Grado has a brand new pair of their signature headphones on the way in which, and between the pricing, hemp-infused picket physique and pot leaf insignia, it’s clear they’ve acquired their eye on a really specific buyer.
The Brooklyn-based audio model recognized for his or her wealthy, open-air sound has a reasonably established lineup at this level, however over the previous few years they’ve been enjoying round extra with restricted editions that use several types of wooden and composites to deal with their audio parts. The Hemp Headphone’s swirly, psychedelic physique is a composite of maple wooden and “extremely compressed hemp,” the corporate says.
The Hemp Headphone is especially innovating on a glance, although Grado likes to speak about how the totally different supplies they use can imply necessary refined distinction to the sound profile of every launch, one thing that’s most likely made their limited-edition product line a enjoyable one to experiment with. Nevertheless, there actually isn’t a lot new on the tech facet.
Last 12 months, the corporate ventured into wi-fi tech with the GW100, a reasonably clunky try to deliver Bluetooth to their on-ear headphone line. Though Grado has performed round with extra mainstream pursuits just like the GW100 and its in-ear headphone line, the corporate’s most spectacular efforts have all the time catered to their die-hard followers who’re doubtless extra at dwelling with XLR or phono outputs than Bluetooth.
Grado headphones are an acquired style with a construct that’s been pretty relentless in its lack of consolation and a design that’s firmly at odds with in the present day’s huge development in over-ear and on-ear headphones: noise cancellation. The open-air cans let in loads of sound and set free as a lot, one thing that doesn’t make them a terrific alternative for the workplace and tends to maintain the headphones within the tight area of interest of at-home listening. In the midst of quarantine, at-home listening has change into a bit extra inclusive of a distinct segment although.
Grado’s Hemp Headphone is accessible for pre-order in the present day, retailing for… $420.
Grado takes the wraps off their first pair of wi-fi headphones