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Advanced design for punchy, accurate Grado sound

Underneath their cool, retro looking metal exterior, Grado's SR325is 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. 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 using Grado's optional miniplug adapter. But they'll really sound their best with the addition of a headphone amplifier.

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Born in Brooklyn and built to perform

Each pair of SR325is 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 the review Grado SR325is Headphones: Quality sound and industrial chic

"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

Highlights:

  • open-back, on-the-ear design with replaceable ear cushions
  • vented diaphragms (open-air) for spacious, low-distortion sound and extended bass response
  • hybrid metal/plastic enclosures and non-resonant hard metal alloy air chambers for 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
  • 67" ultra-high purity, long-crystal copper headphone cable terminated with a 1/4" plug (optional Grado 1/8" miniplug adapter available)
  • optional 15 foot Grado headphone extension cable available
  • frequency response: 18-24,000 Hz
  • sound pressure level (at 1mW): 98 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 On-ear
Earcup Type Open
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Frequency Response 18-24k Hz
Sensitivity 98 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight Not Given
Cord Length 67"
Airline Adapter Included No
iPod Control No
Volume Control No
Built-in Microphone No
Parts Warranty 1 Year, earpads not incl
Labor Warranty 1 Year, earpads not incl
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Features

Vented diaphragm: Grado headphones have a vented diaphragm design for a large, airy, three-dimensional sound. The large aluminum air chamber is machined from a special non-resonant, hard alloy to ensure the earphone chamber has no "ringing" which might obscure detail or add coloration.

Drivers: The diaphragm is made of a low mass polymer, developed with the compliance of the suspension in mind to achieve the desired low frequency response. The diaphragm's total mass is designed to provide a full 20 kHz bandwidth, while avoiding break-up at lower frequencies. High power neodymium magnets maximize efficiency and minimize weight. The left and right drivers are matched to within 0.05 dB for exact imaging.

Voice Coil: The SR325is' voice-coils are wound from ultra-high purity, long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper. This high conductivity copper yields a clear transmission and minimizes coloration, resulting in smooth, clean and dynamic sound output.

Connecting Cord: Grado also uses UHPLC copper in the cable. The new 8-conductor cable design improves the control and stability in the upper and lower frequency range.

 

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Grado SR325is Headphones Review

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Grado SR325is Headphones Review

Woody tries out the SR325is and finds he not only likes the sound, but also the no-nonsense look of these Grado headphones.

 
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4 out of 5

Overall good, Must get used to comfort

Written By Jack, Hialeah, FL on Saturday, June 21, 2014
 
My first pair of higher end headphones in the 300 dollar range. I have a pair of audio technics ath m50's (160$), Sennhieser HD 558's (170$) and an old Skullcandy Aviator (150$, which by the way is a great sounding headphone believe it or not). Of all the headphones these are the most musical and clear (everything else sounds under-water srs.). Treble seems a bit exaggerated yes, but the sound of a fully open headphone is something I have never heard before. To me, The sound straight out the box sounded "HD", like buying your first HD-TV after watching a standard SD TV for more than a year..

I expected the sound to be dull and flat with little bass and a wide sound stage but it was actually a very punchy "In the air" type of sound. Allmost similair to an open ATH m50 with a brighter treble response....Some may say it's just "bright" but you can hear a mix of warm in there... So it's more of a mix of bright AND warm which is interesting.

Sound stage is wide but you only really notice it after your ears get used to the sound signature of grado (about 3-6 days). After burn in, headphones reacted even better especailly with high quality recordings (FLAC or straight off the CD).





Comfort just sucks. But I got used to the pain after about a week.

