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Grado SR325e

Prestige Series on-ear headphones

Item #: 786SR325E

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Advanced design for punchy, accurate Grado sound

Underneath their cool, retro looking metal exterior, Grado's Prestige Series SR325e headphones boast time-tested audio technology for high-impact sound that'll rock your tunes with the kind of punchy low-end and dynamics usually unheard of in this price range. These headphones feature updates to Grado's previous SR325is headphones, including an improved driver design, new aluminum housing, and a high-quality cable.You'll hear clear, highly articulated sound — drums with plenty of "snap" and body, guitars and acoustic instruments with natural warmth and openness, plus taut, tuneful bass. These Grados can be driven using the headphone outputs on most home audio systems, and even work great with a portable player or laptop. But they'll really sound their best with the addition of a headphone amplifier.

Born in Brooklyn and built to perform

Each pair of SR325e headphones is still made right in Brooklyn, New York where the Grado family has been building award-winning audio gear for almost 60 years. The vented "open-air" earcup design makes for powerful, extended low frequency response and a more spacious soundstage. Hybrid metal/plastic enclosures and aluminum air chambers give you finely-detailed, crystalline highs. The ultra-high purity copper voice coils and sturdy eight-conductor connecting cable provide a smooth, refined sound with a wide frequency response that lets you hear all the music. A genuine leather headband is the nice final touch to these high-quality 'phones.

From our review of the previous Grado SR325is Headphones

I had no complaints with how the SR325is headphones handled the odd meanderings of my song collection. All the tracks were clear, clean, and, most importantly, fairly free of color. I felt like I was getting a lot of the original engineers' intent... If you can swing a headphone amp in the bargain, you'll have a listening solution that can make your music collection come alive, while adding a touch of "industrial chic" to your favorite listening space.

— Woody, Crutchfield A/V Writer

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
  • aluminum enclosures offer powerful dynamics and crisp highs
  • special "de-stressed" diaphragms and an eight-conductor connecting cable enhance detail
  • large ear cushions and increased air flow through improved rear metal screens deliver a larger soundstage
  • adjustable leather 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
  • 8-conductor headphone cable terminated with a 1/8" plug
  • 1/4" adapter included
  • optional 15 foot Grado headphone extension cable available
  • frequency response: 18-24,000 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 SR325e Reviews

Average Customer Review:

15 Reviews

Grado SR325e

Written by: Anonymous from Alaska on January 3, 2016

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  • "Coolness Factor"
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  • Noise Reduction
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Beautiful, balanced, open sound.

Pros: The quality of sound has been spoken of before and holds true. The balance and detail of the sound is absolutely wonderful, and even as a bass player find no lack of bass, but clarity and precision throughout the spectrum. Made in the USA

Cons: The ear cushions take some time to break in and become comfortable.

Grado SR325e: Maybe the best in class

Written by: ML from New Mexico on December 14, 2015

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

I upgraded from the Grado SR80e a couple months ago and am doggone glad I did. Recently I removed the "doughnut" ear cushions that came on the SR325e headphones and replaced them the softer, more comfortable "S" ear cushions from my SR80e headphones. I then cut a round hole in the middle of each ear cushion to eliminate the slightly muffled sound. Now I enjoy "best in class" (according to "Consumer Reports" magazine) quality while listening to source material with my Roku device, Samsung Blu-ray player, Yamaha receiver and television (the best of these components I bought from Crutchfield). There is no way to verbalize just how good these headphones are. I can't wait to hear them on something like the Oppo BDP-105D Darbee Edition. Another great thing is that they are made by those nice folks in Brooklyn, U.S.A.

Pros: Intimacy, immediacy, presence, clarity and balance

Cons: The SR325e headphones are not manufactured for noise reduction. Choose another model if you need this feature. The SR325e phones are for quiet listening rooms.

Solid!

Written by: GregH from Virginia on August 4, 2015

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A crisp sounding, comfortable pair of headphones. I agree with other reviews that the cord is thick, but it doesn't bother me--at least I know the quality is there. Sometimes a bit lacking in the bass, but not muddy in the least. I like them better than the Sennheiser 380hd's I replaced with these. Well worth the money.

Pros: Comfortable, well-built, with clear and crisp highs.

Cons: Slightly less bass response than some headphones in this price range.

like wine and or coffee

Written by: Franco from Las Vegas on June 4, 2015

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Excellent flat overall sound, although, it needs and it lacks quality audiophile Bass/low ends. You can still have a product that has amazing highs that complement with amazing lows.

Pros: Excellent dynamic stereo range. Excellent cable quality.

Cons: Too bright on the highs, maybe within time of the breaking periods, it will warm up a bit. The Cans feel way too heavy on the head, it can get pretty annoying after a while. Sound leaks and you can hear all the external noise. Neither a case nor a stand comes with it.

grasp sr352e

Written by: cadillacsteve from Boston, ma on May 19, 2015

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

was looking for some great headphones to use at home. thought I would try some open backed for a change and was impressed by what I had read about Grado. quality construction seem built to last fantastic sound everything I was looking for. prompt shipping and good service as always from crutch field.

