Grado is a well-known brand in the sound world, primarily as a source of open headphones that won't break the bank. The GW100 is the first Bluetooth option that it claims to hold before it could match the quality of wired products.
Another quick primer. Most headphones are closed, which enhances sound insulation qualities at the expense of design and gives a narrower sound level. Open-head headphones have a "cleaner" wide-stage sound at the expense of bass.
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Fortunately, the deviation in build quality is made for sound. Grado says it's custom to the configuration of the GW100 driver, which utilizes Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX, a Qualcomm compression technology that enables "CD-like" quality.
The headset usually sounds good. They are not audiophile quality – you need aptX-HD for that – but the frequency response varies from 20 Hz to 20 kilohertz, and most come through loud and clear. Sometimes I felt as though the sound was a bit dimmed or lacking in bass, but not in any serious way, and it was more than compensated for by having a smooth and open sound stage.
Another nice feature: real physical buttons for playback. Many headphones use touch movements these days, which I find painfully imprecise. Here it is quick and easy to change tracks or volume.
Some small complaints are that they bleed sound, and while they are portable, are even less suited to rain and sweat than usual. Both problems are inherent in open technology, but there is no fault in Grado.
If you are considering a first step in open headphones or just want a more portable version, the GW100 has won & # 39; Don't drawer as long as you know what you're in. It's the catch, of course, people who want privacy or more robust design, have to go elsewhere. So too will audiophiles, but they probably surf far more expensive options anyway. For the ordinary man, this is excellent.
Score: 4 out of 5
Where to buy
Grado GW100 Wireless Headphones sells for $ 249 to top retailers, such as Amazon and B & H Photo.