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Grado SR80i Headphones Reviews

Positive Reviews


Greastest headphones a cheap man can buy


Pros: Amazing Audio, great cord, basic design

Cons: Swiveling headphones, headband, earpads, the cable connections

Buying these, changed the way I listen to music   I HATE THESE HEADPHONES, THEY TURNED ME INTO A AUDIOPHILE they taught me that there is more to music, then what I was listening to   Before, on my Senn HD 201s, I could hear the music These, make me listen to the music   I hear sounds and tones that before, I didn't know existed in the music the sound stage is wide and amazing   Cover one side of the open phones and the music cuffs out. because of their design, they leak sound I don't care about leaking   The headphones swivel, not a big deal, but they can twist the cord. The left and right headphone cords are squishy, with padding...
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Negative Reviews


Meh. Over-rated.


Pros: Great sound quality for the on-ear sort of headphones

Cons: not good for public use

Interesting headphones.    As I first opened the box I was thinking that there may have been a mistake because they looked like they had come from a 99cent store. The plastic material on them is somewhat similar to what you see on cheap toys - believe me, I'm not being dramatic.  The build on them is really good tho; they are light-weight and not flimsy at all. I did not like the ear pads at all. One reason is simply because the foam makes them look cheaper then they already seem. Another reason is that the foam pads look thick from a side view but that's just designed to hide the plastic casing. So your ears don't really sink into the padding as you might imagine. I...
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More Reviews


Ligeros, cómodos, lindo diseño


Pros: Comodidad, respuesta en frecuencia, diseño, precio

Cons: Ninguno

Acabo de conseguir estos auriculares para sumarlo a la familia, y la verdad que me ha dejado muy conforme, reciƩn escuche un par de albumes y tienen una respuesta en frecuencia muy agradable, los agudos no son incisivos, los graves son profundos y controlados, y la presencia de frecuencias medias no es exagerada. Yo los recomiendo como todos, he quedado muy satisfecho.

Great Entry Level Sound


Pros: Really musical headphones

Cons: Comfort, fatiguing, congested

I owned these a long time ago so this brief review is written from memory.   The Grado SR80i may be the best rock headphone for the price. The in your face presentation of the sound, the sharp mids and highs and tight bass really brings the listener into the music. The problem is they may be too in your face. They feel as if sound is being injected into your ears while the mids and highs that were once fun are now very bright and causing fatigue. Comfort was an issue for me as well, I had a hard time wearing these for 2+ hours.   I said they were possibly the best rock headphone for the price, but outside of rock music I found these lacking very much. These are rather...
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Damn you, Grado.


Pros: Sounds amazing, cost is nothing, quality is wonderful, value is ridiculous.

Cons: Somewhat uncomfortable for very long listening sessions, leaks noise like a sieve (not really a con, just something to be aware of).

This were my first "real" headphones and now I'm building a Mosfet Mini Max tube amplifier and DAC, buying parts, modding my headphones, etc. All in three short months. These will turn you into an audiophile. The clarity from these are just wonderful. Rich, full mids, wonderful treble response (perhaps too wonderful...at times they can be very bright and tinny, but usually not) and a good low end too. This is, of course, pre-modification. With the drivers vented, new grills, new headband, custom wood cups, G Cushions and the driver cloth removed, these headphone dominate. That's probably one of the coolest things about them, the amount of known mods! These are so much fun to play...
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Great value for a listener who knows what he likes.


Pros: Mighty attack, juicy mids, unsibbilant highs. No need for amping.

Cons: Could get uncomfortable, listening to loud recordings is punished by harshness.

As someone already had stated- the Grado SR80i gets left in the shadow of its less costly sibling- the SR60i. For me the choice was quite easy- I had a hundred bucks to burn for my first serious headphone, so SR80i was the best thing that I got in my sights. I had heard that the SR60i is a great performer and the SR80i should be all that plus more- the choice was easy.   First thing that I liked about them even before listening was the cable- it was nice and thick about the same diameter as a normal AC cable. When I looked at the grills it was apparent that if needed the resoldering should be a breeze. The 1/4 to 1/8 adapter is the most solid I've ever seen- when plugged on it...
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Amazing headphones


