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

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

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

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Driver cover, left, and driver, right.

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Bonding the driver cover to the driver.

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

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Pre-soldering driver terminals.

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Soldering cables to driver.

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Listening to check cable connections.

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Aligning cable in preparation for rear housing cover attachment.

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Applying glue for rear housing attachment.

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Clamping and aligning driver housing.

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Inserting stainless-steel spring into headband.

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Aligning headband for junction block attachment.

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Securing junction block to headband with a rubber hammer.

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Applying L and R letters to headband.

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Attaching finished driver/earcup housing to headband.

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The technician's last visual check.

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Fitting the cushions on the driver housing.

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Checking cushion alignment by hand.

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At last! Boxing the headphones!

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

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