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Grado PS1000 Professional Series Stereo Headphone (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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Product Description

Grado is proud to introduce the new flagship of their headphone line, the PS1000. This hybrid design has an inner sleeve of a selected species of hand-crafted mahogany made by using an intricate curing process. Its outer housing of metal machined from a special non-resonant, very hard metal alloy utilizes a special processing and casting method to increase the porosity of the alloy. This combination of wood and metal insures that the earphone chamber has no ringing" which might obscure detail or add coloration. The way the wood and metal housing moves air and reacts to sound vibrations is now virtually unaffected by transient distortions. Grado has also designed a new cable for the PS1000. The new eight-conductor cable design, utilizing UHPLC (ultra-high purity, long crystal) copper, improves control and stability of the total range of the frequency spectrum. The PS1000 also utilizes a newly re-configured voice coil and diaphragm design, resulting in unsurpassed speed and accuracy response. The cushion design creates the correct balance between the driver and hybrid housing to give the resulting musicality desired. The cushion design also makes the PS1000 one of the most comfortable to wear headphones in the world. Grado has taken all their knowledge and years of experience in controlling resonances and eliminating distortions and this has culminated in the development of their finest headphone ever, the PS1000.

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Product Information

Product Dimensions 1.1 x 1.4 x 0.3 inches
Item Weight 2.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.4 pounds
ASIN B002SKKQZO
Item model number PS1000
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4.3 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,883 in Electronics > Headphones > On-Ear Headphones
#3,810 in Electronics > Headphones > Over-Ear Headphones
#83,488 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com October 12, 2009

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By Anna Chavis on October 5, 2011
I went to a local high end audio store that had a number of headphones for comparison and after listening to most of them I tried the PS1000. The quality immediately jumped out within 2-3 seconds of listening. I've owned a number of headphones over the years and these are light years ahead of anything I've owned or heard. The only headphones I've heard that come close are the Sennheiser HD800 headphones but I give the nod to the Grados in its ability to portray the individual instruments within the recording. I own a high end audio system and the Grados driven by a Burson headphone amp puts out sounds that are comparable to my home system. They are expensive but if music matters to you and you can swing the entry fee the Grado 1000's are world class and very highly recommended.
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I started to listen with Grado cans since I was in China years ago, from sr80, sr325, rs1, mpro, gs1000 until this ps1000. Among them gs1000 gave the deepest impressions, cause it's been so different from its predecessors by the huge sound filed plus the heavy bass, this mostly aroused my desire to own a pair of PS1000 which is 80% more expensive. PS1000 didn't show a striking or ,say comprehensive boost compared with GS1000. It has a little bit smaller soundstage and heavier bass than GS1000, but the good thing about PS1000 is It's a balanced headphone with high quality in playing back all kinds of music and at the same time preserve the grado-style sound, here I mean "passion". I am not encouraging you to buy it, but it is the best phone that grado has ever made.
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Pair them with a good DAC (I'm running Apogee Duet) and a nice tube amp (I'm running Little Dot Mk III) and be done with it. Expensive? Well I bought the iGrados, the SR80's. 325is's. And thought next step is RS1000. Got these and saved myself $1000 bucks because I knew I'd want to keep going so I skipped the RS's. Especially after the 325is's. Love that Grado sound. Since music is now mostly computer based, my Krell + 6 foot tall Martin Logan Sequels don't get much use. These Grados take me back to being there in the music.

Other phones: Ultrasone Pro 750 (nice), HFI580 (nice), Senn 280 (ok), 380 (ok+), PX200 (great for a small phone). Sony MDR-V6 (good for mixing, not pleasant. Use them on my digital piano mostly). IEM's Etymotic ER6i (No! Shrill!), Klipsch S4(brilliant!). And, bless their hearts, Bose In Ear - these are actually useful for me at work because the sound is warm, they're comfortable, and I can pull them out quick. Not audiophile, take way too much power for portables, but I have to defend these as a good option for earbuds. Audio Technica ATH-ANC1 for noise cancelling, good for public transit, airplanes, priced correctly vs overhyped Bose.
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The PS1000 are the best dynamic headphones I have ever heard, and I've owned a stomach-churning number of them, including all the current flagships. These are not typical Grados, in that they actually have a soundstage, which is gorgeous. While the less expensive models may be "fun," and fantastic headphones in their own right, these are much more than that to me. It's not in the detail -- after a certain price point, the amount of additional detail has been relatively negligible in my experience -- it's in the more intangible qualities exhibited by a truly exceptional headphone. I am talking about air, space, dynamics, overall dimension, etc. The PS1000 exhibits these to stunning effect. And as far as the claim that all Grado headphones are "colored," I really can't comment in technical terms. I will say that when I listen to these, I don't hear a specific tonality, or anything that offends me or that I would like to change. I hear my music presented with breathtaking and yet subtle authority and am transported, which is the reason I listen to headphones in the first place. I thought I knew Grado before I bought the PS1000 and plugged them into my system, but it turns out I was wrong. Buy authorized, but look for discounts!
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I have had quite a few Grado headphones before, the SR60, SR325is, GS1000i to name a few. The PS1000 surpasses them all!!
I am currently hooking up the PS1000 to the Cary Exciter Headphone amp running from the Olive music server 4HD.
The sound is really exquisite..PS1000 has surpassed its predecessor GS1000i by miles. These are the area which the PS1000 did very well. (compared to GS1000)

1)Deep and strong bass.
2) Powerful midrange.
3) Details, Details Details. I am listening to more details in songs that before I felt was boring and sterile.
4) Attack and recess is very strong and precise.

For every song you have listened too before, try listening to them with the PS1000, you will walk away with a distinct feeling that you are listening
to the song or cd for the first time!

Of all the Grado headphone GS1000 is the worst, recess mid-range and bass is a real weakness. I am glad I trade it in for the PS1000.

It is the best headphone on the planet for me!
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Having use Ps1000 for 1 year and compared with other hi-end headphone. I can say that Ps1000 is the best in the market. in any perspective. some people might find them a little heavy, but improve the headband by yourself can easily solve the problem. the sound quality worth the money. highly recommended.
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