Leaders for over half a century in design engineering for the high-end audio and recording industries, New York-based Grado Labs which is noted for their remarkable phonograph cartridge designs, and dynamic open-air, supra-aural hi-fi headphones, has now collaborated with renowned Italian fashion label Dolce & Gabbana to create the DS2012 headset. Notably, the aesthetic and Southern Italian tradition of Dolce & Gabbana meet Grado Labs’ exquisite craftsmanship, extreme attention to design detail, and unsurpassed experience to produce an entirely hand-crafted DS2012 headset with specific kind of precious mahogany wood, which has been defined as a true object of desire, conjugating design, aesthetic and technical performance.
Being entirely hand-made with the usage of precious mahogany wood, the DS2012 impressively corresponds to the most prized headset produced in Brooklyn by Grado Labs, which was inducted into the Audio Hall of Fame in 1982.
Technically, the DS2012’s ‘open-air’ technology allows a clearer sound’s reproduction for both the high and low frequency bands, while its cushion design that actually creates a ‘room’ for the ears to sit, creating a larger soundstage and greater spatial experience for the listener, makes it one of the most finest and comfortable to wear headphones in the world.
Notably, this headset that retains a sound that is pure Grado, excellent dynamics, rich full-bodied vocals, and an ultra smooth top-end, looks very much similar to Grado's earlier launched GS1000i headset.
However, we have earlier seen that wood is the one of the favored choice of material with high-end audio manufacturers. The best wooden headphones we have seen in the past includes, the classic wooden headphones by Antonio Meze, and the Audio-Technica's wooden headphones, for a rich and warm sound.