Pros:
Punchy, accurate sound for an open headphone Slightly warm sounding Looks cool... Thick cable
Cons:
Comfort simply blows May be too bright for you Bass is beautiful (seriously) but does no dig deep like the m50 does.
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5 out of 5

Grado on the ears and playing

Written By RonE, Atlanta, GA on Friday, June 06, 2014
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These phones are superb. They make listening to my classical and jazz selections a pleasure to listen to.
Pros:
Comfortable and nice fitting
Cons:
None of consequence
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5 out of 5

Grado SR325is

Written By Anonymous, Pensacola, FL on Monday, December 30, 2013
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Awesome sound and comfort
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3 out of 5

Sound awesome if you can tolerate the pain

Written By Mike F, Wilkes-Barre, PA on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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These headphones are jaw-droppingly good with rock and metal. However, being excessively bright, they do not work well with pop, hip-hop, etc. in my opinion. They are extremely detailed and aggressive sounding.

The main downside is that these things are excruciatingly painful to wear for an extended period of time. My ears start crying for help after just 15-20 minutes. I've tried breaking in the foam and washing it with fabric softener, stretching the headband, etc. as others suggest, but no dice. I gave 1 star for Comfort because I couldn't go any lower. Seriously, they are THAT uncomfortable. Torturous even.
Pros:
great sound for rock and metal, cool style
Cons:
extremely uncomfortable, excruciatingly painful, torturous
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5 out of 5

Old school is the right school.

Written By Birby, Athens, AL on Friday, November 22, 2013
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It seems the thing to say about Grado is that their products are "old school." Perhaps it is because I am a bit old and have been to a few schools that I think these headphones are excellent. The sound is uncompromising, so much so that crummy files will sound precisely crummy and great LPs will sound great. You wouldn't use them on a plane because everyone around you would be listening to your music too. All in all, its a matter of a solid product, old school (again) Brooklyn manufacture and excellent build quality.
Pros:
Everything you spend $300 on headphones to get. Easy to drive with an Ipod but respond like a champ to an amp.
Cons:
Nothing really but buyers need to understand what "open back" means to their close neighbors.
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4 out of 5

Excellent sound and good value

Written By Brunyan, Ashland, KY on Thursday, May 23, 2013
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Sound great after some burn in. Not overly comfy.
Pros:
Sound and build quality are great.
Cons:
Not very comfortable, especially the ear pads. They are very coarse and scratchy.
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4 out of 5

Outstanding sound, abysmal comfort.

Written By Tom, Roanoke, VA on Monday, March 04, 2013
 
If you're interested in the world of hi-fi audio, but aren't ready to make the sizable investment that can come along with it, this one piece of gear should be on your short list of items to audition. They're an outstanding value that few others can even come close to matching at this price point. Prepare to fall in love with your music library all over again!

For starters, the construction is top notch. The grills are made of a nice metal, as are the guiding rods that adjust the sizing. A minimal amount of plastic is used on the device and it feels very well made. The earcups are made of a hard foam, which quickly becomes softer with use.

The sound, of course, is the star of the show! Grado is known for their very up front, highly aggressive musical presentation, and the 325i's are no exception to this. They present you with an absolutely love it, or hate it sound signature. They're not a laid back listen, but they're extremely musical and a lot of fun!

The stereo imaging is fantastic, the bass, while somewhat restrained, is visceral, yet articulate, and the highs are crisp with exceptional resolution; however, the true star of the show here is the absolutely fantastic midrange. It's liquid smooth and presents itself wonderfully! The sound is huge for a set of cans this size, and enormously impressive.

Sadly, though, the soundstage is there, but it's not up to par with the rest of the presentation. Also, the comfort level is atrocious.
Pros:
- They present a fun, forward, and revealing sound that's highly musical. - Stereo Imaging is absolutely top notch. - Beautiful midrange. - Excellent construction with classy looks. - Low impedance and easy to drive with a variety of entry level headphone amps ( I highly recommend the AudioQuest DragonFly USB DAC/AMP. - The bass, while somewhat restrained, is wonderfully rich with visceral impact. Side note: The service i received at the Crutchfield retail store in Harrisonburg was outst
Cons:
-The comfort level is atrocious. They're are not comfortable to wear for extended listening sessions and will benefit from immediate ear cup replacements. I recommend the Grado L-Cush pads. They can be found and ordered online. These will make them significantly more comfortable. - Not exactly a con, but this is an open back headphone, which are not designed to be used in quiet areas. - The sound staging isn't fantastic, but respectable. - No 1/4 to 1/8 adapter included.
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5 out of 5

