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Grado L-Cush Large Replacement Ear Cushions
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- Open cell foam
- Fits all Prestige Series headphones
- Replaceable ear pads
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Unlike the smaller pads, used on the iGrado and SR-60, the L-Cush pads don't jam the ear up against the driver. And because the cushion leaves a doughnut hole, there's no physical barrier ear and driver. The result is greater clarity. Compared to my iGrados and my SR-60s, my SR-80s, SR-325is and RS-1's sound clearer and fuller, partly because the L-Cush pads provide a better soundstage.
But I also use these pads on my GS-1000s, despite the obvious advantages of the GS-1000's larger "salad bowls." That's because these doughnuts position the ear CLOSER to the driver than the salad bowls. This avoids issues of sibilance, which can come up when there's too much high frequency. I also like the bass better. That's because direct contact between the ear and the cushions produces better bass extension. To be sure, there are trade-offs between soundstage and presence, just as there are tradeoffs between bass extension and high-frequency extension. But for my money (These cost a third of what the salad bowls cost), the L-Cush pads provide a better balance.
After about three years of sitting unused and after having two other pairs of my earphones eaten by the dog and cat, I figured it was time to try something...anything.
I looked on Amazon an low and behold there were a pair of L-CUSH ear cushions. Not the original ones that came with the SR80's but the ones used on the more expensive models. They looked better and they also looked more comfortable to boot. I figured, what the heck I can always send them back...soooo...
My order arrives and I immediately go to my music room to see how they fit and most importantly if my grand ol' Grado's can still make "music".
I have to say I was very VERY surprised! First the ear cushions fit more "over" the ear than just on the ear. As soon as I began to play music through them (the same system, mind you that I use for my reference gear) I couldn't believe how good the old Grado's sounded. Everything was there from top to bottom. The separation of instruments and voices was very good. From the highest highs to the lowest lows, it was all there. Even the bass range was full and much more detailed than I remembered.
The SR80's are by no means the end all and be all in detail and definition but the music is there...all of it. This is what I remember when I first fell in Love with Hi-Fi audio.Read more ›
They tighten what bass you already have with the 'comfies' that come with the SR60. In fact, if you don't know much about audio you might even say it has a tad less *quantity* of bass with these cups. The fact is that the SR60's "comfies" pads provide less detailed bass, as in it can sound a bit smeared (though still good). These tighten that up immediately, and is among the reasons that everyone says that the SR80 offers better bass performance than the 60, with all else being equal. This, combined with the extra distance provided by the material of the cups, provides a wider stage and an overall more pleasant listening experience, in my opinion. Though all Grados already provide an 'out of head' listening experience, these will provide even more of that effect to the SR60. They also look fantastic when applied.
Tip - try rolling a single layer of black electrical tape around the outer edge of this pad. Just Google it to see what I am talking about. It sounds silly, but it does add a subtle punch to the low end if that's what you're after! If you do it carefully, it looks professional. While you're looking around, take a look at all of other insane ways to modify your Grado cans.
Anyone complaining about paying $20 for a replacement piece of foam is obviously unfamiliar with how the pricing of proprietary products works (I'm talking to you, dude who rated these poorly because he doesn't like the price). Yes, it's a rip-off, but man, these are your Grados we are talking about here. Oh, and though this is subjective, I have no issues with comfort, despite the driver being bare as compared to the stock 60 pad.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very nice, although I have not put them on the headphones as yet.......my stereo system is still packed away.Published 12 days ago by David
I tossed these on my grado sr80es and fit like a glove. I believe they will fit any grado model. While I do prefer the original cushions (for comfort), these provide a much more... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Rrado
Fits well with the grado 325. Not comfy as velour but does not impact sound.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Since these are OEM cushions, they fit perfectly on my SR-80s and are good quality...However, they are pretty firm and scratchy, so they are really not very comfortable at all. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tim
I own a pair of Grado Prestige Series SR80e stereo headphones. They came with Grado S Ear Cushions. I love the sound! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard G. Barrett
This is a must if you use Grado headphones, they are quite expensive, but there is no other way if you want the same sound quality. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I doubted whether or not to use the L cushions , but they worked out well. The distance between the driver and ones ear has quite an influence on the sound and these do fine. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. O'Connor
Factory replacement ear pads. Fit perfectly as you would expect.Published 2 months ago by Michael Yoshida