Grado SR225e Headphones
With all the tech specs, audiophile speak, and Trekkie-headphone language, it may seem difficult to just find a great pair of headphones that sound delicious for a wide variety of applications. All of that garbage aside, I can tell you that I have found your fix. The Grado SR225e headphones are an excellent choice for music lovers beginning their foray into audiophile-dom. They are an exceptionally versatile set of cans that sounds incredible with portable music/DVD devices, as well as with a high end stereo system.
The SR225e feature the signature retro Grado appearance - closed ear foam cups, open backs, plastic/metal casing and a vinyl headband. The sound is signature Grado, as well amazing. The e drivers are improved, and although Grados sound is so phenomenal it is difficult to imagine improvements, the bass is markedly better. The sound is already superior, but the bass is simply astonishing. I cannot imagine a better value; I would venture to say that, to find a sound system with this dynamic, rich sound, it will run you about $3,000. Tell your kids college educations adios. Or invest in the Grados for $200 and make the little money mongers buy a used book or two this semester. With the Grado SR 225e, everyone wins!
Ok so the bad? They are portable in the sense that you can carry them around with you. They are not comfortably portable. The open backs release sound that may or may not annoy innocent bystanders at work or on public transportation. And the cable whew lets just say that thing is akin to Spidermans little webbing that he uses to swing from buildings. Its heavy and a pain in the rear to carry everywhere. Then theres the added bonus of looking a fool in these big ole things, and the added weight of a portable headphone amp (youre wasting your money if you want to listen to MP3s without one). They are also not the most comfortable (if you know Grado, youll know this is pretty standard).
However, in light of all the teeny, tiny flaws, I wouldn't go back. These things are incredible, and one of the best values on the market (especially for Grados, which generally tend to be expensive). A little discomfort is a very small concession to make for exceptional sound.
This headphone has closer matched drivers and an improved rear screen that increases airflow by 50%. Sound: Closer driver tolerances helps enlarged the sound stage while the more open rear screen helps free the headphones of colorations. The SR225e offers excellent value for the dollar like all Grado headphones.
- Open Air Dynamic Stereo Headphones
- Impressive bass
- 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
I personally am an SR225 owner. I have nothing but compliments about my set. No negative issues with build quality, sound, or comfort. My 225s simply reproduce music well and sound fabulous doing it. As events unfolded, I needed a Christmas gift for someone who would appreciate a new set of Grado SR225s. With the SR225e being the current model, that's what was chosen, and Earphone Solutions shipped a set in time for our early Holiday celebration. Our gift recipient's first words while trying them out were, "They sound so natural." What more can you expect from a set of headphones?
The SR225 is a sweet spot in the grado line-up for an audiophile. It has that classic grado sound and gritty guitar sound and that arena rock presentation for a nice price where congestion isn't an issue in my opinion. The soundstage is intimate much like the majority of the Grado line, however the SR225 represents great value in my opinion. One of the major drawbacks for the lower end grados in my opinion is the congestion (which I have commented on in another review) - something I don't think the SR225 or RS1 suffer from nearly as much - particularly the RS1. As an added bonus, the SR225 seems to have slightly cooler highs than the rest of the SR line, meaning that those who don't like the treble on other grados may find a nice rock headphone here. Overall it's a fairly run-of-the-mill grado, and in my opinion represents probably the best bang for buck in the line-up. It is still an entry-level headphone, however, and the sound signature is surely not for everyone. I still maintain the position that, in my experience, grado does an excellent job of rock and not much else, bar the RS1 which I think is a competent enough headphone to perform well across all genres. If you listen to mostly rock (including pop), folk, ambient or metal, look no further! Pros: Rocks Hard Doesn't need an amp A number of pads available Affordable Cons: You may need to flex the headband for comfort Sound signature not for everyone Entry-level sound
The SR-225i represents a good combination of value and performance in the Grado line. Grados are well known for being great rock headphones, and listening to electric guitars through a SR-225i is a revelatory experience. Guitar notes are perfectly clear, smooth, and defined. High notes have an acceptable amount of detail. Bass notes are detailed and taught, but there is not much weight behind them. Compared to the SR-125i, the 225i has greater detail resolution and much more bass impact. Many people find the bowl pads on the SR-225i uncomfortable, so try before you buy! Comfort is a deal-breaker for many prospective buyers. Build quality is a weak point with this headphone. If you are looking for something that feels like $200, this is NOT it. The speaker housings are ABS plastic and the grilles are plastic painted to look like metal. The headband is cheap vinyl. Glue joints between plastic parts are not lined up well. Plastic is actually an excellent headphone material (light and non-resonant), but some people prefer to own a more solid-feeling product. I recommend these headphones for anyone who loves rock music. They are colored, but in a way that makes guitars sound fantastic. They are also very easy to drive at 32 ohms, a big plus for those who don't want to buy an amp. The only reason I don't give these five stars is the price. Grados are almost never heavily discounted like Sennheisers, so expect to pay $200 for a new pair. For that money, you could buy a used AKG K701 or Beyerdynamic DT880, which are better headphones. But if you want to buy new, the SR-225i is hard to beat. Pros: Great with electric guitars Good detail resolution Easy to drive Worthwhile improvement over SR-125i Cons: Hard to find discounts Low-quality materials Poor build quality Not for bass lovers Not very neutral
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