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GRADO GW100 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones - Open Back and On Ear

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Brand GRADO
Connectivity Technology Wireless
Form Factor On Ear
Cable Feature Without Cable
Item Weight 170 Grams

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Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2018
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound, comfort, mediocre Bluetooth implementation
By Wfhogan on November 30, 2018
As a long time Grado owner / fan needing a new hands-free calling earpiece, I was excited when I read that Grado had released a wireless

PROS:
Just what you'd expect from Grado sound-wise - Detailed, smooth highs, clear, forward midrange, smooth, balanced bass. Flat, balanced frequency response. You can listen for hours without fatigue. Extremely comfortable for an on-ear headset. Sound-bleed will only be an issue at ear-bleed volume unless you are within inches of another person in a quiet environment. Wired listening experience is sublime with good recordings at high-bit-rates, even on a crappy Iphone internal DAC. Headphones are also extremely light. Nicely done.

Hands free calling is super clear and comfortable due to Grado's open design - no weird muffled sound of your own speaking voice in your head or uncertain volume level like with closed cans. Absolutely perfect for hand's free calling - with the BT exceptions noted below.

Ignore what everyone says about the lack of sound isolation provided by these cans. Just crank up the volume to drown out that bad Christmas music while you are out dildo shopping for your sister-in-law this holiday season. I bike and skate with them, and the allow some sonic awareness of your environment, and have zero wind noise - unlike every in-ear headset I've ever used - because of the foam ear-pads.

CONS:
Build quality feels Fisher-Price toy-like. Bluetooth implementation is almost comically bad - from the loose cheesy buttons that rattle around as you (attempt) to feel and press them, to their awkward placement that makes hitting the wrong buttons repeatedly an absolute certainty. Especially when taking them on or off. Or simply adjusting them.

Put your phone in your left front pocket (the side the BT works are in on the headset), and marvel at how turning your head 90 degrees to the left causes BT to cut-out. Move the phone to your rear left pocket, and the same thing happens with a right head turn. Do not put the phone in your right pocket under any circumstances unless you hate the music you listen to. BT audio quality is high for BT, but there is a noticeable improvement when listening hardwired in a quiet environment over it. BT seems to emphasize the bass as well, which may or may not be to your liking. Out and about you probably won't notice the difference, but for critical listening, tether the cans to your phone amp or DAC, and you'll get Grado 300 series audiophile type performance, meaning "world class", which is amazing given the build quality.

My cheeeeeap Jawbone BT earpiece NEVER cuts out, so c'mon Grado! You have a big metal headband to work with. Give BT some love and put an omnidirectional antenna up there! Bonus points for refitting with haptic soft-touch buttons that don't rattle, and adding the ability to skip/advance/repeat tracks. The charging port is also one of those mirco USB deals that is small and difficult to properly align, and easily damaged. Use care when connecting and disconnecting it.

The final annoyance is how the cans will only lay-flat with the earpads facing UP. This means the hard plastic earcups rest on your collar-bone which is uncomfortable. If you reverse the cans left to right, the problem goes away, but now the BT controls are on the right, and extremely awkward to access. Not sure if this is a defect on my set, or intentional, but if it's intentional, Grado is missing an advertising opportunity by flipping them like this.

I'm on the fence about keeping them, but probably will because of their incredible sound and comfort. The BT implementation is a bummer, but not quite a deal breaker for me. Cheap build quality is a little disappointing, but again, not a deal breaker.

To summarize: Fix the Bluetooth issues and go with better materials - like maybe real leather (or good fake stuff) for the headband and metal, wood, or carbon-fiber for the ear-cups, and these would be a home run. I would gladly pay another $20 or $30 for that sort of improvement - more if Grado stepped things up to the reference series level of (wired) sonic performance
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Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grado does the impossible again!
By Nathan Ryall on October 27, 2018
I have audiophile tendencies but love the idea of no wires.

To give you all an idea, I have owned/listened to the following: Bose QC35, B&W PX, Sony 1000XM2’s, and the Jabra Elite Active 65t’s. I have heard much more than the headphones above, but I believe these are the most pertinent since they are used for mostly the same reason.

Looking at reviews before I purchased the Grado GW100 Bluetooth Headphones, there was a lack of information about sound quality. I will stand behind the fact that they are EXCELLENT!

I'm partial to the B&W PX from the list above due to the warm and natural tones achieved by the headphones, but the Grado GW100 easily rival or even beat these! I love the open backed Grado Sound and have a wired pair that is my go-to headset when im not in the office.

I have been looking for a pair of HiFi headphones to work with and despite the lack of noise canceling, I think the Grado GW100’s will be hard to let go of. Yes, they bleed sound and may annoy your co-workers, but the Grado Sound is above anda beyond those mentioned above.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2018
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Littleted
3.0 out of 5 stars Wont be using these on a plane
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 27, 2018
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DarkSkies
5.0 out of 5 stars Review For Grado Users
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 11, 2020
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Dawid
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sound quality, poor build quality
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 10, 2021
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YetAnotherLondoner
1.0 out of 5 stars Good sound quality but worst connection ever; uncomfortable
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 24, 2020
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Leodis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Grado sound, brilliant for home office and home use
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 18, 2020
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