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...these are truly wonderful hearphones, they've got the bass energy... ripping into heavy tracks with a gusto that eludes lesser rivals. With vocals they intoxicate with a natural feel and beautifully proportioned soundstage: few headphones can transport you as convincingly... The Grado SR80's are special. Buy'em, and Love'em.
- What Hi-Fi
Until I replied to a recent forum question on headphones, I never knew how passionate people were about their headphones. For me, headphones have been rather utilitarian. I used them mainly when recording just for feedback (not literally.)
Since Podcasting, I've been wearing headphones much more as I work and listen to Podcasts without bothering the rest of the family. I've also come to appreciate "good" sounding phones versus the cheapies I used to wear in radio.
It started when I was looking for Grados. Almost universally, Grados are considered the Roll-Royce of headphones. I was also shocked that their popular SR60's are very reasonable priced. You won't find Grados at the corner superstore. Even most of the guys at Samash and Guitar Center said Grad-who? By mistake, I found a pair of SR60's at the Virgin Megastore at Downtown Disney. My credit card was out quicker than you can say "frequency-response-curve." So, I immediately fell in love with these cans. The SR60's had a nice clean response. They were fairly comfortable and sounded better than anything I had tried in the past. The bass was clean and full, but not overdone. The midrange grabs you and the highs are firm, not brittle.
Unfortunately, I listened a bit too loud to a promo one day and I noticed a "boom" in the right ear (well, not my ear, but the headphone itself.) With most phones, I would have just moved on and bought another pair. I just couldn't let these great phones go. After a quick call to Grado, where a human answered the phone and graciously said, "send them in and we'll take care of it." Considering the nice response on a pair of Grado, I couldn't help but ask about the SR80's. Before I knew it, Laura and I were listening on a pair of Grado SR80's. The SR60's sounded great. The SR80's had the same nicely defined bass, the midrange opened up and the highs were so gentle and crisp, I could feel them.
I can only wonder what the SR125, 225 and 325i's sound like. Maybe another day. In the meantime, the SR80's are better than I could have imagined, while my SR60's are being nursed back to good listening.
Check out the best sounding pair of listening cans I've found, the Grado SR80.
Non Resonant air chamber
Standard copper voice coil wire
Standard copper connecting cord
mini plug with 1/4" adaptor
What does the i stand for in the new SR80i from Grado? Improved, that's what! Built on the same features as theSR60i, but SR80i utilizes a 4 conductor connecting cable and the diaphragms are put through a special 'de-stressing' process in order to enhance inner detail, the result of which gives a more open stage. The new SR80i has an upgraded driver design, and they have enlarged and improved the mass distribution in the plastic housing. The way the SR80i's new driver and plastic housing move air and react to sound vibrations are now less affected by transient distortions. The SR80 provides an improved bass resonance, which enhances the overall detail. With the SR80i you will notice improved control of the upper and lower range of the frequency spectrum with both better supporting Grado's world renowned midrange. The SR80i will produce a sound that is pure Grado, warm harmonic color, rich full bodied vocals, excellent dynamics and an ultra smooth top end. Listen and Enjoy!