The legendary New York headphone company Grado has recently announced the launch of a new wireless IEM to complement their increasingly diverse array of headphone products. The Grado GT220 True Wireless Earbuds utilize Bluetooth 5.0 technology to communicate with each other and your source device during playback.
On board codex also include aptX, ACC and SBC options, and the left bud controls the phone functions while the right adjusts music playback. Total weight is 5 grams per module, and three different silicone tips ship to help find the correct fit for the in-ear design of the earbud.
True Wireless design holds the most convenience for mobile listeners, with no additional dongles or connective wires between the driver units to get in the way of things. They are also the usually a little more tricky to get just right with all the technology to juggle. Initial specs from the launch push solid battery options for the category, with a rated 6 hours of playback time from the buds alone and an additional 30 hours of playback from the supplemental battery inside the storage case.
The Grado GT220 True Wireless Earbuds are currently available for pre order from Grado’s 4OurEars site, with shipping expect to begin on October 15. Retail price of the new wireless option will be $259 at launch.
While Grado is more widely known in the headphone community for its open-back, full-size headphone options (including the stellar entry-level SR80 & 60) the addition of True Wireless is a smart move into more a modern form of playback. Along with the recent launch of a Hemp-based headphone the Brooklyn-based company is pushing more innovative options into the market that capitalize on their long time success with the SR series of headphones and special edition runs made from everything to whiskey barrels to all forms of one-off exotic wood options. True Wireless headphones have become undeniable force in the market, and just within the past 5 years. Grado joining the fray only further cements the idea that True Wireless will likely the design that leads the charge in portable playback moving forward.