The Third Generation The Grado family makes exquisite headphones by hand in their Brooklyn facility. Each iteration of products represents a significant step forward in sonic reproduction. Grado's headphones have already been called "The finest electricity-to-sound transducer in the world". So how did they improve upon perfection? Every single component, surface, and material used in The e Series has been upgraded and optimized for one purpose - outstanding dynamics and fidelity.
Grado's proprietary SpaceBlack Polycarbonate is engineered to absorb excess energy and reduce secondary impulses, for a clearer tone.
The e Series method of curing select Mahogany tone-woods enhances their natural ability to reduce sound coloration and produce consistent results.
Rhodium, the most expensive precious metal on earth, is employed to prevent corrosion on connectors, and unwanted graininess in your music.
iMore than 60 years of Grado Labs expertise have led them to develop the most refined driver geometry in their history, which tracks music frequencies with unequaled precision.
Design refinements within the housing prevent stray resonance from interacting with the driver, thus protecting the purity of reproduction.
The magnetic field has been fine-tuned for symmetry throughout the full range of the voice coil.
Even the glue is new, optimized for greater strength, less mass, and better reliability.
The traditional Grado open-back form factor has not changed, because it delivers superior sonic quality and greater realism than closed-back.
So if you're looking for one good reason to invest in The e Series headphones here it is: they bring you closer to your favorite artists. Your listening experience will feel more intimate because nothing comes between your ears and the performance. SR60e: Your Music is More Everyone loves a thumping bass and kick-drum, but not at the expense of everything else. The Grado SR60e is your entry to the world of full spectrum audio. You'll actually hear notes you never knew were there. Perhaps your audiophile friends have fueled a desire for the legendary Grado sound but you thought it was out of reach. Try a pair of our affordable open-back headphones and experience fuller, more realistic sound. Club-footed imports can't match the sonic enlightenment from Brooklyn, USA. Grado has taken one of the world's most legendary headphones and made it even better. The SR60e has a new driver design, a new polymer to better damp resonant distortion in the plastic housing, and a new cable from plug to driver connection. The way the SR60e's new driver and plastic housing move air and react to sound vibrations virtually eliminate transient distortions. This allows the signal flow over the new cable to reproduce sound that has tight control of the upper and lower range of the frequency spectrum, while supporting Grado's world renowned midrange. The SR60e will produce a sound that is pure Grado, with warm harmonic colors, rich full bodied vocals, excellent dynamics, and an ultra-smooth top end. General Design All Grado headphones have a vented diaphragm design that incorporates a large air chamber. This design concept lowers the frequency resonance (distortion) of the diaphragm and extends bass response. The diaphragm is made of a low mass polymer, carefully formed to broaden resonant modes to reduce their amplitude. The diaphragm mass is determined with the compliance of the suspension in mind so that the desired low frequency resonance is achieved. The diaphragm's total mass is calculated to provide a full 20 KHZ bandwidth, while avoiding break-up at lower frequencies. Sonic Reproduction Grado headphones can reproduce as natural a soundstage from stereo recordings and provide as much listening pleasure as a good pair of speakers do. Grado headphones are free of room effects and placement problems, and they minimize any interference from external noise. They also offer portability and the ability to listen without worrying about the neighbors. With Grado headphones, you will hear recordings with greater clarity and with deeper bass than others! Grado headphones are the antithesis of mass production, as each Grado headphone is hand-assembled and closely scrutinized to meet full performance specifications in the U.S.A. Comments on the Grado SR60 "You’ll be hard pressed to find a better pair of headphones for the money than the Grado SR60. The upper mids/highs reveal excellent detail, and the bass is solid too. I bought a pair about 8 years ago and I swear the price was the same as it is today. Good price, simple looks, practical and sophisticated where it counts: in the sound." - Chris Jones / The Perfect Vision magazine "Frequently described as “the gateway to audiophile sound,” the Grado SR60 headphones hold the title of “best full-size open headphones for less than $100” – many models that cost twice as much don’t sound as good. The retro-looking SR60 headphones have punchy but natural sound and will floor most first-time listeners." - Macworld "...the Grado SR60s may just be the greatest audiophile