Our Verdict These in-ears have a precise, detailed sound, but we'd like a more natural sounding richness there too For Precision detailed understated looks Against No carry pouch lack a certain richness and natural delivery Reviewed on 30th March 2010 Grado could easily ignore the in-ear market, safe in the knowledge that it manufactures some of the finest ‘on-ear' headphones that money can buy. But no: Grado is branching out into this sector with a pricey pair costing £300. The GR8s certainly don't look as snazzy as some near rivals, offering a more subtle and understated look. They come with four different sizes of ear bud, but annoyingly there's no carrying pouch – surely you'd want to protect such an expensive investment? Even tonal balanceBut they perform well: they have an even tonal balance, and a very detailed, insightful presentation that peers into the music and digs up minute levels of sonic information. More after the break However, vocals don't sound quite as natural and believable as the best. They lack a certain harmonic richness, and as a result, they don't connect with the listener quite as fully. The GR8s are a fine addition to the Grado range but in this case, the level of performance doesn't quite justify the price tag. See all our headphone Best Buys Follow whathifi.com on Twitter Where to buy View all » Grado GR8 £315 New, used, refurbished and collectable products at great prices, safely and securely from third parties, at Amazon.co.uk. View Offer Related News Meters Music collaborates with U2's Adam Clayton for new in-ear headphones Tue, 18 Jul 2017, 05:39pm The best What Hi-Fi? deals of the month Fri, 14 Jul 2017, 02:20pm The best Amazon Prime Day headphones deals Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 02:52pm Amazon Prime Day 2017: best UK deals Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 12:36pm New Apple AirPod patents reveal more health-tracking capabilities Thu, 06 Jul 2017, 12:03pm GR8 Grado Headphones Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.