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Grado Prestige Series SR325is Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • What does the i stand for in the new SR325is from Grado? Improved, that`s what! Yes, Grado has taken one of the world`s most acclaimed headphones and taken it a few steps further. The new SR325is has an upgraded driver design, and they have enlarged and improved the mass distribution in the metal housing. The way the SR325is new driver and metal housing move air and react to sound vibrations are now less affected by transient distortions. With the SR325is you will notice improved control of the upper and lower range of the frequency spectrum with both better supporting Grado`s world renowned midrange. And why the Gold color? The new SR325is is in honor of their 50th anniversary celebrated recently. The SR325is will produce a sound that is pure Grado, with warm harmonic color, rich full bodied vocals, excellent dynamics and an ultra smooth top end. Listen and Enjoy!

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    Product Dimensions 1 x 1.3 x 0.2 inches
    Item Weight 3.5 ounces
    Shipping Weight 1.2 pounds
    ASIN B000J1N3HW
    Item model number Sr325i
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    4.4 out of 5 stars 120 customer reviews

    4.4 out of 5 stars
    Best Sellers Rank #10,286 in Electronics > Headphones
    #40,709 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
    #46,350 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
    Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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    I own the SR80s and wanted to see what you got for the extra money with the 325i. I liked my SR80s and still think they're very good headphones for the money, but the more I listen to the SR-325i's, I realize I'll have to sell my SR80s because I'll never listen to them again. The 325i's are that good!

    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.
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    The Grado SR325 has now been replaced by the 325i -- recognizable by its goldilsh-silver aluminim styling. More modern-looking than the other phones in the Presige line, it's a solidly built piece of gear that's made to last for a long time.

    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.
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    Every little thing you do to upgrade the signal you feed them will be rewarded. (Just like Krell, Martin Logan, other truly great American companies). The sound is beyond accurate, it's intelligent. Recently got some Ultrasones because I needed a closed back set. Damn good, but no cigar. Incredible closed back phones in fact, no regrets. I would bet money they idolize John Grado. They've come very close to producing an open-phone sound with closed-back phones, but it's just not physically possible. Grado understands EARS AND BRAINS as opposed to frequency response curves & marketing hooks. They may be ugly, have AWFUL packaging, but they will make love to your ears. BTW don't take the logo circles off as many sites encourage as an "upgrade". I did, and shortly put them back on. Grado is an eminently talented engineer. The seemingly decorative plastic logos on the ear grills actually reinforce exactly the bass frequencies that need to be reinforced. There is nothing left to chance on Grado phones. If the earpads are stiff, if there's no carrying pouch with embossed logo included, if the cord is sometimes cumbersome because he refused to compromise on signal transfer, it's because he never makes a tradeoff in favor of marketability. It's all about facilitating an emotional connection between you and the artist you're listening to.

    Grado products are a true American treasure. Worth twice the price.
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    I recently picked up a pair of these. The sound quality is excellent. However, these headphones will not show their full potential unless you give them time to burn in. Let them play continuously for about three days before you make any impressions.

    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.
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