GR8 In-Ear Headphones
Company: Grado Labs
There are two ways to evaluate in-ear headphones. The first is to remove them from their package, stick them in your ears, listen to your favorite music, and decide how they feel and sound, relative to a fair cost. The second is to do all the above, plus a thorough, evaluative comparison with other models in the same price range.
The latter is tricky, because of differences between manufacturer and Internet pricing, and because each brand and model of headphones has its own fit and audio characteristics that affect the listener experience. Hearing the same recordings with different headphones can disorient the reviewer, depending upon the testing sequence.
It’s impossible to become jaded listening to different in-ear headphones in the $299+ price range, because each in its own way is stellar. Aside from ambient noise isolation and ear cavity comfort, both of which are somewhat determined by the physical characteristics of the user’s physiology, all super premium ($250 and up) in-ear headphones sound terrific most of the time.