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Grado Sr80i Review

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Its been about say, 3 or 2 months past since the initial purchase of my Grado Sr80i's and i SHOULD be about over 100 Hours of Burn in. I've decided to put my thoughts on Arial font. So here we go, but heres some nice Pics to get this somewhat long review started.

Grado SR80i

Price: Suggested price: 99$.

Design Type: Open-back, Superaural.

Included in the box: Headphones, Foam, Warranty Paper, the Plug-on adapter.

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So Before i get into the Good info, i have to save the best bits for last! Heres some info on

Design, Appearance, Aesthetics:

At First glance, it was love at first sight with my eyes venturing into Pictures of Grado Headphones online. and Now that i get my hands on my very first pair of Grado headphones! I am very pleased to see them!

The Silver Etchings, Plastic Cups w/ Grilles, the Gimbals, The Rodblocks, Oh the pleather headband OH! I dont see how one would dislike such a Vintage look, as they do have the Vintage look either you Like or not. To me they look Vintage, Classic, and oh so Classy! Even Though they dont sport the sharp lines of a Sennheiser, the curvature of an AKG, or the Street Schwiggy looks of Dr. Dre's popular Beats headphones. Teens or Kids may not love how they look, but Never Judge a book by its cover!

Comfort:

Thanks to Grado's C-Cush Pads(Comfies) it adds better comfort to the Existing SR80i. The Headband isnt Padded, and the Clamping force.. I have a Slightly over 22 inch noggin, and the Clamping force just fits right for me, its not too tight or loose, just right. Of Course with every Grado Warranty paper that SHOULD be in your Grado Pizza-box, Does tell you "If your Headphones fit too tight" you can stretch the headband ever so slightly to help relieve some pressure on your bigger heads. in Summary, Comfort is Sub-par Decent, but i cant find myself wearing these for over 2 hours without relief.

Isolation, and Leakage:

As you already know and see, They are open-back headphones, and Many Open-back headphones DO leak sound in.

These in particular, well, you can hear almost EVERY outside noise depending where your listening session is at. But of course you DONT have to be in dead-silence to be able to enjoy these, you just have to find yourself lowering the volume in louder areas. because DO NOT blast your music with Grado sr80i's as much as John Grado Cherishes his Great Ears. He wishes for you to listen at a considerable volume to save your hearing "Cherish it, Preserve it".

And as much of you that should know with open-backs, As much sound as it lets in, Sound can also leak OUT. Yes the Grado SR80i do inevitably leak sound, so that person sitting next to you on the bus, might get distracted of your favorite playlist of Rick Astley...

Packaging:

Now, in my opinion, Packaging is one of the very important aspects to selling a product. And Grado does it best in seemingly keeping costs minimum and offering great-looking simplistic design.

Its Packaging to me is great to keep. Mostly called here "Grado Pizza Boxes" just cut the tape, flip open the flap, and there you see your shiny pair of Grado's in foam to subconsciously say "Let me speak the music you love"

I like the packaging, even though its a minor, mostly overlooked aspect when it comes to headphones and products i buy.

I like its simplistic design, a flip over flap box design with a little window to have a little peek to whats inside. Showing a earcup with the silver etching of "The Prestige Series", "Sr80i" ,and "Gradolabs".

 

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Portability:

No, these dont fold, they dont transform. Even though there are some 3rd party manufacter'ers creating External Cases for Grado Headphones specially, They arent the most portable headphones in the world. As they do have a Thick, somewhat long, and pretty heavy cable. Dont forget the wringing and the kinking of the cable, Portability is not the best thing with these, of course for me it doesnt affect me!

General Specs:(Information provided by Headroom, Gradolabs):

Impendence: 32 Ohms (Very Easy To Drive!)

Freq Response: 20-20

Sensitivity: 98dB

Cord Length: 7ft

Weight: 4.6oz

4 Conductor Cable, its a really thick cable.. and pretty heavy too.

Superaural(earpad) design.

Price: MSRP 99$

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With That said, i hope i didnt forget any important points to address.

Now for some Opinions on Sound!

Keep in mind, im not too fond of "Audiophile Linguistics" and i will try my best to give a general idea of my listening experience.. so bear with me..

 

These headphones are really easy to Drive, being said to have an impendence of 32Ohms, can be EASILY driven from the power of your iPod, iPhone, iPad, iSource, Walkman, or any Audio Source.

