Why are headphones so popular?
1] Good headphones cost a fraction of the price of good speakers.
2] Good headphones dramatically improve the sound of an ipod or other portables.
3] Difficult room acoustics are no longer a problem. You are always in the sweetest listening position.
4] Good modern headphones are comfortable & lightweight.
5] Receivers, plus most integrated amps, preamps & CD players have headphone jacks.
6] If your equipment does not have a headphone jack, a good headphone amp costs far less than a good power amp. Rega or Grado headphone amps sound far better than the headphone amps that are in receivers, integrated amps or preamps.
7] Headphones help family harmony & sanity. Since not everyone in your home wants to hear the same music at the same time, headphones can definitely ensure domestic tranquility.
"ARE THE BEST AFFORDABLE SPEAKERS ACTUALLY HEADPHONES?
I've reviewed headphones for PLAYBACK & think headphones may be the most cost-effective way to access true top-tier sound. Most flagship headphones are under $2000, yet they deliver the well-balanced, wide-range frequency response, dynamics & lavish detail of high-end speakers for $10,000 - $20,000 or more. Headphones can't equal a great speaker in reproducing a realistic soundstage, but they provide an almost microscopically intimate view of subtle details of most recordings. Not a bad tradeoff, is it?" ABSOLUTE SOUND April/May 10
We have available:
HEADPHONE AMPS: Creek, Grado, Lehmann, Music Hall, Vincent HEADPHONE REVIEWS
HEADPHONES: Audio-Technica, Denon Pro, Focal, Grado, Yamaha
Spirit One, $279, 5 STARS in Sound & Build Quality, TOP-RATED, Now available in blck & red, "Sound is refined, subtle, expressive, dynamic, detailed & rewardingly communicative; transparent & revealing. They never approach sounding brittle, brash or unnaturally bright. It's a very clever design. Excelled in detail; instruments remained distinct & separate. Their finest part is the way it knitted all these elements & qualities together to imbue music with integrity, coherence & credibility. It presented a persuasive & exciting portrayal of music that fully engaged the listener. One can enjoy this optimal engagement without the discomfort of hot, sweaty, ears. The Spirit One receives a definite no-hesitation recommendation." HIFI CHOICE 4/12
All except iGRADO are handmade in N.Y.
iGRADO, $49, 5 STARS, TOP RATED, BEST PORTABLE HEADPHONES, "More detail, range, sense of of scale & sheer musicality than anything at this price." WHAT HI-FI AWARDS
SR60i, $79, "For sheer musical enjoyment,
these are hard to beat."
BEST BUY, HI-FI CHOICE
"Full bass & excellent detail resolution."
EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, same class as $400 'phones, STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 4/11
5 STARS, TOP RATED, above $309 AKG K601; Bose Quiet Comfort 3 & Triport; $450 Shure 530; & Sony MDRV700dj WHAT HI-FI 7/08
"The Mighty Mouse of headphones; superb midrange transparency & natural dynamics. Well-balanced treble, well-defined bass. Can be driven directly from an iPod or other digital player. Comfortable." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11
"Great audio bargain. Has the signature Grado midrange excellence. lt delivers just enough midbass warmth to satisfy." ABSOLUTE SOUND 11/12
A leading consumer magazine rated the SR60i second best Home / Studio headphone. The SR80i was rated the best. The SR60i had a better score than $300 Bose; $110 JVC; Sennheiser & Audio-Technica headphones.
SR80i, $99, BEST HEADPHONES up to $200, Awards 2010. "Beautifully revealing, awesomely detailed, musical, natural & simply beautiful."
WHAT HI-FI 12/10
BEST BUY, HEADPHONE UNDER $280, HI-FI CHOICE AWARDS 2008
A leading consumer magazine rated the SR80i as the best of all 18 headphones tested, beating out $300 Bose, $300 B&W, $350 Sony & $200 AKG headphones, as well as Sennheiser, Klipsch, Monster, JVC & Audio-Technica headphones.
"The Mighty Mouse of headphones; superb midrange transparency & natural dynamics. Well-balanced treble, well-defined bass. Can be driven directly from an iPod or other digital player. Comfortable."
SR125i, $149, "Neutral, detailed & warm sounding; extended frequency extremes & wide dynamic range. Sounds natural at a wide range of volume levels. Never aurally or physically fatiguing. Both musical & revealing, amazingly comfortable, more than any other headphone. Grado's biggest bang for the buck." EXCEPTIONAL VALUE, in same class as $430 headphones,
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 4/09
5 STARS, TOP RATED, above $309 AKG K601; Bose Quiet Comfort 3 & Triport; $450 Shure 530 & Sony MDRV700dj WHAT HI-FI 7/08
SR225i, $199, BEST BUY, HI-FI CHOICE 2/08
SR325i, $295, BEST HEADPHONES up to $700, Awards 2010. "Analytical, fast & attacking. Speakers of equivalent quality would cost thousands." WHAT HI-FI 12/10
"Highly sophisticated & detailed sound with great extension." BEST BUY, HI-FI CHOICE 2/08
"Greater treble extension & more efficient than another companies' $600 headphones."
