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Clarity, Detail, Nice Sub-bass
on May 27, 2013
I have been a Grado fan for some time. I started listening to a pair of SR60s, then bought a pair of SR80s. I was pretty happy with the 80s for a few years, but finally decided to see what else was available up the line. I decided to try the SR325i. Wow, what a difference. Still the classic Grado sound, but now with more detail and clarity. The mid-bass is toned down a bit from the lower models, but there is more sub-bass response for a nice tight kick. These are very revealing headphones - if your music is encoded below 256kbps or your equipment is noisy, you will hear every flaw. I've had to go back to CD to re-rip some of my music since using the 325is. Some have called the 325is "harsh" in the highs, but I just don't hear it. I think those who find them harsh are listening at very loud levels, or there may be some amp/source combinations that just don't work well with the 325is.
If you are considering the 325is with other phones in the SR series, keep in mind that the 325is not only sound better, but have the nicer leather headband and aluminum cups. They have more weight to them and much more of a feel of quality than the all plastic models.