Each have pretty big ear-cups, and are circumaural. That said, they don’t fit in the same way that you would expect an around ear headphone to fit. They still fit pretty well, but sit a lot looser than a traditional circumaural pair.
Both have foam padding, and Grado’s G-cushions, which open up Soundstage and provide better comfort.
Material. The PS1000’s utilize an aluminum, chrome plated alloy, and in fact combine elements of wood as well. The GS1000’s are made of strictly wood/mahogany.
Bright. The GS1000’s are a lot brighter than the PS1000’s, with less bass. The mid-range is also a little less present and full.
Vocals. The GS1000’s vocals sound more distant, while also having more emphasis on the upper registers. The PS1000’s come across as more heavy and weighty.
Bass. The PS1000’s have more bass energy, while also having more slam as well as a better refined clarity. The GS1000’s bass is a little overblown and somewhat muddy, while the PS1000’s is tighter and digs down deeper while still remaining clear and focused.
Mid-range. The PS1000’s also have a more present mid-range with an increased amount of fullness. It’s more forward by comparison.
Frequency Response. The GS1000 sports an 8 – 35kHz, while the PS1000 has a 5 – 50kHz response.
Overall Sound. The PS1000 is a more accurate headphone by and large than the GS1000. The GS is more “colored” or “fun”, while the PS1000 would fare better in a studio setting where you’re critically listening for flaws. The PS1000 is subsequently less forgiving of source material as well.
I’m not sure either of these are quite worth the asking price. I did a comprehensive guide on the Grado e series line, and I came to the conclusion that you can achieve 90-95% of the Grado sound with the SR80e. Interested in checking it out?
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