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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

The tricky part about documenting how a Grado headphone is made is they don't make them from start-to-finish in easy-to-follow steps. John and Jonathan Grado did their best to slow down the process to give me an opportunity to illustrate as many of the steps of building a Grado SR60e as possible. Grado doesn't just build its expensive models in Brooklyn, NY, all of the "e" Series headphones are made there. I covered the fabrication and assembly of a SR60e headphone for this photo gallery.

Here's a finished pair of SR60e headphones.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

John and Jonathan in front of finished and boxed headphones awaiting shipment.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

Grado Laboratories world headquarters; that's the front door!

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

Plastic Grado headphone parts coming off the injection-molding machine.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

Driver cover, left, and driver, right.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

Bonding the driver cover to the driver.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

The driver, left, after the driver has been bonded to the driver housing, right.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

Pre-soldering driver terminals.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

Soldering cables to driver.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

Listening to check cable connections.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

Aligning cable in preparation for rear housing cover attachment.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

Applying glue for rear housing attachment.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

Clamping and aligning driver housing.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

Inserting stainless-steel spring into headband.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

Aligning headband for junction block attachment.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

Securing junction block to headband with a rubber hammer.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

Applying L and R letters to headband.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

Attaching finished driver/earcup housing to headband.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

The technician's last visual check.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

Fitting the cushions on the driver housing.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

Checking cushion alignment by hand.

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

At last! Boxing the headphones!

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Grado SR60e

​John (left) and Jonathan Grado (right)

Grado's front door

Welcome to the machine

Interior parts

Bonding parts

Before and after

Pre-soldering

Soldering the cable

Listening test

Aligning cable

Applying glue

Clamping

Inserting headband spring

Aligning headband

Securing junction block to headband

Applying L and R letters

Putting it all together

Last visual check

Fitting of the cushions

Checking cushion alignment

Boxing the headphones

Grado prototypes

These prototype Grado headphones are in John and Jonathan Grado's private listening room.

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