Grado SR80e Headphones
Everyone who loves music, whether an audiophile or just someone who likes to bee-bop to the iPod, should have a nice pair of versatile headphones. The headphones do not have to be outrageously expensive or bulky, but they should maintain the integrity of the music for your complete enjoyment and escape from the demands of everyday life (it just so happens that the demands of my everyday life include listening to music its a hard knock life). The Grado SR80e headphones are for just that. They are a nice, mid-range set of headphones that pump out full and complex tunes with a fantastic range.
In their category (that is, around $100, open-ear, small size) they are a superior set. The sound is delicious! The exceptional clarity will make music from your old phones sound like Charlie Browns teacher, the bass lends richness to the lower tones in the music, the highs are far from tinny, and everything in between is outstanding. In human speak, they sound stellar! Hip hop actually sounds better than some other genres, which is something I feel is rare in affordable headphones. None of that shaky junk with the bass. As usual, they require burn time to reach their full potential, but out of the box they sounded great. Two weeks later, the sound left me drooling on my desk the boss was not happy.
Trouble in paradise? Not really, but nothing is perfect. They are a bit tight out of the box, which makes wearing them for extended periods of time somewhat uncomfortable (as in, brain fluid might start leaking out of your nose no big deal ). I suggest that you try them on, see how they fit, and if they feel tight very carefully stretch them out with your hands a little at a time. Once you break them in, theyre perfectly comfortable and mold to your bag. Another problem thats slightly more cumbersome is the open ear design. You will always leak more sound with open ear headphones than with the closed ear models, but these seem slightly excessive. Yes, the sound running to your ears is phenomenal, but unless the volume is barely on, people around you will most likely hear some of your tunes. This is not a problem for traveling on subways, trains, busses, etc., but if youre in a quiet office you may want to consider that.
In short, for this price, these babies are some of the best you will find. The sound quality is truly an exceptional value.
This headphone has all the attributes of the SR60 with improved response. The SR80 is the winner of the GOLDEN NOTE AWARD presented by the Academy For The Advancement Of High End Audio, and has received Audio Videos HI-FI GRAND PRIX AWARD. Sound: more open sound stage, improved bass response.
- Upgraded Drivers
- Improved bass
- Open ear Design
- 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
Very solid and very comfortable. I probably need to get more used to the open style to give another star, I've been using sound isolating earphones and over ear headphones until now. Granted its new but it feels like it should last a long time.
Very light weight, sound quality is great (speacy), leak bass tho. Best headphones u can find in this price range!
Sound quality and build quality for the price is an outstanding value. So much so, I am driven into looking into upgrading, within the "e" series like SR325e or higher.
This is the second pair of Grado headphones that I have had in over a decade and I would not spend a dime on any other brand. The clarity and brightness is unequaled, and I have tried many, many different cans in my life. Would absolutely recommend these to anyone looking for quality cans. Pros: Cons:
I bought these cans about 1 month ago as my first venture into "high-end" headphones. I was considering many others, Denon D-1001, Audio Technica AD700, and the Sennheiser HD 555s. After some research I decided on the Grado SR80i's. I opened the package, no frills packaging came in a simple cardboard box with foam around it and a warranty paper. They were easy to take out, nothing to cut, no wires to untangle. Very simple to get out of the box. My first impressions were that they looked much better than I had thought online. They are classy, old-school looking headphones. I was a bit disappointed when I realized the headphones are no longer shipped with the L shaped pads, the ones shown, but instead the S Pads, which I'll get into soon. The headphones are sturdy and the cord is pretty thick. Overall a solid build. When I first put them on, I realized that they are not uncomfortable at all, like many reviews said. They were actually quite comfortable, even if they sit on the ear, as opposed to over the ear. Upon first listen, Beirut-Nantes, which emphasizes highs these headphones really