Some listeners tend to raise the volume on headphones to improve detail in the highs and get more impact in the lows. However, jacking the jams can result in permanent damage to your hearing -- a terrible thing for a lifetime of headphone listening enjoyment.
But with a slightly tipped-up response both high and low, the Grado GS1000e is an ideal audiophile headphone for low volume listening. You'll get that famous Grado immediacy and transparency at safe listening levels.
It took around 300 years for scientific analysis to finally grasp the complexity of craftsmanship found in a Stradivarius violin. Of course, we think scientific research has done wonders delivering highly neutral and articulate audio reproduction. But science can only shoot for a technical goal. As soon as you ask scientists to give you an emotional or subjective result like 'bloom' or 'warmth', pure technologists will just stare at you with a glazed expression.
The family-run operation at Brooklyn's Grado Labs have spent decades traveling the high road of craftsmanship searching for a personal audio goal. Largely turning a blind eye to cold numbers, they've tweaked, twiddled and obsessively fine-tuned their line of hand-made headphones to produce a sound that suits a particular listening desire.
A quick look at our scientifically-measured frequency response graphs of the GS 1000e below and you'll note they have something resembling a 'U' shaped response with rises at both bass and treble. When we listen to these headphones at loud listening levels (+90dB), we find the tonal presentation can become a bit pudgy.
But as sophisticated headphone aficionados know well, listening for long periods of time at high volumes is a very risky thing to do for your hearing safety. All of us here at Headphone.com listen at fairly low levels when having extended sessions.
But we've also discovered low-level listening often lacks the intense engagement we always like to have with our music. The reason is simple: an understanding of the Fletcher-Munson Equal Loudness Contour Curve reveals that you need to considerably tip up the bass and the treble response to get the audio to sound 'flat' at lower volumes (remember those 'Loudness' buttons on old stereo receivers!)
Well, guess what - the Grado GS-1000e has a frequency response curve that looks remarkably similar to Fletcher-Munson specs, meaning its just about right for perfect low-level listening. In extended sessions, we found these headphones deliver low-volume listening satisfaction with no other equal in this regard.
Creamy and lush, the GS1000e brings a lot of fun back to the type of headphone listening we do every single day around here. They may not necessarily be the ultimate last word in reference cans for the recording tech or mastering engineer, but for the sheer fun of excellent quiet musical enjoyment, they just can't be beat.
We recommend the Grado GS1000e for all low-level long-term listening uses. It's even a whole lot of fun to listen to directly out of a smartphone or tablet without a headphone amp. Expect impressed looks bumpin' this big woody pony on a busy city street. Rock On!
The recent Grado GS-1000e update improves upon the headphone cord and overall construction of previous editions. It also uses a new wood species in the manufacturing with a more uniform coloration compared to older models' rather variable wood cosmetics.
The comfort is somewhat similar to other Grado wooden cans like the RS1 and RS2, but the GS1000e falls more into the 'behemoth' category in its overall sizing and styling - everything's really BIG! It sports big mahogany wood earcup shells, big foam earcups and the traditional - albeit slightly bigger/wider - leather-padded headband with individually adjustable earcup slides for fit adjustment.
When Taron and Andrew Lissimore started headphones.com, they wanted to create the headphone store they wished existed. As headphone enthusiasts, they wanted a store with 365-day returns.
So they decided they were going to try to make 365-day returns work - no matter how ridiculous it sounded to their wives.
Years later, they're still doing it, and their wives still think they're crazy.
So take some time to get to know your new gear. We want you to enjoy your purchase for years, not just a few weeks. If you're not satisfied, you can return items in like-new condition for up to 365-days.
How To Make a Return
1. Follow the link below.
To get the return process started, you just need to click this link. Enter your order number as well as e-mail address to get it started and after that just follow the steps outlined in the portal (note open-box, special order and sale items are not eligible). A pre-paid shipping label will be generated for you a deducted from your refund after being processed.
2. Pack Your Items Carefully
Your item must be in like-new condition with its original packaging. It must also include all original accessories and manuals. Please add a larger shipping box to protect the original packaging during shipping.
