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Grado Prestige Series SR125i Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

4.2 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
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  • Improved diaphragm and voice coil design
  • UHPLC (Ultra-high purity, long crystal) copper voice coil wire
  • Non Resonant air chamber
  • Standard copper connecting cord with 1/4 inch plug
  • Bass, midrange and treble are all more open
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Technical Details

  • Grado SR125e is the replacement for the SR125i

Product Description

  • The SR125I produce brilliant sound for a low cost. The SR60s have a flexible, soft vinyl headband. The headband and earpeices are connected by metal height adjusters, which adjust the height of your head with the center of your ear. These nifty adjusters also allow the earpiece to rotate a full 360 degrees, permitting them to lie flat on a surface--perfect when packing in a suitcase. The SR60s come with Grado's new earpads. The new pads are a soft, porous, open cell foam that covers the driver-- much more comfy. The SR60s offer good sound quality, plus are easily driven by the output of a portable player or inexpensive home equipment-- a nice combination. They come terminated to a mini with a 1/4 inch adapter and have a straight cord that attaches to both earpeices.

  • Product Information

    Product Dimensions 8 x 8 x 2 inches
    Item Weight 11.2 ounces
    Shipping Weight 11.2 ounces
    Manufacturer Unknown
    ASIN B0006GCCWW
    Item model number SR125i
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    4.2 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

    4.2 out of 5 stars
    Best Sellers Rank #10,366 in Electronics > Headphones
    #43,879 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
    #46,668 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
    Date first available at Amazon.com April 13, 2004

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    *** Update *** After having these for a couple of weeks, I definitely notice that there has been a "breaking-in" period. The same music I first played through these is noticeably "warmer", with primarily low frequencies now being even more distinct. I.e. the sound is getting better - I am still happier with them now.

    I wanted very good headphones - great sound for various music types, comfortable, light if possible, decent length cord. I've had Sennheisers many years ago. I did a lot of reading and inevitably ran into reviews everywhere, with everyone touting "their" favorite brand based on various aspects (clarity, range, etc. etc.) which could easily lead to analysis paralysis.

    Anyway, I went for it and got these. Initial impressions: very retro-looking, without the hi-tech molded plastic and fancy box other brands have. That was my first "what did I just spend a bunch of my money on?" moment. The earcups spin freely, which is nice. They are not very tight on my biggish ears, and sit very lightly on my large head; as someone else noted, the headband can be bent. The cord is very thick and long; you'll need an adapter for a standard MP3 player headset, but Radio Shack has good gold-plated ones and Grado also sells one.

    I sometimes listen to music in a noisy environment and upgraded to these from a pair of Sony noise-cancelling headphones. The Sonys had awful sound but did a good job of canceling out noise (though not as well as the much more expensive Boses, of course). The Grados, despite no gimmicks like noise cancellation, actually did very well in this environment.

    Overall, the sound is very good with a variety of sources. It's very balanced and light, and lots of nuances come through that I've never heard before.
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    I love headphones. In fact, I collect midrange headphones(between $50 and $300). I also feel like a lot of reviews on Amazon lack depth and objectivity, so I've recently began reviewing the headphones I own.

    To start off, I developed a simple way to "test" my headphones. I played six songs from vastly different genres of music over each headphone through my iAudio 7, each encoded in Ogg Vorbis between 192 and 500 kbps, with all the sounds effects turned off on my iAudio and the equalizer set to "flat".

    The scale I used to rate various aspects of the headphones works like this:
    0 to 2 - abysmal
    2.1 to 4 - poor
    4.1 to 6 - mediocre
    6.1 to 8 - above average
    8.1 to 10 - excellent

    The songs were "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac, "Every Planet We Reach is Dead" by Gorillaz, "Concerto Grosso No. 26 in D Major" by Handel, "I Know You Are, But What Am I?" by Mogwai, "Afro Blue" by Triplexity, and "The Patient" by Tool.

    So, on to the review...

    Grado SR 125

    Sound Quality(9.7/10)

    The Chain(10/10) - excellent sound stage. Rich, vibrant mid tones. Aggressive, but pleasing, highs. Instrument separation is great. Bass is deep and smooth. Well-balanced sound.

    Every Planet(8.5/10) - spacious sound stage with excellent instrument separation. Bass is clean, but somewhat lacking. Mids and highs are crisp and vibrant.

    Concerto(9.5/10) - bass and mid tones are vibrant and aggressive. Highs are very crisp. Sound stage and instrument separation are both exceptional. Slightly aggressive for classical music, but otherwise very pleasing.

    I Know You Are(10/10) - phenomenal sound stage. Probably the most impressive I've ever heard from a pair of headphones. Deep, rich bass.
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    By Scott on December 14, 2006
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    First and foremost as others have mentioned, hook these guys up to a stereo and run it for 12 - 24hrs to break them in before passing judgement on them. Vary the volume while you do this, start out low, then after a few hours go to a mid volume setting, then to a medium loud setting for the last few hours (Not loud enough to blow them mind you).

    These headphones after the break in period are the clearest headphones you'll ever put on your head and I'll stand behind that statement-I'm an audiophile and have tried most every high end headphone in existence from Sony's V series to AKG to Beyerdynamic to Sennheiser.

    However, I'm only giving them 4 stars for 2 reasons. They're not the most comfortable, at least not at first. The ear pads are stiff and to me smelled of petro chemical residue. I softened mine down the first day I had them by placing them in a sink with very warm water with a soy based fabric softener, I soaked em for 10 minutes all the while squeezing the water between them. The also are a bit light on the bass, if you want some of these that are perfect with just the right bass response, look one more notch up in the line for $50 more, the SR225's.
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    I lost some hearing in the late 1960's while serving aboard an aircraft carrier. Some of it was from jet aircraft but most of it concerned being WAY too close to exploding ordinance. I am totally missing some high freqs but it has not been a real problem. As I've aged to a ripe old 63 years I've noticed a decline in my hearing. I love the music of MOTOWN, The Funk Brothers, Garnet Mimms and a wide variety of other music. I was alone in my office when the box arrived, I opened it, adjusted the headphones, plugged them into my MacBook Pro and played Garnet Mimms...music I knew very, very well...every note...every word....
    I don't really understand what happened, I started crying...I know that sounds really stupid...BUT, I was hearing all these notes, textures, sounds I hadn't heard in many, many years, decades. Sounds I knew were there but had almost forgotten. My wife walked in and thought something was really wrong. I tried but had a hard time explaining the experience I was having. As the kids would text OMG!!! I know there are certain high frequencies I can't hear at all but these headphones are like stepping back in time perhaps 40 years. I wrote a note to Grado Labs basically outlining the above and pointing out the fact that I, like John Grado, am the third generation owner of my business and how much I appreciate his sticking with it and producing such an amazing product at a very reasonable price right here in the U.S.A. I received a prompt and most excellent reply. This is a real, honest-to-God, American Company that produces a real, honest-to-God, top shelf product. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
    There is one major problem...I am now spending too much time listening to my entire CD collection...over and over and over....somehow...I've got to get back to work!
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