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Grado promises the sound quality you’d expect from a product you probably didn’t

Because there weren’t enough true wireless earbuds competing for your cash

Grado is known primarily for its wired, open-back, over-ear headphones. You know, the kind favoured by Proper Audiophiles who wouldn’t be seen within a mile of an AirPod. But it seems that no audio brand can resist the urge to throw a pair of true wireless earbuds into an increasingly crowded market, and so we have the GT220. Grado’s first wireless buds are about as mainstream-looking as their rivals, but as you’d expect, the Brooklyn-based company is talking a big game where sound quality is concerned. Each bud houses an 8mm driver specifically tuned for its polycarbonate housing, together delivering, we’re told, the ‘world-famous sonic signature that we’ve come to expect from Grado’. The GT220 comes with a choice of silicon eartips and each bud weighs just 5g, so they should be comfortable to wear. You can expect six hours of battery on a single charge, with an extra 30 from the charging case, as well as modern features like USB-charging, Bluetooth 5.0, voice assistant (Siri and Google Assistant) support, and touch controls. At £249.95, you’ll have to decide if Grado’s renowned audio chops make the GT220 worth going for over the many noise-cancelling-boasting alternatives.

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I'm fascinated by all things tech, but if you were going to leave me on a desert island, I'd probably ask for my Nintendo Switch, a drone, and a pair of noise-cancelling cans to block out the relentless seagull racket. When I'm not on Stuff duty you'll probably find me subscribing to too many podcasts, playing too many video games, or telling anyone who will listen that Spurs are going to win a trophy this season.

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Video games, VR, smartwatches, headphones, smart speakers, bizarre Kickstarter campaigns