Grado GW100 review

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  • Grado GW100

Specs / Features


Overview
Type On-Ear
Volume Control Yes
Playback Control Yes
Noise Canceling No
Specification
Warranty (Months) 12 months
Release date -
Size
Weight N/A

Critic Reviews


Sound Guys

Wireless open-back cans fill a niche market

from Sound Guys

Grado remains one of audiophiles' go-to brands, and the company's wireless open-back headphones target a niche audience. Sound quality is excellent for Bluetooth headphones, though, and the option for wired listening is much appreciated. That said, the company's wired models are much cheaper and...More

Grado remains one of audiophiles' go-to brands, and the company's wireless open-back headphones target a niche audience. Sound quality is excellent for Bluetooth headphones, though, and the option for wired listening is much appreciated. That said, the company's wired models are much cheaper and provide a near identical listening experience.

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Tom's Guide

Rich sound in a retro shell

from Tom's Guide

Audio purists who want rich sound and reliable comfort in a no-frills package should seek out the Grado GW100.

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Audio purists who want rich sound and reliable comfort in a no-frills package should seek out the Grado GW100.

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Engadget

The company’s first wireless headphones offer its trademark sound with caveats

from Engadget

Grado Labs’ first wireless headphones sound great, and are light and comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time. However, the signature open-back design that helps create that stellar audio also enables whoever is around you to hear your tunes. The GW100 is best for personal listening...More

Grado Labs’ first wireless headphones sound great, and are light and comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time. However, the signature open-back design that helps create that stellar audio also enables whoever is around you to hear your tunes. The GW100 is best for personal listening in a more isolated space, rather than an every day set of headphones you’d want for your commute, office or a noisy coffee shop.

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TechRadar

Grado makes the grade (again)

from TechRadar

The Grado GW100s sound stunning, with a wide, warm soundstage, but they won’t work for commuting or listening in communal areas.

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The Grado GW100s sound stunning, with a wide, warm soundstage, but they won’t work for commuting or listening in communal areas.

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Forbes

A wireless variant of the iconic Grado design

The wireless Grado GW100 are above-average critical listening headphones. They have a comfortable on-ear fit and are very lightweight which is important for long listening sessions. Other Grado models tend to lack in bass, but the GW100 have a decent sound overall and deliver a very good bass, especially for an open-back design.

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The wireless Grado GW100 are above-average critical listening headphones. They have a comfortable on-ear fit and are very lightweight which is important for long listening sessions. Other Grado models tend to lack in bass, but the GW100 have a decent sound overall and deliver a very good bass, especially for an open-back design.

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The Gadgeteer

Extremely light and comfortable, with great sound

from The Gadgeteer

Grado took their time making a Bluetooth headphone, but the wait was justified. The GW100 headphones have managed to retain that illusive Grado character that fans love. It’s a Grado headphone, period.

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Grado took their time making a Bluetooth headphone, but the wait was justified. The GW100 headphones have managed to retain that illusive Grado character that fans love. It’s a Grado headphone, period.

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RTINGS

Decent critical listening wireless open-back on-ear headphones

from RTINGS

They're the first wireless option from Grado making them a bit more convenient for everyday use and they pack a bit more bass compared to the other Grado headphones. They also have a decent 15-hour battery life and a fairly simple and responsive control scheme, but the voice prompt is too loud an...More

They're the first wireless option from Grado making them a bit more convenient for everyday use and they pack a bit more bass compared to the other Grado headphones. They also have a decent 15-hour battery life and a fairly simple and responsive control scheme, but the voice prompt is too loud and irritating, which might be a deal breaker for some. Also, since they are open-backs, they won't be the best option for outdoors and commuting. On the upside, they have a decent audio reproduction and they are fairly versatile for a variety of music genres, and you can also use the headphones passively, even if the battery is dead.

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Business Insider

A pleasure to look at, wear, and listen to

from Business Insider

If you're an audiophile who's worn Grado's wired headphones, the GW100s fit right in with the sound and style you've come to expect. For people who are new to the company's hardware, you're in for a real treat — this is easily the best way to spend $250 on a pair of headphones.

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If you're an audiophile who's worn Grado's wired headphones, the GW100s fit right in with the sound and style you've come to expect. For people who are new to the company's hardware, you're in for a real treat — this is easily the best way to spend $250 on a pair of headphones.

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Gizmodo

A wireless dream come true

from Gizmodo

If you’re the type of Grado consumer who is really into the company’s more affordable products, you’ll love these too. They hit every note, both in terms of sound and aesthetics, that fans have come to appreciate from the brand. That said, like all Grado products, they’re not for everyone...More

If you’re the type of Grado consumer who is really into the company’s more affordable products, you’ll love these too. They hit every note, both in terms of sound and aesthetics, that fans have come to appreciate from the brand. That said, like all Grado products, they’re not for everyone: They’re finicky, uncomfortable, and don’t block outside sound well.

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MajorHifi

Offers a new wireless listening experience

from MajorHifi

Priced at a fair $250, the Grado GW100 delivers a rich and emotive sound that works with anything you throw at it.  The open-back design may not isolate well, but it does deliver a mesmerizing and realistic listening experience that remains as intoxicating as it is revealing.

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Priced at a fair $250, the Grado GW100 delivers a rich and emotive sound that works with anything you throw at it.  The open-back design may not isolate well, but it does deliver a mesmerizing and realistic listening experience that remains as intoxicating as it is revealing.

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User Reviews


dale

The Grado GW-100 rings all the bells

The Grado GW-100 when plugged in (wired) sounds as good as the standard always-wired Grados, and when used wirelessly it sounds the same, albeit it's not the same resolution as wired (very few can tell the difference). The physical quality and aesthetics are great, and the Bluetooth features seem perfect, with no annoyances, noise, etc. One caveat though: It's an open-back headphone, so there's a huge plus for the open-air sound quality, but the obvious negative of no isolation, meaning it won't be happy on public transport when commuting. The comfort is amazing.

The Grado GW-100 when plugged in (wired) sounds as good as the standard always-wired Grados, and when used wirelessly it sounds the same, albeit it's not the same resolution as wired (very few can tell the difference). The physical quality and aesthetics are great, and the Bluetooth features seem perfect, with no annoyances, noise, etc. One caveat though: It's an open-back headphone, so there's a huge plus for the open-air sound quality, but the obvious negative of no isolation, meaning it won't be happy on public transport when commuting. The comfort is amazing.

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