Grado SR80e Headphones

14 Reviews

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Whether you're into gaming or jamming, the perfectly proportioned soundstage delivers the midrange you love and the details you crave. The 4-conductor cable and gold-plated mini-plug bring the sparkle back to your audio or gaming system, tablet or phone. Play keyboard or guitar in your own head-space with the comfortable S-Cushions and durable embossed vinyl strap. The only distortion you'll hear will be from your stomp box.

Grado has taken one of the world's most legendary headphones and made it even better. The SR80e has a new driver design, a new polymer to damp resonant distortion in the plastic housing, and a new cable from plug to driver connection. The way the SR80e'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 improved tight control of the upper and lower range of the frequency spectrum, while supporting Grado's world renowned midrange. The SR80e 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.
  • Transducer Type: Dynamic
  • Operating Principle: Open Air
  • Frequency Response: 20 - 20,000 hz
  • SPL 1mW: 99.8 dB
  • Normal Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Driver Matched dB: .1 dB
  • Features:
  • Grado's proprietary SpaceBlack Polycarbonate is engineered to absorb excess energy and reduce secondary impulses, for a clearer tone.
  • 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.
  • Ratings & Reviews

    14 reviews



    I ordered the Grado SR80e headphones and they arrived yesterday. I really like them. They sound incredibly clear and detailed, and have great bass response. The open-back design sounds more natural than a sealed design, and it's cooler and more comfortable too, because your ears are not fully enclosed by a cushion. I can wear these for hours without getting sweaty! I love the vintage styling, too. And they're made in the USA!



    i'll be the first to admit that seeing I haven't owned headphones in probably 15 years, I just got these and I realize what I have been missing. to my ears they sound just fine and the price is just right. one thing worth mentioning is the cord attached to these cans is rather short so you more thank likely will need a headphone extension cord

    Barry Hoyer


    I just received my Grado SR80e headphones today and had to listen to them right away. I was truly impressed with the sound they reproduced. The brass section was crisp, the strings were smooth, and the percussion was very evident. I listened to Mantovani, the Beatles, and some C&W, all with very clear tones throughout my hearing range (30 plus years of working around Navy jet aircraft).

    Love 'Em


    It's rare to buy anything with such a high enjoyment to cost ratio! I'm sue headphones costing 10-20 times more are great. And I could buy them if I needed to but why? These babies sound great. They may not look cool but I can't see myself strutting down the street listening anytime soon. I view them as a release dopamine in my striatum. And a great tool they are. Ahhhh...



    I never really liked these headphones. It's such a matter of personal taste, but they have a very strong lower midrange, and for that reason I found them quite fatiguing. That and they are not very physically comfortable. The sound is moderately clear and smooth, bass respectable, but upper midrange and treble a little lacking. The soundstage is not very wide or particularly well delineated. Build quality is fine. The end caps came off the rod-attachments and were lost, so the earphone-rod assembly would frequently slide out off the headband assembly - easy enough to reattach, but an annoyance. One good thing about the Grado design is that when the foam earpads degrade (mine did after about seven years), they can be replaced. My pair started to rattle with the bass after about ten years - not bad longevity for a $100 pair of headphones. I replaced them with ATH-AD700s at about the same price, which I think are much better in sound, soundstage, and comfort, but are no longer available new.



    These are amazing headphones!



    As always when I am in need of some advice I contact needledoctor. Yet again, I received some 'sound'(sorry) info. I gave my price range and some other specifics. Brian recommended these Grado SR80i's as he has some, and couldn't live without them. Well, he was spot on! These sound fantastic, $100 seems too little for these. I have a wide variety of music, in my opinion these sound very good for all genres. Construction is great, comfortable, sturdy, the cable is a good length. You have to bare in mind the price of these, don't expect the same quality all round as you would for some headphones that cost $250 , but, expect some headphones that have the quality of an item that could easily be priced at $150-250. I am very happy! They look great, feel great, sound great!



    I'm a fan of Grado phono cartridges, and these 'phones have the same house sound - accurate (but not forward) highs, rich mids, and full, bouncy bass, with deep soundstage. A joy to listen to for extended periods. I find them lightweight and comfortable too. Handmade in Brooklyn too, in the same building that the Grado family has lived and worked in since the early 20th century. A superb, realistically priced Made in USA product.

    Larry Schwartz


    Don't buy these cans based on the old school looks. Grado is not a company that tries to look modern. They are more about sound quality for your investment. Grado makes audiophile grade stuff...and they always have. For the price of the SR80i's, I don't think you can get better sound. Period. I like mine so good that I bought some as a gift for my son that has been introduced to the world of Hi-Fi. Keep in mind that these cans are vented and others may be bothered by the sound emanating from the back. So, they are not ideal for the bus, subway, etc. They are really designed for home use. Also remember that headphones, just like speakers, are a mirror of your amplifier's quality. Listen to Donald Fagen's Sunken Condos or any great recording on these and you will be convinced. For one dead president, you just can't beat them.

    S Sukie


    Owned SR80's since 1995. Great lite open & airy sound. Bested all I've tested under $400.00. Not the panel/planar superior sound I love but for under $100.00 GGGGREAT.

    Gabe Storm


    Ok, so these are the best headphones I have ever had! I know they are not the best, but for all around knock-arounds, these are the pretty damn close to the best! I have had two pairs on these....I have only one complaint, that is the wire connection at the speaker could be a little stronger. I have recommended these to tons of people over the past 12 years of owning them. I did have the foam go south on me last year and had to order a new set of foams.....



    I bought these headphone 4 years ago on needle doctor. It was not the i model back then. I still love them. The foam pad need changing after a few years. Get the large foam, not the small. It's a lot better. Otherwise, it's a great headphone, very, very comfortable. Sounds great and very durable. QUALITY!

    R Hanechak


    I bought these over the SR60i's. I lie them A LOT! I have AKG 701's & 702's. I think I prefer the SR80i's. The SR80i's are just plain FUN to listen to (and a lot cheaper). BTW, the frequency range is quite evenly reproduced but THE BASS is phenomenal! (When called for in the program material.)



    I just got these in the mail, put them on while I was at work, and WOW! BAM! AWESOME!! I LOVE THEM!!! I'm from the "ole school" so I still have my walkman, and all my cassette tapes...shucks put on those Grados!! and I started to exercise! the music sounded so good...very good quality indeed!!