High-end headphone company Grado Labs has introduced a limited edition open-back hemp headphone.
Audio companies often experiment with esoteric materials, often going to extraordinary lengths to utilise rare and exotic woods to fine tune their sonic performance, but this is the first we’ve heard of that utilise the versatile hemp plant in their construction.
Calling on experience from working with exotic woods, like cocobolo, engineers at Grado discovered that highly compressed hemp actually creates a damping effect, which in turn leads to a fuller sound. Apparently the hemp-phones boast a better low end performance and higher fi.
Adding maple into the housing along with the hemp helped balance out the sound. It was a trial- and-error process, we’re told.
“We had no clue how they’d turn out, but they ended up sounding pretty amazing…”
The Brooklyn based company has woven hemp and maple together for these limited edition headphones, and has declared them one of the best sounding it’s built to date, claiming the mix brings ‘a new level of vibrancy.’
“What?”, asks Jonathan Grado. “Oh right, the Hemp Headphones. This is some of the most fun we’ve ever had with a limited edition. We had no clue how they’d turn out, but they ended up sounding pretty amazing. It also reminded us to stock up on more snacks at the office.”
Each audiophile-grade Hemp Headphone is hand-built by the team in Brooklyn. They’ll be available in the UK later this month, priced at £480.