Grado GW100 V2 Wireless Series Headphones 5.0 Bluetooth


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Grado GW100 Headphone Wireless Series

Precision Takes Patience

  • Wireless
  • Notably Reduced Escaping Sound
  • Lightweight
  • Mic and Voice Control
  • Voice Assistant
  • Touch Controls
  • WS Cushions
  • 40 hours battery
  • Wire included
  • De-stressed Driver
  • Drivers Matched .1dB

Since 1953 Grado Labs has adapted at our own pace, and the first wireless Grado headphone is only the first step in what’s to come. We took our time to get the sound just right and made no compromises in the GW100. Nothing is lost except the wires.

Inside the GW100 are none other than our signature Grado drivers. These speakers are the same ones we build for our wired headphones, which are finely tuned for the different enclosures we use. Grado Labs' first wireless headphone is no different, with drivers configured specifically for them. The desired sonic capabilities of the GW100 would not be possible without decades of experience in driver design.

"Grado’s first Bluetooth headphones are everything I wanted them to be"

- Gizmodo, Mario Aguilar

"Editors’ Choice & Best Overall Headphone"

- Popular Mechanics

The GW100 are the worlds first open-back Bluetooth headphones. Their speaker housings and internals have been designed from the ground up, now working in tandem to notably diminish escaping sound by up to 60%.*

*As compared to our wired headphones. Leakage reduction varies in certain situations. This is based on a reasonable distance, angle, and genre of music played.

There is a design language that’s seen throughout all of our headphones since we started building them nearly 30 years ago. The GW100 continues this, looking like it’s part of the family simply at a glance. These wireless Grado headphones are a milestone in our 65 year history. 

"Striking and Refreshingly Affordable"

- Gear Patrol, Tucker Bowe
Technical specifications :
  • Bluetooth Version: 5.0
  • Battery Capacity: 850mAH
  • Working Distance: 10m
  • Battery Life: 40 hours**
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz~20KHz
  • Mic Sensitivity: 42dB +/- 3dB
  • Transducer Type: Dynamic
  • Operating Principle: Open Air
  • SPL 1mW: 99.8 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Driver Matched dB: .05 dB
In the Box: Headphones, Warranty, Grado story-sheet, USBc charging cable, 3.5mm audio cable

Heritage Matters

Grado Labs is a Brooklyn based company that hand makes headphones and cartridges. Family run since 1953, Grado has seen three generations: Joseph, John, and Jonathan Grado. As Ars Technica says, “…on a quiet street in south Brooklyn is a manufacturing operation that produces some of the most renowned headphones… it's just the Grados in their narrow townhouse making the little-known, well-loved line of headphones.”

 Joseph John Jonathan Grado Three Generations 2016

1953-1989: Foundation and phono cartridges

Grado Labs was founded by Joseph Grado (1924-2015) in 1953 in Brooklyn. Over the past 61 years, Grado has become famous for their remarkable headphone and phono cartridge designs. Joseph Grado is responsible for more innovations in phono cartridge design than any other person in our lifetime, inventing the stereo moving coil phono cartridge and holding more than 48 patents.

Joseph Grado is responsible for more innovations in phono cartridge design than any other person in our lifetime. He was inducted into the Audio Hall of Fame in 1982.

Born in New York, Joseph Grado left vocational high school at age 16, where he had been studying watch-making and had been at the top of his class. He went to work for Tiffany & Company and also taught the craft of watch-making in the evenings. When he discovered hi-fi sound in the early fifties, he visited Saul Marantz to get help in improving the sound of his audio system. Impressed by Joseph's gifted ear, Marantz sent him over to Sherman Fairchild's floundering hi-fi division. With Saul Marantz making the introductions, Joseph promptly landed a top position in the company. As soon as he came up with a design for a viable product, he went out on his own. Scraping together $2,000, Joseph began to produce phono cartridges. In 1953 he started production of his cartridges on the kitchen table, Grado Labs’ first home. In 1955 Joseph opened a factory in Brooklyn on the site of his Sicilian born father's grocery business which, to this day, has been the home of Grado Laboratories.

In the early years Grado also produced speakers, turntables and the highly acclaimed wooden tone-arm, which came in several models. In 1963 all of Grado's resources were dedicated to creating the world's finest phono cartridges. Grado Labs ceased production of all other products and, for the next 21 years, focused only on cartridges. In 1976 phono cartridge design was taken to the next level and the first true high-end cartridges were created under the tutelage of Joseph Grado Signature Products. These new cartridges were very highly regarded and were the first to reach a price tag of $1,000. In 1984 Grado introduced the Joseph Grado Signature Tone-arm that was so well received that, even now, years after the last one was shipped, calls are still received inquiring whether any are available for sale.

In the late 1980s Joseph began the development of what was to become the first true high-end dynamic headphone. The introduction of the Joseph Grado Signature Series of headphones was a major event in the evolution of headphone design. Joseph's painstaking design process, combined with nearly a half century of experience manufacturing precision audio devices, astonished even the most critical reviewers. Joseph extended headphone performance to levels previously attained by only the very best full-range speaker systems in areas of dynamics, pitch control, harmonic accuracy and bass quality. In the process, he once again created a new category - true audiophile quality headphones. Now deceased, Joseph was inducted into the Audio Hall Of Fame in 1982.

