Grado PS1000 Headphones (Playback 25)

Grado Laboratories PS1000
Grado PS1000 Headphones (Playback 25)
  • The HD 800s are a little more accurately balanced in the upper midrange, while lower midrange body on the PS1000s seems more natural.
  • The HD 800s are slightly brighter than the PS1000s; the difference is small.
  • The PS1000s have somewhat more mid-bass than either live music or the slightly reticent HD 800s.
  • The HD 800s seem to have better deep bass.
  • The PS1000s have smoother yet more detailed treble.
  • The PS1000s are slightly softer or more damped sounding; they are also more forgiving of bad recordings (a strength of both models, actually).



The PS1000 ear cups are very big and the clamping force is low. I thought they were comfortable for long periods, though they are heavy. They might they aggravate pressure points after very long sessions. If you move around, their weight might make them feel tippy.

The PS1000s come with a one-meter cord and a phone plug. Grado also includes an extension cord.


Grado’s PS1000 is a well-balanced headphone that gets excels on the details and subtleties of music.


Grado PS1000 Headphones

Accessories: Extension cord
Weight: n/a
Sensitivity: 98dB (1 mw input)
Impedance: 32 ohms
Price: $1695.00

Grado Laboratories
4614 Seventh Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11220
(718) 435 5340

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