Grado SR325e

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The Top of the Range Prestige Series Headphone. The new SR325e has a new driver and cable design. The added mass from the metal housing minimizes transient distortions. With the new 8 conductor cable design you will notice superb control and stability of the upper and lower range of the frequency spectrum, with both supporting Grado's world renowned midrange. The SR325e will produce a sound that is pure Grado, with warm harmonic colors, rich full bodied vocals, excellent dynamics, and an ultra-smooth top end.

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Pros: Clear, realistic/lifelike texture, fast PRaT, very open
Cons: Soundstage, Imaging , Build
Sound signature : Bright, Clear, Aggressive, Detailed, Acoustic, Forward, Narrow
Comfort is not an issue if wear the right way - let the ear cup sits entirely ON the ear. It's an on ear headphone.
Good for : Rock, Acoustic, Lives, Vocals, Jazz and anything with real instruments.
Not so good for : Electronic, Pop, Hip hop, Rap and anything with synthetic sound.
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Pros: They do bring emotions
Cons: bass might be better
First of all I like them so much that it is hard for me to be objective. But I’ll try.
sr325e are open “on the ear” dynamic headphones. Top of grado “prestige” line that includes 60, 80, 115, 225 and 325 models. “E” in the name means enhanced (if I’m not mistaken). The cable is very thick and the overall design looks a bit weird. They are handcrafted in brooklyn and the build quality is not always perfect.
The sound. The soundstage and separation is very good. On binaural recordings it is hard to believe that the musicians are not in your room. Seriously. The bass is nice, but not the best. The impact could be better. However it’s not bass that makes them special. It’s mids and highs. They are crystal clear, very upfront, crunchy and aggressive. That is what makes a “grado sound” that is usually either loved or hated. There are a lot of controversies in opinions. Some say that they are for rock only and not enjoyable with jazz or classics, some say that they are not good for electronic music. Some say that they are astonishingly good for everything you throw at them and I agree with this. There are some imperfections in sound (but these are not summit-fi headphones after all). However listening to rock sends shivers down my spine and I just can’t get used to it. They act as an arrogant and aggressive bandit but in a good way. If that makes any sense. The guitar riffs never sound like that (not even close) in any other headphones I tried. The jazz sounds amazing. The saxophone is just like never before.

sr325e are not neutral allrounders. They are just very special. I would recommend trying them for a number of tracks. Led Zeppelin, Guns and Roses, ACDC or anything similar would be a good showcase of what they can do to you. And then you may or may not like them. Actually the model doesn’t matter that much if you would like to understand what “grado sound” is. The signature will be the same even on sr60 that are sold for a fraction of the 325 price.
Pros: Best setup for 60s-70s rock
Cons: Literally nothing
Hello!  Alrighty, so I decided to purchase these specific headphones for a number of reasons. First, I mainly listen to 60's rock (Beatles, Dylan, Creedence, Doors, Hendrix, Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Velvet Underground, Zeppelin, Stones, Pink Floyd) and these suit that music perfectly. The reason is because it is a dynamic type of headphone and no other headphone no matter how sophisticated and high tech can give you the slam, energy, impact, and just raw power of a dynamic headphone. Second Grado is already known for being the best headphones for rock music no matter the headphone. Third Grado has models ranging from about $80 to $1700 but I find these to be the best for rock music, the reasoning is because the plastic models just sound dull, the wooden ones sound too smooth and soft (you want some aggressiveness when you listen to rock) and because of the L-cush pads they bring in a more intimate soundstage as if you are right in front of the band rather than the G-cush which makes it like you are a couple of rows from the stage. I personally love that big bold aggressive sound that is in your face because you just want to crank it up and jam. Ok so now some recommendations, I paired these headphones with the Schiit Magni 2 amp and Modi 2 DAC (which by the way is great because the whole setup is made in USA and the silver tone colors of all three components just make it look so sleek and industrial grade, which by the way they are all built like tanks) and again the reasoning for this is because I find solid state to give more impact, energy, slam and aggressiveness that tubes just cant do as well. This setup is natural and less digital sounding, it is smooth but never soft, and never fatiguing.I highly recommend to break in this setup at a little higher than normal volume overnight for 10 hours a day until you get to 100 hours with the Schiit stack too because it makes the sound way smoother, it is real, absolutely for Grados, maybe not for other headphones but for these, 100% certain. The trebles extends higher but gets smooth, the bass extends deeper and gets tighter and smoother, the midrange gets more vivid and the soundstage opens up more. 
I have the same setup and love it!
Great review and recommendation. :) What's your player/source?


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