Our own John Grado just got word that he is set to receive the Founder’s Award this December in Los Angeles, California. This award is the “highest honor the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society bestows annually on the one individual in fine audio bringing excellence and achievement to audiophiles worldwide and is at the top of their industry.” The full press release below has some really nice details but we’ll put this part and say we couldn’t be more proud: “John Grado is part of a true family tradition with the company being founded in 1953. A true American success story that is rooted in the Grado family entrepreneurial DNA has Italian immigrants establishing themselves in Brooklyn at the turn of the 20th century.”

The Founder’s Award is set to be given out December 2017.

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 LOS ANGELES & ORANGE COUNTY AUDIO  SOCIETY HONORS

 John Grado, President of Grado Labs

John Grado is the winner of the Founder’s Award from the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society, it was announced today by The Society.

The Founder’s Award is the highest honor the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society bestows annually on the one individual in fine audio bringing excellence and achievement to audiophiles worldwide and is at the top of their industry. The society is the largest in the world, with more than 2000 members.

John Grado is part of a true family tradition with the company being founded in 1953.

A true American success story that is rooted in the Grado family entrepreneurial DNA has Italian immigrants establishing themselves in Brooklyn at the turn of the 20th century.

As with many leaders of industry, his education started with his sweeping the floors and running errands. John Grado started at age twelve in the factory. This hands-on education resulted in his becoming owner and CEO in 1990.

This time period was a turning point for Grado Labs with the decline in analog and the nascent digital formats on the audio landscape.

This is when John Grado made an important decision to start producing headphones and perfect their venerable cartridge line.

The iconic and super successful SR80 Headphone was born.

Grado Labs now produces a full and immense product line of headphones which are respected for their performance and for the fact that they are handcrafted in Brooklyn, NY. Every model of the extensive headphone line-up has been invented and introduced by John Grado.

Analog was never given up by Grado.

John Grado recently updated their phono cartridges in ground-breaking ways. These new models have been highly praised by music lovers all over the world. This expanded selection of cartridges was entirely perfected and introduced by John Grado.

John Grado is fiercely loyal to Brooklyn, NY. His family values extend to his team at the factory and his network of dealers and distributors throughout the world . John and Loretta Grado have two sons, Matthew and Jonathan. Jonathan is Vice President of Grado Labs carrying on the family tradition. Matthew will be joining Grado Labs as soon as he graduates from college.

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The Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society now celebrates its 24th year serving top audiophiles in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The largest audio society in the world with over 2000 members, the non-profit organization provides up to 14 major events per year in Greater Los Angeles and showcases and promotes the very best in great gear and recordings worldwide. Though the majority of members hail from Southern California, the Society boasts members from 14 states and nine countries. The Society’s Board of Directors awards the Founder’s Award annually to those professionals in the high end who continue to advance fine musical reproduction in the home and distinguish themselves as the best in their profession.

 

Sources: Stereo; avhub