value in the world" - Ed Kobesky / Positive Feedback "BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK! The SR60 offers near-studio-grade sound for a fraction of competitor’s prices. In our test, these headphones unearthed previously unheard layers of sound, thanks to the low distortion and high accuracy typically available only in pricey phones you see cupping the ears of audio engineers." - CARGO magazine "Recently I purchased an MP3 player and after seeing reviews on your SR60s, I had to try a pair. Yikes!! I thought hi-fidelity was dead as a result of digital. But not so! Your excellent phones have re-kindled my love of music. Thank you! The only downside is I had to order pair of 325is!" - Chris Neuman "They're made in Brooklyn, and they look as if they stepped out of a '60s music studio, with their black plastic backs and retro styling. But make no mistake; these are modern phones with the best sound of the phones we tested. Audio is lifelike and balanced, with a nice open quality to the highs and good bass. Great for iPods! For their price, they're an absolute steal." - Mark McClusky, Mobile PC "The SR60 has won numerous product of the year honors from a variety of respected audiophile magazines and reviewers continually vote the SR60 at the top of what is a very lively pack of products. There has to be a reason for all this acclaim, and in the case of the SR60s, it's the sound, pure and simple." - Leo Laporte, 2005 Gadget Guide "Headphones are a very personal choice, but the SR60s have amassed a cult following among iPod users for exceptional audio quality and comfortable design. The SR60s feature a vented diaphragm design with a non-resonant air chamber resulting in a deeper and cleaner bass than other phones." - Marc Saltzman, Feature Magazine "I love my iPod but hate its wimpy, tinny earbuds. So I replaced them with a pair of Grado SR60s. They look like AV lab equipment circa 1981 yet cater to audio snobs, packing high-end quality into lightweight plastic ant foam. These can give vibrant fidelity, even at low volume." - Stuart Luman, WIRED magazine "The Budget Grados stand comparison with Audiophile headphones costing many times their prices. Way Recommended!!!" - Corey Greenberg - STEREOPHILE Vol.17, No.6 "Superb musical performance; free from the in-head lateralisation that plagues headphones." -HI-FI Chioce "The SR60 headphones sound impressively warm, lively and detailed. For the money, there is nothing quite like them." - Time magazine / Fred Kaplan Vol.149, Vol.19 "The SR60 is an exceptional value with no peers in its price range." - Radio World / Bruce Bartlett Vol.20, No.9 "The greatest bargain in all of portable audio-dom are the Grado SR60 headphones. They manifest a terrifically involving, rich sound which can civilize even a cheap portable CD player." - FI magazine / Andrew Keen Vol.1, No.7 "These 'phones are so good for their price that I wouldn't be surprised if Grado has trouble keeping dealers stocked." - Stereophile / Barry Willis Vol.17, No.5 IGN Review of the Grado SR60 Headphones
I prefer the sound of these to the 125's ... I use the Sennheiser 414 yellow ear pads for better comfort, easy to find on usual auction site ... try these for yourself.
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5/6/2012 5:25:00 pm
Brought a pair from a retailer where I was able to try on over 50 pair with different types of music. These were not the most expensive but they were the best. I recommend them to everyone I know even if they aren't in the market for headphones.
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3/27/2011 11:14:00 am
I have had these for several years. Light weight, excellent sound and easy on the budget.
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10/30/2010 12:50:00 pm
I recently bought a pair of these and love them. Remarkably clear, almost palpable sonic image. They really clarify complex orchestral textures. They are quite comfortable to wear, too.
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8/6/2010 6:41:00 am
These have the best, most accurate sound of any that I've tried. I won't trash others, but I've tried the big names. I use them for my iPod at home. The size makes them inconvenient for travel. The substantial cord does not pick up extraneous sound when touched as thinner cords do. Amazing sound for the price.
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6/18/2010 12:56:00 pm
I had read about these headphones for a long time now and finally took the chance. Initial reaction -- they are tremendous! Using Holly Cole's "Temptation" album as a reference the realism gave me chills. Lots of space can be found with these and there was no compromising when it came to reproducing the upright bass. A steal at the price! And they are comfortable (a concern that kept me away from the earlier versions of these 'phones.) I also use mine while watching movies at night while the family sleeps. My only reservation would be cord length. But extensions are available should that ever become a genuine concern for me. bravo!