Do They need amping? Even though, its predecessor the Sr60i does not require amping.

The sr80i's do improve a bit on Amping.

Personal Info Before i address my points

Source: iPod Classic 5.5gen 30gb(iPod Video)

Environment: Room, Silent Living Room.

Amp: no amp...

Preferred Genre: Anything but Latino or Country..

 

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Highs:

In this case mostly the Treble, some may find these headphones to be too bright, the Trebles to be shrilling and fatiguing. I for me do not find it in any way fatiguing at all, These are indeed a Bright, Fun sounding headphone.

Mids:

These headphones are really focused on Midrange, not only that it provides lots of Clarity, Crispy-Clear airy sound. Not just that, being told that They are headphones great for Rock music, they indeed are. The Guitars sound upfront and lively, Drums as well, I also find them Reproducing Female vocals very well, in a very lush clean tone. It really brings out Fergie's voice in "My Humps- Black Eyed Peas". Brass instruments also sound more upfront as well. I makes Trumpets really pop out in my favorite 40's tracks of Boogie Man- Sid Philipps, and Fox Boogie- Gerhard Trede.

Lows, Bass:

Speaking primarily Bass, They are not in any way Disappointing, unless your a Bass craving Basshead.. They are very defined and controlled. In this case they have a good amount of "Quality" bass. They DO not sound lacking in any way.

Not being too much of a basshead, The quality bass really fits for me. Perhaps listen to Intergalatic-Beastie Boys or some Rap songs, and you'll see that they arent lacking bass in any way. Its more Qualitative than Quantitative.

Personal Thoughts, Opinions:

At First impression, it was okay, as upgrading from Koss Portapros which i still do love and own, I was somewhat impressed, though i had no doubts. I knew the experience was going to get better as i listen more and more.

I Like the Grado House sound, as much as the other person. Being handmade in Brooklyn, New York, USA they have alot of character to them, having to slip them inbetween my ears and indulging myself into the music is just a feeling thats just plain great. I am very satisfied with my purchase, plus being very budget friendly. For 99$ this is definitely worth the price to pay for such great sound quality! Though i do wish they would add at least something short of "Made in Brooklyn, NY, USA" I know its just something small to ask for, but to add SOME credibility to those who are non-audiophiles to actually know, that THIS is made in the USA.

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^Not my Picture, just a picture of an adorable Pug with (i know its wrong) Grado SR60's(non-i)

post #2 of 6

Wait until you move up the ladder to some of the higher-end Grados. If you are a Grado fan, you'll love the ride that's to come. I am in love with my SR325's and can't wait until I have the extra cash to throw down on some woodies.

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Originally Posted by ArmAndHammer View Post

Wait until you move up the ladder to some of the higher-end Grados. If you are a Grado fan, you'll love the ride that's to come. I am in love with my SR325's and can't wait until I have the extra cash to throw down on some woodies.

 

I liked the MS2i (SR325 cousin) better than the MS-Pro (RS1i cousin) with quarter modded HD414 pads. Personal preference, also step up in SQ is too low between these models to justify more than twice the price for me.

post #4 of 6

Why is that so, I love my MS2i so much so that I am thinking to invest in a MSPro.

Can you share your experience since you have both of them?

post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by ProjectDenz View Post

 

I liked the MS2i (SR325 cousin) better than the MS-Pro (RS1i cousin) with quarter modded HD414 pads. Personal preference, also step up in SQ is too low between these models to justify more than twice the price for me.

I don't do Alessandros so I can't comment other than the one pair I owned (MS1) were the worst pair of headphones I've ever had the painful displeasure of having on my head. I will say though that the difference between a Grado SR325 and RS2 is great enough for me to pay the price. The difference between the RS1 and RS2 is very slight to me, almost imperceptible and definitely not worth the difference in cost.

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Can you recommend me a headphone equal or better than sr80i except for ms1 because they're not available in my country. I'm not pulling the trigger on Grado sr80i yet because I'm concerned about it's versatility, and I enjoy a lot of music genre except rap and R&B. Unless someone would tell me it's versatile enough for other genres other than rock and metal.  Max $100, preferably doesn't need an amp unless it will not go over my budget too much and not bass oriented. Thanks.


Edited by lisagorbin - 11/13/13 at 8:41am
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