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Grado SR80i vs Audio Technica ATH-M50

post #1 of 39
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Alright guys, I've been on this site all day and I'm still debating over these two headphones I mentioned in the title.

Which one is better since I have no way of sampling either of these headphones. I like the look of both of them and I really want to lean towards the Grados but from what I hear this is my major problem,

 

EVEN AT FULL VOLUME I COULD STILL HEAR MY SURROUNDINGS!!!!

 

Well besides that I mean I blare my music at full volume so IDC if people around me hear my music, they can suck it up. But my concern is, with the Grados, will I be able to hear them even if I blare my music at full volume because I know they are open back and Im gonna wear these at school a lot so im curious.

 

SOMEONE please help me out?

 

Thank you!! :D

post #2 of 39

Yes. With Grados you will still be able to hear your surroundings even when you're close to ear-bleeding volumes. 

 

Even the M50s at high volume won't keep out ALL sound from your surroundings (no headphone in the world can do this or ever will), but it will do a much better job of it. 

post #3 of 39

Heya,

 

Instead, look at these headphone for your needs:

 

Ultrasone HFI 780

AKG K167

 

Very best,

post #4 of 39
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

Heya,

 

Instead, look at these headphone for your needs:

 

Ultrasone HFI 780

AKG K167

 

Very best,

I only have arond 130 dollars to spend. Will these headphones block out noise at full volume and also do they sound good with metal music?

post #5 of 39

It is not possible to isolate outside noise effectively with an open headphone like the Grados. The M-50 CAN block out sound, but not as much IEMs or noise isolating headphones can. From my experience, the M-50's sound really weak without an amp if you play music using an Android phone or an iPod. To me at least.

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Originally Posted by AdamskaPrice View Post

It is not possible to isolate outside noise effectively with an open headphone like the Grados. The M-50 CAN block out sound, but not as much IEMs or noise isolating headphones can. From my experience, the M-50's sound really weak without an amp if you play music using an Android phone or an iPod. To me at least.

Well when I say isolate noise, I mean like if I have them on and im not playing music I could care less if I hear the outside noise but Im just curious that if i'm wearing these in school where there are a lot of people, even if i crank my ipod to the max volume with the grados, am I still gonna hear everyone else?

post #7 of 39
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Yes. With Grados you will still be able to hear your surroundings even when you're close to ear-bleeding volumes. 

Ahem.

post #8 of 39
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Ahem.

I just find it hard to believe that at full volume, me listening to some metal music I'd still be able to hear someone talking when the music is up all the way.

post #9 of 39
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I just find it hard to believe that at full volume, me listening to some metal music I'd still be able to hear someone talking when the music is up all the way.

I totally understand that point of view, but to be frank, you won't be using the SR80i at full volume because your ears will hurt. Grado's  just have too much sound pressure in the treble and it REALLY hurts at high volume. 
Most Grado owners have found that they sound brilliant at lower volumes, and a lot of other brands don't.

 

That said, I used to wear SR60i on public transport and no amount of volume keeps the sound out. They're probably the most open headphones around.

post #10 of 39
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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post

I totally understand that point of view, but to be frank, you won't be using the SR80i at full volume because your ears will hurt. Grado's  just have too much sound pressure in the treble and it REALLY hurts at high volume. 
Most Grado owners have found that they sound brilliant at lower volumes, and a lot of other brands don't.

 

That said, I used to wear SR60i on public transport and no amount of volume keeps the sound out. They're probably the most open headphones around.

To be brutally honest, I like listening to music all the way up no matter what in most occasions. It may hurt and maybe I won't go all the way up but are you saying that these headphones are bad and won't perform well? I mean I have skullcandy supreme sound heshs and everyone tells me that the grados sr80i's are so much better then they are and im new to headphones. I only have like 120 max to spend. When I got the grados i was also going to buy L cushions to make them over the ear headphones. But idk. I need guidance. I have no way of testing other headphones either. All ive heard are beats and skullcandy. I like beats for the bass but not for the kind of music i really love(metal) and people say grados are amazing for metal.

post #11 of 39
I remember the first time I ever heard my sr60i's I couldn't believe what I had heard. With them being my first headphone in a step to audiophilism ( if that's even a word) I was absolutely blown away. Sadly a wire on my grados got a tear. Also, to mention, like said before the grados leak so much that anyone in the same room will hear your music almost as clearly as you do. That's what come to expect when buying an open headphone. Anyways, it all comes down to what you want the headphones for.
post #12 of 39

absolutely chose grados for metal, who care about outsize at full volume L3000.gif

but you can choice SR 60 and save money to upgrade to SR 225, the SR60i is little different from 80i, but the 225i very different from 80i (more soundstage, image...)

i can say SR225 is the best headphone for metal L3000.gif

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absolutely chose grados for metal, who care about outsize at full volume L3000.gif

but you can choice SR 60 and save money to upgrade to SR 225, the SR60i is little different from 80i, but the 225i very different from 80i (more soundstage, image...)

i can say SR225 is the best headphone for metal L3000.gif

Well I don't have a really good way of saving money until I get a job so I have to settle for other headphones in the meantime, so it comes down to this, 80i or 60i(might I add that im gonna buy the G cushion to make them over the ear headphones), so which one is better and why?

post #14 of 39
The 80i and 60i sounded very similar in my experience. I did notice that there's a bit better bass response on the sr80i's
post #15 of 39
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The 80i and 60i sounded very similar in my experience. I did notice that there's a bit better bass response on the sr80i.

So what you're saying is that the bass kicks more on the 80i?

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