Grado introduces GW100x wireless open-back headphones with new fourth gen X drivers and superior Bluetooth performance

Grado has introduced the GW100x Bluetooth open-back headphones – the third edition of its award-winning wireless series. The GW100 series was the first and only open-back Bluetooth headphone on the market, with the latest model offering a newly enhanced fourth generation X series driver design, superior Bluetooth5.2 wireless technology and improved 46-hour battery life.

The phones feature….

  • New redesigned fourth generation X Drivers offer superior sound performance.
  • Improved 46-hour battery life from a two-hour charge.
  • Low energy and low latency Bluetooth® 5.2 technology for improved battery life and a more robust connection.
  • Boasts dynamically adjustable audio codec,aptX™ Adaptive, as well as standard AAC and SBC codecs for high-quality wireless audio.
  • USB-C connection for charging.

Introducing X driver design

This GW100x boasts Grado’s enhanced fourth generation X series driver design which features a more powerful magnetic circuit, a voice coil with decreased effective mass, and a reconfigured diaphragm. The re-engineering of these components for the 44mm drivers improves the efficiency while reducing distortion and preserves the harmonic integrity of music says the maker.

Based on the original GW100 design, the speaker housings and internals have been designed from the ground up, now working in tandem to notably diminish escaping sound by up to 60% according to the maker. There is a design language that’s seen throughout all Grado headphones since the company’s first ever model was released in 1991. The GW100x continues this, looking like it’s part of the family simply at a glance.These wireless Grado headphones are a milestone in the company’s seven-decade history says Grado.

New Bluetooth and wireless codecs

The GW100x now features the low energy and low latency Bluetooth 5.2 technology for improved battery life and a more robust connection. Also on board is the dynamically adjustable audio codec, aptX Adaptive, as well as standard AAC and SBC codecs. Enhanced pairing also lets users switch between two devices more efficiently.

Improved battery life now offers up to 46 hours of listening on a two-hour charge (now via USB-C). Forget to charge the GW100x? Users can turn to the supplied 3.5mm headphone cable to connect to the device for continuous playback.

Grado Labs GW100x wireless headphones around an apartment

Lightweight and comfortable, with a padded headband, the GW100x is billed as the perfect choice for long listening sessions. The built-in microphone makes taking a phone call or getting on a virtual meeting simple. Easy to locate controls on the earpiece offer full functionality, and there is also the ability to control the GW100x from a connected device.

The GW100x comes supplied with a USB-C to USB-A cable for charging and a 3.5mm headphone cable for a wired connection.

The Grado GW100x is available now, priced £249 / $275

Technical specifications

Bluetooth Version: 5.2

Battery Life: 46 hours

Charging time: 2 hours

Codecs: aptX adaptive, AAC, SBC

Frequency Response: 20Hz~20KHz

Nominal Impedance: 38 ohms

Mic Sensitivity: 42dB +/- 3db

Battery Capacity: 850mAh

Working Distance: 10m

In the box: Headphones, USB-C to USB-A cable, 3.5mm headphone cable, instruction booklet

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