Loving my Grado's

Written By Nick, Boston Ma on Thursday, February 14, 2013
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The sr325is is the lowest priced headphone in the Grado line I would buy. Overall they have a good sound and I am pleased with my purchase. Descent bass but missing impact on the lowest notes. The treble is strong and fairly clear which is good for an older person like myself. The treble is not over done but it is slightly emphasized. They are open backed so they do leak a lot of sound into the room. As noted by others the comfort factor is minimal but good for an hour or so. If I had more money I would have picked another pair but at this prices I like the Grado's enough that I would buy them again.
Pros:
Good overall sound quality. Sound plenty loud directly attached to my computer.
Cons:
They are not that comfortable. You may need a 1/4 to 1/8 inch plug converter which is not included.
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5 out of 5

Excellent sounding headphones

Written By Brent, Richland, Wa on Saturday, February 02, 2013
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I bought these together with a nuForce iDo DAC headphone amp. I use these at work with lossless music sourced from an iPad 2 through the iDo (and the separate 1/4 to mini plug adapter) or at home through a 15 ft extension cable into my Onkyo 8522 receiver. Home sources are an Apple TV, connected by HDMI through a Samsung TV and then by analog out from the TV to the receiver, or a Motorola cable box with analog outputs directly to the receiver.

The sound quality of these are already pretty good when connected directly to the iPad (through the 1/4 to mini adapter) but with the iDo or through the 8522 is in a whole different league. Initially, I was underwhelmed and not having the audiophile Nirvana I had expected but I am convinced the sound quality of these improved greatly over the first few weeks, with tens of hours of total listening time. I hear instruments and effects in albums I have been listening to for 20 years that I have never heard before. In good recordings, the instruments sound precisely positioned on a very wide stage. Acoustic instruments sound very natural - you can hear the bow hairs sliding on the strings of a fiddle and both little clicks associated with notes played on the two-string courses of a mandolin. I can hear the valves on John Coltrane's sax working like he's in the room with me. This is my first foray into serious audiophile gear so I have no reference for comparison, but I feel like I easily get my 300 dollars worth out of these.
Pros:
My whole 500+ LP collection sounds new again.
Cons:
Now I am craving expensive upgrades to components upstream in my home stereo signal chain.
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5 out of 5

Thumbs Up for Grado

Written By John3, Yankton, SD on Sunday, January 20, 2013
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I'm not an audiophile but recently purchased a vintage stereo system with eviction notice speakers. These Grados are nice when I don't want to disturb the peace and work nice with the circa 1972 Marantz. The ear foam could probably be more comfortable but after years of wrestling, I really don't notice. The sound is very good quality. I figure if I'm only getting one, it might as well be one of the best and made in the US.
Pros:
Great sound and made in Brooklyn in the good old USA.
Cons:
Could be a little cheaper.
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5 out of 5

Pretty damn good

Written By Steve K, Harrisburg, PA on Friday, December 28, 2012
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Grado's 325's are as advertised. Superior sound, separation, crisp, no muddiness. Makes many poor recordings sound fresh and clear. It sounds............perfect and totally natural. Their oversized cord easily adapts to an IPod, where the volume is more than enough to satisfy. the 325's will make you IPod jump with the best sounding music you'll hear this side of $1000. And, they're really cool, too. I have an older Grado SR80 set, which is very good, too, but the Grado325 is way better. Forget the 'dorky' looks you may get; these cans rock better then anything else I've tried, sounding equally good with rock, pop, classical, folk, solo piano, country, punk, ect. Younger folks may balk at the design, but they're missing-out on a far better product, by choosing cool looks over very cool performance. Besides, the Grado's look kinda cool, too. Very retro with state-of-the-art performance. Can anyone say "audiophile' ?
Pros:
Superior sound quality, fullness of depth, no detectable 'muddiness', clear, crisp, very good 'separation', for those who want top-notch sound and can appreciate its nuances.
Cons:
exterior plastic part manufacture could be a little cleaner, less cheap looking.
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4 out of 5

