Grado’s new Prestige X Series headphones
The Prestige series were the first headphones designed by John Grado three decades ago. Building on the award-winning E series, the new X Series sees a further refinement of its predecessor, featuring new enhanced speakers, an advanced cable design and a more comfortable headband across its five models – the SR60x, SR80x, SR125x, SR225x and SR325x.
All headphones are handcrafted at the Brooklyn-based headquarters. The classic, signature enclosure design throughout the range is present with the flagship model, SR325x (pictured), retaining its metal housing.
The enhanced X Series speaker design encompasses a new magnetic circuit that’s been revised for improved efficiency in conjunction with a newly designed voice coil and diaphragm to further reduce distortion and enhance harmonic integrity. As a result, the new Prestige series is easier to drive across a variety of portable devices and delivers impressive audio performance.
The new Series deploys a new cable design offering more durability and flexibility. The 8-conductor (SR125x, SR225x, SR325x) and 4-conductor (SR60x, SR80x) cables now feature a super annealed copper wire to deliver an improved purity of the audio signal.
That’s not the only part that has been redesigned; the new headband has a leather aesthetic, however it’s actually a synthetic protein material which means it is vegan-friendly, except for the SR325x which continues to use a leather headband.
Owner John Grado commented: “The Prestige Series means the world to our family. It’s the first series we ever released, and includes not only our first-ever headphone (SR80) but also our first metal pair as well (SR325). Our goal was to increase the efficiency of our drivers while not only maintaining, but improving, the purity of the original recording and the mid-range we’re known for. Without the Prestige Series, we wouldn’t be here.”