Grado SR80e Headphones
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 we 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.
Ratings & 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
by 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).
by 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 tool...to 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.
by 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.
by 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.
by 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!
by 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.)