Mahogany and Maple, classic tone woods married in audio bliss. The GS2000e combines them in the same manner that luthiers have done for centuries, and for the same reason: resonance. Different types of wood sing with their own personalities.
We're not comparing ourselves to Stradivarius but one of our customers did. He said it in French so we'll paraphrase…
…The Grado statement headphones are to the audiophile what Stradivarius is to the violin. The sensations of listening put you with tears in the eyes so much the beauty, the delicacy, the loyalty of sounds overtake the imagination. The sound stage is wide and of an incredible scale, the slightest details are faithfully transcribed without being analytical, the dynamics so impressive without ever assaulting the ear. This headphone is simply an audiophile work of art... I look forward to the opportunity of a stay in New York to meet the GRADO family
- Olivier Colloud
The hand-crafted mahogany and maple merged enclosures are a realization of the knowledge from the experience that only Grado Labs knows from working with wood. This technique is used by the finest musical instrument manufacturers from the past and the present. The use of Maple gives the energy of the sound of music to be fully transmitted, then the Mahogany allows it to open up and reveal the true harmonic structure as well as the space that the artist intended
In addition every component in the GS2000e is considered carefully, the new purpose built 50 mm drivers, the 12 conductor ultra high purity copper cable and ear cushions, all work together for an engaging musical experience. This organic approach embodies what is truly artisanal and is the essence of how we can effectively connect to the music
Calyx Audio has a rich history of designing and manufacturing truly impeccable digital and analog audio gear. Calyx Audio of South Korea manufactures the M — a DSD capable, high-resolution hand held music player. The M also does double duty as a digital-to-analog converter, and the custom-designed software lets users browse and create playlists on the go. The Calyx M offers users the ability to store up to 448 GB worth of music with one SD and one Micro SD card slot. The M is equipped with 64GB of internal flash memory with the option to upgrade the unit with a user-replaceable micro SD card up to 128GB.
Digital conversion is handled by the ESS Labs ES9018S-2M chip then sent to a discrete class A analog output stage. Sound quality is what music aficionados expect from Calyx, and the M delivers! Bass extension and power belies the look of the M with its sleek and light chassis. A 4.65 inch Gorilla glass high definition OLED screen that is responsive, rugged and reliable. Whether through headphones or your audio system music is highly detailed and effortless sounding.
Your music stored on the M is only a touch away. The M:USE proprietary user interface is intuitive, attractive and feature packed. Browse your music by Artist, Album and Tracks. The search feature allows you to find what you’re looking for quickly. Swipe the screen to the left and you can create multiple playlists in the “Jukebox”. You can rearrange your play queue with a drag and a drop.
It also features an asynchronous USB input comparable with Windows XP, Vista 7 and 9 (both 32-bit and 64-bit) as well as Apple OS 10.6 and up, making it equally adept as a high performance DAC for a hifi music system. It has an ample 1.25V RMS output and ultra-low 3.3Ω output impedence exceeds the specs of most dedicated headphone amplifiers. It can truly drive a broad range of audiophile caliber headphones with ease and exceptional performance. THD+N is an exceedingly low 0.004% @ 1kHz with a 16Ω load and 0.08% @ 1kHz with a 32Ω load.
It only weighs 5.7 ounces which is excellent for portable headphone setups or "on the go" listening. It also includes a 21000mAh battery capacity for up to 7 hours of playback, ensuring us more time to enjoy the music. It truly competes with the best smartphones in form, function and value but includes outstanding high quality audio performance to add some icing to your cake.