It’s a good time to be a headphone enthusiast. I recently blogged about the Sennheiser HD800, so it would only be right for me to blog about the other upcoming flagship headphone from Grado, the PS1000.
The first thing you notice about the PS1000 is the striking resemblance to the previous flagship model, the GS1000. Don’t think that the PS1000 is simply a metal housing version of the wooden housed GS1000, it goes far beyond that. The styling is similar, simply because it works. The large ear pads push the drivers further away from your ears, creating a more impressive and grandiose soundstage. The inner housing is still wood.
The driver has been improved from the GS1000, which Grado claims has refined the sound. The cable is also thicker, but knowing all the crazy head-fi members out there, they will most likely recable the stock cable. My one concern is the weight of the headphone with the external housing being metal, but early reports from people who have test driven the PS1000 said that it is not an issue at all.
Naturally, if you are going to spend the kind of dough the PS1000 commands, you already have a very good headphone amp, preferably one capable of driving low impedance cans like Grados. If not, you’re simply wasting your time and money.
A head-fi forum member got the PS1000 early. Click here to see a few pictures he took.
Click here to preorder the PS1000.