Grado GT220 review: awesome quality earbuds for music fans

Grado is a Brooklyn-based New York firm that has specialised in high-end open-back headphones for more than half a century.

It is a highly respected firm whose cans are regularly used as reference monitors for HiFi testing and for editing, mixing and mastering during professional recording use.

It has only recently launched its first wireless headphones, the GW100, and true wireless earphones, the GT220; the latter of which I have enjoyed testing for several weeks.

Design and build

The earbuds come in a simple matte black design apart from the subtle white Grado G logo on the touch panels.

Grado GT220

The minimalist case spots just a USB-C port and four LEDS to signify how much power you have left.

Touch controls are intuitive and easy to remember and include the ability to quickly summon a voice assistant or take a call.

They even include the ability to adjust volume which not all earbuds do.

You slot them in and twist to fit securely as is the case with many buds.

You get three pairs of silicone ear tips to choose the best fit from.

Pairing is instant and simple and you can pair to more devices easily enough too.

There is no ANC but the GT220s snug fit means you get a sufficient degree of noise isolation.

Audio quality

Audio quality is the big selling point with these largely no-frills in-ear headphones. I expected these earphones to sound awesome and they do.

Ive tested them on a wide variety of musical styles from many eras and they consistently deliver fantastic levels of clarity, depth and dynamic range.

The rich definition and nicely-tuned EQ meant I enjoyed going back to favourite album releases and picking up on elements I hadnt heard before.

You cant adjust the EQ but I never felt the need to.

Battery life

Battery life is also a big plus point youll get six hours from the buds and a further 30 hours from the case which also supports wireless charging.

GT220 are IPX4 rated so they are resistant to splashes and should be fine for gym use.

Grado GT220

They use Bluetooth 5.0 and support the aptX, AAC and SBC codecs.

On the downside, there is no in-ear detection (your audio content does not pause when you take the buds out) and no awareness mode (so hearing yourself on calls is tricky).

But for listening to music, the Grado GT220 do a super job.

Grado GT220

How much do Grado GT220 cost?

Grado GT220 TWS cost 269 from

What are the key specs of Grado GT220?

Bluetooth: 5.0
Battery Life: 36 hours
Headphone Battery: 6 hours; 50mAH
Case Battery: 5 full charges; 500mAH
Charging: USB-C, Wireless; 2 Hours
Codec: aptX, AAC, SBC
Frequency Response: 20Hz~20KHz
Water/Sweat Resistance Rating: IPX4