Grado G Cushions
This is a pair of consumer replaceable genuine Grado G cushions. Standard equipment on all series of the following headphones: PS1000, PS2000, GS1000, GS2000, GS3000, WHITE HEADPHONE. This cushion will also fit all Prestige, Reference, Statement, Professional and Limited Edition Headphones.
Difference between genuine Grado and compatible G cushions, and how to choose
Genuine Grado G cushion is built with 3 layers of foam in mid-low-high density, so it’s more durable, comfortable and stay firmer on the cups. Of course, its building cost is way higher (and therefore more expensive) than any 3rd party compatible G Cushions. See below section view of the 3-layer structure of a genuine Grado G cushion.
You can also clearly see the layers on the cushion.
About how to choose, some users may claim magic changes on sound quality by using genuine cushion, while to be very honest, the actual difference is subtle.
So if you are a big fan of “Grado sound”, go for it. Or if you be realistic and want to manage the budget, the compatible cushions are also of good quality.
I think EDL kinda under-sells these pads. They do noticeably (though subtly) widen the soundstage over G pads, because they simply just move the driver a tiny bit further from your ear. But the thing they do is COMPLETELY change the fit. The G pads basically still sit on your ears. These ones are almost completely circumaural and really do make the “fit” feel nicer. If you’re building some nice grado cans and want a definite upgrade, I’d look at these pads and one of their leather headbands, because my GS3000’s feel like completely different cans with these pads vs the G’s. Extremely highly recommended.