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post #1 of 13
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I'm fairly new to being an audiophile, and I'm looking forward to doing so.

I'm gonna get a pair of Grado SR-80i's. I listen to a lot of metal and I'm on a tight budget.
I don't have any amps, I mainly use my phone for music, and sometimes my laptop.
I've used Beats (aaaand, they suck.) I thought I would get a premium product, but they sounded like crap.
Would my phone be able to handle the Grados just fine?
How about my laptop? It sounds okay'ish on the laptop, but better on my phone.

What other headphones would you recommend for $100?
Would the Grados be worth using on my phone? (I use an iPhone 5)


Thanks.
post #2 of 13

It doesn't need an amp to sound good, but like everything will sound a better amped.

 

Pros: colored treble which makes guitar sound great and cymbals sound good, relatively clear

 

Cons: no isolation, a lot of leakage, uncomfortable headband that you can replace, bass roll off, small soundstage

 

It's my second favorite for metal after 225i, so I don't recommend something else.

 

I absolutely recommend buying an aftermarket headband.

 

You might also like L-cushions. I think they sound better with metal, but I find them uncomfortable so not for me. 

post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

It doesn't need an amp to sound good, but like everything will sound a better amped.

Pros: colored treble which makes guitar sound great and cymbals sound good, relatively clear

Cons: no isolation, a lot of leakage, uncomfortable headband that you can replace, bass roll off, small soundstage

It's my second favorite for metal after 225i, so I don't recommend something else.

I absolutely recommend buying an aftermarket headband.

You might also like L-cushions. I think they sound better with metal, but I find them uncomfortable so not for me. 

I see. I have a relatively small head. I am a 12 year old kid so, would the comfort affect me?
post #4 of 13
I love my Grados. At first the headband and the earpads were uncomfortable. The earpads were kind of scratchy. But after a month of use, they've softened up and no longer bother me. If you like a bass heavy sound, look for something other than the Grados.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by 2001Audiophile View Post

I see. I have a relatively small head. I am a 12 year old kid so, would the comfort affect me?

 

The comfort problem isn't based on size. The headband is a thin strip of metal covered by a removable thin piece of plastic. The metal hurts your head because the plastic is thin. I bought a leather one from Turbulent Labs. But you can find a cheaper alternative. I saw something made of pleather that snaps on and would probably work fine.

post #6 of 13

The 80's are a great intro into this crazy hobby.  Very punchy with lots of PRaT ( pace, rhythm and attack ) , great for Rock and so on.  Quite detailed and offer a great value still in the world of headphone audio.

 

Warning however this may be your "gateway" into the world of higher end headphones.  Give them some time to burn in and enjoy. 

 

Take good care of them.  Almost forgot,  they should play nice with the iphone.


Edited by Mortalcoil - 4/22/14 at 4:48pm
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by 2001Audiophile View Post

I'm fairly new to being an audiophile, and I'm looking forward to doing so.

I'm gonna get a pair of Grado SR-80i's. I listen to a lot of metal and I'm on a tight budget.
I don't have any amps, I mainly use my phone for music, and sometimes my laptop.
I've used Beats (aaaand, they suck.) I thought I would get a premium product, but they sounded like crap.
Would my phone be able to handle the Grados just fine?
How about my laptop? It sounds okay'ish on the laptop, but better on my phone.

What other headphones would you recommend for $100?
Would the Grados be worth using on my phone? (I use an iPhone 5)


Thanks.


Get the SR80i......great headphones....don't worry about the headband....it was fine for me....might be fine for you also......great headphones for $99

post #8 of 13

Great cans.

The 60/80i sound great straight out of my macbook pro and iPhone.

I have not had any problems with the headband on my SR60i, and I shave my head bald.

You might have issues with the foam bowl pads.  If your ears are too small to properly support the foam bowl edge, your ear may end up resting on the cheese cloth.  I imagine that would be a little uncomfortable.  You might want to consider the 60i instead with its comfy pads.

 

Good Luck!!

post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post
 

Great cans.

The 60/80i sound great straight out of my macbook pro and iPhone.

I have not had any problems with the headband on my SR60i, and I shave my head bald.

You might have issues with the foam bowl pads.  If your ears are too small to properly support the foam bowl edge, your ear may end up resting on the cheese cloth.  I imagine that would be a little uncomfortable.  You might want to consider the 60i instead with its comfy pads.

 

Good Luck!!

 

Just a footnote: this won't be a problem because Grado stopped selling 80i with L-cushions; they now sell it with S-cushions instead. (Some who have small ears actually prefer L-cushions more than other owners with big ears because it's more circumaural.)

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post
 

Great cans.

The 60/80i sound great straight out of my macbook pro and iPhone.

I have not had any problems with the headband on my SR60i, and I shave my head bald.

You might have issues with the foam bowl pads.  If your ears are too small to properly support the foam bowl edge, your ear may end up resting on the cheese cloth.  I imagine that would be a little uncomfortable.  You might want to consider the 60i instead with its comfy pads.

 

Good Luck!!


Hey kramer5150,

 

Seems like its been a while since seeing you on HF.  Welcome back if that's the case :beerchug:

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Mortalcoil View Post
 


Hey kramer5150,

 

Seems like its been a while since seeing you on HF.  Welcome back if that's the case :beerchug:

Yeah getting back into it here and there... still enjoying the tunes!!  As you can see I'm a bit out-dated on my Grado-fi.

 

Most recent purchase was an SR60i, great cans!!  This is the third time owning the 60 model...  this ones a keeper though.  Thanks for the warm welcome!!

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post
 

Yeah getting back into it here and there... still enjoying the tunes!!  As you can see I'm a bit out-dated on my Grado-fi.

 

Most recent purchase was an SR60i, great cans!!  This is the third time owning the 60 model...  this ones a keeper though.  Thanks for the warm welcome!!


Anytime .... Probably lots to catch up on,  the wallet can only get lighter .... Cheers

 

PS: The "Kramer mod" is still mentioned a fair amount and holding its own.


Edited by Mortalcoil - 4/22/14 at 10:09pm
post #13 of 13

Can't speak for the SR80, but I have the SR60 and they are one of the most fun to listen to headphones I've used. (The SR60 and SR80 are very similar in sound, so I read).

 

Had no issues with the headband. Beyerdynamic sells a nice replacement headband for their DT880 and similar that will fit the Grado if you want that.

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