GRADO SR80e Prestige Series Wired Open Back Stereo Headphones
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- Grado's award winning headphone - open back design offer a larger sound stage with greater detail and clarity
- "The Grado SR80e's are special, buy them and love them" - What HiFi
- Mini plug termination, incudes a 1/4 inch adapter
- Lightweight, comfortable design
- 4OurEars is the only Grado Authorized Amazon Reseller - 1 Year US Warranty
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|Headphones Form Factor||Over Ear||On Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear|
|Item Dimensions||3.15 x 6.69 x 7.48 inches||6.69 x 4.33 x 7.48 inches||7.68 x 7.09 x 3.07 inches||7.2 x 6.1 x 3.2 inches||1 x 1 x 1 inches||4.3 x 7.48 x 7.87 inches|
|Item Weight||0.51 lbs||0.66 lbs||0.58 lbs||0.57 lbs||0.50 lbs||0.53 lbs|
|Special Features||Non-foldable||Lightweight||Noise-Canceling, wireless||Lightweight||foldable||HIFI|
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The SR80 utilizes a 4 conductor connecting cable and larger ear cushions, the result of which gives a more open stage. The sr80 provides an improved bass resonance, which enhances the overall detail. John grade says he strove for the best sounding phones for the money and with the glowing reviews the SR80's have received, who can argue. Product features: Vented diaphragm, no resonant air chamber, standard copper voice coil wire, standard copper connecting cord, mini plug with 1/4" adaptor.
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Here is my “out the box” review of the Grado SR80e. I’ll get to the basics. My grammar sucks. You will see weird sentences. I’m providing my thoughts to the whole wild world free of charge for your mental anguish. They are not broken in yet. (So?) I’m not going to write a scientifically accurate dissertation of the fundamentals of a broken in ear cup thingy.
Right now at the time of this typing, I’m listening to a recording of Snarky Puppy’s Sylva. Metropole Orkest + Snarky Puppy..incredible. Google it. (in fact just stop reading and Goole now and come back)…………….
Hi. Welcome back! I’m listening to this recording through a first gen Fiio X1 in FLAC format. The FLAC was created with EAC (Exact Audio Copy) using default settings. And stuff.
I am a musician. I play that keyboard piano synthesizer electric thing that you lug around in a suit case and set up on a table and sit at a chair like dinner. Thank goodness its only 61 keys and noise comes from a magic box that’s really loud and makes small children faint and lead guitarists sweat. None of that 88 key full scale garbage. Save that for Classical consumption. All silliness aside, I’m not claiming at all to be a functional audio expert, but I’m not some sort of brick of a tool that will listen to any garbage headphones and call myself satisfied. In addition that that, I’m not some sort of brick of a tool that will listen to popular top whatever of the most recent media induced pool of garbage and call it a technically, sonically, and superior accurate pinnacle of music. (I made your head hurt that’s awesome.)
Wow. You are still reading this my ramblings of slightly offensive jibberish. Congrats! First off, as far as how these things SOUND, I’ll state the facts.
The internet audio expert division was right. They sound like that they say they say. They are indeed “forward” and “in your face” and “up front” and “active”. Some say bright. I agree. BUT That doesn’t mean they don’t lack bottom..(this means bass, low end clarity, full spectrum). In fact the bass is so well controlled you can’t help but focus on the “harsh” mids and small sparkles of slight annoyance. So I’m going to leave the “bass” side of things alone for now.
I listened to the first track of Sylva with no EQ, thinking about what the internet had told me and prepared me for. In fact all I could think about was how true self said audiophiles don’t even consider talking about equalization when they review their Mercedes super hand build oak infused ear things. Well fip diggity, I used my EQ. (gasp!!!). Why? Because these things are so good at sonic separation that its worth rolling off the top end to make it fit my own personal preferences. The Fiio X1 has an excellent EQ. It nudges the sound it doesn’t color or scoop or do any weird stuff that some lower end software phone pc, etc, EQ’s do. Attached is a picture of what I did to flatten out the upper midrange hype that is the Grado sound.
If I didn’t have an EQ, I would be in a little trouble. Yes they are fatiguing without it. But ya know what? I spent my $100 and I’m not upset at all. I had the tools I needed to make the most of what I got. Final thoughts:
Built well. Solid. Sound. They are not “dry” like monitor style headphones. They are not “boomy” like other brands that turn midbass and bass into an earthquake slag fest. Simply put, they don’t sound like total noise trash that so many companies get away with because some of the non informed public just has money to throw at things. I don’t know about sports but that’s ok. You probably do and you can tell me all about it if I ever want to know.
THE INTERNET WAS RIGHT! But so what?..It didn’t stop me from buying them or writing this review. They talk about the sparkle the brightness the hype the in your face sound… ha I LIKE IT! I wear glasses so it’s like getting a new pair for my eye balls to adapt my brain to.
The stock foam leaves something desired. I’m sure in time it will be as fluffy as a walmart throw rug but right now they did get a little mildly annoying. I couldn’t wait for it to grow with me and break in and stuff. Its like getting pants too small hoping your belly will shrink while you are wearing them. Right then. Instantly. I did what everyone else says do and I got those yellow Senneiser foam things. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002B4OEZ0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Wow i’m really surprised you made this far at all...yall are either bored or mildly amused.
I highly recommend using a good EQ to help roll off the high sparkly mids and shrill treble that may affect others. I don’t mind it. In fact I like it. I hear a lot of crazy good clarity I missed in all my recordings. I’m hearing harmonics and hidden noises I have never (ever) heard before. However, my baseline is just Koss Portapros and Sennheiser Px100 and Px100-II. These are my first expensive headphones that kinda hurt to buy. I don’t care. You only live once. I’m a happy customer and I’m officially a Grado fan!