1990-2012: Resurgence and first line of headphones

Taking the reins and becoming President & C.E.O. in 1990, John Grado, Joseph’s nephew, created and released Grado’s first line of headphones that the Brooklyn company is known for today. From Grado’s first headphone entry to 2014, John has created over 60 headphones. This Prestige Series of headphones went on to win more awards than any other headphone line in the world. He had come a long way from sweeping the floors of Grado in the ‘60s. 

In the beginning, John lived with his family on the top floor of the factory. His wife, Loretta, and he would build  the headphone order themselves on a small worker’s bench everyday for the first few years. Around the same time of the introduction of the headphones, he built the Grado Towers: a twin set of six foot tall stack of 32 RS1 drivers (64 total) encompassed in a wooden body. Due to the immediate popularity of the headphones though, the Grado Towers remain unreleased to this day as there was no need to enter both the speaker and headphone space. The Towers are currently in Grado’s Listening Room, which WIRED calls, “the Magical Room Where the Best Headphones in the World Are Made”. 

John Lived With His Family On The Top Floor Of The Factory. His Wife, Loretta, And He Would Build The Headphone Orders Themselves On A Small Worker’s Bench Everyday

With a new focus on headphones, John didn’t forget about Grado’s roots. He set out to redesign the entire Grado line of phono cartridges. John took the knowledge gained while designing the wooden Reference headphones and applied this in the cartridge designs. Grado’s system of damping has virtually eliminated resonant distortions in the magnetic and electrical circuits in the cartridge, bringing analog to a new level of performance. The wooden Reference and Statement Series of phono cartridges have been praised by analog aficionados as "the most significant advancement involving analog reproduction in the last thirty years", and honored with a Golden Note Award for analog design. Grado also revised the entry level cartridges with the Prestige Series which has been touted as the "Best Value" in phono cartridges in the world.

John has brought Grado’s headphone lines from one generation to the next, introducing every headphone that is available to this day. In 2008 he created The i Series, the second generation of Grado. For the first time, he also decided to enter the in-ear headphone market at the urging of his sons, Jonathan and Matthew. In 2011 the in-ears came to fruition. The boys realized the importance of this booming segment of the headphone market and that the third generation of Grado would be a part of it. Jonathan and Matthew were both instrumental in the process of voicing of the iGi, GR8 and the GR10. 

2013-Present: Grado goes social and The e Series

Jonathan Grado is now Vice President of Marketing for Grado Labs, “I grew up on the top floor of Grado Labs,” says Jonathan, “so now I’m working with people who have known me all my life". Even though he’s John’s eldest son, Jonathan never felt pressured to join the family company. It was only in his sophomore year of college that he found a passion talking to Grado users, leading him to craft Grado’s social efforts and expand the company’s narrative.  Jonathan was in charge of the launch of The e Series, the third generation of headphones, in mid 2014. Although the new headphones look suspiciously similar to the older models, everything about them is improved. From the housings to the wiring, to the cones and coils, The e Series represents Grado’s third generation of audio excellence. With being named in the Top 8 Most Social Small Businesses in America, Grado has shown it can adapt while keeping their traditions deep rooted in family, quality, and Brooklyn

"I Grew Up On The Top Floor Of Grado Labs," says Jonathan, "So Now I’m Working With People Who Have Known Me All My Life"

John and Loretta Grado with sons Matthew (L) and Jonathan (R).

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Qualità Grado

La maggior parte delle persone si chiede se questa primissima cuffia Bluetooth di casa Grado suona dettagliata, aperta e dinamica come Grado firma le sue cuffie.
Sul web si trovano poche informazioni, su YouTube poi, troneggiano principalmente social-recensori pseudo vip a cui interessa solo raggiungere lo sperato like, e quindi un semplice appassionato di musica e elettronica, non trovando nulla di concreto sul web, finisce per comprare -di getto(!) -questa cuffia, sperando che il suono rispecchi le aspettative di qualità Grado.

La mia recensione è quindi indirizzata perlopiù agli appassionati esigenti di conoscenza che amano informarsi prima di acquistare, e a coloro che apprezzano l’espressione della musica come forma d’arte, al fine di avvertire quell’emozione, imprevedibile e involontaria, che non si limita a essere rilegata freneticamente in un contenitore (come possono essere un paio di cuffie) nell’attesa di essere giudicata, ma che si lascia trasportare ben oltre il contesto della valutazione matematica delle frequenze.

Il primissimo dato emerso ascoltando questa cuffia, dopo un rodaggio di circa 40 ore, è che il suono è diverso, ma non troppo, dal classico timbro di casa Grado.
L’ascolto è avvenuto con un IPhone su file acquistati e scaricati direttamente da ITunes (256 kbps) riprodotti ovviamente tramite Bluetooth.

