Grado PS 500 Professional Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Features -
- Vented diaphragm
- Hybrid air chamber
- UHPLC copper voice coil wire
- UHPLC copper connecting cord
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|Item Dimensions||1 x 1 x 1 in||5 x 5 x 5 in||0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 in||10 x 12.4 x 4.33 in||7.6 x 9.2 x 5.2 in||7 x 8 x 4.5 in|
|Item Weight||1 lb||0.99 lb||0.57 lb||0.57 lb||2.31 lbs||0.82 lb|
|Additional Features||DJ-Style||0||lightweight||lightweight||foldable, ios-phone-control||lightweight|
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
Top customer reviews
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. Add a small amp like a fiio E-10 and the sound gets better, beefier and louder. Add the $999 Burston 160 DS and its about as good as these will get.
Best sounding headphones (for me) that I have owned and I prefer them to the mega buck sets I had. Makes me want to try the RS1i and ultimately the PS1000. I found my sound.
UPDATE: MAN OH MAN these have gotten even better!! These are indeed my favorite headphones I have owned, hands down.
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