Buy American, blah something about economy. Make sound great again? Happy Eyeball adventures hearing me type with your eyes.
I have bought a few different brands, some were good, others were disappointing. The one that sounded the best proved a liability by coming with a pricey, proprietary cable that kept giving out that I replaced two times in a row. I also shelled out for a super high end pair whose packaging and carrying case were more impressive that the cans themselves.
Having read about Grado and its reputation amongst audiophiles I decided to roll the dice on these inexpensive headphones, figuring what have I got to lose at just a hundred bucks? The replacement cord for certain high-end headphones cost more.
Grado doesn’t come in fancy packaging. Warranty information and instructions are printed inside the box to save on manufacturing costs. The resources are all put into the product. Like my past Beats and a pair of Monster DNAs I own, these are on ear headphones and I knew that going in. These aren’t for riding on busses, subways or flights because not only will you hear all your surroundings, those nearby will hear your music. My tastes are my own. I don’t want the world to know that I listen to both Tchaikovsky and Spice Girls.
Grado has a retro look, like something out of early ham radio days. I’m not into style like those other brands I’ve shelled out for, I want substance. I affixed the Grados onto my noggin; turned on my FiiO X1 filled with lossless FLAC files and subsequently proceeded to hear why Grado has such a fine reputation. This is a quality component, manufactured with great care and pride. I wasn’t just listening to a pair of headphones, the crisp and clean sounds filling my ears represent the Grado family tradition. This is a personal product in every sense of the word. Besides the stellar sound, these headphones are sturdy. While affordable, no corners have been cut.
A personal note from John, Jonathan and Matthew Grado was included in the box. All I can say is thank you for living up to your reputation and making America proud. Not every great electronic company is outsourced. I’m wearing a product made in Brooklyn, USA and it sounds good in all fifty states.
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Grados have their own sound signature which to me sound natural with added magic but not too much. I suppose everyone has their own taste and if you are a D Beats fan, they probably will not have enough Bass. I listen to natural flat response headphones which I like, but sometimes I feel are a bit boring. These headphones have an altogether full bodied great lively sound without being way too over the top. For the money, I totally agree that they are amongst the best sounding headphones for the price! Remember just to put sound first. Open back means no sound isolation which means everyone can hear you and you can hear all that is Going On around you. Turn the music up however and you will hear a wider soundstage than in closed back headphones.
Upon first use I noticed that some reviewers on here have found the headphones uncomfortable to use, especially after extended periods. However I haven't had that problem, and actually find them to be more comfortable than most I've tried.
As a benchmark test for their first tryout, I listened to three albums from different genres.
Firstly I listened to Pink Floyd's Pulse album streaming from Amazon Music. The Grado's performed very well, picking out sounds I hadn't noticed before. Although occasionally the mid-treble can be a bit harsh (which may be down to the format), overall I found it to be clear, bright, and punchy in the right places.
Next up was Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds but on vinyl this time. Such a difference to my old Sennheiser cans! The Grado's brought the album to life again and blew me away! Brilliant performance from the headphones, again they were clear, bright, and very dynamic.
Last was Miles Davis Kind of Blue, again on vinyl. WhatHifi said that these headphones were well suited to jazz and they weren't wrong. Awesome perfomance and made me feel Miles was in the room with me. Such depth and range, and very clean too. Brilliant!
Across all three albums the performance was very impressive. And I didn't have to turn the volume up anywhere near as much as my old headphones to get the same impact.
So to sum up, I love these! Beautifully presented, comfortable, and very impressive. What more could you ask for? Also worth saying, I suffer from tinnitus and after using these for a few hours they didn't aggrevate my symptoms like other headphones do. Probably because of the open back design, but another bonus point from me!
Unfortunately, I've since gotten rid of the box. Therefore, I have no means of returning this product. But to say that I am taken aback by the absolutely appalling durability of these headphones is an understatement. It has taken only 2 weeks of occasional use for them to break. As such, I do NOT recommend this product to ANYONE who is looking for a pair of reliable headphones.
Are they comfortable? Of course!
Did they sound good when they worked properly? Hell yes!
Do they look good? No doubt about it!
It's just a shame that they broke so early, as this would quite handily be a 5 star review.
Upon opening them the first thing I noticed was how light weight they are which is a good thing, but they are made from cheap plastic, can't complain though too much at this price point.
The two devices I would be testing the Grados with were the superb sounding Aune M2 pro DAP player and also from aune the BU-1 headphone amplifier and DAC running from my PC USB port in Class A.
The Grado's initially sound quite impressive and I use the word quiet rather reservedly as they don't blow me away, there is lots details, good treble extension, but the problem is that after a while you begin to notice there is a little too much of it, too much of a good thing as these headphones are not balanced, there is far more going up top than what there is going on down below. The whole sound to my ears lacks body and weight, while there is undoubtedly tons of details it get a bit over bearing with time. I would like a bit more richness to the sound, even the superlative aune M2Pro can't help the Grados, if you treasure a fast and forward sound with lots of pace you'll love the sound the SR80s, but if you like a more warmer presentation like the Grados prestige Gold II keep away from these Grados, ultimately they sound like a sub £100 pair of headphones.
Lets move on to the comfort. These I find to be very uncomfortable, after 30 minutes or so I want to take them off, my ears ache.
To conclude, you get what you pay for, these are no miracle headphones, they are bright, forward sounding and lack bass and richness in the midrange, they are quite open and airy sounding though.
Build quality is very cheap and plasticity, looks are cool, but these are no premium quality products.
They are uncomfortable to wear and sit on your ears.
I would not recommend these headphones.