Grado SR80e Prestige Series Headphones
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- Upgraded driver design
- Large ear cushions for comfortable listening
- Adjustable, soft vinyl headband
- Superb sound quality
- Mini stereo plug with 1/4-inch adaptor
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|Color||Black||Black||Black||Black||Black and Silver||Black, Wood|
|Item Dimensions||6.69 x 3.15 x 7.48 in||6.69 x 3.15 x 7.48 in||6.69 x 3.15 x 7.48 in||6.69 x 3.15 x 7.48 in||6.69 x 3.15 x 7.48 in||6.69 x 3.15 x 7.48 in|
|Item Weight||0.51 lb||7.76 ounces||0.6 lb||0.62 lb||0.79 lb||0.57 lb|
|Additional Features||foldable||foldable||lightweight||Just released Grado "e" series headphones||Just Released Grado "E" Series Headphones||Just released Grado|
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.
Top customer reviews
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.
- Sound Sound Sound, they sound great, I mentioned in the beginning that this is subjective, but I love them. The mids are very present. the bass is punchy and crisp, not muddy. And the highs out of the box are great, but with my modifications they are even more to my liking now.
- Head clamping strength is just right in my opinion, but if it is too tight it will wear out over time and become more comfortable (if you like them tighter, they also have a metal headband which can be bent back into place as well). To further prove my claim on the perfect head clamping I will share with you something I'm quite ashamed of, on more than one occasion I have taken these headphones out for my runs when I couldn't find my running headphones, they stayed on just fine, although I don't recommend this.
- The cable is long and durable and has lasted me about two years now (I wear these daily as well as at my desk and I have had them ripped off my head a few times being caught on a desk or a railing, all solder connections have held up fine)
- These can sound great on almost anything, they are very easy to drive, I use them with a Dac at my desk but they sound quite well when using my phone also, but this can differ depending one what phone you have (my phone is the ZTE Axon Pro for reference).
Probably my favorite part of these headphones is when you own a pair, you are opened up into the classic Grado modification community.
I did do a few modifications for increased comfort and (in my opinion) better sound. I'll list them below for those who are interested.
- I replaced the ear cushions with these ear pads (http://www.amazon.com/EarZonk-Long-Life-Leatherette-Cushions-Headphones/dp/B00OM21W1I/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1453399895&sr=8-2&keywords=ear+zonk+grado+earpads) sorry for the huge link.
^ With these ear cushions, people in their reviews were saying they are trash and they create a very muddy and muted sound, but I still picked them up because I had an idea on how to fix that issue. when I received them I agreed, they were terrible. But it was very easy to fix, all I did was use an xacto knife to remove the fabric inside the cushion to expose the driver, this kills two birds with one stone, the sound was not only improved back to its "stock" nature before the new ear-pads, but it was improved even more by exposing the drivers which gives clearer highs, that brings me to the next modification.
- One of the easiest and oldest Grado mods is the "Ear-Pad quarter mod" I'm not using the stock ear-pads but I still was able to use them for this modification. This is when you cut out a quarter sized hole in the middle of the ear-pads to get clearer highs (achieved in the last bit) and take that small bit of foam you cut out and glue it to the back of the ear-cup behind the mesh, this absorbs up the leftover sound waves bouncing around in the ear-cup that haven't escaped through the mesh, creating a clearer sound.
Out of those two mods the new ear-pads probably had the most impact, with my modification to them, they increased the quality of the highs, they create a better seal around my ears, and they are just super comfy, the leather is perforated so they stay cool as well, even in the summer.
Most Grado mods are bashed and people say that it doesn't really improve sound. But once again it is subjective and those who do it don't really care. I will most likely continue with my modifications because I just plain enjoy tinkering and customizing my belongings. I have a few more ideas of mods that I will do when they get older:
- I will sand down the outside of the ear-cups to remove the branding and make them flat black
- I would like to replace the mesh on the back with a less dense, black metal mesh, this would open them up to the point where you wouldn't have to worry about absorbing those sound waves, plus it would look neat to be able to see into the drivers
- I want to have a go at creating my own custom, removable cable, that way I can have a few, like a shorter one for on the go, or a longer one for at the desk. or an even longer one to reach my receiver from my couch
- If I get around to it, I would love to recreate the driver housings with something along the lines of walnut or maple and give them a nice grain-popping stain. I already have them modeled, I just need to source the woods and get a hardwood bit for the CNC machine in the lab
- Also I have some leather around and I would love to dye it black and make a thick, authentic leather headband-cover to replace the one that it comes with
TL;DR These are a great pair of headphones that will stand the test of time, plus they are made in America, which I can be proud of. There is a large modding community if you're into that, but they sound just fine out of the box as well. I would buy these again
Thanks for taking the time to read my quick review and I hope it helps!