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  • Transducer Type: Dynamic
  • Operating Principle: Open Air
  • Frequency Response: 18 - 24,000 hz
  • SPL 1mW: 99.8 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 38 ohms
  • Driver Matched dB: .05 dB


The Sound of Metal​

With its metal housing, the SR325x brings a surgical precision to your music that you won’t find in the rest of the Prestige Series. Better imaging of the space between the instruments paints a clearer picture of your music in their soundstage.

Signature Sound​

Some of the marvels of a Grado driver are the clarity and range, revealing new notes and details in songs heard hundreds of times. With superlative tonal balance, dynamics, imaging, and realism, the SR325x lays out an extremely detailed presentation.


X Series Driver​

4th Generation Grado drivers are here. Specifically tuned for the SR325x, this new speaker design features a more powerful magnetic circuit, a voice coil with decreased effective mass, and a reconfigured diaphragm. Reengineering these components for our 44mm drivers improve efficiency, reduces distortion, and preserves the harmonic integrity of your music.

New Cables & Headband​

Along with the speakers, the cables and headband have been redesigned for the SR325x. Housed in a more durable exterior, the now super annealed copper 8-conductor cable reveals even more of your music with improved purity. The new leather headband features white stitching exclusive to the SR325x in the Prestige Series.


Hand-Built in Brooklyn​

Each SR325x is hand-built by our team in Brooklyn. This headphone goes from workbench to workbench until it’s ready for your ears. We started building on a kitchen table in 1953, and every experience since then has led to the creation of the SR325x.

Latest reviews


New Head-Fier
The all-arounder Grado
Pros: - Mid focused goddess
- Perfect for guitars (especially distorted)
- Lively performance
- Engaging
- Punchy
- Ridiculously fast transients (TOTL in that regard actually)
- Not a treble cannon like older models (X drivers are better)
Cons: - Comfort (surprise, my head hurts after some time)
- Height adjustment build quality
- Sound signature/"Grado feel" still might not be to everyone's liking
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First of all, let me start by saying that if you're basing it off of these so called tier lists and opinions (more like rambling for content) by certain folks in the community and you're new to the hobby, you're probably biased towards not liking not only this particular headphone very much, but any Grado itself. There's a demand for this kind of content and they're supplying it, it's simple. We're full of newcomers and enthusiastic kids who love this kind of content for fanboying/confirmation bias, they will keep parroting everything that these guys say. A lot of newbies and even a considerable amount of other folks take these lists seriously, especially because we're living in an era of "meta this, meta that" mentality and they eventually take this to any hobby, game, etc. Problem is, these folks are immature and treat these lists as if they were a bible, sometimes it's the only reference they have and they're easily manipulated by those opinions. More than anyone, they'll have a tendency to search for, interpret, favor and remember information that confirms their choices and beliefs. Imagine someone who basically listens to Rock, Jazz and older stuff along these lines, then, they see almost everyone trashing Grado as if it was total crap. Most newbies will be totally discouraged to try/buy them, even though Grados could possible be the exact experience that they were looking for. So, if you really wanna know what's up with Grado (more especifically, the newer ones), forget them and let's focus on what matters, actually listening to music.

Now, the SOUND:

The best analogy I can make about the 325x (and almost every other Grado) is that they're the headphone version of being right in front of the stage, they do this pretty well and in their unique Grado way. The older ones were somewhat treble cannons, that's not the case here. Unlike older Grados, the 325x and most of the current lineup are more resolving and balanced, but without losing those magical mids and that Grado feel to it. I think this (and the typical "in your face" presentation) describes the "Grado sound" pretty well, the 325x is no exception to that. Moreover, their soundstage is kinda peculiar, not in the sense that it has a huge soundstage (even though it's OK) but simply because how Grado presents that in their own unique way. It's not a matter of quantity, but rather a matter of perspective. Again, they're the headphone version of being right in front of the stage and that's portrayed very well here. Not because they're glued to your ears, but because they're also tuned for that.

This pretty much sums up Grado and it's what they're famous for. That's why they work so well with Rock of every kind, anyone who's been to a respectable Rock concert will understand that feeling. They're especially good for Rock, Metal, Grunge, Post-Grunge (or anything along these lines) and Jazz. Also work pretty well with a lot of 80's stuff. If you're not an avid listener of these genres and will be finicky about comfort, don't even bother. Grados won't be for you. As a musician/music buff who listens to pretty much anything along these lines, I like them and what they represent. Problem is, people buy Grados (especially the most expensive ones) expecting that they'll sound like other expensive headphones. They won't. The mids are the star here and they're very prominent, engaging and musical. Bass is nothing out of this world, but has a good definition/texture and is just spot on, punchy when necessary (especially kick drums) and they don't overshadow the star of the show here, the mids. Same for the treble. Worth noting that the level of detail is also pretty damn good, definitely no slouch in that department. Also, they're super fast. Transient response is TOTL (which is a common Grado trait). And the separation? Nothing short of amazing. It's so good that when I first tried them I thought there was something wrong with one driver.

