July 23, 2014 AT 4:07 pm

Grado Headphones made in Brooklyn #WearableWednesday

Awesome video inside the Grado headphone factory in Brooklyn, New York on Ars Technica!

Buried in a packed townhouse on a quiet street in south Brooklyn is a manufacturing operation that produces some of the most renowned headphones in the business. Despite Yelp reviews for the business, Grado Labs doesn’t sell directly from its location to consumers, though it does take the occasional walk-up request for repairs. For the most part, its long-time employees, including owner John Grado and his son Jonathan, tinker away through four crowded floors on audio gear that hasn’t appeared in advertising since the 1960’s.

In the building, the company assembles and ships models that range from the flagship PS1000, priced at $1,700, to the $79 SR60s. As of early June, Grado has evolved the drivers for the second time in 23 years, from the I-series to the E-series.


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  2. Steve knows a good CAPTCHA when he sees one — it truly has captcha’d my heart

  3. I love my Grado SR80s. The open design makes them sound far superior to closed designs (most headphones), although the leakage involved with this design makes them rather useless if your goal is to not distract those in the same room as you. I’m excited to use them with my VR rig.

    I eventually want to hack them to be self contained Aptx Bluetooth headphones with a built-in amplifier.

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