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Grado SR225e

Prestige Series on-ear headphones

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Our take on the Grado SR225e

by David Brown
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Get closer to the music

Grado's Prestige Series SR225e headphones deliver the kind of dynamic impact and natural, uncolored sound that gets your toes tapping and keeps you listening to your tunes late into the night. They also give audiophiles and music lovers enhanced, low-level resolving power that helps uncover fresh details on familiar recordings. These headphones feature updates to Grado's previous SR225i headphones, including an improved driver design, better acoustic damping, and a new cable. Grado's SpaceBlack Polycarbonate enclosures minimize resonance and vibration, for sound that's clean and clear.

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Offering incredible bang for the buck, these impressive performers neatly occupy the sweet spot at the corner of "affordable" and "fantastic." You can easily drive them with your smartphone or portable portable. Connect the 1/4" adapter to plug them into your home stereo. Better yet, try them with a headphone amplifier and drive them to peak performance.

Born in Brooklyn and built to perform

Each pair of SR225e headphones is still made right in Brooklyn, New York where the Grado family has been building award-winning audio gear for almost 60 years. Like all Grado headphones, the SR225e uses a vented "open-air" earcup design with large, non-resonant air chambers for powerful, extended low frequency response and a more open, spacious sound. Drivers on the left and right channels are carefully matched to within 0.05 dB of each other for precise stereo imaging. They also feature large ear cushions and improved rear metal screens with enhanced air flow, for a larger soundstage and wider frequency response. A beefy, eight-conductor connecting cable and ultra-high purity copper voice coils give these 'phones a refined, ultra-smooth top-end and dynamic, yet tightly controlled bass.

From our review of the previous Grado SR225i headphones:

For listening at home, they're great. My music didn't sound 'closed in,' and that made it more enjoyable. I also heard a lot of detail, especially in the mid-range and high end. If you're ready to graduate to a quality pair of headphones for some serious listening sessions, the Grado SR225i headphones are a good place to start.

— Ralph Graves, Crutchfield Blog and Product Review Editor

Highlights:

  • open-back, on-the-ear design with replaceable ear cushions
  • vented diaphragms (open-air) for spacious, low-distortion sound and extended bass response
  • special "de-stressed" diaphragms and a eight-conductor connecting cable for enhanced inner detail and a more open sound
  • Grado's SpaceBlack Polycarbonate enclosures minimize unwanted vibration and resonance for cleaner, clearer sound
  • large ear cushions and increased air flow through improved rear metal screens deliver a larger soundstage free from coloration
  • adjustable headband for a custom fit
  • driver pairs matched to within 0.05 dB for better stereo imaging
  • ultra-high purity, long-crystal copper (UHPLC) voice coil wire
  • eight-conductor copper headphone cable terminated with a 1/8" miniplug
  • 1/4" plug adapter included
  • optional 15-foot Grado headphone extension cable available
  • frequency response: 20-22,000 Hz
  • sound pressure level (at 1mW): 99.8 dB
  • impedance: 32 ohms
  • warranty: 1 year (does not include earpads)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Fit Style Around-the-Ear
Earcup Type Open
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Frequency Response 20-22k Hz
Sensitivity 99.8 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 9.9 ounces
Cord Length 67"
Airline Adapter Included No
iPod Control No
Volume Control No
Built-in Microphone No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • Over-ear headphones with attached 67" cable (3.5mm plug)
  • 1/4" adapter (installed)
  • "Celebrating Over 60 Years of Tradition" sheet
  • Headphone/Warranty info (printed on inside of box)

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Features

e series: The Grado e series represents the company's third generation of headphones. Every aspect of the headphones; the drivers, cable, plug, even the glue; has been upgraded for better sound quality and dynamics. As in the previous series, the e series headphones are all made by hand at Grado's facility in Brooklyn, NY.

Prestige Series: Grado's Prestige Series of headphones has a retro look and a sound quality that is the result of over 60 years of audio research. These headphones make the pure Grado sound signature available in an affordable package.

SR225e: The Grado SR225e, like the others in the Prestige Series, has an open back design, which increases the airflow through the rear metal grill to produce a full, more realistic experience. These over-ear headphones utilize UHPLC (Ultra-High Purity, Long Crystal) oxygen-free copper voice coil wire and state-of-the-art driver design. The new proprietary SpaceBlack polycarbonate housing absorbs excess energy and prevents stray resonances from interacting with the driver. The result is clearer tones, and purer sonic reproduction. The drivers in the SR225e are matched to within 0.05dB for optimum stereo imaging.

8-Conductor Audio Cable: The SR225e has a high-quality 67" 8-conductor audio cable with a 3.5mm gold-plated plug. This new cable design exhibits greater control over the low and high frequencies, and lets Grado's world-famous midranges sing. The plug has a sturdy molded sleeve with ample stress relief. Included in the box is a gold-plated, snap-on 6.5mm (1/4") adapter that you can use with your home audio components.

Note: The size of the plug sleeve may cause interference with some smartphone cases.

Replaceable Cushions: The high-quality foam rubber circum-aural ear cushions can be removed for cleaning, if needed. If they show signs of wear, you can replace them with the Grado Replacement Cushion L.

Note: The headphone's ear cushions are not covered in the manufacturer's one-year warranty.
 
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Great audiophile headphones

Written By EdM, Mississippi on Tuesday, September 09, 2014
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The Grado SR225e are great mid-entry level audiophile headphones. I think they have the best features for your dollar in under $200 headphones if you are looking for an open-back design. I like that they have a metal screen back, better ear cushions and an 8 conductor cord. They have clear highs, mids and the bass is very accurate without it being too boomy like you find with other headphones. They sound great with my Denon AVR and testing FLAC files being ripped from CDs on computer.
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Best features for you dollar in open-back design
Cons:
Have the "old school" look but I guess that is OK
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