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Grado SR225e

Prestige Series on-ear headphones

Item #: 786SR225E

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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.

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

Product 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

Grado SR225e Reviews

Average Customer Review:

5 Reviews

pc music user

Written by: Grado SR 225e from marrero, LA on January 25, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

very pleased with the headphones. great for the pc user. does have a thick cord but this makes the cord more durable. outside noise does enter and not blocked you can listen and hear outside conversations. great tone and music quality--I am enjoying them

Pros: good sound reproduction. comfortable. good quality product

Cons: does not block outside noise from entering the earphone

Grado SR 225e

Written by: Don from Iowa on December 14, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

I have been missing headphones for over 25 years and with upgrading my new audio equipment and restoring my old, I wanted an update. After reading and researching I came away very impressed with the Grado's. Dealing with Crutchfield has been a pleasure for me and just made sense where I was going to order from. From calling in, talking to the pleasant and helpful service staff to receiving my cans in three days as promised. I have had nothing but sonic bliss when plugged into my Marantz receivers or cd players. Wonderful highs nice mids and decent bass. I listen to a lot of different music genres so I am very pleased with the joy it brings to my ears.

Pros: Build, quality, components, sound, price.

Cons: They do get a little uncomfortable if worn for more than an hour.

worth every penny

Written by: crf from Washington on November 19, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

I've had a set of SR200 cans for, oh, close to 20 years now, and decided it was time for a second pair of headphones for work. The SR200 has excellent definition and very clean, fatigue-free sound, so I wasn't expecting a dramatic difference with the SR225e, but wow .... the SR225e adds much a more robust low end and better sensitivity, without losing any of the definition and open soundstage that i loved about the old ones. They truly just disappear, which is what any good speaker or headphone should do.

As a bonus, they're a little lighter than the SR200, and the L-cushions (which go around the ear instead of on it) are much more comfortable than the flats on the SR200 (which I have now retrofitted with L-cushions -- should have done that years ago).

Worth every bit of their price.

Regarding the specific attributes ratings: I have no idea what "coolness factor" even means (what am I going to do, wear them to a party?), and and as for "noise reduction", it's hardly fair to judge an open air headset on that quality, as it's not what they're for.



Grado 225e

Written by: MW from Midlletown, NY on December 22, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

I bought both Grado SR80e and Sr225e headphones and compared them for a week. I only listen to classic music and some movies. I couldn't tell much difference in the sound quality. SR80's are more comfortable for long period of listening. So SR80e stays and SR225 was returned.



Great audiophile headphones

Written by: EdM from Mississippi on September 9, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

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.

Pros: 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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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)

Features and Specs

Earcup Type Open
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

Product Research


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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