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Grado SR-325i Prestige Series Headphones Reviews

Positive Reviews


Superb Open back Headphones that look and sound as a precious work of art


Pros: Elegant and detailed sound with syrupy mids and extended low, plenty of air and space in big soundstage, warm and inviting vocals

Cons: The cable will broke because of unstoppable twisting cups (predictable Grado downer), need amping for full spectrum result

AH! Grado. Sir John Grado. How can we not love you? How can we not hate you? You never sold your soul to the market and still construct your headphones in America, your quality is still the same as in 1990 when you begin to create your first marvelous headphones with your wife in a small workbench while the company was on the verge of bankrupcy. As a mad scientist and sound poet, you discover one of the more musical driver of all time and design open back cups that give fresh oxygene to the musicality of every frequency. We know you like to listen to your creation with  tube amp and surely prefer vinyl to CD or even SACD, you are from the old school for the better and the...
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Negative Reviews


Not worth the Price point


Pros: detailed highs, people ask questions while wearing

Cons: BRIGHT, muddy, uncomfrtable

Was not happy with the 325i.  Very bright sounding through most of my musical catalog.  Sounded very detailed at low volume.  Bass response was surprisingly deep.  Very forward sound signature.  Good headphone for metal and very fast.  Comfort is terrible.  Only torrerable at low volumes for my ears, even tamming with soft tubes.  I traded these for AKG K 701's, which was my happiest audiophile moment to date  :)

More Reviews


Grado SR325i NOT FOR ME great for well recorded classical.


Pros: Nice looking,solid construction,timeless styleing

Cons: sonics are bright and they are unforgiveing of poor recordings

I may be off on the date but it should be close.                         SN#7405 :REVIEWED     After owning the SR80 for a few years I thought the Grado 325i would just give you more of the same sound as the loved 80,they do not. What they do give you before break in with some source material is sonically smiler to diving naked into a 5 yard dumpster filled to the top with angry fire ants.   They are brighter than driving into the hot California desert sun with out sun glasses. But to be fair after break in classical recordings from the 1960's and 70's from the London philharmonic on open reel tape was like a blessed event from heaven!   So without going to deep into detail source...
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Aggressive headphones suitable for heavy rock


Pros: Unique sound signature that you don't really get with other offerings from other companies

Cons: Terribly uncomfortable. Ruined the experience.

I had these for a few months before I sold it because they became unbearable to use. I tried the bowl pads and that helped with comfort but the sound became a nightmare for an audiophile so I will refrain from discussing that here. Build quality: Very solid headphones. The cable is nice and thick so I'm not scared of it breaking. The solid metal earcups are a nice touch but are also a downside. The headband is nice. Design: Cups are beautiful and shiny but paint comes off easily on the lettering. The cups are too heavy. I'm not a fan of the earcup swivel design but it works. Comfort: Horrendous. Terrible. 0/10 The earcups are far too heavy for on ears and it ends up pressing a lot on...
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Fun lively headphones, that can sometimes be extremely harsh and sibilant


Pros: Forward lively mids, gives that on stage presentation, Narrow sound stage

Cons: Can sound overly harsh, lacking in bass

I decided to write this review because I have done some research and it turns out there isn't that many reviews on this particular headphone.The majority of the music I listen to is alternative, rock, classic rock, Sinatra mostly mid centric music. Now this was my very first grado headphone that I have ever purchased. Note, if you are looking for a headphone that does great with every genre these grado's are certainly not it. These headphones are meant for a very specific taste/ears they excel with certain genres and lack in others, it is safe to assume that these headphones aren't for everyone.   Pros: I have to say there are some things that the grado's do very well and those...
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I always come back.


Pros: buttery mids, energetic highs, punchy bass

Cons: long-term comfort

My first set of "premium" cans were the Grado SR80's, driven from an old classic iPod. As you can expect, I was blown away by the sound quality compared to those little white earbuds. I've tried other headphones in the $200 range including AKG K271's, UE triple.fi's universal IEM, and my latest set, the Beyerdynamic DT990-600. To my ears, all non-Grado phones lack a certain warmth in the mids. The DT990's in particular, probably due to their strong treble and bass, seemed lacking in the midrange. Thanks to HF's classifieds I found a pair of Grado 325's for the right price and all I can say is that I forgot what I was missing. For my money, you'll never find a closer, airier sound...
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Super lively headphones that can be agressive, and beautiful( chrome)


Pros: Great treble, impactful, unique sounding bass, BEAUTIFUL mids, great construction and aesthetics, swivel cups

Cons: SOMETIMES can be uncomfortable, bass could go a little deeper at times

These were my third pair of headphones, after the AT ES7 and Shure SE 530.  I kept reading about how they had really hot treble, and sounded really unique and would be the opposite of the HD650( which would've been the logical upgrade from the 530 in terms of sound signature).  Something about having something almost opposite sounding was really appealing   Once I finally got these, WOW! I almost thought they had too much bass!  The bass for genres like rock and metal and jazz is perfect in my opinion.  It has just the right amount of bass for impact, but doesn't really capture too much low low end bass which leads to it sounding like a very fast headphone....
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Versatile Responsive Cans with an Amazing Sound Signature


Pros: Best sound and definitely worth upgrading from the 225is

Cons: slight slippage in the fit when I wear them for an extended period

The Grado SR-225i was my first real pair of "audiophile" headphones and I loved them to death. In a foolish fit last month, I traded them away. After trader's regret set in I found a pair of goldie 325is that had been modded with detachable cables and screw fasteners to keep the headphones from sliding down. I must say the goldie 325is are heavier but not in an obtrusive way, this sounds cliche but you can "feel the quality" as opposed to their little plastic brother the 225i. I loved the 225is but I'm really blown away by the difference between the two models. The 325i goldies are really remarkable with a better low end, more brilliant/clear highs and, in my opinion, the best sound...
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Best for me head to head with other Grados


Pros: Phenomenal SQ, like no other headphones I have heard

Cons: For me personally, a bit heavy and uncomfortable in long listening sessions

I had the pleasure of living in Toronto for 4 years and bought these at the excellent Bay Bloor Radio. BBR have a wall of headphones all fed by the same source, so I spent a few happy hours there on a quiet Monday night armed with a few favourite CDs.   I listened to AGK701s, a variety of Senns and all the Grados head to head. For me, the 325is (the Gold edition) were the best of the bunch, even versus the reference series models.   18 months and plenty of listening later (Arcam CD73T via a Little Dot mkIII) these still give me tons of listening pleasure. Some users report quality issues but I handle mine carefully, keep them on a stand etc and haven't had any...
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Punchy and forward sound - I love them!


Pros: Punchy bass, sparkling treble and very forward mids. Crystal clear sounding headhones appealing to those who love a very "in-your-face" sounding can..

Cons: Grado wearing comfort. Heavy and clunky. Cables could be better and more sturdy.

I can not find any headphone similar to the SR-325. They are very different from all other headphones I have heard and also from the rest of the Grado line. You either love them or hate them. I can say for myself that these through the years have become my reference and no other Grado headphone have been able to take their place for me - even though HF2 was pretty close.    The SR325 has a very forward, in-your-face sound. It offers a detail level on par with the rest of the top of the line Grados and it has crystal clear mids wich gives them a unique and intimate presentation of vocal recordings. They are very punchy and fast - some say they are metallic sounding and that might be...
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