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PS1000

PS1000

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The manufacture of the PS1000 housing is a complicated and proprietary process that results in a sonic signature and voicing that is the Grado hallmark. An important step in this process is the metal housing being stressed and then cured resulting in a unique aesthetic finish. As with all Grado products the most important aspect is the sound. If you are interested in owning the finest headphone Grado has ever produced then the PS1000 is the choice that will satisfy the most critical music lovers.

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PS1000 REVIEW

The 8th Annual Positive Feedback Online's Writers' Choice Awards for 2011 - The Best of the Best!
David W. Robinson, Editor-in-Chief

Beginning at the end of 2003, PFO established its first annual awards for fine audio. The Brutus Award was established for the best that Dave Clark and I had heard in our own listening rooms during that year. You can think of it as our equivalent of an "Editors' Choice" award.

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It is our hope that you will find the PFO Writers' Choice Awards to be helpful to you in your audio journey.

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PS1000

Features:

Vented diaphragm

Hybrid air chamber

UHPLC copper voice coil wire

UHPLC copper connecting cord


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Tranducer type
dynamic
Operating principle
open air
Frequency Response
5-50
SPL 1mW
98
Normal Impedance
32ohms
Driver matched db
.05

Grado is proud to introduce the new flagship of their headphone line, the PS1000. This hybrid design has an inner sleeve of a selected species of hand-crafted mahogany made by using an intricate curing process. Its outer housing of metal machined from a special non-resonant, very hard metal alloy utilizes a special processing and casting method to increase the porosity of the alloy. This combination of wood and metal insures that the earphone chamber has no "ringing" which might obscure detail or add coloration. The way the wood and metal housing moves air and reacts to sound vibrations is now virtually unaffected by transient distortions. Grado has also designed a new cable for the PS1000. The new eight-conductor cable design, utilizing UHPLC (ultra-high purity, long crystal) copper, improves control and stability of the total range of the frequency spectrum. The PS1000 also utilizes a newly re-configured voice coil and diaphragm design, resulting in unsurpassed speed and accuracy response. The cushion design creates the correct balance between the driver and hybrid housing to give the resulting musicality desired. The cushion design also makes the PS1000 one of the most comfortable to wear headphones in the world. Grado has taken all their knowledge and years of experience in controlling resonances and eliminating distortions and this has culminated in the development of their finest headphone ever, the PS1000.

Listen, enjoy and agree.

"Brilliant resolution; cohesive; rhythmic; strong dynamics; impressive bass insight. The PS1000s are undoubtedly one of the finest headphones money can buy."
— What HiFi/ England
"The PS1000's are finally, the first set of headphones that would motivate me to sell all the rest, because these PS1000s do it all and do it as flawlessly as I've yet experienced. The PS1000's are the very best Grado headphone ever made."
— Jason Morin, aka Zanth on head-fi.org
"I've been listening to Grado headphones for over 15 years, and I have to say that the PS1000 is the greatest headphone theyve ever made."
— Mark Rivera, long time member of the Billy Joel Band & Musical Director for Ringo Star
"...we think the PS1000 is the best-looking and best-sounding headphone we've tested from the company. That also makes it one of the best pair of headphones we've ever heard."
— Steve Guttenberg/CNET
"Built to last and a masterpiece of engineering, they are the first conventional driver headphones to outperform Stax electrostats across the board. What an accomplishment!"
— Positive Feedback Online / Robert H. Levi
"In any type of music, at any level, this is music reproduction of the highest order which convinces both instinctively and analytically. Hats off to Grado!"
— Hi Fi Choice magazine / Richard Black
"The Grado model PS-1000 is like a statistical anomaly that comes up once in a great while, like a great ballplayer that comes along once in a generation or two. The PS-1000 retrieves all the data sent it, with delicacy, or power (as the music demands), without smearing or masking. I think they are the Willie Mays, Derek Jeter or Peyton Manning of Grado headphones."
— Positive Feedback Online / Max Dudious
"For a sense of the instrumental separation that the PS1000s can deliver, go no farther than Rodrigo Y Gabriela's version of "Stairway to Heaven". As a bridge out of the slow intro gets going, there is a lot of fast chord work happening on acoustic guitars and you can hear every string clearly. The sound on this track was amazing enough that I had to play it twice."
— AVguide / Tom Martin
"...the PS1000s are simply the best-sounding, most comfortable, and best-looking Grado headphones we've ever tested."
— Cnet reviews / Steve Guttenberg