The 4th generation of Grado speakers are here in the X Drivers. These X Drivers are now in our classic Prestige Series, which include the Brooklyn-built SR60x, SR80x, SR125x, SR225x, and SR325x. Each headphone with the X Driver is now built with a new cable and new headband as well.
The X Driver
This is only the 4th generation of speakers since we started building Grado drivers in 1991. Avoiding a yearly release “just because”, our family has only ever introduced new speakers when we felt there was a clear and noticeable advancement. The X Driver has been years in the making.
While not only preserving, but improving, the faithfulness to the originally recorded event, the new X Series of headphones present an even superior soundstage while being able to be powered by nearly any device. The goal with these new drivers was to increase efficiency and have their components work in unison. Specifically tuned for each headphone they’re built into, this new speaker design features a more powerful magnetic circuit, a voice coil with decreased effective mass, and a reconfigured diaphragm. Reengineering these components for our 44mm drivers improve efficiency, reduces distortion, and preserves the harmonic integrity of your music.
Some of the marvels of a Grado driver are the clarity and range, revealing new notes and details in songs heard hundreds of times. With superlative tonal balance, dynamics, imaging, and realism, these headphones lay out an extremely detailed presentation.
New Cables and Headbands
Along with the speakers, the cables and headband have been redesigned for the SR60x, SR80x, SR125x, SR225x, SR325x. Housed in a more durable exterior, the now super annealed copper 4 and 8-conductor cables reveal even more of your music with improved purity. The SR60x, SR80x, SR125x, SR225x all have new thicker faux-leather headbands for a comfier experience. The new leather headband on the SR325x features white stitching exclusive to their pair in the Prestige Series.