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Over-Ear item created by , May 5, 2010
Pros - Full of enery
Cons - Looks like a 30 dollar headphone
For the first few months every time I use my ears hurt because of the ear pads are really uncomfortable. But I still listen to them because they sound really good.
I always listened to rock, edm, and pop music. These types of music perform very well with the Sr325is.
Pros - very detailed clear sound
Cons - harsh and bright. if you mix with these, you'll think your music sounds grating.
The harsh brightness also removes some of the depth and dimensional space you'd expect from Grado headphones. I'm sending 'em back and buying the reference 2 for 499. If those are similar fatiguing and unwearable for more than an hour, then it's back to my BeyerDynamic 880's for me.
Pros - The most open I have listened to, Energetic Fast Attacking, Mids, Detail,
Cons - Comfort, Treble response, sub-bass is lacking on some recordings
The sound on these is absolutely stunning directly through the headphone jack. It may or may not benifit from an amp, all I know is that I have spent about 30-40 hours listening to Pink Floyd like a complete fool. Over, And over again, So I can tell you these headphones sound really, really, good. Initially, the treble was a bit harsh but since I like listening to music at low to moderate levels the sibilance really is not to a (Headache-like) level. I don't care what anyone here on HEAD-FI says, These are some worthy cans.
Now is this going to play skrillex without being harsh?
Absolutely not, The treble is too strong for electronic music. I will say however, Slightly more moderate electronic music related genres like Trip Hop and Acid Jazz (Flying Lotus, Massive Attack,) sound absolutely stunning. On the soundtrack "me Yesterday//Corded" by Flying Lotus I could have sworn the paino was playing right next to me and that the vocals were placed infront of me. The bass was very pleasing and controlled without muffling vocals and the soundstage was well seperated.
Is this a bass-head can?
Not really, But the bass behaves very well during good recordings. It is, however, lacking sub bass but most open cans are not very good in that department un-amped anyways. For being un-amped you really can't ask for more ha ha.
Will this satisfy my audiophile needs ?
I don't know man are you picky about sibilance?
Can I use this as a studio monitor?
It's treble is elevated by about 5db, why would you want something that someone else is not hearing? I also notice the grado boosts some frequencies for general music enjoyment so no.
All in All 4.5 because (Bad Comfort )
Pros - With high quality music files can sound like live performance, Energetic, Fast Attacking, Warm mid-section
Cons - Very bright headphone, Does not dig very deep, Smaller soundstage than most @ Price range, COMFORT BLO
-Sennhieser HD 558 (Modded)
Of all, IMHO I find them the MOST detailed.I feel like i'm in a live performance in the front row seat especailly with .dsf or flac files. They are bright but after about a month of listening you do get used to it (I don't believe in burn in).
I would give this a 5 if it didnt torture me everytime i wear it xD... and if the bass would dig a little deeper.
Overall these are beautiful sounding and i personally enjoy bright headphones more than dark ones. (But that's just "ME",)
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Pros - Everything (see below)
Cons - None that I can think of
Ok, this is my first review. However, I feel that my opinion matters as much as anyone elses. I'll start from the beginning. I have been creeping in here for quite a while and soaking up as much info as I can. I am not an audiophile, really just a person that enjoys music a lot and its a part of me. I decided a while back that I wanted to roll with Grado because the genre of music I prefer, old metal head with some punk and classic rock thrown in.
Road block one, I am currently deployed USAF. Not a lot of companies will ship to an APO and where I am at, to include 4OurEar's. I e-mailed them and started a on-going dialog with Richard Grado. Great guy! Even though they do not ship to APO addresses, he worked with me and placed my order over the phone. What a class act!
I will be honest, thats a lot of jack to sling without listening to them first. My mind set was, nothing can butcher Van Halen 1 like Dre Beats did. They sell them by the truck loads here. Just not my thing.
They finally arrived, after a about a week and a half. The first chance I got, I popped the jack into my iPod Classic. Holy Smokes!!!! These are exactly what I was after. I scrolled through a few tracks, Nothingface Lipsdick, AC/DC TnT, Perfect Circle Passive....etc. I would have to say that everything is very clean sounding and extremely detailed. The kick drums were clean and tight, great mids and highs. All of this with meh quality music. I have a X3 on the way for my FLAC. This will be strictly for home use when I rotate back to the US.
