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Grado SR60e Headphones
- Connectivity Technology: Wired
- 1 Year Manufacturers Warranty from authorized dealers (Amazon or 4OurEars)
- 3.5mm mini plug with 1/4 inch adapter
- Open Air Operating Principle. Frequency response: 20 - 20,000 Hz
- Lightweight Ergonomic Design for Optimal Comfort
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|Sold By||Amazon.com||4OurEars - The Official Grado Store||Amazon.com||4OurEars - The Official Grado Store||4OurEars - The Official Grado Store||4OurEars - The Official Grado Store|
|Color||Black||Black||Black; Silver||Black||Black||Black and Silver|
|Item Dimensions||3.15 x 6.69 x 7.48 in||3.15 x 6.69 x 7.48 in||6.81 x 2 x 8.94 in||3.15 x 6.69 x 7.48 in||3.15 x 6.69 x 7.48 in||3.15 x 6.69 x 7.48 in|
|Item Weight||7.76 ounces||0.51 lb||6.4 ounces||0.6 lb||0.62 lb||0.79 lb|
|Additional Features||foldable||Non-foldable||foldable, lightweight||lightweight||Just released Grado "e" series headphones||Just Released Grado "E" Series Headphones|
Everyone loves a thumping bass and kick-drum, but not at the expense of everything else. The Grado SR60e is your entry to the world of full spectrum audio. You'll actually hear notes you never knew were there. Perhaps your audiophile friends have fueled a desire for the legendary Grado sound but you thought it was out of reach. Try a pair of our affordable open-back headphones and experience fuller, more realistic sound. Club-footed imports can't match the sonic enlightenment from Brooklyn, USA. Grado has taken one of the world's most legendary headphones and made it even better. The SR60e has a new driver design, a new polymer to better damp resonant distortion in the plastic housing, and a new cable from plug to driver connection. The way the SR60e's new driver and plastic housing move air and react to sound vibrations virtually eliminate transient distortions. This allows the signal flow over the new cable to reproduce sound that has tight control of the upper and lower range of the frequency spectrum, while supporting Grado's world renowned midrange. The SR60e will produce a sound that is pure Grado, with warm harmonic colors, rich full bodied vocals, excellent dynamics, and an ultra-smooth top end.
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Okay, with the studio setting on the off position and the EQ off, the sound stage narrows right to the beginning of your ears where the instrument are situated along with the bass notes and the vocals take front center, more in your face and the voice thickens by a tad which i absolutely love, it's not to forward to take over but enough to rule the show. The treble cymbals are heard as if one is plucking the guitar strings going down your ear canal. What a gorgeous song however, the studio setting on the Sony ZX2 when engaged widens the sound-stage and moves the instruments a bit forward and outside of your ears, the vocals will move right between your ears but a tad higher, but does not V shape the sound but it does thins out the vocals just by a hair, audiophiles will pick up on this. Now while i love my vocals not to be molested in any way, the sound of the in STUDIO setting is so overwhelmingly inviting that i will take the hit on slightly thinning out the vocals which is actually a minuscule hit. I mean all your songs will sound outside the cans, strings notes bass etc, not the vocals of course. I have fallen in love with these cans. Hotel California by The Eagles (album name when...Hell Freezes Over) The guitar strings, the cymbals are just outside your right ear, the bass is center right behind the center of your head. The bass boost on the Fiio E12 had to keep it off because higher than 12 o'clock (loud) the SR60E could not handle it without producing a slight pop. However i turned it off and the bass notes were still very present and clear. You can easily hear the sub notes but it wont rattle your ear cups by any means. Up on the roof"Live) by the Blue Man Group, with the BASS boost ON on the Fiio E12 sounded absolutely full of BASS everywhere and crisp highs, wow wow!!. September in Montreal" by Anne Bisson, bass line clear and very present, Bass Boost OFF, the piano simply played smooth, the voice absolutely dominating in the center between my ears while still not leaving any other instruments like the drum snares behind. Nothing stays behind. Jazz Variants" in FLAC format which you have to absolutely download because you will hear all sorts of cymbals and bass notes, snares, sub notes...my goodness, I'm listening as i am writing!! Go to Chiasenhac.com register for free and type in the search.....Jazz Variants" It shows by Various Artists. It should be the first one that pops out. Downloaded for free in FLAC form. Holy cow you will be blown away! Ok i have to stop or this review will go forever. These cans go pretty darn loud without any distortion, enough to make you deaf. Now i am wondering if i am missing anything with the Grado 225E or the SR325e? Most reviewers state diminishing returns. Welcome to the audiophile world which torments us to perfection.LOL
As for comfort, hmmm?, here is the scoop, i've never liked over ear, i have a Status Audio HD-One headphone which are on
ear and while the sound is pretty good, the comfort was murder on my ears let alone wearing eye wear. I tossed them aside in a cabinet never to be heard from again. So i stayed clear but i remembered a reviewer saying to ride the Grado SR60E slightly above the center of your ears as in sitting a tad higher on your ear top than on your lower ear lobes and it works, i can't put these babies down. As to wearing eye wear, oh yes, they are murder on your ears but this is what i do and works perfectly. Put the headphones on first, then your glasses legs place them on top of the headphone ear foams, your glasses will be at a slight angle up but you will be able to read just fine. Also, don't wear these headsets in the heat, the foam will feel like a hard foam brush..terrible.
