We’ll be, ahem, blunt: The Grado Hemp headphones contain the coolest use of the plant-based material ever imagined, let alone executed, in an audio product. Warm, accurate, full, and detailed, Hemp benefits from the dampening effect that happens between the hemp fibers, resulting in remarkable low-end responsiveness and smooth high frequency extension. Hand-built in Brooklyn, the limited-edition Hemp also features maple in the housing to help balance the sound and add pleasing body. Moreover, Hemp improves over time, just like a brand-new amplifier or power conditioner. The more you use them, the more enjoyable your music feels.
The highly compressed hemp creates a damping effect between their fibers. This produces a fuller sound, comprised of a noticeable low end and a top end that extends smoothly to its limits. The hemp may be doing the heavy lifting, but the hemphone is a joint effort. Grado built maple into the housing to help balance out the sound, and bring out the sonic properties that they’ve heard maple produce.
The Grado drivers built into the hemp housings had to be specifically tuned for a material they’ve never worked with before. Being paired with maple gave Grado some foresight, but only through trial-and-error could they get the speakers to sound how they wanted, and bring out the potential of the hemp.
The last seven decades has given Grado time to perfect their sound, letting the headphones reveal new notes and details in songs heard hundreds of times. The Hemp Headphone is a slow burn, constantly getting better with every listen. As Grado makes sure with every headphone they build their Grado signature sound is ever-present, working in tandem with the hemp and maple.
Each Hemp Headphone is hand-built by Grado’s team in Brooklyn. Fine rolled for every genre of music, hemp and maple work together for the first time to bring a new level of vibrancy to Grado’s Limited Editions. Grado started building on a kitchen table in 1953, and every experience since then has led to the creation of The Hemp Headphone.
Available at MusicDirect | $469