For the money, I am very happy with my purchase. The design, very retro but cool at the same time. Sound...best things I have ever strapped to my nugget.
I wanted to go into comfort a bit and why I rated it so high. I have worn David Clark headsets for hours on end during aircraft engine runs. Those are considered GOLD if you have them. At the same time I have worn Crapco headsets. I never put any thought into comfort. It was more about protecting my hearing and communicating with run personnel or the tower. I popped my 325's on and barely notice they are there. To me they are light and comfortable. The cord is thick but I am fine with that.
I cant wait to hear them with high quality music.
Pros - Bright, lively, good separation of ranges.
Cons - Uncomfortable pads and headband, design flaw on cup holder, heavy.
When I first got these the sound was rather tinny, but over the initial 50 hours they really, really opened up and grew to have a very natural sound. I have them paired with an HRT MS2+ and a Schiit Asgard, which is apparently a good match for Grados. That sound became more warm and round when I switched out the normal pads for quarter-cut softies. I did lose some soundstage with that, but the tradeoff for a more natural and full sound is totally worth it and it also took some sibilance out of the highs so they are very sweet.
Overall, after doing this, I truly love the sound. Every now and then I want a bit more punch, a bit more depth, and a bit more clarity to the bass, but I realize then those are just moments when I'm in the mood for a closed can. I'm looking at some Denons for that and won't count it as a weakness for these. Everything they ought to be and are intended to be in terms of sound, they are. And that, if it were where things ended, would be a really good value for the price.
Unfortunately, that's not where it ends. There are some issues upfront and then down the road. First off, I tried getting used to the pads that come with them, but I just couldn't. They were rough and rested on my ear too hard and made them hurt, so I got some softies and quarter-cut them to not change the sound too dramatically. Secondly, the headband was kind of hard and would start to hurt the top of my head. My head is also not very big so the angle of the cans wasn't really flat. I remedied this by taking the headband pad off my Sennheiser 555s and sticking it right to the underside of these. It worked perfectly and made them comfy, but you shouldn't have to modify two things just to make them comfortable.
But then even after these modifications there are still problems. First off, they are just heavy. The pad took the strain off the top of my head, but it's still on my neck, and I'll really feel it if I am wearing them for a couple hours or so. If I'm playing videogames I don't even bother and just switch to a cheap, lightweight Sony pair. As someone who likes to listen to music for long periods of time while doing work or use quality headphones to watch movies, this is disappointing. Their weight also means that if you're compelled to rock out with your music and swing your head, they're likely to fly right off. It didn't happen to me, but it easily could if you didn't feel it coming.
The cords from the Y splitter to the cans don't seem properly aligned, so even if you try to make it as natural as possible, it still seems twisted. This may be different for each pair depending on how they attach them, but at least for my pair it means the cord is always trying to get twisted up, and doesn't naturally hang, but rather sometimes crosses under my chin. I'm not sure if this causes wear on the cord, but it might contribute to a much greater issue in how the headband attaches.
The metal cup has holes in the side where a plastic half-circle attaches so that it can have some tilting adjustment range, then this plastic band has a metal bar that is screwed into it, which can slide up and down through the headband piece for vertical adjustment. For some reason, the grooves on this metal bar aren't very horizontal, so it's not too inclined to stay in the plastic forever. Somehow, between the turning of the cans, the stress of the weight of the cans, the angle and pressure from taking them off and putting them on, this metal bar wiggles out and from then on it's very loose.
I got around it by using superglue before fitting it back in and letting that dry, but over time another expected issue came up... the plastic cracked. Even though I saw it coming and tried to always put them on by holding the L & R parts of the headband rather than the cups, just the strain of gripping my head or whatever else is involved with normal use led the plastic to crack. What else is expected when you put a thin metal bar through a small hole in a plastic frame? It doesn't even go all the way through, so any tension on that bar goes right to the tip and works like a crowbar.
I've looked around and this has happened to other people as well. I'm using superglue again to fill in the crack as well as to get the bar to stick back in, but I don't expect that to hold up forever so I'm considering possible ways I could lessen the pressure that occurs there or some permanent headband modification options. No matter what solution I end up with, this just isn't what you expect after you pay $300 for a product. The issue could have easily been avoided if they simply made the middle piece out of metal.
