Grado SR60e Headphones
Grado headphones? Me likey. So when I got the chance to review the Grado SR60e headphones, the cans with rave reviews and tags like, legendary, and product/accessory/budget/etc. of the year, I was intrigued and excited to experience Grados newest headset for myself. The SR60is are full size headphones with an open ear design, that are said to be an improvement on the SR60s (hence the i).
Although I could not entirely discern a marked difference between the SR60 and SR60e, the sound was definitely a little warmer. Highs were slightly less tinny, lows were slightly fuller and more defined, and the mid-range flowed more seamlessly into both. Say whaaaa? In other words, the sound was a slight improvement on the previous model, and a thoroughly enjoyable experience that had me feeling quite giddy. As with many headphones, the more musical music genres sounded far better: classical and jazz, acoustic songs, light rock and alternative. However, pop, rap, metal, etc. still sounded fantastic. These headphones are perfect for their purpose boosting the sound of music with portable music players, portable DVD players, computers, and other recreational listening devices. For this price range youll be hard pressed to find something better. Just make sure your expectations are accurate.
Keep in mind that these headphones cost less than a hundred bucks, but their sound is worth far more. These are not luxury headphones. They are very uncomfortable, and tend to fall apart with continued use. Luckily, you can easily replace the ear pads for about ten bucks (which you will not have to do more than once a year). So what they look a little loved its just the headphones molding to your head. In addition, as with all open-ear headphones, the sound leaks out, so if youre in a quiet setting you might want to listen to non-embarrassing music or keep the volume down, or it might defeat the purpose.
Well, other than the fact that the headphones are pretty ugly (sorry Grado a valiant effort with the whole retro look, but not executed as well as your other cans), theyre uncomfortable. My ears have been permanently welded to my head. Granted, they belong there all the better to listen to headphones with, but still! In all seriousness, it takes a long time to wear them in, and they still do not feel great with continued use.
All great relationships involve seeing the good in someone (or something), despite his/her/its flaws. No, they are not perfect, but I dont buy my headphones for appearance or fit. I buy them for sound, and these puppies sound beautiful, and I can afford to buy more music because of their awesome price.
This headphone has gained LEGENDARY status. The SR60 has received rave reviews from around the world and is the most commonly recommended headphone on the market today. The SR60 was the Stereophiles PRODUCT OF THE YEAR in two categories, The Accessory of Year and the more prestigious Budget Component of Year. Sound: good bass, excellent resolution, very smooth sound.
- Dynamic Open Air Stereo Heaphones
- Upgraded driver design
- Rich full bodied vocals
- Foam Ear Cushions
- Adjustable Headband
- Copper Voice Coil and Cable
1 Year warranty with Earphone Solutions Invoice. This product can only be shipped to the US.
Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews
The Grado SR60's have a very retro look. Do not let this fool you. The sound that comes out of these headphones is amazing. They really excel at rock or acoustic recordings. Bass is there and tightly controlled. Highs have a sparkle to them. Only downside I could find is these are not as comfortable as some of the other companies offerings. If you have less then a hundred dollars and want some great sounding headphones, look no farther. Pros: Audio quality build quality Cons: comfort for extended listening sessions
The Grado SR60 has long been hailed as a true headphone classic. Very affordable, yet offering sound beyond those of its contemporaries, the SR60 satisfied the ears of tough audiophiles and came to be known as "the" entry-level headphone to the world of hi-fi. Back in December I had the opportunity to pick up the SR60i -- the "improved" version of the SR60 which has larger cups. The picture here on this page is the older SR60, but the SR60's sold today are all of the "i" type; the larger cups space the drivers further away from your head, purportedly to give you a larger soundstage. They also have some minor revisions to the driver. So how does this improved version of the old classic hold up today? Well for starters, the new comfy pads they ship with as opposed to the bowls are definitely comfier and help in letting you wear the SR60i for long periods of time. Grado's tend to be criticized for fit and comfort but I had no problems wearing the SR60i for hours on end. And that's good, because you can't really get into a headphone if you are constantly reminded