Grado GT220

Grado GT220

Grado GT220

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BEST RATING
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.7
MUSIC: Fair6.3/10
CALLS: Fair6.9/10
GAMING: Poor5.1/10
TV: Poor5.5/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Very Good8.8/10
EXERCISE: Fair6.2/10
AIR TRAVEL: Good7.9/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Poor5.3/10
BUILD QUALITY: Very Good8.8/10
BATTERY: Good7.3/10

The Grado GT220 earbuds are a premium-priced, wireless option that offers a very good overall sound quality and are particularly excellent for music listening. They are stemless with a closed enclosure type, providing a decent level of noise isolation. Comfort is good, making them suitable for extended listening sessions, and they are sweatproof, making them a viable choice for exercise. However, their soundstage is just fair, which might not be ideal for those seeking an expansive listening experience. The build quality is very good, and they have built-in controls that are highly rated, although they don't have active noise cancelling. With a dynamic driver, the GT220 supports AAC codec, offering good audio quality for Apple device users, but lacks lossless codec support and has no active noise cancelling. They are lightweight at 5 grams per earbud and offer 5.5 hours of playtime with an additional 36 hours from the case, which supports wireless charging. Additionally, they have a two-hour charging time. However, their suitability for calls and meetings, gaming, and TV and video is rated as fair to poor, so they might not be the best option for those specific uses. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Superior build quality
  • Very good overall sound
  • Good comfort
  • Lightweight design
  • Compact and portable
Cons
  • Mediocre mic quality
  • Poor noise isolation
  • Limited battery life
  • Lacks app equalizer

Ratings by Category

Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.7
This score evaluates the product when used solely to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It takes into account sound quality and sound signature, to be able to keep voices clear and intelligible. It also considers battery life, when available, and comfort.
Air Travel:
4.4
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.
Battery Life:
4.1
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
Calls:
4.0
This evaluates the product when used solely to make and receive calls. It takes into account how well the products are able to clearly reproduce the human voice, the quality of the integrated microphones and the battery life, when available, to be able to use them for longer sessions or conferences.
Music:
3.4
The Grado GT220 earbuds have a closed enclosure type, which can help isolate sound but may not deliver as expansive a soundstage as open-back headphones, leading to a fair classification for music listening. Additionally, they lack support for lossless codecs, which means that while they offer very good overall sound quality, audiophiles searching for the highest quality audio experience might find them lacking.
Exercise:
3.2
This score evaluates the product when used for exercise and physical activity. It mainly takes into account comfort, whether or not the products are sweatproof and how secure are the earbuds or headphones while wearing them. We also consider products with wireless capabilities to be more suitable for this particular scenario
Portability:
3.0
The Portability score is based on an overall assessment that includes volume and maximum dimension of the product (and case, if relevant), and its weight. Special features like foldability for headphones are also taken into account.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$259
Brand
Grado
Release Date
September 1, 2020
Form Factor
Earbuds
Connectivity
Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
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6.4/10
Phone Calls Score
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7/10
Gaming Score
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5.2/10
TV and Video Score
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5.5/10
Exercise Score
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6.2/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
5.5 Hours
Wireless charging
Yes
Charging time
2 Hours
Bluetooth version
5
Case Battery Life
36

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
No
Noise Reduction Score
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5.3/10
Virtual Surround
No
Android App
No
iOS App
No
Mic Quality
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6/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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8.8/10
Comfort score
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7.6/10
Size
Small
Weight of single earbud
5 Grams
Microphone style
Integrated

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Major HiFi

Alex Schiffer | October 2020
"With its superb and functional interface and its highly satisfying imaging, Grado has shown a new talent for delivering a solid true wireless system, and with future improvements, has the potential to really be one of the best."

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