"Perhaps the most telling moment in a long auditioning period spent with these cans came when a passing professional musician raised both eyebrows on being told the price of a pair of GS1000's, only to nod and concede the point completely within about five seconds of hearing them. That really sums up the achievement of these headphones; the can make the most seasoned of critical listeners realize sound reproduction can be that good. The GS1000's offer a level of musical revelation unmatched, in our experience, by almost any replay or, indeed live performance."
"Grado can't compensate for the 'being there' chemistry of live music, but the level of detail and insight the GS1000's bring to the party considerably exceeds what we've heard in all but a few concerts."
"In hi-fi terms, the tonal balance redefines the concept of neutral. Dynamics are so effortlessly wide that they take some getting use to; but they make most other cans and practically all speakers sound seriously congested. Imaging is precise and extended in a way that most reproducers on dream of. We've heard other hi-fi components that have pointed up new details in familiar recordings, but these quite literally make those discs sound completely new, such is the extra insight they convey."
- Richard Black, Hi-Fi Choice magazine, December 2006
"Don’t be fooled by the retro aesthetic; this pair of phones features incredibly detailed sound and exquisite construction light-years beyond whatever came with your iPod. The flagship model from Brooklyn-based Grado Labs, these headphones are among the finest ever produced."
- Anthony Cross, City magazine
"We’ve rarely heard American Trilogy convey both the pathos and bombast of late-era Elvis in such a moving way – even replayed through speakers costing many times the price of these Grados."
- Tech Specs magazine
"Pardon me while I gush over the way GS-1000 clarifies live recordings. The sound seemed to surround me, with a rare ability to resolve depth, just as you would in a concert hall. Ditto for the way this headphone reveals rhythmic underpinnings in rock and jazz CDs. Grados have always been exciting, classical music now sounds more refined. Bass is deep, yet more controlled and precise than ever before."
"The sonic result is of the highest quality, the spectral balance is an amazing achievement. This headphone is a tool that will highlight the shortcomings of many “famous loudspeakers. Have a listen, compare, you shall not be disappointed.
- Steve Guttenberg, Audiophiliac, CNET News
"The Grado GS1000 is a luxury headphone built for comfort and long listening sessions…sinking into a favorite chair and enjoying a visit with a beloved symphony, headphones don't sound or feel much better than this. The GS1000s are utterly habit-forming, so audition at your own risk."
- Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound magazine
"Right off the bat, you enter a universe of subtlety and emotion: the bandwidth toward the bottom as well as toward the top seems unlimited. The best, however, is the fact that the GS1000 does it without 'bragging' or exaggeration."
- Henri-Pierre Penel, Prestige Audio Video magazine (France)
"The GS1000 exceeds all limits of advances in headphone design... The GS1000 sounds breathtakingly open and transparent. Compared to most other top class headphones, the Grado draws a superior spatial reproduction and makes it easy to feel like being in a concert hall."
- Martin Freund, Home Electronic magazine (Switzerland)
Editors Choice Award
"THE GOLD STANDARD: Very likely the best sounding headphones ever made – and they’re priced accordingly."
- Tim Gideon, PC magazine
"It’s not often a product I review elicits in me an emotional response…The Grado is like no other headphone I have ever tried… I’ve hook them up to quite ordinary hi-fi, to iPods and even my laptop and still been bowled over by the sheer beauty, clarity and spaciness…They have improved my life to such an extent that I have bought a pair for my own selfish use…A sound investment."
- Jonathan Margolis, Financial Times magazine (UK)
"The latest offering from Grado Labs represents decades of educated trial and error experimentation, the slow and painful development of mastery, and I feel the GS-1000s are a masterpiece… Good enough for Accessory Of The Year? Undoubtedly."
- Max Dudious, Positive Feedback
"The first thing that struck me about the GS 1000 was the comfort level. The GS1000 is one of the most comfortable headphones I have ever tried."
"The Grado's bring excitement and an engaging musical quality to the table. I urge you to audition the GS1000 and to appreciate the new qualities which John Grado has brought to the table. The new GS 1000's are a statement option which now belong on the top of the short list up there on the top."
- Ryan Clarin, sixmoons.com
"The GS1000 was the only headphone selected and recommended by Fortune magazine for their Holiday Gift guide."
- Fortune magazine
"The GS1000s were superb and did a fantastic job of putting a three dimensional space inside my head, almost fooling me that I was listening to a pair of speakers."
- Jeff Dorgay, Tone magazine
"Each and every instrument has body and the vocals come across without any doubt or question. When you hear the sound of a voice, you can actually hear and feel the sound as it would be coming from a real human flesh and blood. These qualities, along with the immediate proximity of the headphone, allow the music to actually get right under your skin."
- Dr. Reinhold Martin, Hi-Fi & Records magazine (Germany)
"The GS1000 was named one of the six great indulgences in the world."
- Details magazine
"But there’s more to the GS1000 than just soundstage. The overall sense of neutrality and transparency. The effortless and liquid midband. And the bass – strong yet perfectly controlled and detailed. The GS1000 may be as close to a perfect headphone as I’ve so far heard."
- Jude Mansilla, founder of Head-Fi.org
"Tell Mr. Grado that those new (GS-1000) headphones are probably the best / finest dynamic headphones that I have ever heard in the world...in my life."
- Wayne Schuurman, Audio Advisor magazine