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Grado GS1000i Statement Series Headphones Review

Rating: 9.5.

Many of our readers might not have heard of Grado, however in audiophile circles they are known as one of the best headphone manufacturers on the planet. They have been in the Audio industry for over 50 years now and are one of the leaders in design engineering for the high end audio and recording industries.

The company hold 48 patents and Joseph Grado is credited as the inventor of the stereo moving coil phono cartridge and he is responsible for more innovations in phono cartridge design than any other person. He was inducted into the Audio Hall of Fame in 1982.

John Grado

Joseph Grado passed over the company control to his nephew John Grado who started work sweeping the floors of the company at 12 years old. He is now President and owner of Grado Laboratories. Carrying on the family tradition, John has been central to the development of the Prestige, Reference, Statement and Professional Series of Headphones.

All Grado headphones have a vented diaphragm design that incorporates a large air chamber. This design concept lowers the frequency resonance (distortion) of the diaphragm and extends bass response. The diaphragm is made of a low mass polymer, carefully formed to broaden resonant modes to reduce their amplitude.

Grado have five ranges of headphones. The In Ear Series, The Prestige Series, Reference Series, Statement Series and Professional Series. The mainstream Prestige Series headphones, such as the SR80i and SR125i offer great quality audio for very reasonable prices, once you get to the Reference Series you will certainly feel the bank balance start to dwindle.

We are looking today at the second highest model in their range, the GS1000i which received the ‘i’ (improved) updated tag in recent years. They retail for around £950 in the UK, so they are certainly not an impulse buy. The best question is however, are they really worth the money?

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  • colm

    That was a great read, something to mix in with the motherboards and processors !

  • Mariot

    I love my 80’s, but these are in the next league. great company, long may they continue to produce such great headphones.

  • Dave

    I think you missed your calling as a hifi writer Zardon 🙂

  • Len

    £1000 for a set of headphones. I just fainted. bbiab.

  • Alan

    I heard the RS1s in a local store and I loved them, I ended up with sennheiser 650’s and have regretted it ever since. I had been looking at the original 1000’s for years and never worked up the courage to spend so much money on a product like this. im re-tempted again …….. thanks, good read.


    Yep, not surprising. For $150AUD i got the Grado Alessandro. Even though they dont have pieces of timber on them they still sound fantastic. Very clear with little distortion… draw back for me is the comfort level.. dont try and wear my particular ones beyond an hour… ouchy.. and the bass is lacking but you know compared to their top of the line models.. i shouldn’t be surprised. But they do sound great.

  • Colin

    Also good to point out that only so many of these are made every year due to the sourcing of components to make the grade.

  • Diehard

    Wow those look amazing, a little more than I would pay but their 80s look good value for money

  • Roger

    It’s really Fun to see other stuff reviewed here, I’m personally getting sick of video cards. And there is bags of good kit out there

  • Alan

    The more I read this, the more I want them 🙁

  • Fuelled and Fired

    Absolutely awesome phones, ive heard them. if you can ever get a chance to review the range topping PS1000’s please do so. I enjoyed this one.