Grado SR325is

Written By Anonymous, richmond Hts, Mo on Wednesday, November 07, 2012
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Nice clean "retro" design. Excellent sound reproduction.
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5 out of 5

Grado SR325is

Written By Guillermo, San JUan PR on Thursday, October 11, 2012
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Exellent equipment
Pros:
Sound Quality Exllent
Cons:
A little heavy
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5 out of 5

Fantastic sound, but it leaks

Written By Eamonn M., Conway, AR on Friday, May 25, 2012
 
Recently purchased these as a 17th birthday present for myself and overall I am extremely pleased with the product. These are my first high quality cans and I will definitely be buying more Grado in the future.
Pros:
These headphones reproduce an amazing sound. Subtle harmonies are bold and clean, acoustic guitar has real life and vocals are clean and crisp. The retro style is very hipster-chic and I found them to be very comfortable.
Cons:
The only con I found to these headphones is the sound leaking. The open-back design allows any music I'm listening to to be heard by those near me. That makes these headphones less than perfect for airplane or road travel. And similarly, there is very little buffer between external sound and the music. These, however, are the only cons I've found.
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5 out of 5

Grado SR325is

Written By MILO, HOLLYWOOD CA. on Friday, April 06, 2012
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The Grado SR325i Headphones are a incredible value. I have put over a good 100 hours on them and the sound just gets better! You can spend a lot more money for other brands, but you can't get that pure natural sound that the Grado SR325i's put out. While they sound best with a home or pro system they are right on with a portable player ipod etc. Also try the Grado SR80i's . I think they are very good value as well
Pros:
BEST IN SOUND
Cons:
NONE
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5 out of 5

Great Grado!

Written By Larry J, Atlanta, Ga on Thursday, March 15, 2012
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I am amazed with the clarity of these headphones. My wife is a recording artist and sound quality is the most important, these satisfy the need. Over the years I have had Sennheiser, Bose and the high end Beats by Dr Dre headphones and they are all really good headphones. That being said I will never spend money on anything but Grado equipment from here forward, these headphones go beyond really good to fantastic sound reproduction. I guess what I am saying is if you buy something other than these headphones you missed the boat. I love them almost as much as my children. You will not be disappointed.
Pros:
Sound clarity, comfort
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Grado SR325is - Excellent headphones!

Written By Max B., Little Rock, AR on Monday, January 30, 2012
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These headphones are everything I expected. Excellent quality at a fair price. Considered and listened to a number of similarly priced and reviewed sets including B&W,Sennheiser(second choice and still interested in getting a set) - went with Brian's recommendation without hearing Grado's based on my description of what I was looking for. Agree not most comfortable but I was looking for best sound and these deliver the sound I was hoping for. Own Bose, son has new Beats - no comparison, Grado's are cleaner, more open and completely cover the entire musical spectrum IMO. Crutchfield customer service was excellent as usual and delivery was quick and dependable. The follow up Thank You notes are a great touch. Be sure to order the adapter for your Ipod as it is a separate item. Will look to pick up an affordable headphone amp next for "best possible" performance but not absolutely necessary to get "great" sound.
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5 out of 5

Grado SR325is

Written By Eric B., Savannah, GA on Sunday, August 21, 2011
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These things are wonderful...Best I've ever heard for the money..Makes live Grateful Dead sound like your really there....Great product....
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4 out of 5

Best headphones I've ever used

Written By Scott, VB, Va on Wednesday, August 10, 2011
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These are very nice headphones with good spatial detail and crisp sound. They seem very sturdy, which is plus for me since I will use them quite a bit. The only reason for not giving it a 5th star is that since they have "on ear" design, they will probably become a little uncomfortable with prolonged use. I would definitely recommend a headphone amplifier. I'm using my Grados with a NuForce uDAC-2 with excellent results. I thought about the Grado amplifier, but the price was too high for my budget.
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