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SR60i for rock? Hmm.

A Review On: Grado SR60i Headphones

Grado SR60i Headphones

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koolkat
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Pros: Light, supra-aural, retro design, thick cable.

Cons: Y link is a little flimsy, not as comfortable as some other headphones I've tried, namely Sennheisers.

I got these from a local shop for SGD120, about USD99.

 

Rewritten the whole review.

 

 

First impressions: These headphones are meh. A little overrated, doesn't carry bass very well.

Current impressions: Great headphones for dynamic rock with lots of guitar, drums and forward vocals.

 

I have modded my Grado SR60i a little. I had the plastic grill and button removed, a painstaking task, but well worth the time and effort. I have quarter-modded the comfies that the stock SR60 comes with and I have also removed the white cloth that covers the driver protectors.

 

Also poked 2 holes on each cup to increase the bass.

 

Some pics to illustrate my point

 

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Q-mod with cloth removed.

 

By cutting the bit of foam off the comfies and removing the bit

of white cloth that covers the driver protector, I've made the drivers

slightly more prone to dirt, dust and hair

 

but

 

since there's less material between the driver and your ears, music

sounds a little cleaner and brighter overall.

 

 

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Grill and button removed. Grado ring missing on the right.

 

Anything that covers the opening is an obstruction to the airflow.

If you cup your hands over the chamber opening, music sounds

a little trapped and muffled.

 

So I removed the grill and button. There's not a huge difference in

sound but every little change can make you go from liking your

Grados to loving them.

 

End result: Less obstruction - clearer sound.

 

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Two holes poked.

 

SR60s aren't really known for being bassy. They can produce

that little thump, but they're far from being bass monsters.

 

I've always thought that poking holes in there would cause 

an increase in bass quantity which would screw up the other

frequencies but I decided to poke one on each side just for

the lulz.

 

While it did tame the other frequencies a little (imo), it didn't

make the overall sound too muddy. The SR60 still sounds

a little harsh on some songs but poking the holes gave music

a little more body.

 

All this is very subjective, what works for me might not work for

you, vice versa. Out of curiosity, I poked another hole in each of 

the cups, so that's 2 holes each.

 

At first I thought the music sounded a little muddy and congested,

but nope. I feel that 2 holes is the sweet spot for me. But to be fair,

my FiiO E7 separated the musical instruments better than my onboard

sound card.

 

Without the E7, music sounded a little bloated and congested. 

For those with a poor onboard sound, then an amp/dac like the E7

will really make the SR60s shine.

 

Comfort

 

Comfort is still an issue. Clamping force out of the box is straight up

overpowered. I couldn't wear the SR60 for more than an hour straight.

 

A couple of guys suggested that I stretch out the headband since the

metal is quite ductile. That helped. The comfies pads are made of 

some low quality material that's quite uncomfortable.

 

It looks good alright, but I prefer the Senn HD414 pads for comfort.

Right now I can wear the SR60 on my head for 2 - 3 hours at a time.

They still hurt a little, but nothing too unbearable.

 

 

Burn-in

 

I'm not a true believer of burn-in. 

 

Comfort improved over time but I haven't had the Grados long enough to see if the headphones suddenly turn magical. Bought this roughly a month ago.

 

All in all

 

Great for alt. rock and indie stuff.

They're worth the price. Definitely.

 

 

 

Some song recommendations

 

The Killers - This River is Wild (Sam's Town)

The Killers - All These Things That I've Done (Hot Fuss)

Blue October - Into the Ocean 

 

 

3 Comments:

I own the Alessandro MS1 which is a lot like these and I feel they are great for rock and metal. But surprisingly I like my laid back Shure SRH840 more for metal. Perhaps I am not the norm.
Imo, it depends on the type of rock you're listening to. I find these great for bands like Panic at the Disco, where the bass really isn't prominent, but for Red Hot Chilli Peppers, I'd definitely go for my HD438s.
Yeah, laid back headphones are better for certain kind of metal (i.e. most of the kinds I enjoy) IMHO.
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