Important Refund Details
Refund or Exchange
You may choose either a refund or an exchange for the full cost of the item. The refund will be processed on the same method of payment you used to make the original purchase.
A pre-paid shipping label is generated for you. It is deducted from the final refund total after inpsection.
If you are returning a defective product, the product must be repaired under manufacturer's warranty before a refund is issued. If the manufacturer claims the product cannot be repaired under warranty due to damage outside of warranty, the product will be returned to you and no refund will be issued.
Like New Condition
Headphones.com may refuse a return or charge a restocking fee if the items are not complete and in like-new condition. Here are some examples of returns that would incur a restocking fee:
- The returned item is missing accessories or parts that were included with the original product
- There are obvious signs of wear (scratches, dirt, worn out parts etc.)
Here are some examples of returns that may be refused:
- The serial number on the returned product is different from the serial number that was originally shipped.
- The item has been damaged through mishandling (water damage, drop damage etc.)
Special order, sale and open-box items are not covered by our 365-day return policy. However they are usually covered by the manufacturers warranty.
Special order items are non-cancellable and non-returnable. The estimated shipping window is just an estimate, your item may ship sooner or later than the estimate.
Return shipping is paid by the customer.
Products with Batteries
15% restocking fee.
Returned products that have been damaged cannot be returned. Regular wear and tear is expected. Each return is inspected and tested.
Returns with missing accessories
20% restocking fee.
Bundled Item Return
All items from the bundle must be returned. If an item is missing, retail value for the item will be deducted.
Return of a purchase with a missing or damaged free item
Retail value of the missing/damaged gift items.
Return of more than 2 items in a 365-Day Period
25% restocking fee on each additional return.
Open-Box, Sale and Special Order
These items are final sale however the manufacturers warranty still applies
Return Policy Abuse
In order to provide a 365-day return policy, we need to take abuse seriously.
We monitor a buyers ratio of purchased to returned products. If it exceeds an internal threshold they will no longer be allowed to place orders with Headphones.com. This includes customers who spread returns across multiple accounts.
We made our return policy to help you find gear you feel great about for a long time. Most people use it exactly as intended. We don't want the handful of people who attempt to abuse our policy to ruin it for everyone else.
If you paid with a cryptocurrency, the returned amount will be equal to the USD equivalent of your payment on CoinGecko.com at the time the refund is processed. The return will be made in the currency of your original order.
After You've Made a Return
Each return is inspected at our warehouse. During busy times these inspections may take a few extra days.
Refund or Credit
We will notify you by email when your refund or credit has been processed. It may take a few business days for a refund to appear in your account. This is determined by your financial institution.
If you still have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and an advisor will be happy to help.
One of the key things we pride ourselves on is our customer service and one of the most important aspects of our customer service is getting you your product on time! But not only do we want to get it to you on time, we want to make sure we are using a reliable courier so the experience for you is the best possible. That is why we ship all of our orders with UPS.
While couriers like USPS are tempting because of their low cost, we have found that they are not a good experience for our customers. Nobody wants their package to not be delivered and then have to spend an hour on hold with the local post office trying to get information. To that end, all of our packages are shipped signature required with UPS to make sure your package arrives in your hands safe and sound and if there are any issues, your time isn't wasted.
However, if you are looking to ship to PO Box or APO address, we can definitely accommodate your shipping needs!
How Much Does Shipping Cost?
Shipping in the US and Canada is free, no matter what (you do always have the choice to upgrade your shipping at checkout as well).
UPS Ground Shipping
All orders under $500 qualify for free UPS Ground shipping.
UPS 2nd Day Air Shipping
All orders between $500 - $999 get free UPS 2nd Day Air shipping.
UPS Next Day Air Shipping
All orders over $1000 qualify for free UPS Next Day Air shipping.
How Soon Will My Order Ship
We strive for every item we have on the website to be in stock and ready to ship the same day. So if your order is in stock and you place your order before 2pm PST, it will ship that same day.
Sometimes, we like to give our customers the opportunity to place orders on backordered items or pre-orders. In those situations, it will be clearly written on the page that the product is backordered or available for pre-order. When the item is back in stock, it will ship out with the UPS shipping methods above.
Questions About Shipping
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