GRADO SURPRISES WITH GW100 BLUETOOTH HEADPHONES
Brooklyn-based headphone maestros, Grado Labs, is renowned for its open-backed ear-pleasers. However, did anyone think they'd see the day that the New York boutique brand would go Bluetooth?
Grado has hand-built headphones for audiophiles for over 60 years now. The headphones are revered for both their quality construction as much as their audio quality; the open-air cans have many admirers. But now Grado has taken most of us by surprise with the quiet revelation on their blog that their latest release, the GW100, is Bluetooth compatible.
Firstly, worry not, the GW100 features the same open-air design, retro-inspired look, and Grado’s audio drivers.
Grado told StereoNET
“We took our time and made no compromises in the GW-100. Nothing is lost except the wires. Inside the GW100 are our signature Grado drivers, the same ones found in our wired headphone line.”
The company added:
“Throughout our wired headphones the drivers are changed for the housing they're in, and the GW100 is no different. We've configured these specifically for the wireless headphones.”
Grado GW100 specs
- Bluetooth Version: 4.2 with apt-X
- Battery Capacity: 320mAH
- Working Distance: 10m
- Battery Life: 15 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
The specs released so far states that the GW100 features Bluetooth 4.2 apt-X, a dynamic transducer, and a bundled 3.5mm audio cable for wired duties. Grado says that the headphones will run for 15-hours before needing a recharge when used at 50% volume. There is no mention of any fast-charge tech; only that recharging is taken care of via a bundled micro-USB cable.
The GW100 is also packing a built-in microphone for hands-free calling.
Presently, there is no exact UK release date or pricing given by Grado. However, the company’s official US online store has the GW100 listed for $249 so; this puts them in Prestige Series pricing.
Grado GW100 UK Pricing
We have now had it confirmed that the Grado GW100 costs £199.99 here in the UK.
For more information, head on over to Grado.
StereoNET UK’s Editor and Bass playing gadget junkie. He’s captained the good ship GadgetyNews for over a decade, making low jargon high tech a very handy thing. His passion for gadgets and Hi-Fi is second only to being a touring musician.
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