Grado Prestige Series SR325is Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Vented diaphragm
- Aluminum air chamber
- UHPLC copper voice coil wire and connecting cord
- Tranducer type: dynamic
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The SR325i is a NOTICEABLE improvement on the SR80s. I have read reviews on the internet saying they are night-and-day better than the SR80. I didn't originally agree with that statement, but the more I listen to the SR325i's, I realized that they ARE night-and-day better than the SR80 on a good recording.
There is a a definite family resemblance in sound between the two, but the 325i has a lot more bass than the SR80, the midrange area is about as bright as the SR80, but I'd say that voices in the SR325i sound a bit further back in the mix - a little bit more distant than the SR80. I'd also say the SR80 is a little brighter overall than the SR325i. I'm thinking that this is related to the greater sense of space you get with the SR325i.
When I first listened to the SR325i, I was rather overwhelmed by the increased bass. By increased bass, I don't mean just around 20hz. The entire bass and mid-bass area is stronger and fuller than on the SR80. It seemed like the bass overwhelmed the rest of the sound.
After listening to them for a number of months now, the SR325i has a LOT more of a "3d sound" - what audiophiles call "soundstage", and I think that the bass is much more realistic than the SR80s. I never thought the SR80s lacked bass, and still don't, but I like the bigger, more solid bass of the 325i. The SR325i just sounds "bigger" to me. Maybe like a physically larger speaker compared to a smaller speaker? I just can't describe these headphones.Read more ›
After breaking them in, the distinctive Grado sound asserts intself. Prominent, flexible bass predominates somewhat over the powerful mid-highs, making this an outstanding rock'n'roll headphone. But classical music fares well, too; you'll notice detail while enjoying the power of the recording. The 325i easily powers a portable CD player, and sounds wonderful wtih an iPod (especially if you play around with the iTunes presets).
It's only after about five or so days of break-in that the sound truly starts to coalesce. (All top-quality headphones benefit from break-in, which means leaving the headphones connected to a medium-volume audio source; some leave them connected all day and night for weeks. This allows the headphone's speaker diaphragms to loosen and play more easily.) These phones have a prominent low, detailed middles (with a slight hump), and highs that sometimes push a little too hard.
The earpads can make a big difference. The phones come with "bowl" pads, thick foam rubber cushions that fit just on the ear. These allow the clearest audio presentation, though some wear them slightly above the ear and to the back for the most accurate sound. The "flat" pads bring the speaker drivers much closer to the ear, accenting the bass and smoothing out the 325i's highs. Both styles have their fans, but Grado ships the phones with the pads (bowls) they think work best. Your ears should be the judge.
The 325i's color the sound to achieve a result that works best with harder pop music and reggae, while fans of classical and jazz might find the lighter Senn style more to their liking. But the 325s have a lot of versatility, and are also likely to please people who have eclectic tastes.
Grado products are a true American treasure. Worth twice the price.
Also, many people find them to be uncomfortable when they get them. I had this problem too, but you can make the pads softer (and more comfortable) by squeezing them around in water with fabric softener. Let them air dry for a while, then wash them out with water again to remove any fabric softener. After they have dried, they should be much comfier.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
OMG. I used to do broadcasting several years ago over 40 years and we had the very best in headphones. These blow them out of the ballpark. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa B.
Comparing these with other headphones I have, I'm very impressed by the clarity of the reproduction, particularly in the bass. Excellent for the classical music I listen to. Read morePublished 3 months ago by coffent
Has spoiled listening to music any other way. One thing to keep in mind, however, is the quality of the music you are listening to. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard
I've had these headphones for a couple years and it's always amazing to return to them after listening to music using inferior cans (Sennheiser HD-280) or even drug-store ear... Read morePublished 11 months ago by alex
Consumer reports gave these headphones a very good review, which is why i got them. For a professional, such as somebody that has spent a lot of years in recording studio, I would... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Synthsong
I purchased a pair of SR80s and I enjoyed those quite a bit, but I was ready to make the jump to something a bit nicer. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Logan Seppala
Once you exit the world of headphones purchase-able at Best Buy, decision making can get complicated. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Andre M. Behrens