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Grado GS1000i

alaTest has collected and analyzed 189 reviews of Grado GS1000i. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. People really like the bass quality and size. The usability and sound also get good feedback. The treble quality and reliability get mixed opinions. Many are negative about the noise isolation and portability.

comfort, sound, usability, size, bass quality

portability, noise isolation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Grado GS1000i is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Grado GS1000i


alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Grado GS1000i from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones on People are impressed by the design and soundstage. The size and durability are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the price. The usability and portability get critical comments.

sound, durability, size, soundstage, design

portability, usability

80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Grado GS1000i Statement Series Open Backed HeadphonesGRADO GS1000I STATEMENT HEADPHONES

Dec, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Grado GS1000i


alaTest has collected and analyzed 154 user reviews of Grado GS1000i from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Reviewers really like the size and usability. The price and sound are also mentioned favorably, but the noise isolation and portability get negative comments. Comments are divided on the reliability.

comfort, sound, price, usability, size

portability, noise isolation

95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Ear Zonk - Replacement Grado Headphone G Cushion - Fits GS1000i, GS1000e, PS1000 & PS1000e - Pair in BlackG-CUSH Replacement Headphone Cushion (GS1000i and PS1000)Grado Statement Series GS1000i Headphones

Dec, 2015

Expert review by: Richard Black (

Grado GS1000i review


Grado's updated GS1000i is a comfortable, innovative and first-class performer

Glorious resolution ; Excellent tonal neutrality ; Endless rhythmic vivacity

Certainly a superb transducer, capable of astonishingly high performance standards. Now facing stiff competition, it still demands an audition

Sep, 2009


Expert review by: Andrew Williams (

Grado GS1000i


Can you justify spending £1000 on headphones?

Lightweight ; Comfortable ; Crystal clear sound


If you're willing to spend £1000 on headphones, you'll hopefully have already put some thought into what sets you should be looking at. There's no doubting the GS1000i are one of the best, with superb levels of detail on-hand and far greater comfort...

Jul, 2011

Expert review by: (

Grado GS1000i review


As is the way of things, truly expensive, high-end kit is often a bit, well, weird. These Grados are odd, too, but don't be put off – they're worth it. The GS1000is certainly aren't ugly: the mahogany earpiece design has a homely beauty about it, while...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: (

Stuff magazine


These retro-styled open-backed cans might look weird, but their price suggests stonking performance. Will we believe our ears?

They're not for the train, but for sheer sonic pleasure these are the leaders of the class

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: (

Grado GS1000i


A fabulous pair of headphones: they?re not for the train, and they don?t protect those around you from hearing what you?re listening to ? but for sheer sonic pleasure they?re stunning

Extraordinarily open and detailed; clarity and realism, great dynamics

Very leaky, sonically speaking; odd-looking when worn


Expert review by: Zardon (

Grado GS1000i Statement Series Headphones Review


Many of our readers might not have heard of Grado, however in audiophile circles they are known as one of the best headphone manufacturers on the planet. They have been in the Audio industry for over 50 years now and are one of the leaders in design...

Incredible dynamics ; Soundstaging is immense ; little colouration ; custom crafted mahogany wood finish is lovely ; quite easy to drive ; exceptionally well balanced

expensive ; looks might not appeal to everyone ; need serious partnering equipment ; packaging is rubbish ; need a long time to bed in for optimum quality

KitGuru says: The fact that Grado make an even more expensive set of Headphones – the PS1000 (£1,700) means there is possibly room for even higher levels of output quality. Right now I find that hard to believe.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: (

Grado GS1000i


Multi-award winning, audiophile, open-backed headphones with dynamic transducers and an eight-conductor cable design. Recently improved (thus the ‘i') to “optimise the tonal quality”. The good Forget modern titanium alloys and carbon fibre struts,...

It’s an almost indefensible amount of money to spend on headphones but your ears will thank you for decades. Old school quality, built to last. Grado GS1000i is tagged with Grado GS1000i, Grado and headphones. Select a tag (Grado GS1000i, for example)...

May, 2009

Consumer review by: Jonny "no more sore ears" (

G-Comfy on SR225i


I listen to hundreds of hours of recorded bird song (in 4-hour sessions) and had previously been rolling up paper towels to about 1\/2" thick and wedging them vertically behind my ear to prevent my headphones from flattening them against my head. The...


Jun, 2012

Consumer review by: Jeff (



I read quite a few reviews that said the G-Cushion helps improve sound quality 3-dimensionaly for those Grados that come with the i-cushions. While it certainly provides better comfort then the i-cushions. It also alters the sound very slightly but not...


Poor Value

May, 2012

Consumer review by: Chronograph (

Good for an amateur, bad for advanced


Simply put, it\'s a great heaphones for those who prefer a

Easy To Use","Lightweight","Versatile

No remoteIR Sensor

Apr, 2011

Product Specifications


Active Noise Cancellation: No
Dolby PL / AC3: No
Earclip: No
Neckband: No
Noise Cancellation: No

General Features

Ear Canal Headphone:Not Applicable
Indoor/Outdoor :Indoor
Product Type:Headphones
Signal Connection:Wired
Type:Traditional Headphone