Grado Labs PS500e
The headphones in Grado Labs' Professional Series are so revealing that for most hardcore music enthusiasts this could be a tad overwhelming. Basically, these headphones are intended for technical listeners such as musicians, sound engineers, producers and mastering engineers. Professionals that need to notice the smallest imperfections in order to capture the best possible end result for the artist. If you, as an audiophile music enthusiast prefer to hear every creak, squeak or breath, you might be on the right track here.
In this PS500e uses Grado metal grilles for a perfect open-back airflow, an improved 8-core headphone cable and renewed 44mm drivers. The frequency response ranges from 14 up to 29,000 Hertz, the impedance is 32 Ohm, the sensitivity is 99.8 dB at 1mW and the mutual driver tolerance is a mere 0.05dB. The music reproduction is full, open and richly detailed. The bass is nicely layered and has a delicious impact, the midrange has a perfect definition and the top end is silky soft.
Handcrafted power tool
Because professionals use their equipment many hours a day and sometimes threat it a little rougher than the average consumer would, Grado has paid extra attention to the build-quality of this PS500e. These headphones are slightly more compact than the other Professional models and has a powder coated aluminum casing where the inside of the ear is covered with mahogany. In this way, these headphones are in every respect a real Grado, but are much more resistant to a tough studio life. Above all, these PS500e headphones just look the part.