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For Immediate Release January 9, 2017

LOS ANGELES & ORANGE COUNTY AUDIO SOCIETY HONORS
John Grado, President of Grado Labs

John Grado is the winner of the Founder's Award from the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society, it was announced today by The Society.

The Founder's Award is the highest honor the Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society bestows annually on the one individual in fine audio bringing excellence and achievement to audiophiles worldwide and is at the top of their industry. The society is the largest in the world, with more than 2000 members.

John Grado is part of a true family tradition with the company being founded in 1953.

A true American success story that is rooted in the Grado family entrepreneurial DNA has Italian immigrants establishing themselves in Brooklyn at the turn of the 20th century.

As with many leaders of industry, his education started with his sweeping the floors and running errands. John Grado started at age twelve in the factory. This hands-on education resulted in his becoming owner and CEO in 1990.

This time period was a turning point for Grado Labs with the decline in analog and the nascent digital formats on the audio landscape.

This is when John Grado made an important decision to start producing headphones and perfect their venerable cartridge line. The iconic and super successful SR80 Headphone was born.

Grado Labs now produces a full and immense product line of headphones which are respected for their performance and for the fact that they are handcrafted in Brooklyn, NY. Every model of the extensive headphone line-up has been invented and introduced by John Grado.

Analog was never given up by Grado.

John Grado recently updated their phono cartridges in ground-breaking ways. These new models have been highly praised by music lovers all over the world. This expanded selection of cartridges was entirely perfected and introduced by John Grado.

John Grado is fiercely loyal to Brooklyn, NY. His family values extend to his team at the factory and his network of dealers and distributors throughout the world. John and Loretta Grado have two sons, Matthew and Jonathan. Jonathan is Vice President of Grado Labs carrying on the family tradition. Matthew will be joining Grado Labs as soon as he graduates from college.


The Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society now celebrates its 24th year serving top audiophiles in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The largest audio society in the world with over 2100 members, the non-profit organization provides up to 14 major events per year in Greater Los Angeles and showcases and promotes the very best in great gear and recordings worldwide. Though the majority of members hail from Southern California, the Society boasts members from 14 states and nine countries. The Societyís Board of Directors awards the Founderís Award annually to those professionals in the high end who continue to advance fine musical reproduction in the home and distinguish themselves as the best in their profession.

  • The 2016 Founder's Award went to Bob Carver, President of Bob Carver Audio.
  • The 2015 Founder's Award went to Harry Weisfeld, founder of VPI Industries.
  • The 2014 Founder's Award went to Chad Kassem, President of Acoustic Sounds.
  • The 2013 Founder's Award went to Robert Harley, editor in chief, of The Absolute Sound.
  • The 2012 Founder's Award went to Tim de Paravicini, President of E.A.R. of Great Britain.
  • The 2011 Founder's Award went to Richard Vandersteen, President of Vandersteen Audio.
  • The 2010 Founder's Award went to Keith Johnson, Executive Producer of Reference Recordings,
  • and the 2009 Founder's Award went to EveAnna Manley, President of Manley Labs.

Other previous winners include Harry Pearson, Founder The Absolute Sound, Dave Clark, Editor Positive Feedback Online, Dennis Had, Founder Cary Audio, David Robinson, Editor in Chief Positive Feedback Online, and Ray Kimber, President Kimber Kable.

The Society, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Audio Show and Marine Presson, will co-ordinate and support LAAS, the newest and largest home entertainment show in North America.  It will premier at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles, June 2-4, 2017.

The Founder's Award will be awarded at the 24th Annual Gala and Awards Ceremony in John Grado's honor in Los Angeles on December 3, 2017. The trophy that will be awarded to Grado is specially produced by the same company that created the Oscar for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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