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Grado GR10e

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Overview

Our take on the Grado GR10e

Grado has spent the last six decades in south Brooklyn, building headphones that are cherished by music lovers. The GR10e earbuds deliver top-flight Grado sound anywhere you go. The company's flagship in-ear headphones use an improved design to extend the high and low frequencies while reducing distortion. With their low impedance rating, you can plug them right into your phone or portable music player and get plenty of volume. Securely nestle the earbuds in your ear and block out ambient noise. You'll hear rich, lifelike music with sparkling detail and tight bass.

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Take Grado's legendary sound everywhere

Grado has spent the last six decades in south Brooklyn, building headphones that are cherished by music lovers. The GR10e earbuds deliver top-flight Grado sound anywhere you go. The company's flagship in-ear headphones use an improved design to extend the high and low frequencies while reducing distortion. With their low impedance rating, you can plug them right into your phone or portable music player and get plenty of volume. Securely nestle the earbuds in your ear and block out ambient noise. You'll hear rich, lifelike music with sparkling detail and tight bass.

Lightweight design with better sound

The GR10e headphones are extra light. You can comfortably listen to them for long stretches at home, work, or on the go. Grado uses a single moving armature driver, making the earbuds super-compact. This single-driver design eliminates any crossover issues, so music sounds open and natural.

Product Highlights:

  • improved single-armature design for increased frequency extension and reduced distortion
  • 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
  • 53" cable with gold-plated stereo mini plug
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 113 dB
  • impedance: 32 ohms
  • weight: 0.5 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • In-ear headphones with attached 53" cable (straight 3.5mm plug)
  • 3 Pairs of silicon ear tips (small / medium (installed) / large)
  • 4 Circular cloth filters
  • 2 Filter mounting rings
  • Specifications card
Reviews

Grado GR10e Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Grado GR10e

Jeff from Rochester, MI on 1/6/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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

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

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

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.

Sounds like full size grado headphones

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

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

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.

Pros: Sound

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

Details

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Features and Specs

General
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 113 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 0.5 ounces
Cord Length 53"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Features

Overview: The Grado GR10e is an upgraded version of their popular GR10 in-ear headphones. The GR10e features new materials and a higher measure of design precision to provide more extension into the low and high frequencies, and to reduce distortion. These small earbuds are placed well within the ear canal to give you an excellent air seal to block ambient noise and improve bass response. The GR10e has a 53" cable with a straight gold-plated 3.5mm plug. Three sizes of silicone ear tips ensure you will get a proper fit.

Moving Armature Design: Like its predecessor, the GR10e has a proprietary moving armature driver design that retains the signature Grado sound. These drivers produce sounds over a wide bandwidth with smooth highs, clear vocals, and accurate bass. The left earbud contains a tactile dot on the rear so you can keep the left and right channels straight. Each ear bud has a 3/16" diameter, ear wax proof cloth filter to cover the drivers, held in place by a small plastic ring. Two extra pairs of cloth filters and two additional rings are included with the GR10e.

Ear Tips: The Grado GR10e comes with three pairs of ear tips, made of a proprietary blend of two silicones for ultimate comfort and maximum wearability. The ear tips come in small, medium, and large, allowing you to find a size that gives you the best seal to reduce the noise around you.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 113dB at 1 mW
  • Impedance: 32Ω
  • Maximum Input Power: 20mW
  • Weight: 0.5 ounces

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Why did you buy this?

I owned the GR8s for a number of years and the sound was fantastic. I expect the GR10e will best the GR8. Moreover, Grado is an American company. [ M  Jun 18, 2017 ]
I have the GR8e and it has killed everything else I've compared it to. Knowing Grado I figure these are even better. [ fred  Mar 11, 2017 ]
I chose GR10s based on Grado's reputation and the reviews on the sound imaging. [ SCOTT R  Jun 01, 2016 ]
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