La cuffia vi arriverà in una scatola di cartone spartana ed essenziale, che non ha niente di diverso dalle altre cuffie Grado, sebbene sia presente un foglio con cenni storici di famiglia a voler impreziosire il contenuto.

Appena presa in mano la GW100 mi ha trasmesso un senso di modernità, come se lo stile vintage che caratterizza da anni lo stile Grado fosse svanito e si volesse di colpo stare al passo coi tempi in cerca di nuovi potenziali “giovani” clienti.
Leggera, assemblata con plastica di buona qualità, l’archetto in finta pelle, molto sottile, al tatto si ha l’impressione che si screpoli velocemente con l’uso quotidiano, vedremo… .
Una volta Indossata, si percepisce quasi subito il calore dei pads chiusi che appoggiano sull’orecchio, ma è un effetto momentaneo, poiché ci si accorgerà molto presto che non c’è nessuna pressione, il disegno dell’archetto realizzato per abbracciare la testa senza mai fare pressione con i grandi moduli sulle orecchie, si rivela a mio avviso un progetto vincente.

Premendo per 3 sec un pulsante sul padiglione di sinistra, accendo la cuffia, una voce gentile in inglese mi avverte che la cuffia è accesa, bene … cerco sul telefono il Bluetooth GW100 e … in un attimo la cuffia si connette, la stessa mi avverte che la cuffia è connessa … ah ok!, non si avverte nessun sibilo o fastidioso rumore durante tutte le fasi della connessione, imposto volume a tre quarti, faccio partire un primo brano a random dalla playlist Jazz … ed ecco che i PaT Metheny Group con “Stranger in Town” prendono scena davanti a me.

Un palcoscenico che appare non molto profondo, ma ben dettagliato, da subito avverto il basso emergere maestoso e, per come Grado mi ha abituato nel corso degli anni ad ascoltare le sue cuffie, è per me una curiosa novità.
Un basso che non si nasconde, ma che anzi appare quasi “pompato” fin dalle prime note, chiarisco; non slabbrato o roboante, non colora assolutamente il medio basso, che rimane sempre “in tiro” e fluido, diciamo piuttosto che rappresenta un suono diverso dal “basso stretto” che di solito dimora in casa Grado, sulla GW100 acquista più corpo e spinta, non profondo come una RS1, ma più imponente e in primo piano, divenendo talvolta forse un po’ troppo presente di quanto dovrebbe essere, (e qui probabilmente si avverte la veridicità di chi afferma esserci un DSP a bordo) ad alcuni sicuramente piacerà questa novità, ai puristi nudi e crudi del sound Grado invece non credo, quel che comunque mi è ben chiaro fin dalle prime note, è che è un basso che avvolge ed emoziona, poiché l’articolazione, la velocità, la decadenza nel defluire naturalmente le note del basso, ad es in un contrabbasso, rimangono sempre molto “reali”.

Le medie frequenze, inizialmente, si adagiano quasi con timidezza sullo spettro sonoro, schiacciate un po’ dal basso e mediobasso, in proporzione sembra che le medie e medioalte siano situate in un driver più piccolo e lontano rispetto a quello destinato al basso, ma è solo l’effetto creato dal suono del basso che, esponenzialmente, fa sembrare il mediobasso un po’ più gonfio, incrociando le medie quasi con disparità di esecuzione, come se il suono man mano che raggiunge le frequenze più alte si assottigliasse.

Le alte frequenze rispecchiano il classico timbro di casa Grado, alte chiare, ben stese e ariose, mi sono piaciute particolarmente nel Jazz, dove si possono avvertire i piatti della batteria che “saltellano e riverberano” liberi e ariosi di vibrare, si percepisce aria intorno, e questo regala al suono ampio respiro e realtà della scena sonora.

Continuando con la prova di ascolto, Il prossimo brano “Body and Soul” di Cristy Baron mette in luce la capacità di restituire una voce credibile e naturale in una tipica atmosfera da jazz club, il timbro caldo della Baron si specchia in un bel fronte, apparendo naturale, mentre il dettaglio restituisce la scena sonora con una profondità leggermente inferiore all’originale, ma comunque con un’ottima immagine e con tutti gli strumenti ben chiari e a fuoco, non si avverte nessuna confusa mescola sonora, nemmeno a volumi prossimi al max.

Ascoltando la GW100 via cavo la risoluzione aumenta notevolmente, ma sempre con la curva di risposta come sopra descritta, con un leggero meno accento sulle note basse.
Trovo comunque che sia più piacevole e “libertino” godere della GW100 via Bluetooth per come è stata progettata, magari mentre spensieratamente si fanno cose in giro per casa, o si sta comodi sul divano ascoltando musica, senza l’interferenza fisica del cavo.

Buona musica a tutti.

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La struttura non e' delle migliori , plasticosa, ma appena accoppiate ,cosa facilisssima, ci si dimentica tutto e sforna la grande qualita' di Grado . Non sono certo cuffie da portare i strada ma per chi come me ha gia altre della stessa marca a filo e si vuole stendere in poltrona sono eccezionali . Grado come sempre no mi ha deluso . P.s ottimo sevizio i due tre giorni Play Stereo le ha recapitate

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