The BAD:

To me, the biggest let-down is comfort. My ears don't hurt that much, but after some time my head always start to hurt a bit. Cables are a bit of an overkill. The only problem with cables is that they always keep entangling after the splitter. Comical build quality with those plastic gimbals and the height adjustment, but they don't tend to be as fragile as people think.


G-pads: biggest soundstage of them all with a little more emphasys on the bass. That should be perfect, right? No. It sounds like an annoying Ananda (or Sundara?), there's a peak somewhere in the 7-8kHz that will eventually show up in the vast majority of songs. Unbearable to my ears. Never bothered to EQ with these, but i'm assuming it would turn out VERY good.

L-pads: bass almost non-existent, mids are still good and overall present a more balanced sound, close to the classic Grado house sound without being treble fatiguing. Can be very interesting. They do see some use from my part.

F-pads (stock): the best one IMO, exactly how they should sound (yeah, no s***) and how it was described earlier in the review. Best bass, great mids and the least amount of treble.

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Despite the fact that trashing Grado is trendy among certain circles, most people who do it simply overlook what's actually great about them or have spent literal seconds with their headphones. Anyway, again, apart from the older models which were treble cannons for many (myself included) these are not bad AT ALL. Sure, like any Grado, they feel odd and their sound signature is not exactly something that the average consumer (or even most so-called audiophiles) look after these days, but they're far, really far from being as bad as they're portrayed online. Think of it as a restomod car, it's a raw, pure motoring experience that you won't find anywhere else, but also with the hindrances of it. Absolutely not the most comfortable and the build quality (although they're surprisingly sturdy) is weird for 2024, they feel like old ATC/pilot headphones. There's a reason why they're still around and why people keep buying them despite the flaws and old design.

Buy these if you're looking for a mid/upper-mid focused sound signature where every song feels like a live perfomance/being in front of the stage, with a decent bass punch/texture (although it's not a basshead headphone by any means), intimate vocals, great distorted guitars and fast transients.

Don't buy these if you value comfort, isn't an avid listener of the previous mentioned genres and values a more calm and neutral presentation. Or maybe if you're one of those "audiophile bros".
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Grado SR325x
Pros: Their sound
Their price
Their soul
Cons: None for me

Grado headphones need no introduction. In an already opinionated community, they rarely leave anyone indifferent. As a matter of fact, one of Head-Fi’s oldest post, dated June 25, 2001, starts with ‘I miss the Grado sound’.

If you ever heard a pair of Grado, this will be a familiar feeling — it certainly is to me having started this hobby with a pair of SR80e.

The object — The SR325x are Grado’s Prestige series top of the line headphones. Each pair of headphones are hand assembled in Brooklyn and have that artisanal finish I grew to appreciate over time.

Compared to my SR80e, SR325e and RS2e, this particular pair of SR325x is probably the best pair of Grado I held in terms of fit and finish, all the while exhibiting many of the brand’s trademarks I enjoy.

The new, non-detachable, super annealed copper 8-conductor cable is stiffer than the pervious generation's yet doesn't kink.


Fit & Comfort — Grado has four sets of pads in their line-up: S, F, L and G. The last ones are the only over ear pads, all the rest are on ear. Worthy of note is that Grado headphones are tuned for the pads they come with. Change the pads and you’ll change the headphones’ intended sound signature.

The SR325x come stock with the F pads which have been genuinely surprising. They are very comfortable which is saying something as I traditionally struggle with on-ear headphones. Having now had the experience with all Grado pads, to my ears, the most comfortable pads are the G, F and S pads, in this order. The only pads with which I genuinely have an issue are the L pads.

In terms of weight, while the SR325x are heftier than my previous RS2e, this translates into a secure fit which I personally appreciate.

Pads used: stock (F) pads


Sound — Paired with the below mentioned sources, the SR325x deliver in spades. They have a nice low-end which punches when required but otherwise remains in place without muddying the mid-range nor impacting the brand’s signature sound.

The detailed and textured mid-range is alive and well, albeit a touch warmer than usual, while the highs remain well controlled with no sibilance.

Overall, the SR352x offer a textured, mature and natural sound which made we wonder about my other, more expensive, headphones.


Comparisons — Speaking of which, at half the price, how do the SR325x fair compared to the Sennheiser HD660S2?
To make it simple, the HD660S2 are technically better as well as scale better but the SR325x make for a slightly more natural listen. Worthy of note, the Sennheiser require proper amplification to be driven adequately.
In terms of comfort, the SR325x aren't as 'clampy' as the Sennheiser and, in spite of the genuine over ear nature of the HD660S2, the Grado are almost as comfortable.
Last but not least, very subjectively, the SR325x seem to convey a bit more soul than the Sennheiser.

The Massdrop x Focal Elex also offer an interesting comparison despite being twice the price of the SR325x.
On complex arrangements, the Elex have a slight edge as they benefit from a bigger soundstage and better instrument separation.
This edge turns into a disadvantage on acoustic and instrumental tracks where the Focal start to sound slightly artificial in comparison to the Grado which, once more, sound more natural.