of how your head or ears hurt from wearing them. So after wearing and listening to the SR60i for many, many hours, I have managed to dissect the components of its sound and realized quite a few things. First -- the Grado's truly deserve their reputation for rich, full mids. Playing some Guns N' Roses on the SR60i delivers Axel Rose's screaming vocals right into your face. The guitar riffs are suitably lush and have that crunch that brings a smile to any rock lover's face. It is this powerful, full-bodied mids that are responsible for the "Grado House Sound" that put Grado on the map. They are here in all their glory in the SR60i's and give you a taste of what to expect in all the Grado's further up the chain. Even as an entry-level model, the SR60i is a good representation of what you will get even from the company's top end models. It may lack in refinement and fine resolution to the really higher end models but nobody should feel like they got a crippled, poor man's version of anything with the SR60. Another important realization is that the SR60i has a very forward character. These rich mids are aggressively thrown at you and make it sound like the band is right in front of your face. Again, this is typical Grado and a lot of people, particularly rock and metal fans, tend to favor it. Compared to the SR80i, the SR60i actually sounds more forward and aggressive, and I actually prefer it over the SR80 for that reason. The two are very close brothers and have very few differences, but with the Grado sound I prefer that more forward character, and so I gave the SR60i my vote. Moving on to the highs, the SR60i can sometimes sound a little harsh, but generally isn't an issue with most music. While I wouldn't term these as "smooth" by any stretch, the highs are at still very sweet and are very listenable without hurting your ears. The lows are also suitably impressive. Although far from being a bass-head's cans, the bass has a growl to them that should satisfy all but the most extreme of bass heads. As a huge bass lover myself, craving the company of bass favorites like the AKG K81 DJ, Beyer DT770 and even the Bose Triport OE, the SR60 never once made me feel that I was missing that lower warmth. They certainly do a fine job with house, trance and even R&B, even if these are not these can's main strengths. I could easily get into the groove with Hed Kandi's latest mix, and that's all you can really ask for from a can's low end. It's not as powerful as the SR325's heavy sound, but that can goes for around 4 times the price of this one. One disappointment though is the very small apparent soundstage. Forward-sounding cans generally have a smaller soundstage, and despite the open-design the SR60i does not give a large sense of space, even with the improved cans. At this price range, I guess you cannot ask for miracles and the Grado line has never been known for expansive soundstage anyway. Instrument separation is adequate but separation and soundstage are not what you are after with this set of cans. With its relatively low impedance of 32ohms (as all Grado's do) the SR60 also drives very well from any mp3 player. While not exactly the most portable of phones due to a non-folding design, long cable and the fat cups, the SR60i can be used on the go without lugging around an additional amp. That said, the SR60i's really sing even with just a modest portable amp. Although I saw little improvement FiiO's popular E5, the SR60i really opened up when I tried it with a Mini^3 and a GoVibe Petite. The midrange came to life even further and really reached out as if to grab my soul! With the Petite there was a lot of tightening around the low end that really gave the bass slam and impact beyond what you'd expect in this price range. So while the SR60i can sound great off your iPod, I would definitely recommend getting a $100 portable amp to pair with this on the go. Overall the SR60i is a great, bright-sounding phone. It's not exactly the warmest phone but there is a certain level of warmth coming from the low end. The sound frequency curve is certainly not linear but if a neutral presentation is not a must for you, the SR60i is a fine choice and you could do far worse for the $80 asking price. If I had any complaints with the Grado's, it would be in the physical design. In terms of looks the SR60i looks more bulbous as the cups are less flat against your ear, but from my experience with re-cupped Grados, the bigger cups do indeed give you a bigger headroom. Although a minor change, this subtly provides the SR60i a greater sense of space but at the expense of fashion. Another complaint are the minor inconsistencies in the quality of the manufacture. The cable is made of rubbery plastic that has nicks and protrusions where it goes into the y-splitter and into the mini connector. The plastic on the cups don't seem finely machined and have small imperfections. Although