Grado Labs is a Brooklyn based company that hand makes headphones and cartridges. Family run since 1953, Grado has seen three generations: Joseph, John, and Jonathan Grado. Quietly they are making, as they have been for generations the world’s finest headphones.
Over the past 61 years, Grado has become famous for their remarkable headphone and phono cartridge designs.Joseph Grado is responsible for more innovations in phono cartridge design than any other person in our lifetime,inventing the stereo moving coil phono cartridge and holding more than 48 patents.
In the late 1980s Joseph began the development of what was to become the first true high-end dynamic headphone. The introduction of the Joseph Grado Signature Series of headphones was a major event in the evolution of headphone design. Joseph’s painstaking design process, combined with nearly a half century of experience manufacturing precision audio devices, astonished even the most critical reviewers. Joseph extended headphone performance to levels previously attained by only the very best full-range speaker systems in areas of dynamics, harmonic accuracy and bass quality. In the process, he once again created a new category -true audiophile quality headphones. Now retired, Joseph was inducted into the Audio Hall Of Fame in 1982.
“I wanted to take a second to thank you and everyone at the shop for your hospitality and generosity yesterday during the digital demonstration. The spread you laid out went above and beyond what was necessary or expected. The champagne and orange juice took it one step beyond. A nice way to start a Saturday: great music,…”