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Grado GS1000e

Statement Series over-the-ear headphones

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Our take on the Grado GS1000e

All of Grado's headphones are impressive performers, but even in such luminous company, the Statement Series GS1000e stands out. Grado carefully handcrafts these gorgeous mahogany beauties to recreate all the emotions your favorite artists pour into their performances. Rhythms and melodies obscured by lesser headphones are revealed with crystaline clarity — delighting and surprising you at every turn.

Sound that brings it all back home

All of Grado's headphones are impressive performers, but even in such luminous company, the Statement Series GS1000e stands out. Grado carefully handcrafts these gorgeous mahogany beauties to recreate all the emotions your favorite artists pour into their performances. Rhythms and melodies obscured by lesser headphones are revealed with crystaline clarity — delighting and surprising you at every turn.

These headphones feature updates to Grado's previous GS1000i headphones, including an improved driver design, better acoustic damping, and a new cable. The GS1000e's extra-large wooden earpieces and air chambers allow them to deliver massive dynamic impact with extremely low distortion and coloration, while serving up a powerful underpinning of taut, tuneful bass. Like all Grado headphones, the GS1000e can be driven using the headphone outputs on most home audio systems, but to really hear them sing a headphone amplifier is strongly recommended.

Old-school looks with up-to-the-minute technology

The GS1000e uses Grado's vented "open-air" earcup design for more spacious sound and deeper low frequency response. Each pair is made in Brooklyn, New York from a specially selected species of mahogany. The wood is carefully cured between production steps to achieve optimum sound quality, and takes advantage of the wood's natural warmth and light weight. The GS1000e's extra-large ear cushions create a "room" around your ears. This added space creates a huge soundstage for your music, and provides enhanced wearing comfort. Ultra-high purity copper voice coils and a beefy twelve-conductor connecting cable deliver refined sound with a high degree of control and accuracy. The GS1000e's ultra-wide frequency range ensures you'll hear every bit of your music. And the genuine leather headband can be adjusted for a comfortable fit.

From our review of the previous Grado GS1000i Stereo Headphones:

These are headphones made for those listening sessions at home when you're playing music through your best audio system, intending to savor every note. If you take your music seriously, then invest in some headphones that are serious about sound — like the Grado GS1000i stereo headphones.

— Ralph, Crutchfield Blog Editor and A/V Writer

Product Highlights:

  • open-back, over-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 mahogany wood enclosures and air chambers provide natural sonic warmth and smoothness in a lighter weight design
  • special "de-stressed" diaphragms and an eight-conductor connecting cable for enhanced levels of inner detail with a more open sound
  • extra-large ear cushions, precisely matched drivers, and increased air flow through improved rear metal screens deliver a large soundstage free 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 headphone cable terminated with a 1/4" plug
  • 1/8" plug adapter and 12' 3" extension cable included
  • frequency response: 8-35,000 Hz
  • sound pressure level (at 1mW): 98 dB
  • impedance: 32 ohms
  • warranty: 1 year (does not include earpads)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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)
  • 12.25' Extension cable (male and female 1/4" connectors)
  • "Celebrating Over 60 Years of Tradition" sheet
  • Headphone/Warranty info sheet

Grado GS1000e Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)


Crutchfield customer from Peoria, AZ on 2/13/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The moment I placed these headphones over my ears, I realized that I had never heard MUSIC before! Well, I won't go that far. After all, I am comparing these to my Grado RS-1 which are more than impressive. Nonetheless, the GS1000e has a flair not found with the RS-1 . If nothing else, they are more comfortable. I often wear glasses and the RS-1000e causes less fatigue. I often listen to Wagner, so comfort is vital for me. (I listen to the Grateful Dead also - just as renown for lengthy music) I think, too, that the over-the-ear design offers a better listening experience than the on-the-ear RS-1. The bass sound is clear and unclouded. The pedals in Bach's organ music is crisp and clean. I hear sound, not just vibration. So, am I happy? That would be a gross understatement. I am thrilled...ecstatic! The RS-1000e headphones are Awesome in the Extreme!

