Hand building incredible headphones since the 1950s, Grado are a name that is synonymous with quality and analogue beauty. Joe Grado, the founder of Grado Labs originally started out in watchmaking but soon founded the company to produce phono cartridges for turntables. As the years went on Grado Labs expanded into manufacturing speakers, tonearms and turntables before returning to the company's roots in the 1960s and focusing production on phono cartridges.The B, F and G series cartridges are built at this time, setting a solid bedrock for future success. 1989 is the first year that the company's Signature line of headphones is released.
In the years that follow the Grado Labs headphone range expands to include the SR100. SR200 and SR300 models and is then swiftly followed by the SR125, SR225 and the SR335. It isn't until 1994 that the world famous and highly successful SR-80 and SR-60s unit are released, providing affordable quality sound reproduction for the everyday consumer. The success of these models leads to true high end models like the RS1, RS2 and the Reference phono catridge. In 2003 the SR325i model comes out in honour of the company's 50th anniversary - by this point Grado headphones are a work of artisanal art, with gorgeous wooden enclosures embracing the high quality headphone drivers within. The exotic finishes don't cease in the years that follow with mahogany and even chrome pushing the boundaries of audiophile style. Finally in 2009 Grado begins to manufacture IEM units, seeking to appeal to the more reserved yet expectant music fan. Today Grado is a name that is synonymous with analogue beauty and an involving, energetic sound.