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 10/09; rated in the same class as $600 headphones
"A unique, hear-through-the-veils kind of transparency." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/10
"For under $650, you can achieve sound quality that costs thousands [with] Grado SR325 & RA1 headphone amp. Grados are chosen by the most discriminating sound pros." OPERA NEWS 10/02
GR10 In-Ear headphone, $399, "The first thing I noticed was the quality bass response, which was mighty impressive. One will surely appreciate their honest, yet deep reaching low-end frequency response, able to set off the part of my brain that responds to low-end thunder. Grado was conscious of the bass overpowering other frequencies & thankfully this does not occur. The GR10 midrange is most noteworthy.
The treble, too, was well served by the GR10. It echoed not only the fine traits of the bass & midrange, but also reflected well on the Grado engineers' decision not to overtax the driver. The treble was well integrated into the rest of the sound of the GR10, never drawing undue attention to itself, but at the same time demonstrating its ability to render any instrument that contained significant amounts of treble energy as very lifelike.
The Grado GR10 is a significant advancement over the already fine Grado GR8 in-ear headphone. The GR8 is very reasonably priced & quite a fine product, but for only a C-note more one can experience even greater pleasure from a medium that all music lovers & audiophiles on-the-go will surely appreciate. The GR10 -- an outstanding, relatively affordable in-ear headphone that audiophiles can enjoy. AUGUST 2011 AUDIOPHILE
RS2i, $495, "Remarkably vivid, vibrant & engaging midrange. Sweet, silky smooth highs & taut, lively bass. Gobs of resolution & inner detail. Truly breath-taking openness. As much resolution as $16,000 speakers. That's amazing." PLAYBACK
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11
RS1i, $695, "A music lover's component."
INNER EAR, v. 17, #3, 07
"I like these more than AKG K701 or Sennheiser HD650. Grado's luscious sound scores an immediate "wow". The hand-crafted, real-mahogany headphone has a technicolor-rich sound. I'm right there with the musicians. l love these. Speakers capable of a glimpse of their astonishing clarity have stratosperic prices." HOME ENTERTAINMENT
5 STARS, TOP RATED above AKG 301xtra & K601; Bose Quiet Comfort 3 & Triport; Sennheiser 485 & 585; Shure Se210, 530 & 530pth & Sony MDRV700dj WHAT HI-FI 7/08
GS1000i, $995, "Comfort personified & built for long listening sessions. Your ears will never feel more coddled than with these luxury foam
headphones. Terrific; an unforgettably mind-expanding soundstage." ABSOLUTE SOUND
EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/10
BEST HEADPHONE, "Nothing comes close. If you want to hear what your music really sounds like, the GS1000 will prove irresistable.
HI-FI CHOICE AWARDS 2008
"The Rolls Royce of headphones. The most alluring trait was its mind expanding soundstage." ABSOLUTE SOUND 1/08
"I gush over the way they clarify live recordings. The sound seemed to surround me, with a rare ability to resolve depth, just as in a concert hall. Ditto for revealing rock & jazz CDs. Grados have always been exciting. The bass is deep, yet more controlled & precise than ever before. They are a natural for home theater. Their unfailing resolution of micro-details revealed the spatial cues & ambience of each locale. Their sound really pulls you into the music, so much so it's hard to stop listening." HOME ENTERTAINMENT 12/08
5 STARS, "Amazing performance, simply awesome," TOP RATED above AKG 301xtra & K601; Bose Quiet Comfort 3 & Triport; Sennheiser 485 & 585; Shure Se210, 530 & 530pth; & Sony MDRV700dj WHAT HI-FI 7/08
PS1000i, $1695, "It builds on Grado's
signature midrange excellence by offering a more extended sound on both ends of the frequency spectrum. It really shines by delivering low-level detail in an effortless, relaxed way." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11, 11/12
GRADO Headphone Amp
ALL GRADO AMPS are handmade in NY
RA1, $350, "With tube-like timbre & a sweet, relaxed sound, it makes extended headphone listening a joy. Although battery-driven, it's more at home in your equipment rack than on the road. A beautiful wooden case finishes off this gem." ABSOLUTE SOUND 10/07
"Perfect for high-end road warriors. A specialist that brings out the best." ABSOLUTE SOUND
EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11
"High-end headphone amplification for any system. With Grado top-notch headphones, it's a sumptuous personal listening experience." OPERA NEWS 12/00
"For under $650, you can achieve sound quality that typically costs thousands [with] the Grado SR325 headphones & RA1 headphone amp." OPERA NEWS 10/02
"Excellent value for the money. Clearly a music lover's component." INNER EAR, vol 17, #3, 07
PRO-JECT HEAD BOX SEII, $399, allows connection of two headphones each with its own volume control, 4x3x6" 5 STAR TOP-RATED above more expensive Musical Fidelity." WHAT HI-FI, AWARDS 2008
VINCENT KHV1, list $1,000, now $899, "Adept at conveying power, heft, nuance & grace. Impressed by its testicular fortitude; drove both sets of reference headphones with plenty of headroom. Excellent measured performance." STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 4/11
We have available:
HEADPHONE AMPS: Creek, Grado, Music Hall, Vincent
HEADPHONES: Audio-Technica, Denon Pro,
Focal, Grado, Sennheiser
HEADPHONE EXTENSION CORDS: Grado
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