Grado Limited Edition | The Hemp Headphone
In their never-ending pursuit to experiment with all types of woods and materials, Grado had the opportunity to build with hemp. The company wasn’t sure how these hemphones would turn out, but to everyone’s surprise it quickly became a favorite passed around Grado. To be blunt, this is one of the best sounding Limited Editions Grado has ever built.
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 maple produces.
The Grado drivers built into the hemp housings had to be specifically tuned for a material they had 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, the Grado signature sound is ever-present, working in tandem with the hemp and maple.
Each Hemp Headphone is hand-built by the Grado 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 the 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.
The Grado Limited Edition Hemp Headphone is available to purchase in-store or online, and retails for $420.