Grado is the legit old-school high-end headphone brand of choice if you want a no-nonsense open-back set of cans that will last forever, are made in the USA and sound phenomenal. Now the company introduces a new headphone that incorporates Hemp in the housing.
Grado says this is no gimmick. The company took on the challenge of using hemp as a material without specifically knowing the results. But now that these headphones exist, Grado says " To be blunt, this is one of the best sounding Limited Editions we've built." Yes, there's a pun in that sentence.
The highly compressed hemp used in the manufacture of these headphones affords a high degree of vibration damping, always a good characteristic for any transducer enclosure. Some maple is mixed in. It is a Grado tradition to focus on the effect of housing material on its transducers, and this Hemp model is no exception.
Hemp headphones are hand-built in Brooklyn, NYC so if you want an all-American product that stands on its own for value and quality, this is a great way to go. The company has been in business since 1953 and began building headphones around 1990, so they are clearly doing something right.
Find out more at grado.com
Housing: Hemp / Maple Wood
Transducer Type: Dynamic
Operating Principle: Open Air
Frequency Response: 13hz-28kHz
SPL 1mW: 98
Normal Impedance: 38 ohms
Driver Matched db: .05 db