Head-Fi.org › Head Gear › Headphones › Over-Ear › Grado SR325is Headphones › Grado SR325is Headphones Reviews

Grado SR325is Headphones Reviews

Positive Reviews

marvinong

Soul Food for Hungry Ears

Posted

Pros: Musicality, Emotion, Heart and Soul

Cons: Great with SOME types of music and mediocre with others , HEAVY and hardly portable, wire management is a dilemma

  Hi everyone, Just wanted to give my two cents re: the Grado 325is!     [b]AN INTRODUCTION[/b]   I was on a head-fi poison hiatus for a while because I thought I'd already spent too much on this hobby by acquiring a high end IEM (JH16 Pro) and a good PMP (Cowon J3 - which I unfortunately lost). In the case of IEMs, I think I already achieved audio nirvana, but then this itch of  wanting to try what full-sized cans could offer was always bothering me.    I knew I didn't want "brand name" cans like Senns, AKGs or ATHs (though their cans are very good). I wanted to try something more alternative and "organic" and I found it in the...
(read more)

Negative Reviews

Dicetrain

Brilliant sound, but some real design issues.

Posted

Pros: Bright, lively, good separation of ranges.

Cons: Uncomfortable pads and headband, design flaw on cup holder, heavy.

When I first got these the sound was rather tinny, but over the initial 50 hours they really, really opened up and grew to have a very natural sound. I have them paired with an HRT MS2+ and a Schiit Asgard, which is apparently a good match for Grados. That sound became more warm and round when I switched out the normal pads for quarter-cut softies. I did lose some soundstage with that, but the tradeoff for a more natural and full sound is totally worth it and it also took some sibilance out of the highs so they are very sweet.   Overall, after doing this, I truly love the sound. Every now and then I want a bit more punch, a bit more depth, and a bit more clarity to the bass,...
(read more)

More Reviews

maverickronin

Fun but Fatiguing

Posted

Pros: Perfect for rock and metal.

Cons: Too bright for long listening sessions

Introduction:   I listen to a lot of music.  Whether I’m working or relaxing I usually have some sort of music in the background.  It relaxes me before bed or keeps me pumped up while working.  It is essentially my mind altering drug of choice.  Different headphones with different presentations an affect my mood in different ways and I though a ‘phone with pumped up treble like the SR325is would be good to keep my energy up when I was stuck with boring tasks at work.  I was correct, but other drawbacks kept me from holding on to my pair.   Style and Build:   I love the look of the SR325is.  They’re slightly retro looking but the...
(read more)
headbase

Darned good headphones

Posted

Pros: Better than anything else for the money, well built

Cons: I now realize how many low quality recordings there are!

Long story short, they're fantastic.  I bought my headphones from a display/test setup at a Magnolia hi-fi, I didn't want to wait and I got a great discount on them.  I'm sure the salesman still turned a profit of course. (I work retail, I have an idea of the markup levels.)  They're comfortable to me, and I don't intend to own many other headphones.   Only other minor issue is the reduced bass, but the clarity was the greatest on this model, short of spending another $600+ on some headphones.  The other models that had less clarity had a lot more bass, but were fatiguing and disproportionate.  And all the others were too tight for my head.  These...
(read more)
Cybrsrch1

New Grado 8 conductor cables

Posted

Pros: Better Resolution

Cons: Heavy

After 4 years of regular use, my cables were looking a little rugged, the plastic cover over the cables that split to each ear were cracking at the Y splitter . I called Grado and they quoted me $45 (includes return shipping)for a new cable plus an additional $15 to upgrade to the newest 8 conductor UHPLC copper connecting cord. The new cable is stout and heavy, with 8 conductors its my guess grado is using varied size cables to better handle the full spectrum with as little loss as possible, similar to Audioquests Spread Spectrum Technology. http://www.audioquest.com/pdfs/aq_cable_theory.pdf The new cable is more revealing, digging deeper into the finer details,...
(read more)
sparktography

Great, musical headphones

Posted

Pros: Great sound, very clear bass, mids, and highs

Cons: Slightly fatiguing, uncomfortable if not properly adjusted

A great set of 'phones for general music listening. Not terribly portable without a case, and can cause fatigue when listening to treble-heavy music due to very crisp reproduction.   You could use the cable on these babies to tow a car. Kind of impossible to deal with for on-the-go use, very oriented to seated listening.   I love my 325s!
ChronicLiar

Bright=Live

Posted

Pros: With high quality music files can sound like live performance, Energetic, Fast Attacking, Warm mid-section

Cons: Very bright headphone, Does not dig very deep, Smaller soundstage than most @ Price range, COMFORT BLO

I own     -HD 600 -ATH M50 -Sennhieser HD 558 (Modded) -Skullcandy Aviators     Of all, IMHO I find them the MOST detailed.I feel like i'm in a live performance in the front row seat especailly with .dsf or flac files. They are bright but after about a month of listening you do get used to it (I don't believe in burn in).   I would give this a 5 if it didnt torture me everytime i wear it xD... and if the bass would dig a little deeper.    Overall these are beautiful sounding and i personally enjoy bright headphones more than dark ones. (But that's just "ME",)
Engineguy129

Grado SR325is

Posted

Pros: Everything (see below)

Cons: None that I can think of

Ok, this is my first review. However, I feel that my opinion matters as much as anyone elses. I'll start from the beginning. I have been creeping in here for quite a while and soaking up as much info as I can. I am not an audiophile, really just a person that enjoys music a lot and its a part of me. I decided a while back that I wanted to roll with Grado because the genre of music I prefer, old metal head with some punk and classic rock thrown in.   Road block one, I am currently deployed USAF. Not a lot of companies will ship to an APO and where I am at, to include 4OurEar's. I e-mailed them and started a on-going dialog with Richard Grado. Great guy! Even though they do not ship...
(read more)
Siftah

Old school look but a cutting edge sound.

Posted

Pros: Sound quality

Cons: Ergononics

These were my first pair of good headphones, having previously only had Shure E2C in-ear phones that were anything better than the usual iPod earbuds that (I guess) most of us start with.   It was a nice surprise to listen to music with them at first - going through that process of re-discovering music again - now I can't listen to music on anything less, certainly can't bring myself to listen on the iPod ear-buds again.   I drive these from an Aune MKii which in turn is fed via digital coax from a RealTek 888 running iTunes with lossless AAC or 320kbps MP3 files. I also have occasionally used them with an iPhone 4 and a 4S, both seem to drive them well, though the...
(read more)
Head-Fi.org › Head Gear › Headphones › Over-Ear › Grado SR325is Headphones › Grado SR325is Headphones Reviews