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In-Ear Audiophile Earbuds w/ Moving Armature Design and Small Housing

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Learning never ends and the gr10 is a result of a constant desire to look at designs and materials and improve upon them. Improvements upon the single armature design found in the gr8 are now in the gr10. A higher level of precision and new materials allows for the performance of the gr10 to add frequency extension in both the higher and lower ranges as well as lowering distortion. The result is an even more faithful experience to the recorded musical event.

A proprietary wide bandwidth moving armature design provides the listener with unsurpassed performance. Small size allows earphone to nestle well within the ear canal, maintaining an excellent air seal for improved bass and reduction of outside noise without causing discomfort.

Product Features:
  • Wired Lightweight Stereo Earbuds
  • In-ear design
  • Raised dot on left earphone provides tactile indication of channel allowing earphones to be put on correctly even in the dark
  • Dynamic moving armature driver in a closed acoustic sealed housing
  • Gold-plated, corrosion-resistant stereo jack
  • Includes different size tips for added comfort
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty
Product Specifications:
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 116dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 32 Ohm
  • Cord Length: 51 in. (13 cm.)
  • Cable Type: Straight Y
  • Plug Size: 1/8" (3.5mm)
  • Plug Construction: Gold
  • Weight/Mass: .317 oz (9g)
  • Max Input Power: 20mW

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

In-Ear
Headband Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Earbuds
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Home/Portable
Headphone Application

This is the application that the headphones are designed for. Each application has unique features that make it perfect for particular uses.

DJ: Disc Jockeys (DJs) require a special type of headphone that can meet their professional needs. These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Gaming This lifestyle speaks for itself! If you love video games and want a pair of headphones that will deliver explosive sound and allow you to communicate with others, this is where you need to shop!

Home Hi-Fi: For those that need the best in music quality. These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio replication.

Home/Office: These headphones are made to sound great. They are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that will play your music in a manner that the artists would appreciate. These headphones are for those that love music.

Sports: Designed for active use. These headphones are made to stay in (or on) the ear during workouts. Whether you frequent the gym or go running outside in the fresh air, these active style headphones will be your best friend.

Kids: Kids headphones feature noise limiting technology so that your little ones don't damage their ears listening to music too loud.

On-the-Go: Anyone who is always on the go wants a pair of headphones that can keep up with them. On-the-go headphones are lightweight and often fold up for easy storage and portability so that you can take them with you anywhere.

Student: Student headphones are quality, durable and compact headphones on a budget. They're compact and rugged enough to survive life in a backpack and inexpensive enough to not hurt the wallet of a student.

Studio: You're a music creator. Whether you're producing and mixing it down or in the studio recording yourself, you need a pair of headphones that will reproduce the music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Traveler/Airplane: Those that often find themselves on planes or on the road a lot. These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design. Some of the headphones in this lifestyle will feature noise cancellation technology that will help shut out outside noise.

Home Hi-Fi
Acoustic Principle

The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types:

Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source.

Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room.

Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

Closed

General Features

Noise-Canceling
Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
No
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
No
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Corded
Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
No
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
3.5mm
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.


Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.


Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Straight Jack
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Black
Material
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Metal
Plastic
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Silicone
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
No
Ear Hooks
These headphones feature hooks that wrap around your ears for a secure fit.
No

Audio Features

Driver Type

The physical design of the driver in the headphones.

Balanced Armature:
A balanced armature driver uses a coil wrapped around an armature which is held in between two magnets until it is stimulated by an electrical current. When stimulated, this armature is magnetized which causes it to rotate one way or the other around a pivot point which moves the diaphragm to create sound. Balanced armature driver headphones are generally earbuds and can have multiple drivers in each earbud.

Dynamic:
Dynamic drivers are the most common driver type. They feature a permanent magnet, usually neodymium, a voice coil and a conical diaphragm to drive your music. A dynamic headphone driver looks pretty much identical to any typical home theater speaker.

Electrostatic:
Electrostatic drivers are made up of an extremely thin membrane, usually a coated PET film, stretched between two metal plates. An electrical signal is applied to the metal plates to create an electrical field which, depending on its polarity, draws the speaker diaphragm toward one of the plates which forces air through the perforations in the diaphragm which generates the sound wave.

Planar Magnetic:
A planar magnetic driver is made up of a large membrane suspended between two sets of oppositely aligned magnets. An electric charge is applied to the membrane to induce movement and produce sound waves.

Dynamic
Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
32 ohms
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
116 dB
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
20 - 20,000 Hz
Audiophile
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Yes
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
No

What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
Grado GR10 Earbuds
Accessories
Accessories included with the headphones
Replacement Ear Tips
Paperwork
Paperwork included with the product.
User Guide
Warranty Card

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Features
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Design
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Usability
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Eagle1776

Spokane, WA

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June 16, 2012

The GR10 I purchased from Sonic Electronix is my favorite earphone, and I have owned many, including Shure SE535, Sony EX1000, Westone 2, 3, UM3X, 4, 4R and the Etymotic ER4P. The GR10 (a moving armature) is a rare find in the crowded iem world. It has amazing clarity and is still musical w/ quality bass and amazing treble and lush mids. I believe it is the single best iem I've heard. While it lacks the weight/timber that the W4 has, the GR10 has a stunning clarity. At times, they may seem a little bass light but they quality of the bass is very detailed. (In fact, I think the bass keeps getting better the more they burn in.) The mids are great and they have really well extended, controlled highs. The instrument separation is incredible, too. Violin and baroque have never sounded better. They also reproduce piano so well that they make me want to listen to piano solos... something I never do! On folk and acoustic tracks, I've heard actual "space" between the harmony tracks, as if you can imagine where the vocalist sang next to one another.

If they weren't so expensive, I think the GR1- would have taken the iem world by storm. But the price is worth it if you have the money! The SE535 actually sound cheap compared to these, especially with classical music.

In ways, it's like an Etymotic ER4P for the 21st century. Reference + Musical at the same time?! I didn't think its possible. I don't know if Grado built this iem from scratch, but it sounds as if they did! They totally re-imagined what an iem should sound like. Instead of trying to one up the competition, they just made the most musical, controlled and comfortable iem out there. These are immaculately tuned.

It is also BY FAR the most comortable iem I've worn. These silicone tips are like a hybrid of a sony hybrid/klipsch gel. People always say about iems you actually forget they're in. Well, here is one of them. All you hear is music! (For those who are wondering, they could be worn either over ear or down. They also do a great job isolation outside sound.)

Expensive, but worth every penny, if you have the pennies to spend!

If I could make a few changes, it would be to include a case, to have user replaceable cables and to have them a different color than the pastel/metallic green!

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lil Nicky

Portland, Oregon

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WOW!!!

December 2, 2010

I really like how Grado kept the small design like they used on the GR8. Very lightweight and compact so they can really be used for anything! I've used the GR8 a few times and was impressed, but I heard Grado was working on a new model so I held out and kept using my Skull Candys... well worth the wait. I read they used an improved armature driver and its got a much lower impedance. Overall great balance!!!! Incredibly smooth!!! Love It

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

GR10

Weight

0.50lbs

Internal SKU

gr10

Internal Product ID

31291

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

Product Name: Grado GR10