In recent years, Grado -- known for bulky, high-performance headphones -- has broken into the portable headset market with their iGrado (*Est. $50). Featuring a wraparound design, these smaller headphones retain the slightly clunky look of full-size Grado cans, while retaining much of the performance. The iGrado headphones have the same drivers as the larger Grado SR60i headphones (*Est. $80) , though some critics feel that their sound quality suffers for being in a smaller enclosure. The iGrados do have an edge on the sportier, competing Sennheiser PX 100-IIs (*Est. $60) in terms of sound, though they are significantly heavier than Sennheiser's portable headphones. Some users find the one-size-fits-all design too tight. Also, the iGrado's open design means that they leak sound and may not be suitable for commuting.
The iGrado headphones get thorough, if rather ambivalent, reviews at popular electronics sites PCMag.com and Macworld. Britain's What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision also takes a look at the iGrados, but doesn't go into much detail. We found plenty of supplemental reviews from users on Amazon.com.
PCMag.com reviewer Mike Kobrin isn't particularly impressed by the iGrado headphones, awarding them a 2.5 out of 5 score. He says they lack the "retro chic" of larger Grados and, despite having the same drivers as the Grado SR60is, sound worse thanks to a different enclosure and smaller earcups.
Review: Grado Labs iGrado, Mike Kobrin, Sept. 19, 2006
Dan Frakes, writing for Macworld, reviews the Grado iGrado headphones. He finds that the iGrados are more comfortable and balanced-sounding than Sennheiser's street-style headphones. But the iGrado "isn't likely to win any beauty pageants," Frakes says, adding that looks are likely the biggest weakness of these headphones. He awards the iGrado headphones 4 out of 5 mice.
Review: Grado iGrado Headphones, Dan Frakes, Dec. 28, 2006
3. What Hi-Fi?
The U.K.'s What Hi-Fi? regularly reviews headphones and other audiophile accessories, though individual write-ups are very short. In this brief review, the iGrado headphones get 5 out of 5 stars, with editors praising their sound quality and value.
Review: Grado iGrado, Editors of What Hi-Fi?
More than 80 users post their thoughts about the iGrado headphones on Amazon.com. The iGrados garner a respectable average rating of 4 out of 5 stars, but some find the fit too tight and sound quality to be below that of the Grado SR60i headphones.
Review: Grado iGrado Headphones, Contributors to Amazon.com