An Interview With Rich Grado From Grado Labs

Grado Labs

Whether you know the name Grado from its turntable cartridges or their iconic open back headphones, one thing is for sure – the Brooklyn-based company has left its mark on hifi over the years. This week on The Occasional Podcast, Rich Grado from the Grado Labs team sits down to talk about how the company has evolved with the changing landscape and what it was like growing up Grado.

From the open-back SR-80 headphone to the new wireless GT220 in ears, Grado Labs is expanding its reach to accommodate the changing times. They also now offer things direct from their 4ourears.com retail site, along with a dealer network to get in-person auditions of their personal audio products.

The SR80 was itself the first headphone this reviewer ever purchased, and is so for many others – acting as a gateway device for many into the hobby. The focused brand has successfully straddled its success in between the mainstream and audiophile core over the years in more than a few different ways.

The Occasional Podcast is now launching into Season 5, with new interviews, how to’s and more from audio’s greatest talents. The latest includes a deep dive into budgeting, with the how to: Budgeting From Entry Level To High End. Last season’s highlights include Nelson PassJoseph AudioPro-Ject Turntables, and Rob Watts. One can still download this season’s educational show with TOP’s Beginners Primer To High Fidelity Digital Audio alongside our latest on Two-Way Speaker Design. Fan favorite What Is Mastering? What Happens When An Album Is Remastered? is also still available for download from this season. If you are interested in further exploring the analog realm, the Guide To Buying A Turntable (and records) might point you in the right direction. 

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