Grado SR325e Headphones
A beautiful mixture of funky retro aesthetics and heart-stopping sound, the Grado SR325is cans are something you do not see on the market every day. When I took them out of their box, I couldnt decide whether I was madly, deeply in love with the design or I hated it with a bloody, fiery passion (a bit polarizing just a bit). However, once the shock of seeing something out of a radio tower in a World War II movie passed, I realized that I actually really appreciated the unique appearance. Grado used the finest materials to construct the SR325e: real leather trimming for the headband (not imitation, like some of their lower end models), anodized aluminum on the open back design, and squishy foam-rubber for the ear cups.
So how do they sound? B-E-A-utiful. Warning: if your music is not well-recorded or of lower quality, it will sound poor. That isnt the headphones, its the music, and its a testament to how accurately they reproduce sound. Every music genre sounds great on these crazy things! How often does one make that happy finding?! The Grado SR325e have a stereo plug, and do not come with a standard MP3 or computer adapter. If you want one, youll have to purchase one separately. The message is clear: these cans are not made for smaller machines. Yes, your music will sound better, but the headphones will not reach their full potential. Do yourself a favor and invest in an amp if you decide to do that.
Drawbacks? Other than the fact that they do not come with an adapter for portable music players? Well I wouldn't necessarily classify them as uncomfortable, but lets just say I did not forget that they were on my head squishing it.... They loosened up a little bit, but they still are not the most comfortable pair Ive ever had. In addition, they have outstanding sound, but it does not seem to originate from another source. Nope, the sound from these babies is RIGHT in your ear. If you like headphones with sound that seems to originate from far away, you might be uncomfortable with the close proximity.
The top of the line in the Grado Prestige Series. Winner of Audio Videos HI-FI GRAND PRIX AWARD. Sound: The SR325e embodies all the sound benefits of the Signature series, clean open highs, smooth well defined midrange and bass that will rock. The SR325e is an excellent value yielding performance that one would have to spend 3-4 times their price in competing headphones.
- Vented Diaphragms
- Every music genre sounds great
- Open back Design
- Adjustable Headband
- Aluminum Air Chambers
- 8-Conductor Cable Design
1 Year warranty with Earphone Solutions Invoice. This product can only be shipped to the US.
Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews
the best headphones i've ever purchased and what an excellent price! Pros: t Cons: e
First off, all electronic equipment requires burn. Speakers, headphones and especially interconnect cables. Give the SR325's about 40 hours of break in. To do this, you'll need a cd changer, several cd's of varying sonic features (classical, rock, jazz, vocals/opera...) Place about 6 cd's between the phones to dampen the sound leakage. start you cd player. Be certain that you turn the volume to the level you'll typically be listening to. Don't believe me? Listen to them out of the box. Do the burn in (40+ hours) then listen to the same disc you used before burn in. Surprised, huh? Pros: nice cord exxtension cord is SWEEEET! At 30 ft it's killer. Invest in the after market earpads from Todd the vynal junkie. Cons: Never enough time to use the. reuire a headphone amp if your amplifier's output impedance is too high and low voltage.
This was my first audiophile headphone I owned. My first pair was a Grado SR-60i and I had big expectations from it's bigger brother: the SR-325i. First thing that I liked is that this is first Grado that has a true leather headband and metal cups (instead of plastic) thus looking much better and feels sturdier. They also are among the heaviest Grados, along with PS1000 and older HP1 & 2 models which sometimes can be fatiguing for your ears wearing them more than 2 hours. Enough about look's how do they sound ? I can tell you that this is the most Grado headphone of all Grados! It's really fast, with good transients having an outstanding pace rhythm and timing (PRaT) and very fast. It have a good bass extension, it goes low but not very low, a very tight and precise midrange, with clear vocals and good instrument separation between the air, highs are also very detailed, and sometimes highs can be a little harsh and fatiguing, this is the nature of all Grados. I found that this headphone have a little soundstage, and I would call it a "on-stage" presentation which is also very interesting to listen. It feels like you are on-stage with the band and singers, they are very close to you, singing around you. This on-stage presentation is pleasing on some rock recordings and jazz. They do classical music too but i would advise another headphone for that type of music. What I love about Grados is that you don't need an headphone amplifier to really enjoy this things, they play very well on portables too, but I would not listen to them outside, they are open and thus leaking too much noise outside. However a good headphone amplifier would help tightening the bass, adding a better instrument placement and separation making it even better. If you like and closed, on-stage presentation and good and dynamic punchy music, i strongly recommend this headphones. I also observed that they like strings instruments most of the time and drums, among the best headphone for rock and metal. Pros: - Fast and speedy, with good transients, punchy and dynamic. - On-stage presentation (which can be a plus or a minus, depends on what you like more) - Among the best headphones for rock or metal, they do strings no other headphone can do. - Detailed, they can reveal everything from a recording and sometimes you can got goosebumps on some music you know for many years. - Outstanding midrange and hights Cons: - Heavy and fatiguing to wear for longer listening sessions - Highs also can be sometimes fatiguing on some recordings - Not so good for electronica, bass doesn't go very low and deep, but it is present. Not the best choise for classical music too. - Cable is twisting very easily and hard to untwist.
I have owned a few pairs of Sennheisers in the past. In my opinion, the Grado 325is headphones produce more detailed, rich sound throughout the range. According to many other reviews, the baseline Grado headphones would do this as well but I opted for the 325's to make sure that I was investing in something superior and I'm completely satisfied with them. They fit my head and ears just fine, I don't mine wearing them for an extended period of time. The only other thing that could put them over the top is an external amp/cartridge. I'm searching for one now, unfortunately they are also quite expensive. Cheers Pros: Sound, Look, Build Cons: Price
These were my first introduction to the Grado sound, and you could forgive me for not finding it to be a truly satisfying one, although there is much to love about these headphones, I could not live with them, and it was not for want of trying. I found these headphones to be truly immersible in their ability to FORCE you to enjoy the music you are listening to, no matter the time nor the place. Their speed and energy I believe is unrivaled in any other headphone, however, as much as I wanted to love them, I found the highs just a little too fatiguing. I used multiple sources and amps with these headphones during their relatively short lifetime with me. I found that solid state amplification did wonders for their detail and speed, however I was unable to live with their harsh, metallic, highs (especially using Oversampling equipment). I tried valved equipment, which really did succeed in taming those harsh and sibilant (to my ears) highs, however I was ready to move on... .... and I found I was hooked to the Grado sound! I have since moved up to the more organic and slightly less fatiguing RS1s. Overall, if your main aim in life is to enjoy your music, and you believe you have a strong constitution / pair of eardrums, you could do alot worse than a pair of these 325i's. As much as I wished I could live with these, for their amazing fun factor, it was not to be. Pros: PRAT Rock and Roll Energy Speed Foot tapping fun! Cons: Highs Sibilance Headaches