Brooklyn’s finest: New York headphone outfit Grado goes hard with Prestige X Series and we’re smitten

Grado Labs SR325 Prestige X Series headphones resting on a book

New York headphone specialist Grado Labs has launched a new range of its iconic Prestige on-ear headphones, the Prestige X Series. The Prestige series were the first headphones designed by company founder John Grado three decades ago. 

The Prestige X Series are not about noise cancelling, smart assistants or Bluetooth. These are Hi-Fi cans designed for music lovers and classicists, with an open-back design for a live, outside your head sound.

The new Grado Prestige line comprises five models, the SR60x, SR80x, SR125x, SR225x and SR325x, and boasts a more comfortable headband and advanced cable design.

For many, the Prestige X Series will be an entry to the signature sound of the Brooklyn-based audio specialist…

The Grado SR125x headphones on a notebook
The Grado SR125x headphones

For many, the X Series will be an entry point to the signature sound of the Brooklyn-based audio specialist. The familiar industrial design is recognisable on all the models, but the flagship SR325x, with its metal housing, is an obvious style standout.

The fourth-gen X Series speaker design features a new magnetic circuit that’s been revised for better efficiency, working alongside a newly designed voice coil and diaphragm to reduce distortion. The result, says the brand, is a headphone that’s easier to drive.

As for the cable design, the 8-conductor (SR125x, SR225x, SR325x) and 4-conductor (SR60x, SR80x) cables now boast a super annealed copper wire to deliver greater purity of signal. Whic is undoubtedly impressive.

Reducing listening fatigue, the new headband is made from a synthetic protein material which means it is vegan-friendly; the step-up SR325x continues to use a leather headband though.

The Grado SR225x headphones alongside a guitar
The Grado SR225x have a vegan friendly headband

John Grado, Owner, Grado said: “The Prestige Series means the world to our family. It’s the first series we ever released, and includes not only our first-ever headphone (SR80) but also our first metal pair as well (SR325). Our goal was to increase the efficiency of our drivers while not only maintaining, but improving, the purity of the original recording and the mid-range we’re known for. Without the Prestige Series, we wouldn’t be here.”

The 2021 Grado Prestige X Series are priced thusly: Grado SR60x  £110; Grado SR80x £130; Grado SR125x £190; Grado SR225x £250 and Grado SR325x £330.

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