Grado PS1000e Professional Over-Ear Open Back Headphone and DIY Kit

(2 customer reviews)



  • Transducer type Dynamic
  • Operating principle Open air
  • Frequency response 5 – 50,000Hz
  • Impedance 32 ohms
  • Driver matched dB .05 dB

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This headphone is built with original Grado PS1000e drivers, cups and cables, 100% reproducing PS1000e sound! PS1000e is a $1,700 premium price product with the finest wooden + aluminum alloy cups. It is an open-backed design to give audio professionals the security of consistent response throughout the frequency range. Also the cups look shinning and awesome! 

Choose the Assembling option and our professionals will make it for you in 2~3 days. See the assembly service for more details.  Are you an experienced headphone maker? Great! Choose the All Separated Components Option and enjoy making it with your own hands. With basic soldering and gluing skills, you can easily get audiophile sound quality. See the last section for DIY tutorials. 

PS1000e headphone with original Grado 6.35mm cable
PS1000e headphone with original Grado 6.35mm cable

For users who want a light weight cable and use PS1000e with portable devices, we provide another cable option. It’s a manually braided, 6N OFC, 8 wires cable with 3.5mm jack or 4.4mm balanced jack, much softer than original PS1000e cable and sounds as good as original.

Know about Grado Labs PS1000e

Grado Labs PS1000e got 5/5 all star rating on What’s Hi-Fi (Review):

The PS1000es are an open-backed design of course, because that’s what Grado has always favored. Even the company’s brand new wireless offerings, the GW100s, follow the same principle. That’s a surprising engineering choice for such a product when you consider the amount of environmental sound that gets in, let alone the almost unhindered way the music being played leaks out.

There’s an upside though, and it’s a big one. An open-backed design does away with the enclosure behind the drive unit and, with it, all the resonances and reflections that are part and parcel of such a configuration. The result, all things considered, should be a better, more articulate sound – on paper at least.

The earpieces on the PS1000es use an inner core made of handcrafted, specially cured mahogany, while the outer housing is made of chrome-plated aluminium. The combination of the two materials results in a well-damped, low resonance platform for the new 50mm drive unit to work from.

Grado’s engineers have worked hard on this driver, refining the voice coil and diaphragm to improve responsiveness and accuracy…

Package list 

The DIY kit is pre-assembled as displayed in the product pics, including:

  • 2 X original Grado PS1000e premium tone-wood clad with metal alloy cups
  • 2 X original Grado PS1000e 44mm drivers with covers
  • 2 X cup holders (brackets) made from stainless steel and aluminum 
  • 2 X G-Cushions, 2 X S-Cushions and 2 X L-Cushions
  • Genuine leather headband in black, or upgrade to Hermes Zermatt Leather made in France, in black and brown (see more details and link to order separately) .
  • Original PS1000e cable with 6.35mm jack, or a 6N OFC, silver plated, 8 cores hi-end cable with carbon fiber enhanced 3.5mm or 4.4mm jack and Y splitter

Detailed product pictures

This is the headphone with original PS1000e cable, 12 inner cores and  6.35mm jack.

This is the internal structure before drivers being installed.

Headband options

The PS1000e headphone kit is heavy (~500g) and we highly recommend the 2 types of genuine leather headbands. These are the best one we can offer – hand made with 3 layers of Hermes Zermatt Leather made in France, in black and brown (see more details and link to order separately) .

Here is the standard model which is more close to Grado PS1000e original headband, and also made from high quality genuine leather (link to order separately). It is also with more foams padding and softer. 

Genuine Leather Grado Headband, Compatible with GS, PS and more Hi-End Series
Genuine Leather Grado Headband, Compatible with GS, PS and more Hi-End Series

DIY tutorial

Follow following steps with basic electronic knowledge and soldering skills, you can assemble this kit in a few hours.

First of all, take a look of the kit including a headband, 2 cups with brackets pre-installed, 2 drivers with cover pre-installed. 

And original Grado cable with 12 inner cores.

Step 1, wire the cable to the cups

The original PS100e cable is with 12 inner wires, 6 per channel, as shown below.

Pass the cable through the 4.5mm hole.

If you use the 8core braided cable, see below.

Knot the cable inside the cup to prevent it sliding out of it. 

Step 2, glue the cable to the driver

This is to ensure the cable staying stable inside the shell. Apply some glue on the back of the driver, be careful not to cover the 2 holes.

Press the cable on the glue until it stays firmly on the driver.

Step 3, solder cable to the drivers

Note the driver is with polarities. the red dotted pin is the positive one. Make sure the soldering point is strong and stable. 

Step 4, fine tune the driver

Grado PS1000e drivers are not tuned from the factory. Using them directly will make headphone sounds very bassy and more details are lost. Fine-tune mean to block the 2 in 4 holes on the backend as the same way Grado engineers did.

Grado PS1000e drivers and damping made by 3M
Grado PS1000e drivers and damping made by 3M

Apply the damping to block the 2 holes as shown below.

Step 5, glue the drivers to the cups 

You may use any instant dry glues as long as it works with wood and plastic.  

Step 6, install cups to the headband 

Step 7, finally put earpads on, enjoy it! 

Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 35 × 20 × 15 cm
Choose a headband

Handmade Italian leather in brown, Handmade Italian leather in black, Genuine leather in black

Choose a cable

Original Grado PS1000e cable, 6.35mm jack, 12 inner cores, 8 core braided cable with 3.5mm jack, 8 core braided cable with 4.4mm balanced connector

Choose assembling option

Keep component separated and DIY, Assemble it for me

2 reviews for Grado PS1000e Professional Over-Ear Open Back Headphone and DIY Kit

  1. crappyretweeter (verified owner)

    This is a spectacular headphone. It’s also a great example of how to do customer service right. What happens if you get something that doesn’t quite work right? It happened to me. So I contacted EDL support email. I couldn’t get the issue to show up on camera. This was an expensive item. EDL responded by just sending me a new one, free, that works perfectly.

    Defects happen. It happened to me. It’s really important to know what happens if you get a defective item. If they don’t do anything about it, you’re stuck. But they did. And it made it so that the risk of getting a problem item is zero, because if you do, customer support is happy to help.

    And did I mention that this has utterly sensational sound? It beats my Sennheiser HD 650 by a mile. The HD 650 is well known for having amazing sound. The EDL Grado PS1000e is cheaper, and way, way, better. Truly next level audiophile gear.

    • Earphone DIY Labs Service team

      Thanks crappyretweeter so much! It’s our great honor and appreciate you patient for waiting the replacement 🙂

  2. Saffron

    The best sounding hp’s I owned, its well tuned and soundstage is just amazing, its my current go to setup. this guy or the team behind the site really knows how to do it. just a bind dissapointed with the one of the cups have tiny dings, but hey you can’t beat the sound. Thank you!

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