Grado ige

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It may seem some­what over­due for a head­phone brand to start con­sid­er­ing smart­phone lis­ten­ing in 2016. But then Grado’s his­tory in pricey open-back over-ears hasn’t ex­actly lent it­self to on-the-go mar­kets.

Bet­ter late than never though, and the Grado ige are the com­pany’s rst in-ear head­phones with a “Made for iphone” in­line mic and mu­sic con­trols. They sit at the en­try level to the com­pany’s bi­jou in-ear oƒer­ings, and re­place the pre­vi­ous ve-star igi buds we tested back in 2012.

Grado says it has im­proved the driver re­sponse in this model, but the de­sign re­mains sim­i­lar, with a rub­bery outer cas­ing that’s easy to grip for good in-ear place­ment. The cable is long and „ex­i­ble, while the three­but­ton in­line re­mote feels sturdy enough to take any amount of click­ing. It con­trols vol­ume and play­back/call an­swer on Ap­ple de­vices – An­droid users have more lim­ited play­back con­trols.

“The sound is one we are used to from Grado, an ex­pres­sive char­ac­ter that is up­front and ex­cit­ing”

Coarse fe­male voices

The sound is one we’re used to hear­ing from Grado, an open and ex­pres­sive char­ac­ter that’s up­front and ex­cit­ing. Pre­sen­ta­tion is on the bright side of neu­tral, with enough bite to keep drum snares on their toes and enough at­tack in the mids and highs for a fast, ag­ile per­for­mance. There’s enough scale so big or­ches­tral pieces, like Hans Zim­mer’s The Red Capes Are Com­ing from the Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice sound­track, are able to rise and fall with con­vic­tion.

De­tail lev­els are good too, with a trans­par­ent midrange un­cov­er­ing all the sass and at­ti­tude in Erykah Badu’s vo­cal on Bag Lady. We’d like to hear more bass in the mix though. It is con­trolled and ag­ile, but the bal­ance is tipped away from it a touch too much. It doesn’t make the Grado ige sound thin or un­sub­stan­tial, but they are harder work over long pe­ri­ods. That bright sig­na­ture can sound a lit­tle coarse, par­tic­u­larly with fe­male voices.

There is still much to love about the Grado ige in-ears, but a bet­ter bal­ance would make them su­perb. If you pre­fer your in-ears on the brighter side, how­ever, these de­serve se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion.

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