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Grado reveals first-of-its-kind The Hemp Headphone Limited Edition

Grado reveals first-of-its-kind The Hemp Headphone Limited Edition
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"We weren't sure how these hemphones would turn out, but to everyone’s surprise it quickly became a favorite passed around Grado," reads Grado's introduction to its latest open-back headphones. 

Regardless of your feelings towards the word 'hemphones', the Brooklyn-based headphones brand looks to have created a unique and appealing pair in The Hemp Headphone Limited Editions.

In fact, the company claims they are one of the best-sounding limited-edition models it has ever built. As the name suggests, the headphones' housings are made from hemp, a material Grado hasn't worked with before now.

(Image credit: Grado)

In addition to granting the headphones a strikingly attractive appearance, the highly compressed hemp supposedly creates a damping effect between the fibers that helps produce a fuller sound with a prominent low-end and a smooth treble. Grado built maple into the housing to help balance out the sound, too. 

Grado's previous experience using maple gave the team a starting point when it came to specifically tuning the drivers to the hemp housings. However, it was only through trial-and-error that the company could get the presentation in line with the signature Grado sound that has proved so popular over the brand's seven-decade history.

"Hemp and maple work together for the first time to bring a new level of vibrancy to our Limited Editions," Grado promises.

Grado's The Hemp Headphone Limited Edition are available to pre-order in the US now for $420, or AU$699 via BusiSoft AV. In the UK, they are priced £479.95.

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Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.