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Grado SR60i Prestige Series Headphones
- Vented diaphragm
- Non resonant air chamber
- Mini plug w/ 1/4 adaptor
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The SR60s produce brilliant sound for a low cost. The SR60s have a flexible, soft vinyl headband. The headband and earpieces 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 ear pads. 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 earpieces.
The Grado SR60 Headphones produce brilliant sound and offer outstanding listening comfort for a low cost. The SR60s have a flexible, soft vinyl headband. The headband and earpieces 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 earpads made of soft, porous, open-cell foam that covers the driver much more comfortably than standard foam earpads.
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These are open back phones and work best in a quiet environment. I use them in my office, and it works great because I can listen to music and still hear people when they try to sneak up on me. The flat cushions work ok on my head, and I find them comfortable to use for an hour or so.
Now the sound… best way to describe it is 'neutral.' Vocals are clear and have good presence without muddiness. Highs are clean and transparent all the way up to my hearing limit (~19K or so last time I checked). Bass is solid and flat, none of that Boosted Bass Crap that everyone tries to sell. But you can easily hear sub-30Hz notes, and everything sounds good from rap to techno to pop and even metal. Overall very clean undistorted sound. If I had to compare the sound quality to anything, I would put these up against a pair of Sennheiser HD600s or maybe even HD700s… I know it's a different class of headphones, but I really think the Grados sound THAT good. And for the price - absolutely.
Worth noting another reviewer suggested cutting out the center of the foam. This makes sense since the higher priced units are donuts with softer foam. Tried this and it does make an improvement. Another suggested to soak the foam in fabric softener. They can be a little scratchy though you can find inexpensive replacements without the center foam.
Update I purchased large, over ear, after market ear pads made for the GS1000i, GS1000e, PS1000 & PS1000e. Huge improvement. Extremely comfortable and better sounding in my opinion. Doesn't feel like anything is on your head and the ears do not get hot (they breathe), or feel crimped by pressure. These are back to my favorite though the Phillips SHP9500 is also very enjoyable.
The Grados have a very flat response--it is important to know what this means. These headphones will reproduce sound as it is intended to sound--that is not necessarily how you're used to hearing it. You will not hear the WOMP or WOOF of subwoofers. You will, however, hear every single detail of your music. The soundstage is truly incredible.
These headphones have some quirks of which first-time headphone buyers should be aware:
- They are open-backed. This means the headphones are only as isolated as the room in which one is listening.
- Your speaker isn't ripped, your hair is against the driver--blow through the back of the headphones and it'll clear up.
- They're not very bass-heavy. They have bass, but there is not an emphasis on this range.
Who they're for: anyone on a budget who is looking for top-notch sound quality; entry-level audiophiles
Who they're not for: those who need sound isolation; those who want an artificial emphasis on bass
I use three pairs of headphones--the SR60's at my apartment, my Beyerdynamic DT770's for work, and a rotating cast of IEMs for commuting. I can highly recommend the more-expensive DT770's as a more bass-heavy and better isolating solution, though they're often twice the cost.
When my 8-year-old SR60's eventually die, they'll be replaced by another set of Grados. I've gifted them to friends and family. I'm genuinely a Grado evangelical--but not without reason.
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