Okay, my gear is the Sony Walkman ZX2 (you have to get this player for you analog audiophiles lovers) It's a little underpowered in my opinion but the sound will more than make up for it. Plus all the sound signature settings it accommodates. i.e ...studio, matrix, club, concert) a separate EQ, and separate CLEAR BASS setting that makes the bass clearer, plus a separate setting HSEE-HX to bring out the highs that are lost to mp3 conversion, i don't hear improvement differences with AAC320kbps conversions as this is top notch for compressed files. The HSEE feature is rigged for 128kbps which i dont use so i keep it OFF.. I only use the EQ and STUDIO settings. Oh, the bass is rolled off some passed the 75% volume so i keep it at 75% and pair it with the Fiio E12, still plenty strong paired.
The files are all AAC320kbps or Flac format.
The portable amp is Fiio E12 mont blanc. ( every audiophile needs to own this gem, it's very powerful at 850mw of power. The bass boost is super clear on any well recorded song.
I can understand why the Grados are either loved or hated, the gear also plays a great deal in obtaining the best sound quality. The wrong combo can make or break the deal. I should have purchased a Grado years ago. I paid for my headphones and have NO affiliations to Grado, so this is all my humble opinion to help others on the fence. I really thought i was going to hate the sound signature and it has been the other way around. These Grados SR60e sound fine with smartphones but their beauty comes out with a dedicated DAP and a Portable Amp like the FiioE12. I have not tested the sound with my other amps and or the FiioE17 Alpen2 yet.
Why five whole stars? I have to be fair, the headphones have a truly remarkable sound, they are open and not designed for transport, the cable is just fine for home use. The headstrap could be better quality but at 79.00 i can't ask for more. Maybe the ear cushion? Knock a star off? Because i know i will not stand them in the heat it will be like sleeping in fiberglass...LOL, anyway feel free to ask anything if i can help i will.
The build quality is great as well. They use a larger cable than most brands for durability and to get a better signal to the ears foremost. They have simple foam pads that are comfy and you can get replacements when they wear out. A nice tight steel head band keeps them firm to your head. Too tight for some but they stay put when you're somewhat active. Yes, they are very old school looking but I'm an 80's kid. I think it's kick ass to have a retro look and state of the art technology together. Compare them to Beats, or Bose, or Skull Candy you'll see they are every bit worth the $80 for SR60's or $100 for 80's with a unique sound experience. I love em.
These Grado SR60e's easily earned a rare fifth star. This will be my second purchase of these, the first set wuz damaged by a hairy beast.
I've had/used much spendier 'phones. You can, yes, buy a lilbit better, but IMNSHO only if you're ready to pay a lot more than these. Even Grado has spendier 'phones, but I'm very well satisfied with the sound of these, and the price is nice too.
These cans consistently receive excellent ratings from the audio enthusiast websites. To me, those reviews are honest and correct. They simply sound GOOD to me, and the typical pieces of rock/jazz/acoustic music I use to compare ear candy sound like they oughta.
I've learned that to sound their best, these things need a lilbit of time. Most headphones do, in my experience. They need music playing in them for a while before they get their best sound, like my '61 Martin acoustic guitar. No, these won't need THAT much time, but after I've used 'em a while either the 'phones or my ears settle into a rich sound. There's other websites that test things like this a lot better, and submit much better reviews, so I suggest using your web search, go find 'em. I'm sold on these.
These SR60e's simply sound great, even measured against the much spendier 'phones a coupla friends brought over for comparison. They, too, said they sounded amazing, esp. for their price.
You're likely to like 'em.
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