Grado GR10

Score

Sections

Key Features

  • Review Price: £390.68

Grado will happily tell you that the GR10 earphones are an evolutionary improvement over their predecessors, the excellent but expensive GR8 earphones. More importantly, however, they are indisputably among the very best of all of the earphones we’ve ever had the chance to try out. Alas, though yet this new offering is much more expensive at almost £400, for which money a lot of compelling alternatives can be had. So at one and the same time you really should buy a pair of Grado GR10 earphones, but also you really shouldn’t buy a pair of GR10 earphones.

This quandary is evident even in the packaging of the Grado GR10s. Like the GR8s, the GR10s come is a simple goldish-brown box, containing only the earphones themselves, three pairs of silicone tips (small, medium and large) and some replacement filters. There’s no carrying case, no aeroplane adaptor and no 3.5mm to 6.5mm adaptor – nothing you might describe as a value add.


Some might call that stingy, especially given the price of the GR10s, but the minimalist bundle does have an air of classiness to it. Indeed, other than a cutaway view of one earpiece, the company’s name and tagline – “truly the world’s finest” – on the front, and the product ID on the bottom, there’s no text or imagery adorning the packaging. There’s something refreshing about a product being allowed to speak for itself. You don’t need fanfare and a parade to explain why you would buy a Faberge egg, after all.

The design of the earphones is the same as the GR8s and, as we remarked of those, elegant in its simplicity. We preferred the blue of the GR8s to the Green of the GR10s, but the latter do boast a pleasant enough shade at least. The presence of a slight notch on the left earpiece will prove useful if the GR10s L and R labels rub off as quickly as the GR8s’ did. Although erring on the large size, the earpieces nestle comfortably in the ear, and the tips give a surprisingly good seal for silicone, though not as good as foam. The cabling has a pleasant-feeling, very slightly rubberised finish, and feels resilient, although not as much so as that of, say, the Shure SE535 – and with nothing as clever as their detachable, swivelling connectors.

More from TrustedReviews

LG Q8 finally brings the V20’s promise to Europe

Atari is now in the speaker business… and the hat business

Thinner Moto Z2 Force could come with a huge trade-off

HyperLoop One

Elon Musk’s Hyperloop gathering pace as NY-DC link gets ‘OK’

N64oid

Is this proof an N64 Classic will follow the SNES?

Agents of Mayhem preview

cats 17

Why you’ll want to download this OnePlus 5 update today

Golf rory

British Open Golf Live Stream: How to watch online for free

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for Xbox One down to under £9

Samsung Gear S3 finally gets Samsung Pay support in UK

Welcome to the all new Trusted Reviews

Netgear Arlo

Netgear Arlo Pro

Cat Amazon

Are you kitten me? Pet translation devices tipped for future smart homes

fire emblem warriors

Fire Emblem Warriors

pokken

Pokkén Tournament DX

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb 5

TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulb

Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay now lets you use your PayPal funds at the checkout

assassins creed origins

Ubisoft teases new games for Nintendo Switch, coming ‘quite soon’

amazon echo

Ask Vodafone: Mobile network’s first Amazon Alexa voice skill is revealed

Google Feed

The Google app’s new personalised feed might just drag you off Facebook

z2play 9

Moto Z2 Play

Mira Prism

For just $99 you can bring AR to the iPhone 7

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S9 displays may be the same, save one major new feature

movie theatre

The Netflix Effect: ‘Binge-watching’ is coming to movie theatres

Porsche MIssion E

Porsche’s latest electric car chargers put Tesla to shame

EE logo

EE’s new 20GB SIM-free deal is the best value tariff you’ll see all summer

Int-Ball

These are the first images from the ISS – as captured by a zero-gravity drone

iMac 21.5-inch 4K (2017)

LG V30 case

LG V30 design ‘confirmed’ ahead of IFA 2017 launch

iPhone 7 vs iPhone SE

Waiting for the iPhone SE 2? Sadly, it could be a one-and-done

Google Glass Enterprise

Google Glass 2 has arrived, sort of

Denon AH-C621R

Denon AH-C621R

BBC Proms

Get ready to listen to the BBC Proms like never before

Fender Newport Monterey Bluetooth speakers

Fender’s new Bluetooth speakers look just like tiny guitar amps

Garmin Vivosmart 3

Garmin Vivosmart 3

airplane

Is the laptop travel ban dead? Electronics restrictions lifted by TSA but UK fails to follow suit

KitSound Immerse

KitSound Immerse Wireless Headphones

Emojis

It’s World Emoji Day and Apple is showing off all of its newcomers

Porn Block

Privacy fears as UK plans age verification for porn sites

WhatsApp

New WhatsApp feature could give Apple’s iMessage a run for its money