Grado Labs, a Brooklyn-based headphone manufacturer, has just launched the RS1x and RS2x, a wild new pair of headphones made of wood.

The RS2x uses maple and hemp wood while the RS1x uses maple, cocobolo, and hemp wood. They are the latest in the company’s wooden line launched in 1991.

From the release:

Leading the way for our new fourth generation X Drivers, the redesigned RS1x combines a 50mm driver with three species of wood for the first time into a vivacious and elegant headphone. The housing is made of a maple sleeve, hemp core, and cocobolo outer ring. Grado builds with wood for its warm and embracing tonal abilities, but finding the right balance of three separate woods is no simple task. The reward is an RS1x that opens Grado to a new level of sound. Their little brother, the RS2x, focuses on maple and hemp wood to bring out the most they have to offer with a 44mm driver. This is the first time X Drivers are built into wooden housings, and needed to be finely tuned for their specific environments. This combination brings out harmonic colors, a rich vocality, and the mid-range Grado is known for.

In 1994 my dad, John Grado, went downstairs in the middle of the night to build our first RS1 headphone”, said Jonathan Grado. “It’s kind of extraordinary that this middle-of-the-night idea is now evolving into an even greater headphone 27 years later.”

Check out these sexy pix and head over to Grado to pick up these $550 headphones for you and yours. I’ve been using Grado for a while and these love lovely.



By John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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