I got these in the mail this afternoon, opened box since few hours ago. [First post]
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Source: iPhone Silver plated OFC LOD / Laptop out to amp
(Still fantastic without an amp)
**The 120ohms on Grado’s website is right.**
Been listening to them for over a week now, I burn them in for over 100 hours.
First off, I should tell you that, try not to ask me about how it compares to others IEMs in this price range. In the $300 range ($299), this is different from anything I have tried. Grado is famous for their open backs, and they made this IEM sound more open than most closed back headphones (Soundstage wise).
The GR8 comes in a fine package, but all there is in the package is the IEM, total of three size silicon tips, two sets of replacement earwax filter and rings, that’s pretty much it. No 1/4 inch adaptor, no airplane adaptor, no foam tips, no case, no cleaning tool. They should have included more in the packaging, but we shall see if the sound is worth the lack of accessories.
The Grado GR8 fits well in the ear to me, but since they have only included three sizes of silicon tips, some people might not find a proper fit, without a proper fit, these have almost no bass at all like all IEMs are without a proper fit. The isolation is decent with a NRR of 16db.
When I first got them, I was listening to some classical-like music – Joe Hisaishi, I put them on with the amp, after 10seconds, I sit back and relax. These IEM are really enjoying, epically when you listen to music like this. The GR8 is amazingly natural and highly detailed, not too bright, not too warm, just right at the sweet spot, smooth as silk. The music flows around you with plenty of air, sound stage is one of the main selling point of this IEM, Grado makes this sounds like a semi-open IEM.
The treble is highly detailed, but not in a single moment that I found it harsh(okay maybe with women vocal, a bit “up front”) . The mids are really smooth and warm. Now the bass, this is I think the GR8 is lacking. I think about 15~20% more bass will be just right. The GR8 maybe lacking bass in terms of quantity, but not at all in terms of quality, the bass is tight and respond quickly for a single driver IEM.
The Grado GR8 is one of the most unique IEM I have ever heard, in a good way. The lack of accessories at the $300 price range is justified by the quality of the sound (still hope Grado will throw in more), I will not compare this to other IEM in this moment, it’s really hard to decide over other once in the price range, but this is just about as good as others, if not better. I would recommend the GR8 if you are looking for a good soundstage, amazingly detailed treble, well balanced, high quality sound.
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Edited by throzen0303 - 1/28/11 at 4:00pm