This headphone is built with original Grado PS1000e drivers and premium tone-wood clad with metal alloy cups by Earphone DIY Labs. Grado PS1000e is a $1,700 premium price product, and the finest wooden + aluminum alloy cups we have ever made. The PS1000e is an open-backed design to give audio professionals the security of consistent response throughout the frequency range.
Choose the Assembling option and our professionals will make it for you in 2~3 days. See the assembly service for more details. Are you an experienced headphone maker? Great! Choose the All Separated Components Option and enjoy making it with your own hands. With basic soldering and gluing skills, you can easily get audiophile sound quality.
Know about Grado Labs PS1000e
Grado Labs PS1000e got 5/5 all star rating on What’s Hi-Fi (Review):
The PS1000es are an open-backed design of course, because that’s what Grado has always favored. Even the company’s brand new wireless offerings, the GW100s, follow the same principle. That’s a surprising engineering choice for such a product when you consider the amount of environmental sound that gets in, let alone the almost unhindered way the music being played leaks out.
There’s an upside though, and it’s a big one. An open-backed design does away with the enclosure behind the drive unit and, with it, all the resonances and reflections that are part and parcel of such a configuration. The result, all things considered, should be a better, more articulate sound – on paper at least.
The earpieces on the PS1000es use an inner core made of handcrafted, specially cured mahogany, while the outer housing is made of chrome-plated aluminium. The combination of the two materials results in a well-damped, low resonance platform for the new 50mm drive unit to work from.
Grado’s engineers have worked hard on this driver, refining the voice coil and diaphragm to improve responsiveness and accuracy…
The DIY kit is pre-assembled as displayed in the product pics, including:
- 2 X PS1000e cups with tone-wood clad, with or without logo texts
- 2 X cup holders (brackets)
- 2 X front covers (driver housing)
- 2 X G/L/S Cushions
- Genuine leather headband in black or brown
- 2 X headphone drivers
- 1 X Genuine leather headband, 3 options in black/brown handmade Italian leather, or black genuine leather
- 6N OFC, silver plated, 8 cores hi-end cable with carbon fiber enhanced 3.5mm jack and Y splitter
Headphone drivers and how to choose
You can choose original Grado PS1000e drivers for identical sound character…but, why not try something different and also very good? This PS1000e kit is compatible with all headphone drivers offered in our store (click here) , you can refer to the impressions of original headphones and pick one based on your personal use scenarios and flavors. Here are 2 most recommended drivers based on our measurements:
- Original Grado PS1000e for original Grado PS1000e sound character
- B&W P7/P9 drivers, our flagship product with the best sound quality
Headphone cups and cup holders
The cups, pre-installed with the ring bracket and front cover (driver housing).
The ring cup holders made of stainless steel, in black or silver.
The front cover also serves as the driver housing, so please do specify the size of the front cover per your driver’s outer diameter.
Hi-end 6N OFC, 8core cable in 2m (1.6m from 3.5mm jack to Y spliter) with carbon-fiber enhanced jacks and spliter.
We highly recommend 2 types of genuine leather headbands.
These are the best one we can offer – hand made with 3 layers of Hermes Zermatt Leather made in France, in black and brown (see more details and link to order separately) .
Here is the standard model which is more close to Grado PS1000e original headband, and also made from high quality genuine leather (link to order separately). It is also with more foams padding and softer.
Grado G Cushion and S Cushions
I was really surprised with the quality of this kit, the sound with the ps1000e drivers is pure Grado! Im coming from original Grados and this are side by side equal in the sound department, overall easy to built i am really glad i came across this Web page. The only downside is that nobody ever answers emails or messages , but this guys are legit you get what is described.
Extremely detailed open sound stage beyond any doubt Grado sound.
Earphone DIY Labs Service team –
Thanks so much JM. The driver is original PS1000e and the acoustic structure is also identical, meaning it’s as expected that our build fully reproduce the sound.
Earphone DIY Labs Service team –
Also sorry for super slow on replying email, the team is overloaded on building and shipping for several months. We are trying to get more resources on responding emails, please stay tuned for several weeks.