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Digital Subscriptions > Stuff > October 2019 > ICON GRADO GS1000E WHITE EDITION

ICON GRADO GS1000E WHITE EDITION

THEY’RE MADE FROM BRUSHED ALUMINIUM TO DAMPEN DISTORTION

Are oversized Polo mints a headphone trend these days?

Not that we’re aware of, but these Grado cans look so fresh we’d have no hesitation wearing them. Every pair from the Brooklyn brand’s Prestige Series is handbuilt and this edition – also going by the moniker of The White Headphone – is available in “very limited quantities”. They’re made in the main from brushed aluminium, which according to Grado helps to dampen distortion – every audiophile’s kryptonite – while an eight-conductor cable exerts control in the upper and lower ranges of the frequency spectrum. Yes, all that from a cable.

I take it there’s some sort of link to the Beatles?

Boom Shankar! Yes, there is. As you might have guessed from the nickname, they’re inspired by The White Album, which big boss man John Grado describes as a family favourite. You don’t need to be a Fabs fanatic, though: the minty look will feel equally appropriate for anyone recreating the video to Stay Another Day by East 17, or cosplaying as Gandalf. The accenting on the earcups also pops strongly against that black leather headband.

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