- Grado SR125e is the replacement for the SR125i
Grado Prestige Series SR125i Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 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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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.Read more ›
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
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The sound quality is amazing, slights warmer than the SR80i's that I own and while the style is retro, it is quite distinct from any other headphone in a good way. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Sachi
Love these Grado's, got these for my teenager instead of Dre beats I don't think he understands the difference.Published 12 months ago by Kanostic
These headphones are on the top of my list! Here is a link of similiar headphones: http://boldlist.net/top-5-headphones-under-200.phpPublished 14 months ago by brittany
These are great headphones with top quality sound. The ear pads are not the most comfortable, however I only use them for about an hour at a time so the pads are bearable. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Bill J., Orlando
I bought these 'phones for my dad and he is in love with them. I have tried them out and compared them with my headphones too, and they are definitely great connoisseur listeners. Read morePublished 23 months ago by BB man
Bought these headphones based on some great reviews. The sound fidelity is fantastic...and the only reason I've given these phones an extra star. Read morePublished on July 16, 2014 by JB Prentice
I've been producing for a while, but I never took the time to invest in some legitimate headphones. I got turned onto the Grado brand by a coworker, who let me use his to listen to... Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by Tommy Maverick