Pros: Amazing sound Comfortable Can be worn for long periods Bass clarity

Cons: None

Extraordinary Musical Instruments

Daniel from New York on 6/16/2015

I've had the great privilege of owning both the GS1000e and PS1000e. Interesting that GooodCan says they prefer the sound of the GS1000e - after "loaning" - probably forever - the PS1000e, I had to decide whether to max my card on another pair or try the Statements, which some people seem to absolutely love, taking the chance that I would regret not putting aside a few more bucks for a few weeks and getting my own permanent pair of Professionals - after all, Grado themselves made it clear that I would not be really satisfied with the Statements after getting to know the P's. Guess what? The simpler, less-exorbitant Statements lack NOTHING after 50 hours of burn-in, might get better, and while they are not as sparklingly analytical as the Professionals in absolute terms, they are, first of all, HUGELY detailed, with great transient attack, harmonically fuller - both subtly much and revealing in a way that is both revelatory and delicious, making the P-e's feel dry by comparison. There is nothing to complain about with the more expensive cans, unless you just don't like Grados; it is more a matter of a signature that is independent of the extent of technology that went into the design. Like a perfectly balanced musical instrument, or an expensive vs mega-buck designer shoe, the extra techno-bang does not necessarily translate into a more satisfying user experience.

Pros: Lush but finely detailed, great transient attack without exaggeration, realistic bass and sweet but extended highs, harmonic verisimilitude, comfort, fantastic presence in a broad but natural soundstage. Matter of taste, but the wood and overall look are sculpturally beautiful.

Cons: Not good for isolation or public use. Who cares. I have noise-isolating phones that sound adequate if I need them, which is at times when I don't have my best front-end gear and I don't care about audiophile minutiae.

A Great Headphone

J C from Maryland on 5/19/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Simply amazing sound. Great for low volume listening as they follow the Fletcher-Munsen curve giving some added emphasis to the low end and high end. I also have Grado's SR-325 and they are great as well but with added emphasis on mids. Seems there are two kinds of headphone aficionados. Grado users and everyone else.

Pros: Comfortable, light weight, excellent sound.

Cons: Grado cords are thick and supple but they do annoy since they twist most of the time.

Grado GS1000e

JZ from WI on 9/16/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Made the Jump all the way from the Grado SR80. Always loved the sound. Now I still have the Grado sound but it is now presented with a much larger soundstage, greater levels of bass, and even greater clarity, presence, and precision. Excellent headphones. Very comfortable. Sort of a retro look. Cool? BUT...The look is not important... the sound is. These are hear through so anyone else in the room with you is going to be experiencing the sound with you to some degree. NO NOISE REDUCTION.

Pros: See above.

Cons: ?


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 4.181" x 4.181"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 8-35k Hz
Sensitivity 99.8 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 14.2 ounces
Cord Length 81" + 147"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


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.

Statement Series: Grado's Statement Series contains only one model of headphones in this class: the GS1000. The GS1000 features hand-crafted real Mahogany wood, which 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.

GS1000e: The Grado GS1000e over-ear headphones have an open back design, with a hand-crafted, real Mahogany earpiece. The natural wood 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 GS1000e 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 GS1000e 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 12'-3" 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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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Extreme quality. History of the company is of the highest order. [ Louis G.  Dec 06, 2018 ]
I have the Grado SR325, which are great and I wanted to upgrade [ C  Dec 19, 2015 ]

2 questions already asked

The Grado have a relatively low impedance (32 Ohms) for over-the-ear headphones so, you shouldn't need a very powerful headphone amp to achieve the volume and clarity you require. Depending on your input requirements, the recommended headphone amp model can vary. For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact us directly: [ Ryan  Mar 17, 2017 ]  Staff
Since I have never used a headphone amp, I bought an AudioEngine D1 with these headphones. After over a month of use, I am undecided as to whether they make any difference. Perhaps a higher-end amp would be in order for the Grados. [ Richard L.  Mar 16, 2017 ]
I can't answer your question directly, because I am using these with a Marantz SR7009 receiver and a HiFiman EF2A headphone amp (with vintage tubes.) What I can tell you is that I think that they they are excellent sounding headphones--very transparent & detailed sound with surprisingly good bass for open air headphones. I compared them with the newer Grado GS2000e's which are an updated maple/mahogany model. I chose the GS1000e's mainly because they sounded a little warmer (but clear) to me compared to the newer Grado 2000e's. The highs seemed a little less bright and this is a plus for me when listening to digital music, which can often sound a little harsh and fatiguing, in my opinion. The difference was slight but noticeable. I used several different types of CD's for comparison (rock, jazz & classical.) Also I liked the fact that the 1000e's were all mahogany and substantially cheaper than the 2000e's. Hope this helps- [ George  Oct 24, 2016 ]