Pros: Great sound, price

Cons: none so far

I have been reading about these headphones online for a few days now so I wanted to go take a listen to them unfortunately the closest Grado dealer was an hour away so I took a drive. I tried out the 80i and then the 225i through my own iPhone with apple lossless files and I could hear a teenie tiny difference with the 225i being a little more crisp and spacial but I am talking a very little bit but I don't think its double the price different or better. They both sound awesome. Then I had the guy throw a cd into a 1000 dollar Rotel CD player playing through a 2000 Rotel integrated amp and the difference between the 225i and the 80i was even less than being played with my iPhone they...
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Definitely recommended


Pros: Moderate Cost, excellent sound/price ratio, retro styling, decent build quality

Cons: A little uncomfortable for more than 2 hours listening sessions

First "audiophile" approved heaphones I purchased.  They have introduced me to subtleties in my music I never new existed.  I am now listening to a lot more music than before. From my fiio e7 they are perfectly powered and give just a fantastically rich, detailed sound. For anyone who is wondering what all this audiophile nonsense is about, buy these and get back to me if it really is all nonsense afterall.  I'm sure your opinion will have changed.     I like the retro look, some may not.  Not completely comfortable for long sessions, but not totally uncomfortable either.   They have a much more open soundstage than my Head Direct RE ZEROs. ...
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asn nerd

Grado Labs SR80i


Pros: Great entry level audiophile- quality headphone, cool looks (imo),

Cons: Comfort after using for long periods of time (2hrs+)! Price outside of the US, HEAPS of sound leakage (both in and out)

After using my Sony MDR-XB40EX for a year, I was looking for a pair of high quality on ear headphones for my computer and home use which would be fairly portable as well. However, after testing headphones for a long time and settling on the SR80i's, that last criteria went out of the window. THESE HEADPHONES LEAK COLLOSAL AMOUNTS OF SOUND AND IS DEVOID OF ANY SOUND ISOLATION!   However,  to the lucky owner of these headphones, these cans sound AWESOME (especially in rock and metal)! After breaking the in, I can say without a doubt, that these headphones are better than my Sennheiser CX300ii (although it isn't exactly fair to compare an in ear with an on ear). Although the...
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Very well-rounded


Pros: Presentation

Cons: Comfort

The Grado SR80i presents everything very nicely, almost romantic, you can hear everything, until you start comparing. Its not the most detailed, however it is very transparent. Its  soundstage is not very large although initially it does seem so. Sounds that are supposed  to sound far away, don't. e.g. a choir behind a main singer sounds about the same distance  from you. However these are one of the best deals you can find used. Sometimes there are  treble spikes, but they are rare, the bass is actually pretty nice, but does not extend   fully. Overall I really like these, is does almost everything very well, a great package, but they  are not the best in...
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Unique "Grado" sound. Flimsy build. Uncomfortable after a while. Very open and natural soundstage.


Pros: Very unique mid sound. Great for rock music.

Cons: Not very good for bass heavy genres. Flimsy plastic. Non-removable cables.

  This is my first experience with the "Grado sound" and I think I know why it's popular with rock lovers. The harsh but somehow lush mid sound strips the processed nature from guitar distortion to give it a live amp sound. These are the most unique headphones I've owned sound signature wise.   The non-removable cables are an annoyance. I had the wire connection to the left channel die on me and I had to ship these to another country to have them fixed for 35 Euros. Considering the price was $90, I can't be too fussy about build quality aspects like this but it was still a detraction.    It's also very uncomfortable after a while of use. Very light though. ...
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Spectacular entry-level open headphone!


Pros: Lack of weight, simplicity, ease of driving, looks (hey, I think they're pretty darn retro)

Cons: Smallish soundstage, not a genre master

Grado SR80i     Intro Thingy: I was wondering if I should even review the SR80i because Grado's e series cans came out not too long ago and I was thinking noone would heed my review 'cause the e series is said to be a fairly big improvement over the i. So, instead of writing a review that'd be putting the SR80i in one of those "great can, I suggest everyone go off and buy it" lights, I'm going to write something more along the lines of a tribute and a tip of the hat. So, without further delay, here we go!    Background Crap: Having got back from my uncle's place in Portland Oregon and hearing his Magnepan 1.6 speakers hooked up with two very good subwoofers, I...
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