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Old 12-23-2010, 05:14 AM
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As far as I know, they have the exact same moving armature driver as the Ortofon e-Q7 and e-Q5, they are also very similarly tuned, it seems. Here's more about them (via Google translate):

Funny enough, I heard through the grapevine that the Grados are much cheaper to manufacture than the Ortofons (due to the cheap plastic housing instead of milled aluminum, etc), yet are sold at a higher price... I have the Ortofon e-Q5 and have tested a friend's e-Q7 for several weeks - they're extremely good phones. Based on looks, build quality, and price I would go for one of them instead of the cheap plastick-y Grado. The e-Q5 are EUR 219 including free shipping from Japan (at MusicaAcoustics, where I got mine from).

By the way, in the meantime there's already Grado GR10 available - same housing, same design, even more expensive. A friend of mine is getting them, and I'm sure he will lend them to me sometimes for a listen. Maybe I know more in a few weeks, stay tuned.
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