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Published on March 25th, 2015 | by Greg


Grado GR10e: Old School Meets New Style

New York City has given a lot to the world- from Broadway theater to comedy icons, fashion and architectural designs to culinary and gastronomical delights. And the five burroughs have certainly made a mark on the music industry as well. And sure, it’s easy to think of bands and venues, shows and performances, records and even labels. But today we’re focusing on a different side of the business, a NY audio icon that’s been keeping it real in Brooklyn for decades.

Grado has been creating well-regarded gear since 1953, when the founder started it in his kitchen. Yes, they still produce phono cartridges, in keeping with their origins and history, but we know them better for their headphones- like the Grado SR225es that we checked out last year. Breaking with tradition, their latest lineup (just announced last month) features sleeker aesthetics, smooth curves, and shiny metals- a very modern look. The new Grado GR10e in-earphones definitely take some visual cues from the broader industry, but they still feature the signature sound quality that sets them apart from the crowd.

You’re not getting anything too fancy here, don’t worry- no Bluetooth wireless, not even a remote or a microphone to complicate matters or mess with your sound. The overall appearance might be new, but the build quality is still classic, just utilizing a fairly new driver technology called moving armature. Most earbuds and in-ear monitors use balanced armature or dynamic drivers, but the moving armature system aims to capture the best of both worlds. They are sensitive enough to be enjoyed without requiring a headphone amp, at 32 ohms (compared with their GR8es, at 120 ohms), and weigh in at a super-light nine grams. Three sizes of tips are included, but they are all silicone- no flanges, and no memory foam.

Still, few earbuds of any shape, size, or variety can match the detail we found here- the GR10e in-ears offer clarity and highs that pierce, have a fairly natural curve, not too bright, and are less boosted and warmer than most models this size. They sound far bigger than they look or feel, spacious and precise, even compared to dual- or triple-driver models that we’ve tested. Even bass lovers will find the low-end pretty impressive, especially once you find the right size tip and get the fit right. Basically, if you want audiophile quality in the smallest possible package, and don’t mind spending extra, then the Grado GR10e in-earphones should grab your attention. They’ll be available widely soon, and run just under $400.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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