Files used: CD-quality FLAC bought from Qobuz & Tidal HiFi streaming | Sources used: Schiit Jotunheim MultiBit, Uncapped Sony NW-WM1AM2 and Cayin RU7


Conclusion — The Grado SR325x represent a stunning value. They offer a mature and natural sound which plays well with any genres and recordings. They also are easy to drive.

To my ears, they best my previous Grados, including my RS2e with G pads which were an all-time favourite of mine.

So, if the aforementioned speaks to you — try or get 'em.

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Great review and it describes the 325x (and Grado as a whole) pretty well.

I recently got one and I love how Grados are amazing at their own thing, the best analogy I can make about them is they're the headphone version of being right in front of the stage, I think this describes the "Grado sound" pretty well. Punchy, lively, engaging but also very detailed. That being said, I can definitely get why some people wouldn't like them and honestly I was kinda underwhelmed at first, but I just love it now.
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I had the SR325x for couple of months now. Changed out the pads as the stock ones hurt my ears a lot. It hurts because the hard drivers touch my ear. Also I wear prescription glasses and the band compresses legs against my temples. It is excruciatingly painful after just about an hour. So I bought a "G" cushion knockoff from Amazon for $14. It is way more comfortable and provides slightly more low end/bass. I also downloaded couple of white and pink noise MP3s and played it constantly on it to break them it. They feel just right now. Nice headphones for the price, I don't regret purchasing this one, it's a good all around headphone that I use for casual listening and also during when I am playing PC games.
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"Changed out the pads as the stock ones hurt my ears a lot. It hurts because the hard drivers touch my ear."

If you haven’t tried already, try wearing them lower or higher on your ears — it can make a welcome difference.

"Also I wear prescription glasses and the band compresses legs against my temples. It is excruciatingly painful after just about an hour."

They’re not the best for wearers of prescription glasses, indeed.

Pad swapping is easy with Grado headphones and most can find a sound and fit that suits them though not always, glad you found your groove ✌🏼


New Head-Fier
For some, the perfect headphone, for some the worst.
Pros: Huge soundstage
Modular, easy to diy
Deep, punchy low end
Unique signature
Cons: Comfort
Divisive sound
This is my favourite set of cans I've ever owned. I love the sound, it blew my mind when I first heard it, and I never could go back to more neutral or dark signatures without caveats. But the energy and aggression of these headphones is a double edged knife, because for some people this will be the exact thing that causes them to dislike them.

The sound is what makes or breaks these for people. For me, they're spectacular. They're much less bright than other grados, in case you're wondering, but they're still bright. Their clinically revealing in details due to the aluminium housing, and they punch above their weight in regards to price performance. These are less than 500, but compete with 1k priced headphones.

With the f pads, these are aggressive, forward facing and have a wild soundstage. You can pinpoint the placement of all the instruments accurately. The low end hits hard and fast, the mids are somewhat recessed, and the high is detailed and sharp. When you look at these headphones measured, you'll be shocked because they measure so badly. But they sound so wonderful. They hurt to wear with glasses though.

L pads are my least favourite on them, but maybe because they make the grados sound the most like classic grado. They will suit people looking for the classic grado feel. My problem with them is they remove the bottom end a fair bit, which is where so much of the charm comes from. They trade the bass for an even bigger soundstage, which is amazing, but not worth the trade off.

G pad 325x is significantly better than the L pads, and maybe just as good as the F pads. They significantly increase comfort, which is a big deal. Suddenly these become very comfortable, and their soundstage rivals hd800s. If you think I'm exaggerating, go watch DMS talk about these. The soundstage becomes unbelievably huge with the G pads, and it more or less becomes proper v shaped. Huge bass, huge soundstage, details, recessed mids. It's very fun, but not at all neutral. It's great.

If you're anyone with ears, these are not the most comfortable, especially with the stock F pads. The f pads sound the best with the headphones, but they're hard to use because they basically place the aluminium driver directly on your ear. That's gonna be a huge drawback for some. You'll get used to it somewhat, it'll be less bad as it goes, but it's still not the nicest feeling. The headband feels good, and the cups swivel well to whichever ears, but in the end these aren't the most comfy. It's all sound here.

If you don't know this, that's okay. One of the best aspects is how modular they are. You can tune it quite a bit with pads online. You want more comfort and a balanced sound signature? I recommend the beautiful audio pads for these. Absolutely comfortable, and it makes the sound signature basically flat. More soundstage? G pads. More bass? You can get pads for that.

You can also change any parts or problems easily, the headband, the swivel mechanism, the cable, whatever. These are so modular that there's step by step tutorials on making these wireless if you want. This is the secret power of grado. Amazing drivers that can be turned into anything you want. I personally like their unwieldy cable, and their 1970s radio announcer look, but if you don't no problem.

These are amazing. If you don't like em, no worries. But I think if you give em a couple weeks you might. They make music sound fun, which is how music aught to sound.


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