EDL GS3000e Premium Wood Over-Ear Open Back Headphone and DIY Kit

$108.00$268.00

Specification (with original Grado GS3000e drivers)

  • Frequency 4-51,000Hz
  • Impedance 32Ohm +/- 5%
  • Maximum input power: 50mW
  • SPL 1mW: 99.8 dB
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Description

This is a custom product built by Earphone DIY Labs inspired by Grado GS3000e, a $1,800 premium price product. This EDL GS3000e is built with original Grado GS3000e drivers, and the Mahogany wood cups is of identical acoustic structure. Therefore the sound character is perfectly reproduced.

Original Grado GS3000e driver

Original Grado GS3000e driverChoose the Assembling option and our professionals will make it for you in 2~3 days. See the assembly service for more details. 

Are you an experienced headphone maker? Great! Choose the All Separated Components Option and enjoy making it with your own hands. With basic soldering and gluing skills, you can easily get audiophile sound quality. 

  • Original Grado GS3000e drivers, fine tuned in the original sound character. 
  • Elegant, Grado GS3000e compatible cups cut by high-precision CNC lathe from large chunk of Mahogany with laser printed characters.
  • Genuine leather headband with high density foam pad and stainless steel bracket
  • 6N OFC, silver plated, 8 cores upgrade cable with carbon fiber enhanced 3.5mm jack and Y splitter
  • High quality Grado G/S/L cushions 
  • Compatible with all 40/50mm headphone drivers

Question about shipping? View shipping service. Want more custom options? Ping us on service@earphonediylabs.com

Know about Grado Labs GS300e

Grado Labs GS3000e got 5/5 all star rating on What’s Hi-Fi (Review):

The Grado GS3000es need a listening room. That sounds like an odd thing to say about a pair of headphones, but get a pair and that’s exactly what you’ll wish for. The GS3000es are an open-backed design. They not only leak out lots of sound but they let in everything too. Voices, traffic noises, kettles boiling, you name it – all will intrude on your listening experience to varying degrees. During testing, it isn’t long before we see the look of disapproval from anyone sitting near us, once the high-frequency ’tiss-tiss’ emanating from the rear of the headphones starts getting on their nerves. The solution? Go to a quiet space, away from anyone likely to disturb or be disturbed. A dedicated listening room, for instance.

Package list 

We include everything you need to build EDL GS3000e; of cause if you choose to let our professionals assemble for you, you will have a complete headphone.  

  • 2 X original Grado GS3000e drivers, fine tuned in the original sound character. 
  • 2 X Grado GS3000e compatible Mahogany wood cups
  • 2 X cup holders (brackets) made from stainless steel in silver or black. 
  • (Optional) 2 X front covers (driver housing), 3D printed with highly durable engineering plastic
  • 2 X G-Cushions, 2 X L-Cushions and 2 X S-Cushions
  • 6N OFC, silver plated, 8 cores hi-end cable with carbon fiber enhanced 3.5mm jack and Y splitter

Measurement reference

See below for the frequency response of original GS3000e. See more detailed measurements at High-end headphones GRADO GS3000e Flash Review

And here is the comparison between GS2000e and GS3000e. Note GS2000e is a little bit (+5dB) bassy than GS3000e.

 

DIY Tutorials

With basic soldering and wiring skills, you can make this hi-end headphone in 1~2hours.

Step 1. Know about the components

As shown in the pic below, the kit includes

  • 2 X original Grado GS3000e drivers, fine tuned in the original sound character. 
  • 2 X Mahogany wood cups, preinstalled with cup holders (brackets)  
  • 1 X headband 
  • 2 X G-Cushions, 2 X L-Cushions and 2 X S-Cushions (not shown in the pic) 
  • 1 X cable with carbon fiber enhanced 3.5mm jack and Y splitter
EDL GS3000e DIY Kit
EDL GS3000e DIY Kit

Step 2. Wiring

As shown in the pic below, the cable is red/blue labeled. You’ll need to push it through the 4mm hole on the cup.

Step 3. Soldering

Solder the wires to the soldering panel on the driver. Note:

  • The right-hand side pin is positive. Make sure you make it right.
  • Solder it as quick as possible (<3s). The soldering panel is very fragile and easily broken when heating for long period.

Step 4. Gluing

Apply some instant glue at the edge of the drivers (be careful not to get glue on to the front cover), and push the driver into the cup. Wait >1h or longer until the glue fully dry.

Step 5. Install the headband

You can apply a little bit glue inside the small black cups on the stick, to make them stay more stable.

Step 5. Put on earpad, and enjoy them!

You can try S/L/G cushions and see which one fits you the best.

Headband options

We provide both upgrade and cost-effective options for DIYers than the default one (genuine leather in black). Note all headband are of same Grado lockers and stainless band. The only difference is the building materials of the leather. 

Upgrade option to Hand-made, Genuine Hermes Zermatt Leather Headband

Cost effective option to Artificial Leather Headband

 

Black headband with original Grado lockers

 

Use this kit with other drivers and how to select 

Headphone drivers is the most critical component on sound reproduction and account for 95% of the sound character and quality. We recommend DIYers to spend major budget on getting hi-end, market approved drivers.

This kit works with all 40-50mm headphone drivers on the market. While in order to get the best performance from the genuine wood and open back design, we fine tune and recommend following ones per your use scenario and budget:

  • B&W P7 – our flagship and mostly recommended
  • Master & Dynamics MW60 – sound the most closely to typical Grado headphones, bright and massively of details
  • Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero – Premium gaming experience like locating, imaging, clear team communication, and sound effecting
  • Grado compatible driver – a V-curve driver and physically compatible with general Grado housing.  It offers a very clear, punchy bass.
  • Skull Candy Avitor – decent sound with the best budget and superbass
  • Meze 99 classic – big sound stage and perfect dynamic range, and best for classical orchestral music, like symphonies.
  • AKG 701 style Titanium diaphragm – if you are looking for a U-curve headphone with strong bass and high resolution

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You will need front covers as holders to install drivers. The front cover is with 40mm, 41mm, 44mm, 45mm and 50mm housing. You will need to specify it in your order.

Here is the steps with B&W P7 drivers which is in 40mm diameter.

Glue the P7 drivers to the housing and ensure air-tight
Glue the P7 drivers to the housing and ensure air-tight
After glued
After glued

Here is the steps with Turtle Beach drivers which is in 50mm diameter.

50mm drivers need to be mounted directly to the wood cup
50mm drivers need to be mounted directly to the wood cup
Make sure you wire the cable with the driver firstly
Make sure you wire the cable with the driver firstly

Glue the front cover firmly to the cup

Glue the front cover firmly to the cup

Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 35 × 20 × 15 cm
Diver Options

Original Grado GS3000e 44mm drivers, B&W P7/P9, No drivers

Headband options

Genuine leather in black, Hand-made Hermes Zermatt leather in black, Hand-made Hermes Zermatt leather in yellow, Artificial leather in black

Assembling options

Assembled for me, Keep all component separated

Cup holder (bracket) color

Silver, Black

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