In conclusion, I really love their sound and would recommend hearing them or getting them for cheap, but I can't give a full endorsement because they need some "fixing" in terms of comfort and you'll have to be really, really careful with them if you want them to hold up.
Pros - Sound quality
Cons - Ergononics
These were my first pair of good headphones, having previously only had Shure E2C in-ear phones that were anything better than the usual iPod earbuds that (I guess) most of us start with.
It was a nice surprise to listen to music with them at first - going through that process of re-discovering music again - now I can't listen to music on anything less, certainly can't bring myself to listen on the iPod ear-buds again.
I drive these from an Aune MKii which in turn is fed via digital coax from a RealTek 888 running iTunes with lossless AAC or 320kbps MP3 files. I also have occasionally used them with an iPhone 4 and a 4S, both seem to drive them well, though the volume can be a little lacking the quality of audio is nearly on-par with the Aune.
My frame of reference is the Shure E2C's and a pair of Beyerdynamic DT1350's I recently acquired. The Grado's are nicer to listen to than the Beyerdynamics. This is very subjective I think, but the Grado's sound is warmer with more bass and I can pick out the detail more crisply.
The downside to the Grado's is the ergonomics - I have a small head and they just about fit, they feel very old fashioned in their design and manufacture. Being open they're not the sort of cans you'd wear outside of the house anyway (I'm sat at my desk when listening with them, so this isn't an issue).
Buy them for their sound quality and their retro looks. The sound won't disappoint and they feel like they'll last forever.
Pros - Musicality, Emotion, Heart and Soul
Cons - Great with SOME types of music and mediocre with others , HEAVY and hardly portable, wire management is a dilemma
Hi everyone, Just wanted to give my two cents re: the Grado 325is!
I was on a head-fi poison hiatus for a while because I thought I'd already spent too much on this hobby by acquiring a high end IEM (JH16 Pro) and a good PMP (Cowon J3 - which I unfortunately lost). In the case of IEMs, I think I already achieved audio nirvana, but then this itch of wanting to try what full-sized cans could offer was always bothering me.
I knew I didn't want "brand name" cans like Senns, AKGs or ATHs (though their cans are very good). I wanted to try something more alternative and "organic" and I found it in the Grados. Alternative because it isn't normally sold in outlets here (except 1), and organic because most of it is hand assembled.
(note: fresh out of the box with only 4 hours burn-in)
I knew from the moment I got the 325is that they wouldn't be as detailed as the top-tier IEMs but this was one "risk" I was willing to take to scratch my headcan itch.
I was ALMOST right when I said that they wouldn't be as detailed. This is because I think, just as all the reviews say, that the 325is are a mid-focused can. To my ears the vocal qualities(mids) emerge beautifully while some instrumentation, particularly in rock, are sacrificed.
This headcan shines most when jazz, acapella, acoustic, and show tunes are played. Not to say that other genres don't play well with these cans, it's just that I think they pair better with mid focused recordings.
An example would be Queen's iconic We Will Rock You.
Some details like the "ugh" word ( at 0:02) ,that you would normally hear quite clearly can't be heard on the 325is. A reason behind this might be that the bass drum and footsteps of the iconic beat mask that particular part of the song.
My favorite tracks to listen to here are those by Frank Sinatra and Linda Ronstadt. They are perfect vocal complements for this can. Their vocal styles and song arrangements are mid heavy, and the main feature of their recordings isn't on intricate arrangements or heavy background music, but their very own voices.
I wouldn't want to go on specifics about the highs (which some say are sibilant), or the bass (which some say are inadequate), but to make the long story short, to me they are adequate DEPENDING on the type of recording you are listening to.
My first foray into the world of full-sized cans has been a good experience. The 325is though sacrificing a little detail has, dare I say, a distinct advantage over the JH16 pros in terms of SOUL and musicality.
I would use the IEMs for sound engineering but I would gladly use the 325is for audio bliss and enjoyment.
It provides soul food to ears that are starving for blissful music.
And it scratched my itch.
Pros - Good looking, great sound
Cons - Cord is thick and could be a meter longer, lacks low frequency bass
One of the greatest rock cans ever made. Highly recommended.