Grado SR125e Headphones
This headphone is receiving the praise that has been reserved for products that cost two to three times the price. Winner of the CRITICS CHOICE award presented by Sound & Vision and was the Stereophiles PRODUCT OF THE YEAR in two categories, The Accessory of Year and the more prestigious Budget Component of Year.
- Winner of the CRITICS CHOICE award
- Dynamic Open Air Supra Aural Headphones
- Foam Ear Cushions
- Adjustable Headband
- 8-Conductor Cable Design
- ULHPC Copper Voice Coil
1 Year warranty with Earphone Solutions Invoice. This product can only be shipped to the US.
Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews
Please note that these impressions are based off about 3 hours with a pair of Alessandro MS1is (they are essentially the same headphone, only the alessandro are available outside of the US for a reasonable price). -- My Grado SR125i experience, whilst short, was not the most pleasant experience I have had with headphones. I noticed some of that musicality I had felt with the RS1/MsPro, as well as that famous guitar grit that the grados are capable of putting out. What I did not hear, however, was a great deal of prat or soundstage. What I did hear was a lot of congestion like you'd expect from a cheap distortion pedal. That said, the separation in terms of left and right was pretty decent. Perhaps my ears have been pampered in terms of detail, separation by my ER4S and with soundstage by my brief stint with the K701 (which has since gone back to my friends hands). The SR125i is a great headphone if you have limited listening tastes or another headphone to go to for those other genres in my opinion; it is undoubtedly excellent for rock. The slight midbass hump, decent bass impact and highs allow impact and grit in your guitar and bass - I've never really heard anything so far like the guitar sound a grado puts out. I also found, interestingly enough, that it did a decent job with downtempo ambient music (Carbon Based Life Forms), and some funk works (Herbie Hancock - Headhunters). What I personally found them to be not so great at was a wide variety of genres I personally spend a lot of time on (Goa, Non-ambient Trance and Classical Music, Other jazz works). Bass has nice impact, but does not have great extension. One of the great things about the SR125 is that it is not hi-fi enough to pick up a lot of flaws (I found a lot of metal to sound great, despite awful recordings, and I could not hear the flaws in La Roux's "In For the Kill"). If you are planning to listen to a lot of classic rock, metal or even modern works. This is a great headphone to get. I prefer the Audiotechnica AD700 for just about everything. I think my ears might be becoming snobs. I will score each aspect of the headphone I have a decent memory of (I wrote some of these down whilst listening) Bass Extension - 2 Bass Impact - 7 Bass Quality -5 Mids Quality - 6 (It's an interesting one here, because I don't consider the mids particularly hi-fi, but they are certainly unique) Highs Quality - 5 Detail - 5 Comfort - 2.5 if positioned poorly, 6.5 if positioned correctly (4.5) Durability - I cannot say. They feel rather plastickey in the hands compared to beyerdynamics, but I have it on rather good authority that they are quite robust. Improvement with Amplification - Cannot say Improvement with Source - 3 (I was only able to test it going from onboard to xonar STX). Overall Sound Quality - 4 Overall Music Quality - 8 for rock and ambient, 3 for genres mentioned above (5.5) Value for Money - 8 (They're a cheap phone and this is reflected in their sound. You can do a lot worse for the price, though). These are a good choice entry level headphone for the average rocker. If I was to score them based on their value for money, I would give them a four. Unfortunately, as they are an entry level headphone at best, I do not think they deserve it based on sound. I would only recommend them to non-audiophiles. If you are looking for a taste of the true grado sound, I'd suggest you fork out a little more cash. Pros: Rocks Hard! Great guitar sound It sounds good from practically source Sound very "full" without being bassy Cons: Is very uncomfortable if you don't position the pads correctly The headband may need flexing to alleviate pressure The sound is a bit too congested for my liking Sometimes I found vocals being pushed back a little relative to percussion
this one of Grado's finest headphones and yet I feel it's somewhat under-appreciated by the Grado cult masses. I've spent a considerable amount of time with the Prestige Series and I feel this is by far the best buy. Priced in between the heavy hitters (225/325) and the iPod entry models (60/80), the 125 holds it's own in the crowded lineup. The 125 sounds a bit more "refined" like the 225s and 325s but retains all the fun the 60s and 80s to be called a true music lover's headphone. The highs are the best part of any Grado headphone and this is no slouch. If you love bright sounds of a guitar solo or the details of your favorite electronic songs, then these are the headphones for you. Surprisingly, the bass is nice and tight. They're no bass monsters by any means but I found the bass extension on par with the 225/325s and of course more present than the 60/80s. I don't like to use the term, "Best bang for your buck," but I believe in this circumstance it's quite warranted. The two models above this are only marginally better, in fact, I could argue that there is not significant difference between the 225s and 125s, while the 325s seem tiny bit more aggressive. But between the lower end, there is no question that the 125s best it. My advice: buy these, sit back, and enjoy. They don't really need an amp, but it helps reduce distortion at higher levels. Even then, be modest, these babies are the ultimate "fun" phone. Pros: Great Price Great Highs Lightweight Look ma! No Amp! Cons: Could use a bit more punch in the Bass region
I upgraded from Grado SR60 to SR125i because the SR60's were 20 years old and were not delivering as I thought they used to. Also, my hearing has degraded somewhat over time and I needed greater fidelity and range from my headset. I chose the SR125i because of the positive reviews in many places, and I was very surprised to find the quality as claimed by reviewers and by Grado. The $150 price did not appear excessive. Considering the quality I now have, I am happy to report that the money was well-spent. After a short burn-in period (about 12 hours) the sonic fidelity was much improved. I use the SR125i with my iPod and my Mac iBook. I have evaluated its performance using a low-priced Sony Walkman and output from my very old (1982) NAD receiver amping a Thorens with a good arm and pickup. Depending on the age and quality of the media, I am happy to report that the SR125i performs very well and leaves me happy with its sonic reproduction. Pros: Price; Quality Cons: None.