Grado SR60i Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Vented diaphragm
- Non resonant air chamber
- Mini plug w/ 1/4 adaptor
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Physically, these headphones have a heavy guard that is apparently well-shielded judging by the sound. The signal to noise ration will low compared to SENNHEISER HD212 Pro, which is a closed ear type headphone that I purchased after listening to many models being made at the time. While the SENNHEISER HD212 were not the best at the time, they were a good value for the price point. The SR60s are a spectacular model at their price point, here is why.....
The first thing I listened were recording of Chopin Waltzes by Ashkenazy. The clarity of the sound and the subtle nuances, harmonics and other details stood out. Similarly, I listened to a 1989 digital recording of Bill Evans Consecration. Bill Evans is known for his tone and these recording were made with Marc Johnson a phenomenal bass player who uses the whole range of the bass. In this recording, the results were that the piano tones were truer, the bass was light years better on the SR60 and even the brushes being used on the high hat cymbals were crystal clear. Overall, the sound was warm, balanced and low, mid and high frequencies all rendered very well.
The last test that I did was to listen to the human voice with an orchestra, this is usually a very good test of what any sound system can do and these headphones didn't disappoint. I picked Viaggio Italiano / Andrea Bocelli as the test album, so there were lots of sections with more or less orchestra, soft and loud sounds, etc.Read more ›
1. The headphone can be uncomfortable for extended wear. Many people have mentioned if you bend the headband backward or if you stretch the headband etc.... it gets more comfortable, but I haven't quite succeeded in achieving absolute comfort that Sennheiser HD497 provided.
2. Too much sound leakage. Since it is an open design, it leaks so much sound to the outside world, so I am forced to listen at low volumes at work. But then physics places a limitation that sealed headphones cannot achieve the quality of open headphone (resonance issue ... you can easily find info. as to why on the net...)
1. When you listen to the can, its pure sound quality, imersive music melts all the cons away and makes you promise yourself that you will never give away this can.
2. If Bass is not much important to you, the Sennheiser HD497 provide a more crisp clear high. I have owned both the models, so I can vow on that. But overall, I would any day take the SR60 over the HD497.
Currently I have graduated to SR80 driven by a Headroom Total Bithead. But if you do not plan on getting an AMP, then I suggest you stick to SR60.
The SR-60s (and SR-80s) are perfect for portable listening devices, such as iPods, because the headphones present the best sound possible for players that lack an amplifier or a powerful driver. More expensive headphones with more power, detail, and precision are just wasted (and in some cases, don't even sounds as good) on portable devices.
On the downside, I find that my SR-60s cease being comfortable after about an hour or so because they apply pressure to my ears. But I think this is a very small price to pay given the quality of sound and the price. (And sadly I rarely have much more than an hour at a time to listen anyway.) Plus, these cans are incredibly durable. I've used mine consistently for six years now, and they've held up perfectly.
Just a word of caution: Grado headphones are "open air." While this contributes to their fantastic sound, be aware that people sitting near you will hear your music. These may not be the best headphones for people on the go. Besides, they are not the most portable headphones anyway.***
The bottom line: (1) If you are an audiophile who primarily listens to your music on a portable device, these headphones, or perhaps the SR-80s, are the best on the market. Your iPod doesn't even allow you to fully enjoy these cans, let alone more expensive ones.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are good headphones. I like the fit (mostly) which some criticize so this must be a personal thing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by SD Boy
I have had these for several years now, and I still adore them. Keep in mind that they are open ear, so you probably don't want to take them out in public, but I got them for home... Read morePublished 6 months ago by CJ
These are hands-down the BEST headphones under $200 I have found. I've owned Grado SR-60s since the late 90s. I got a new pair back in 2012 after my old ones died. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Karl Tipple
The headphones became detached from the metal rod that basically goes into a hole in the headphones. One of them was rather more loose than the other, had to be glued.Published 10 months ago by Zack Hartmann
These are by far the best headphones for the money. My only suggestion would be improving the way the headband connects to the ear pieces.Published 14 months ago by Michael Faubion
I have used these headphones every day for nearly 5 years. I work at a desk all day and I need to be able to hear when someone is trying to get my attention so these headphones... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Murdolph