disappointed me. This was due to the S shaped pad. With these pads the bass was rather muddy, overbearing, the mids were far too pushy, and the highs were severely lacking. This is due to the pads blocking the drivers. To remedy this I did the quarter mod, easily done and found online. This opened up the drivers and really cleared up the bass and brought out the highs, while balancing the mids. The sound stage also somewhat disappointed me, these headphones are best described as putting you in the front of the stage. The music feels slightly compressed and like it's coming at you head on. Over the next few days, a few hours per day of dedicated listening, I picked apart the headphones with various genres. Classical and Folk were rather lacking on these, but classic rock and rock were amazing. Music like The Rolling Stones, Queens of the Stone Age were brilliant. Sadly that is not my preferred type of music. After a few hours of listening I understood what other reviews meant by these headphones being uncomfortable and fatiguing. After about 5-6 hours of consistent use, my ear hurt. The outside cartilage part, not the inside. It wasn't a bad hurt, mostly a slightly sore feeling. As for the fatiguing, I felt like I needed a break from listening, it's hard to explain, but the best way I can is that I was actually tired of listening to music. Perhaps because the music is coming straight forward at you. Overall these headphones are good. I would recommend them to a friend, but not for the $100 price tag. I feel like they would be best priced at $80. If you listen to Rock music, these are the headphones for you. If you don't, look elsewhere. The first image is the box it came in. The second is the outside of the cans. The third is the inside, showing my quarter mod. Pros: Looks Great, More comfortable than expected, Good build quality, and Good sound quality. Cons: Needed to be modded to enjoy fully, uncomfortable after extended use, and somewhat fatiguing.
I bought the Grado SR80i a couple of months ago, and they are simply the best headphones you're going to find for under $400. And they cost less than $100, so there you go. Far better than any Bose headphone under $500, and much better than any Sennheiser under $400. They are absolutely amazing. Pros: Beautiful, true sound. Cons: None.
The Grado SR-80i is my first high quality headphone, and I'll be damned if it isn't one of the best in terms of value out there, and a superb example of an "entry-level" audiophile headphone. Overall, the sound is very forward, aggressive, but also very musical. There isn't any particularly strong aspect in these, but these aren't what you'd call "relaxed" or "passive"; they really throw you right onto the stage and have a very involving, exciting personality. Bass: Very punchy, immediate, and tight. It's also very natural sounding, without any resonance that you get with some lesser closed headphones. Using the stock "S-pads" will make the bass slightly muddled and boomy, but with the "donut" pads, they are a lot clearer, though it sacrifices some of its presence. Mids: Great mids - very realistic and liquid, but there is some sibilance when it comes to some female vocals, especially with the donut pads. Highs: Many say that the highs of the Grados are very prominent, harsh and fatiguing to a point, but there is just so much detail that you can get from these that it's all worth it. Cymbals are not too well-rendered compared to its higher-end cousins, however. Soundstage: There is pretty much none of it. If you were sitting in the middle row with a pair of Sennheisers, you'd be upfront beside the band with a pair of Grados. On amplification: Many say that SR-80's / 80i's will need a good amping to sound better, and after hooking them up to a borrowed one, they indeed do. Bass is punchier, highs are more prominent, mids are more liquid, and the sound in general is more full-bodied and rich. However, it loses some of that brightness that most Grado owners associate the house sound with. Burn-in: On immediate use after purchase, the bass was flat and anemic, the highs were really harsh, and the mids were recessed. Overall a very thin, somewhat harsh sound. After about 50 hours, the bass got a lot louder and punchier, the mids got slightly more fluid, and the highs were more balanced, with more detail shining through. I'd estimate these phones take at least 6 months to a year or so to get to their full potential, and according to a Grado-enthusiast friend, after about 1,000 hours (!) of use/burn-in, the bass on these babies improve even further. However, even at just a few months of use, the SR-80i's already sound incredible. On pads: I've tried both the S-pads (flat) and the donuts (bowls) and while the bowls lend an airiness and emphasize the details, the flat pads are much more comfortable to use. They also attenuate the highs, improve the bass's presence and punchiness (by a LOT), and help tone down the brightness of the cans, which sometimes gets a little fatiguing to the ears. Other notes: These things leak sound like a sieve. Most noises can pass through the grills with ease, and if you listen to your 'phones at moderate levels of volume, you won't hear a freakin' thing in the midst of traffic. Overall, the SR-80i's won't be the greatest reference-type headphones, or the most open, or the ones with the best soundstage. However, what they lack in detail and soundstage, they make up for being really enjoyable to listen to; they are FUN. If the Sennheisers played music that people dance to, Grados dance along with them. Really, I don't think you could do any better with a 100 USD budget for a pair of headphones. Pros: Portable, Lightweight Open, natural sound Enjoyable sound signature Simple, reliable build Balanced sound; no emphasis on either end Cons: Possible comfort issues Quite sibilant sometimes Leaks sound easily Needs amp to reach full potential
I have fallen in love with the Grados the moment I first saw these and when I listened to them, and I knew I had to buy these, and believe me, they were worth it. These headphones blow any of the cheap earbuds out of the water. These headphones really shined once I have burned 30 hours into these. The sound is now fuller, and very clear. No distortion, which means that I can hear great quality music without cranking the volume up. Pros: Great sound quality, and clarity. Can easily be driven without an amp, though an amp would be a plus. Cons: Y split cable looks flimsy, but I'm positive these will last me a lifetime if I take care of these.
Question & Answers
Questions on Grado SR80e Headphones
i need the earphone pads....do you have a set?
- Tech Support answered:
- We are not stocking those at the moment. Sorry...
Would you be so kind and tell me if you ship this item to Europe, Croatia? Could you also tell me the price of shipping?
- Tech Support answered:
- Dear Andrej, unfortunately Grado headphones can only be shipped to a US address. We can always ship to a friend or family member that is visiting or lives in the US.
I own some high end HP, not grado yet, though they are well respected. The subject of ambient noise levels is becoming ever more problematic to deal with.For those of us with motorcycles now. traffic noise and most annoying, wind noise is a Serious problem. All the disuccsion is so far inchoate about whta might be the best solution. It seems that with these worn while riding, noise could be managed...and opt to have music playing as well...(silent or with music)..yet be able to hear a warning sound, engine trpuble, external voices. I suppose it is hard to manage all these problems. But it sems to me an open air headphone of high quality might be better than, say, merely plugging one's ears with a foamy substance that can become germ ridden in time. I'd appreciate your guidance here. And I will share it with others on the web. I am an audio technician, and show hereto one of my high end tube audio amps I build
- Tech Support answered:
- Frank, several customers purchase the in-ears to ride their motorcycles, with or without helmets on.
Our mainly concern with the SR80i is if it will stay in place while you ride and not become a dangerous distraction. We would not want you fiddling with it while you ride. Sure they are very lightweight but they are supposed to stay on top of your head while you listen to music not while you ride a motorcycle at high speed. We would not recommend the SR80i for this application.
How long is the phone cord?
- Tech Support answered:
- 7 ft. (2 m) long
Can this play fine through an iPod and without an amp?
- Tech Support answered:
- Yes! All Grado headphones have a low impedance: 32 ohms and are very efficient, being easily driven by any players without the need for an amp.
Would the open-air design and ear cushion combination allow me to hear enough sound around me (say, a car approaching behind me, or someone trying to get my attention) while I am walking on generally quiet suburban streets.) Sound leakage out of the phones is not a problem, but for safety, I would like to be able to hear some of the sounds around. I've used old Sennheisers and Koss phones, but want get better quality sound, and I love the Grado phono cartridges I've had.
- Tech Support answered:
- Yes, in theory you should be able to hear some outside noise just as long as the volume of what you are listening to is not too loud :)