Pros: phenomenal sound quality across the full spectrum sensitive enough to use with iPhone/iPad. impressive build quality. made in the USA

Cons: a little heavy and cord is thick(I'm sure this helps contribute to the great sound) so I would recommend them for home use

Great sound

Written by: Allens from North Carolina on May 4, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
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  • Noise Reduction
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Build quality is great. Open air so no noise reduction. Too soon to tell about comfort if you wear it for hours on end but good so far. Don't need cool if you have superior quality

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Great headphones

Written by: JC from Maryland on April 10, 2015

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Purchased because they are rated #1 by a consumer magazine and they do deserve that spot. Simply astounding and lifelike detail. The cord is very thick and probably the only negative

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Grado SR325e

Written by: Anonymous from Milwaukee, WI on March 30, 2015

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  • "Coolness Factor"
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  • Comfort
  • Not Rated
    Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

Purchased these after a lot of research. The sound is amazing, natural and neutral. Very comfortable to wear.

Pros: Sound and comfort

Cons: None

Grado 325E

Written by: Joe from Cedar Lake Indiana on March 5, 2015

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Great

Pros: Great

Cons: None

Superb Headphones

Written by: LM from Vancouver, WA on February 5, 2015

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  • Not Rated
    "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

These headphones have a clarity that is unmatched by any other headphone or earphone that I've owned. My previous headphones were Koss, which were very highly when I purchased them. I don't know the model but they were but they were closed back and purchased at least two decades old. The left -ear side of the phone quit working so I replaced them with the Grado. What a difference from the Koss.

The Grado offers a clarity and detail that I haven't heard before. Each instrument and vocal is revealed. Some have said that they are weak in base but I find the bass quite good and quite clear. What they don't offer is that 1950's jukebox booming bass that so many headphones have and which, with certain types of music, many find appealing.

The seem well made but as I've had them only a short time, it's too soon to comment on their reliability.

A protective case is not included with the headphones. So, if you need that, you'll have to buy one separately.

I'd buy them again without hesitation.

Pros: Clarity and detail of sound.

Cons: Price is a bit high.

Grado SR325e

Written by: John Cat from New York on January 1, 2015

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Great sound, quality materials, and well built. I upgraded from the Grado125 and glad I did.

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Grado SR325e headphones

Written by: Anonymous from Belle Mead, NJ on December 25, 2014

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Excellent sound quality; headphones provide crisp, clear bass and treble

Pros: Excellent sound quality, crisp bass and treble, clear detail; comfortable to wear albeit large cups

Cons: Open air so not good for use near others or in public

Grado SR325E Cans

Written by: Lee from MG Minnesoda on December 15, 2014

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First time buying a Grado product and it has been a very satisfying purchase. Have used now for over a month. Very well made and exceptional sound. Very detailed. Bass, mid-range and highs meet or surpass my expectations for headphones in this price range. Spend 1-3 hours surfing and wearing Grados. Can get somewhat uncomfortable over extended periods but have noticed the more I use these, the less it is an issue. Would buy again, and recommend to any looking in this price range.

Pros: Sound, quality of manufacture and Crutchfield service.

Cons: None. All my expectations were met.

GRADO IS FOR REAL

Written by: Thomas from Texas on October 31, 2014

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Awesome Soundstage. Quick attack, bass is accurate and true. Midrange is outstanding. Highs are crystal clear. I listened to all types of music and it all sounds super. Rock and Jazz sound the best to me. For people who want overly bass heavy cans this is not your headphone. I have a pair of V-Moda LPs and they bass way more but not quite accurate with mids and highs compared to these. For anyone who has SACD rips or SACDS in general this headphone sounds amazing. I listened to Incubus on SACD it sounded outstanding. I got teary eyed with Norah Jones "Come Away With Me" in FLAC at 192/24bit. I used my FIIO X3 for playback. I was debating on gettting these for years and finally glad I did.

Pros: AWESOME SOUND RETRO LOOK IS COOL HEAVY STURDY CABLE LIGHT BUILD QUALITY IS GREAT

Cons: Leak Sound but even that sounds good!

Grado sr325e

Written by: John from KENTUCKY on September 11, 2014

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For sound quality, they're simply the best headphones I've ever owned!!!

Pros: Sound quality, highs, mids, lows. Well built.

Cons: Not the most comfortable. Leak sound.

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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

General
Earcup Type Open
Bluetooth No
Frequency Response 18-24k Hz
Sensitivity 99.8 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 12.6 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

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.

SR325e: The Grado SR325e, the top headphone 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 SR325e steps up to a powder-coated aluminum housing, instead of the SpaceBlack polycarbonate. The added mass translates to a smoother transition throughout the entire frequency spectrum. The drivers in the SR325e are matched to within 0.05dB for optimum stereo imaging. The headphones also have a genuine top-grain leather padded head strap.

8-Conductor Audio Cable: The SR325e 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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Reviews [ Christopher  Dec 17, 2015 ]
Quality and price. [ TERESA  Dec 10, 2015 ]

1 question already asked

Because of your dedicated efforts to find an answer i have decided to purchase these phone from Crutchfield. [ catalino  Dec 05, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: These headphones feature updates to Grado's previous SR325is headphones, including an improved driver design, new aluminum housing, and a high-quality cable. You get everything that was great bout the 325is and more at a lower price point! It's a win/win! If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Dec 05, 2014 ]  Staff