your surroundings.

Dynamic Drivers: The high quality dynamic drivers used in the eGrado are the same ones used in Grado's SR60e headphones. For optimum stereo imaging and consistent sound, the drivers are matched to within 0.1 dB.


  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Sound Pressure Level (SPL): 101 dB (1 mW)
  • Normal Impedance: 32 Ω

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Why did you buy this?

I've purchased Grado products in the past because of the level of quality that they bring to the table. I purchased a pair of SR225e's a couple years ago and it broke my heart to see them go. Luckily I had purchased a pair of RS2e's to take their place when I sold the 225's. The eGrado's are for my wife. Grado headphones offer a high quality product that really deliver at all price points. For the money, you can't go wrong with anything out the of Grado lineup! [ Guest  Jun 23, 2018 ]
Yesterday, the neckband on my Sennheiser PMX 60 headphones snapped. Seems this style of on-ear, open headphone is getting harder to find. I'm trying the eGrado because of the Grado brand name, the price point and (hopefully) the high quality. [ Steve  Apr 25, 2018 ]
Heard the brand was great. Wanted something that I could walk/jog with an open back for situational awareness. [ S  Aug 02, 2017 ]
I have another set, my son "borrowed" it. I needed a new one. JIM [ JAMES M  Jul 11, 2017 ]
sound pressure will probably meet my needs for loud and clear sound - hearing impaired. [ Diane  Mar 25, 2017 ]
ear buds dont fit in my ears [ Cynthia  Feb 21, 2017 ]
Brand [ J  Dec 20, 2016 ]
Grado headphones are ALWAYS the best value for their price... and these are about the cheapest they make... so they're good for travel & the gym. [ Joseph  Aug 07, 2016 ]
I have owned traditional Grado home stereo headphones for years and have been waiting for a more portable on the ear version (with a shorter cord!). [ Paul  May 26, 2016 ]
I own a set of Grado SR80e headphones for home and home studio use--and love them. These seemed perfect for travel headphones that would still have the Grado sound. [ JAMES  Apr 29, 2016 ]
For my 5 yr old kid. [ Mario  Apr 11, 2016 ]
Great sound at this price point and they stay put better than other designs. [ James  Dec 05, 2015 ]

4 questions already asked

I have a 4 year old and a 6 year old, and they both love this headphones. These headphones are an open design witch i prefer to close one. [ Mario  Dec 07, 2017 ]
These are the best sounding lower priced headphones I have ever had. Way better than anything else in this price range. [ John  Dec 07, 2017 ]
FANTASTIC FOR KIDS or really anyone. They are hifi quality especially for the money. Both my young children love them AND THEY LAST LONGER than ear buds. Great for adults working out/sweating too! Not really designed for high end stereo's... [ keef  Dec 07, 2017 ]
Yes, better than a close one or in ear. [ Mario  Jul 12, 2017 ]
Yes, you can here background noise. It also depends on how loud you turn up the headphones. But I am very pleased with the sound these provide. [ Kyle  Jul 11, 2017 ]
yes you will be able to hear emergency vehicles. I love them for walking/running! [ keef  Jul 11, 2017 ]
The cord length is listed as 48 inches. [ Jeff  Oct 07, 2015 ]  Staff
Depending on what you are looking for - yes. The behind-the-neck design will help them stay on when getting jostled around (as it bound to happen on the subway). However, the open air design will not block out the outside world. In fact it is designed to let some of it in. If you are looking to block out noise, then around the ear or in-ear designs might be better. [ Jeff  May 08, 2015 ]  Staff

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