these have little to no effect on the sound, they really do remind you that this is a budget product. My largest beef though is the headband strap. It's made of some black faux leather and work fine enough, but when you hang them over your neck (for instance, to take them off momentarily when someone is talking to you) the edge is not smoothly cut, digging into your neck with an itch that you just can't help but scratch. But you know what? These are all just minor niggles in a product that is supposed to transport you into a sonic world of sound and music. At the end of the day the SR60s give you an incredibly musical experience, for less than $100US. They aren't perfect, but the new SR60i definitely lives up to its reputation and remains the ideal entry into the world of audiophilia. Pros: * Rich, full-bodied midrange * Impact on the low end * Runs well off iPods * Responds great to amping * Very affordable price for such big sound * Representative of the Grado House Sound Cons: * Build quality could be better * Lacking in refinement compared to more expensive models * Small soundstage
It used to be that headphones priced less than $150-$200 were crap. Not any more! Now-a-days there are more than a couple to choose from and these probably give the most bang for the buck! I was a die-hard Sennheiser fan for years until I heard about (and heard) these. How can something so low priced sound THIS good? They sport a REALLY tight and dynamic bottom end, which makes them simply GREAT for rock music! The midrange is surprisingly smooth and neutral. Even the top end is. I detected a very slight amount of roughness in the top end on mine (they're several years old) and the midrange has a very slight, albeit practically imperceptible, departure from neutrality. If you can't spend a lot of money and really crave audiophile sound, you will NOT be disappointed with these. These are probably the best phones for under $100 that have ever been made! Pros: Sound good with any source - even a cheap portable CD player or MP3 player! No fancy headphone amp needed! Cheap, but far from cheap sounding. Cons: The cable shorted out internally after ~ 2 years of use. The design makes it too easy to twist it to the point of self-destruction. Fairly comfortable - even after extended use.
I have owned Grados for ages for my home hi-fi system, but bought a pair of SR-60 for use at work about a year ago. I like the "Grado sound" quite a bit. Its not as neutral as some others, but its a very fun and involving sound. The various headphones across the brand all share this "house sound" jsut like other brands, and as you go up the line there are various refinements and improvements to the sound. Anyways, I bought these for work use, but *had* to listen to them at home first. BOY! am I happy I did! They are not as refined as the more expensive Grados, and dont have the awesome bass extension, but they deliver a very high quality of sound considering their price. I am very happy with these, and use them daily at work, with a smile on my face. At home I run my headphones from a nice big amp, and these do sound a bit better that way, but are not lacking run straight out of my portable MP3 player. I appreciate this especically considering how cluttered things can get on the go. The fit requires some personalization to get just right, otherwise they can squash your ears a little. The headband is springy steel, and easily shapes to fit. The pads are nice and squishy and dont get hot. As with all grados, I like how they swivel and lay fairly flat when not in use. For using them anywhere its great because they are so easy to pack away when not in use. The only complaint I have about these for the workplace is that they do not block sound from the outside. My office is normally pretty quiet, so it dosnt bother me, but if you are past tired of telling an annoying cube-neighbor to shut it these aren't for you no mater how good they sound. I give these 5 stars not for the best of sound, but for an exceptional sound at this pricepoint. I regularly give them as gifts to non-audiophile friends, and the reaction is universal: "these are the best headphones I have ever heard" is always on the thank you card. Pros: Great sound & great price Lays flat when not in use Sound good from anything Cons: Squashes ears if not molded to your head.
My wife got me these headphones and I couldn't be happier with the sound quality. They sit comfortably on my head and allow me to go to my personal sound booth. They're a super buy - high quality at a reasonable price. Pros: Cons:
Question & Answers
Questions on Grado SR60e Headphones
when do you have the item in stock?
- Tech Support answered:
- Grado products are hand made in the US and sometimes the stock orders take a few weeks to be fulfilled. Unfortunately we are not allowed to ship Grado products outside the US. We apologize for the inconvenience.