Black Dragon + Grado GS1000e Headphones V2 Bundle

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These Grado GS1000e headphones are upgraded with our Black Dragon V2 headphone cable and a 1/4" amplifier connection. The GS1000e has warm harmonic colors, rich full bodied vocals, and excellent dynamics. Drew recommends the Black Dragon as the best headphone cable to emphasize & support the strengths of the GS1000e.

The Black Dragon also smooths out the top end, adds some bottom end weight to the lower frequencies and provides an overall, fuller sound. We've done hundreds of Grado headphone hacks over the years so we have two hack options below.

The GS1000e + black dragon cable bundle is a hardwired hack which includes the Black Dragon V2 hardwired to the Grado drivers. This helps improve sound quality even more as the best connection is no connection we like to say.

Black Dragon V2 Details

The Black Dragon uses 4 x 21.5AWG Teflon insulated stranded conductors using pure single crystallized UP-OCC pure copper with 7N purity 99.99998%. This means more music, clarity and sound quality gets to your ears as purity in cable construction, cable design and quality of materials make a noticeable difference in the sound quality of your headphones.

Each conductor is made up of a special varying size stranding geometry. The copper stranding is mixed with Kevlar stranding to reinforce the conductor. Making it stronger overall and less prone to failure due to the harsh constant flexing a headphone cable receives. The conductors are then surrounded by cotton and then a layer of Teflon tape.

The new version is now also shielded and placed in a polyethylene jacket for further protection.

The wire is soldered to the connector with Cardas silver solder. The default 1/4" Plug is the Furutech FP-704(G). The default 1/8" plug is a Neutrik NYS231B. And the default XLR is the Black Neutrik NC3. The wire is then covered in 2 layers of Techflex braid.

The cable is extremely smooth sounding with great low end and wonderful voicing. And will remove the veil all Sennheiser headphones just like the Silver Dragon. Most stock headphone cables are made of poor ultra thin conductors that work as a bottle neck for the sound.

If you listen to any type of music then this is the cable will suit your needs. It is a little more rounded than the Blue Dragon. Fuller Sound and more bottom end weight.

Grado GS1000e Details

Air flows with the music to keep you comfortable while marveling at the clarity and range plus all of this with stunning separation and layering of the music. Select Mahogany tone-woods are hand matched for aesthetic beauty, just as the phenomenal drivers are individually matched for sonic consistency. The large chambers fit around your ears, not on top of them, creating a private listening booth. The hand-crafted mahogany earpieces utilize an intricate curing process that optimizes the tonal quality while giving them a new look.

The GS1000e uses 50mm dynamic transducers and the new 12 conductor cable design. The wood, driver, and cable designs, result in tight control and stability of the upper and lower range of the frequency spectrum to support the GS1000e's world renowned midrange.

Grado's GS1000e cushion design actually creates a 'room' for the ears to sit, with a larger soundstage and greater spatial experience for the listener. It was most important to design the correct balance between the driver and our wooden driver housing to give us the pure sound we crave.

The GS1000e retains a sound that is pure Grado, with warm harmonic colors, rich full bodied vocals, excellent dynamics, and an ultra-smooth top end. The presentation is very detailed, the bass is deep, and the music is very tight while non-fatiguing. All with stunning separation and layering of the music.



Vented diaphragm

Wooden air chamber

UHPLC copper voice coil wire

UHPLC copper connecting cord

Audio Specs
Transducer Type


Operating Principle

Open Air

Frequency Response

8 - 35,000 hz


99.8 dB

Normal Impedance

32 ohms

Driver Matched dB

.05 dB