Grado Labs - GW100 (Grado Labs)

Inside the GW100 are none other than our signature Grado drivers. These speakers are the same ones we build for our wired headphones, which are finely tuned for the different enclosures we use. Grado Labs' first wireless headphone is no different, with drivers configured specifically for them. The desired sonic capabilities of the GW100 would not be possible without decades of experience in driver design.

I wants! I think the GW100 would be an excellent replacement for my ageing[^1] H/K Bluetooth headphones and would look good next to my Grado Labs SR60.

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Rather than being built with the snapped-together, machine assembly process used to make other high-end headphones, Grados are built primarily by hand and fused tight with special glues and bonding agents that John painstakingly tests to make sure they don’t hurt the sound quality. He is fanatical about prototyping, always rechecking new models against the same three tracks. One of them, from Eric Clapton’s Unplugged album, begins with a round of applause. "With some headphones, that moment sounds like one giant clap," he says. "I’m not happy until I’m able to hear each person clapping."

I bought my first (and only) set of Grado Labs headphones, SR60, several years ago. I love them.

First, let me say that I understand and accept that Apple will not put a headphone jack back into the iPhone and will most likely eventually remove it from iPads and The Mac as well.

However, I also accept that shitty Bluetooth audio is the only solution. But when the Bluetooth headphone battery drains I am often left with only two choices; stop listening to music until the headphone battery is charged or go on a treasure hunt for the highly misplaced "pig tail" adapter that Apple included with the iPhone 7.

This morning while in the middle of a music inspired session at the keyboard -- weekends are for server patching and Lightroom photo editing -- the battery on the headphones dumped and I reached for the wired headphones wishing I had another set of charged headphones. And I realized I had a third option.

So ... I welcome recommendations for quality wireless over the ear headphones. And NO! Beats do not count. I love my Grado Labs SR60's but I have used them less and less since I got the iPhone 7. Using the adapter is a PITA. I want something with the quality of the SR60 but ... wireless. And I want to be able to charge the device while listening to music. And I want the option to go wired when I want to.