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Customer Reviews

Discontinued item

Grado GR10e

In-ear headphones

MFR # GR10e

Grado GR10e

Grado GR10e

In-ear headphones

MFR # GR10e

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Grado GR10e

Crutchfield customer from San Angelo, TX on 4/15/2021

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An excellent pair of headphones my first pair of Grado headphones and I'm very pleased with them. Sound quality is excellent very detailed, they have solid bass but not overwhelming as most offerings are these days. If your looking for something accurate and that sound great I think you'll enjoy these if you're just looking for a bass heavy sound they may not be for you. Just make sure they are sealed properly in your ear and you have something to drive them, they are 32ohm so they won't sound great just plugged into your phone or other low power source.

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Excellent

Brad from Ohio on 1/11/2021

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Yes, they do need some burn in time and yes, the midrange is a little forward. Don't expect spectacular sound from your phone or IPod either. It was not until I plugged these into a Marantz PM8006 integrated amp that I was stunned at how great these sounded. Bass is sufficient but not overpowering. Midrange all the way through the top is excellent with clarity, separation and sparkle. They sound like Grados. This set needs to be driven by a high quality amp, preferably with some midrange control so you can hear everything they have to offer. A portable player or phone can't reveal their brilliance.

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Small and comfortable, with excellent sound

Crutchfield customer from San Juan, PR on 1/3/2021

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I definitely like the sound here. Excellent for easy listening and some light gaming.

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Grado GR10e

Crutchfield customer from Gaithersburg, MD on 6/27/2018

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Thought I had made a big purchase mistake while listening during the first five hours. They were uncharacteristic of the refined detailed Grado sound, very sloppy and congested. I boxed them for return, but thought to give them a second chance. After an additional ten hours, they have transformed from an ugly caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly. Sorry for the corny analogy. Even at this price, they are keepers.

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Grado GR10e

Jeff from Rochester, MI on 1/6/2017

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I was looking to replace a set of Klipsch x10 which served me well for four years. I mostly listen to an Astell-Kern AK 120. I decided to try out several different ones that were a step up from the x10s -- the Shure September 535, Westone W30, Klipsch x20 and, for kicks, the Grado GR10e as a fourth option. I realize a lot of it is personal preference, but to me the Grados were the surprise clear winners. All have their virtues, but the Grados were clearer than the Shures, you can better differentiate between instruments on the Grados and hear the details just a bit better. The Grados also had more punch than the Klipsch. The others were more impressively packaged and much sturdier than the Grados, but just didn't measure up for all around sound quality, for my tastes anyway. Hopefully I'll get at least four years out of the Grados. So glad I tried them out.

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Not Bad, not Great

audioEnthusiast from Arizona on 6/16/2015

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This is my 1st pair of Grados, so whether they have the "grado sound" of their headphones, I couldn't say. For my ears & taste of music (the majority of the time) This sound is very good. I listen to a mix of genres & styles: 60-80's classic rock, Jazz, Blues, Singers & Songwriters of any era/Folk, Classical and I really only listen to 90's-05' Alternative (Tool, Alice in Chains, Metallica, when I'm working out... which is often). For me, These are not good for Alt. When I want bass to pump & mids set back. These are a MID CENTRIC sound signature. Bass: Whether these have more bass than the original gr10's I don't know, but the bass on the E's is ample. It's not overbearing nor is it light. It's sufficient to fill in and work with the highs. It NEVER gets in the way of the mids, so no muddling. It reaches goes low when recording is low. I enjoy the bass quantity but I prefer a different bass quality. Meaning, it strives to go so low that it often doesn't keep it tight. Even though the upper bass never spreads into the lower mids, (because the separation of instruments is fantastic) the lower bass that it tries to reproduce will, at times, sound loose. Like a car sound system that tries to rattle the windows of all the cars around him, instead of keep it controlled within their own car. I don't prefer that kind of bass. I like tight, even if it means giving up some seriously low end overtures. For this reason I give the bass a 3. If you like loose bass then 4.

Pros: MIDS: To my ears, Forward by about 8 db. Great for singers & songwriters whose voice is the main instrument. Adele, Nora Jones, Bebel Gilberto, Dido, Eric Clapton, Nina Simone etc. ALL jazz, blues, folk, acoustic! Instrument seperation is really good. Soundstage however isn't very wide or deep. Perhaps I am in the first 5 rows & singer is dead center at 20ft in a bar setting. Cozy? I adapted to the mids quite well & even started to choose the gr10e's over other sound sig. Addicting sound

Cons: Highs: Some say they are sibilant or sparkle too much. I don't think either. I never experienced listening fatigue (2-3 hrs) and never found the cymbals or high hat crashes overbearing. To my ears maybe +6db. FIT/COM: Here is my major letdown. Yes, They are comfortable w soft silicone & sit deep in the ear. If you don't intend to move around AT ALL they're fine, but You can NOT exercise, smile or sing along. Seal is broken VERY easy. Always adjusting b/c of loss of bass. Very Irritating

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If you are looking for best in-ear earphones, this is one of them.

Pete from Demarest from New Jersey on 5/16/2015

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This is my 2nd Grado, first one is the Prestige 325e which I like a lot. But it's very bulky and it's open air so I can't use them at a library or any public place such as when taking mass transit. So I picked these up after much debating between Etymotic 4PT. I already have a pair of Etymotics but I really wanted to try these Grado even thous it was very pricey and it's not even a balanced phones. When I received it, I was surprised to find that it did not come with various sized ear pieces, nor small pouch to protect them. I guess Grado is being too cheap? Even my Sennheisers comes with a free pouch... hmm. Okay, so after you get over those things, you'll be glad to know that sound is very much Grado; vibrant, balanced sounds from wide range of the spectrum. This is truly an audiophile grade in-ear phones that can be used anywhere except for when you work out, not sure if you want to do that anyway--unless that's what you want to do. Just to give you an idea of the sound quality, I compared the sound quality from Etymotic HF3 and Grado listening to Jazz at the Pawn Shop live recording using FIIO X5 and the Grado seem to play sounds that I did not know it was there to begin with. Recording is 96Kbps/24bit and with relatively lower volume. You can hear all the behind the scene ruckus and had to turn my head once or twice during playback to see if someone was talking to me; right behind me, I'm not kidding! That's how I can best describe it.

Pros: Grado Sounds

Cons: No pouch, factory provided ear pieces are not a good fit for me, I am using a memory foam bought from ***zon. Pricey earphones to my ever growing collection.

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Sounds like full size grado headphones

BillH from Curtis Bay, MD on 4/19/2015

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Great headphones. Love my other full size grado headphone but they don't get used much because of the size, cord length, etc. these sound just about the same. They are open, spacious, detailed, and have an energetic sound. I've owned westone, shure, and etymotic and these are by far my favorite. Cimfortable too.

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Cons: No built in mic, not as sound isolating as others.

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