Posted on 28th August, 2018

Brooklyn-based headphone maestros, Grado Labs, is renowned for its open-backed ear-pleasers. However, did anyone think they'd see the day that the iconic New York boutique brand would go wireless and feature Bluetooth?

Grado has hand-built headphones for audiophiles for over 60 years now. The headphones are revered for both their quality construction as much as their audio quality; the open-air cans have many admirers.

But now Grado has taken most of us by surprise with the quiet revelation that their latest release, the GW100, is wireless and Bluetooth compatible.

Firstly, worry not, the GW100 features the same open-backed design, retro-inspired look, and Grado’s audio drivers.

Grado told StereoNET:

We took our time and made no compromises in the GW100. Nothing is lost except the wires. Inside the GW100 are our signature Grado drivers, the same ones found in our wired headphone line.

The company added:

Throughout our wired headphones the drivers are changed for the housing they're in, and the GW100 is no different. We've configured these specifically for the wireless headphones.

The specs released so far states that the GW100 features Bluetooth 4.2 apt-X, a dynamic transducer, and a bundled 3.5mm audio cable for wired duties.

Grado also says that the headphones will run for 15-hours before needing a recharge when used at 50% volume. There is no mention of any fast-charge tech; only that recharging is taken care of via a bundled micro-USB cable.

The GW100 is also packing a built-in microphone for hands-free calling.

Grado GW100 Wireless Headphones

Available soon, the Grado Labs GW100 will sell in New Zealand for $419.00 RRP.


  • Bluetooth Version: 4.2 with apt-X
  • Battery Capacity: 320mAH
  • Working Distance: 10m
  • Battery Life: 15 hours
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz~20KHz
  • Mic Sensitivity: 42dB +/- 3dB
  • Transducer Type: Dynamic
  • Operating Principle: Open Air
  • SPL 1mW: 99.8 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Driver Matched dB: .05 dB

For more information, head on over to Grado.

Further reading: Headphones Discussion

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