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Grado PS 500 Professional Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Grado

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  • Features -
  • Vented diaphragm
  • Hybrid air chamber
  • UHPLC copper voice coil wire
  • UHPLC copper connecting cord
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Grado PS 500 Professional Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer) + G-CUSH Replacement Headphone Cushion (GS1000i and PS1000) + Grado Mini Adaptor Cable - 1/4 Inch to 1/8 Inch Plug
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B005W1BXC6
  • Item model number: PS500
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 15, 2011

Product Description

Grado releases the little brother of their state-of-the-art PS 1000 Headphones, using trickle-down technology to cut the price by two-thirds, while retaining much of the performance! Also made in America, the new PS 500s are Grado's second offering in their Professional Series line, designed both for the audiophile and recording engineer who value neutrality and high definition over all other design goals. They are an open air design, as are all high end Grado's, and are very light and comfortable. An extraordinary value, and fully appropriate for both reference and critical listening. In the category of musical neutrality for the picky audiophile and the demanding recording engineer, the PS 500s are unsurpassed at this price point.

Grado achieved this minor miracle by applying the lessons learned in constructing the wondrous PS 1000s. While still using mahogany to cover the motors, they added aluminum shells to double dampen the housing and kill vibrations. This sandwich design creates the most neutral performance. The large diaphragms contain rare earth metals, including gold wire for maximum definition. The connecting cable is Grado's newest formula, with some fifteen wires enclosed in a proprietary shell. By being American made, they save big bucks from having to import phones from China and can, instead, bulk up on the technology.

Specifications - Transducer type dynamic Operating principle open air Frequency Response 14-29 SPL 1mW 98 Normal Impedance 32ohms Driver matched db.05

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Customer Reviews

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Nicholas Osinski
High quality well-recorded, well-mastered recordings sounded the best - natural, balanced and articulate - through the PS500.
T. Chan
I love the Grado PS-500.
Dale Thorn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By T. Chan on November 8, 2011
The PS500 are more efficient (louder) by several dBs and are more balanced top-to-bottom than the SR325is. There is deeper, more extended bass and greater dynamic range. The PS500 are less fatiguing and have a smoother upper midrange/lower treble. They are more neutral sounding, but not devoid of the signature Grado sound with plenty of clarity and detail to the music.

They are fantastic for jazz, vocals, acoustic music, small ensembles and chamber music. With the standard L-cush earpads, the PS500 are less convincing for large orchestra and symphonic works and other large concert venues where stage depth and hall ambience are important sound cues. I replaced the L-cush pads with the G-cush, the large circumaural earpads that are on the high end GS1000i and PS1000. To my ears the G-cush provide the needed enhancement in depth and ambience retrieval and places the listener a few rows back from the stage. Just the right balance of direct first-arrival and indirect sounds to create the illusion of a larger sound stage. There is a slight loss of efficiency and shift in timbre, but I can live with these. The other benefit of the G-cush is the comfort realized by removing the pressure exerted directly on your ears by the L-cush and distributing the clamping force over a wider area surrounding your ears.

The Sennheiser HD598 are more comfortable for extended listening and have a bigger sound stage and more hall ambience than the PS500 with L-cush, but the PS500 surpasses the HD598 in detail and bass response and when fitted with G-cush, the PS500 are superior overall.

The PS500 can reproduce details and nuances in the recordings that are veiled with lesser headphones. Music can be enjoyed at comfortable, lower volumes with little/no loss of details.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steve Huff on July 9, 2012
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First of all, I give these 5 stars for sound for the money. These sound like most other $1000 phones but for $600 they should be built better. This is my 1st pair of Grado cans (have had/owned Senn HD800, Beyer T1, and other higher end sets) and the sound is exactly what I have been looking for. Crisp but not sharp or analytical. Beefy without losing mid or high detail. Solid but not overpowering bass. An overall amazingly pleasing yet detailed sound. These sound great with whatever I throw at them. The HD800;s could not do that, even with a $3000 amp set up. The Grado PS 500's running direct from my iMac sound amazing. With all music. Period.

They literally blow away headphones like the B&W P5's and anything in that class but these are open back so they leak sound like crazy. These are meant to be home listening high end headphones at the not so crazy high end price.


The build is a bit cheap. The band feels like a cheap metal band covered with fake leather. The ear pads are HARD and make my ears sweat after 30 minutes. My left earpiece gives an annoying squeaky sound when it is turned. They feel like $150 headphones but sound like $1000 headphones. I guess $600 is about right but I just wish they had better build quality. If the $1600 PS1000's are built like this I would be pretty upset but at the same time if they sounded dramatically better than these 500's Id probably be thrilled.

In any case I love these as the sound is addictive and causes no fatigue even after 2-3 hours. Comfort wise they do not clamp my head but at the same time the earpieces are hard and irritate my ears. (do they soften)? I give sound a 5 and build a 3 1/2 (for the money). These are keepers. ALso, you can run these from an iPhone or iMac or Macbook and get good sound.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Doug H. on July 25, 2012
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I purchased the Grado PS500 headphones, performed the customary 100 hour burn-in and then started the critical listening process. My first impression was that the PS500s had very good dynamic range, but a very narrow sound stage with virtually no imaging. And they were very fatiguing making long listening session quite difficult. Well, I thought, they just need a longer burn in, so it was back to the 24/7 routine with the CD player for another 100 or so hours. Another listening session and, yuck, the same result. Ok, let's look at the internet and see what can be found there. Nothing really but a bunch of good reviews and one interesting warning from Joe Grado where he claimed that his headphones were "voiced" according to the type of ear pad used (L-Cush in the case of the PS500) and the pads should never, ever be changed out for another type otherwise the whole sound character of the headphone would go to the dogs. Great advice Joe, but I don't like the in-your-face character of these things as it is...what do I do then? Write it off as a bad decision I guess.

So I decided to look for another headphone solution and came upon the Audeze LCD-2. After dropping $995 on the LCDs and another $400 on a set of Q-Audio headphone cables I found the perfect headphone...for CDs. With vinyl, they seemed way too dark and soft on the top end. The Grados were acceptable with vinyl although not all that exciting considering their lack of sound stage. Then one day while surfing the net, I came upon a professional review that illuminated the same issues as I had with the PS500s, but this reviewer found a solution that put everything right.
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