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Grado SR80e

Prestige Series on-ear headphones

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by David Brown
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Grado sound for a song

Want warm, balanced, natural sound that can transport you straight to the heart of your music — without breaking the bank? Look no further. Grado's Prestige Series SR80e headphones are an affordable introduction to what high-end audio is all about. These headphones feature updates to Grado's previous SR80i headphones, including an improved driver design, better acoustic damping, and a new cable. You'll experience powerful dynamics, and the kind of focus and sonic detail you'd expect from much more expensive 'phones. They can be easily driven with a portable music player or laptop, and include a 1/4" adapter plug so you can enjoy 'em on your home system, too.

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Born in Brooklyn and built to perform

Each pair of SR80e headphones is still made right in Brooklyn, New York where the Grado family has been building award-winning audio gear for more than 60 years. Like all Grado headphones, the SR80e uses a vented "open-air" earcup design with large, non-resonant air chambers for powerful, extended bass response and a more open, spacious sound. The diaphragms in each SR80e driver have been put through a special "de-stressing" process that allows them to deliver more music detail for an even larger soundstage. The drivers are also carefully matched to within 0.1 dB for enhanced stereo imaging. Plus, Grado gave these 'phones a stout four-conductor connecting cable for enhanced signal flow and bass control.

From our review of Grado's previous SR80i Headphones:

The standout point for me was the wearability — these headphones felt really comfortable for extended listening at work, and there was a minimum of ear fatigue at medium volume levels... if you want a day-in, day-out working headphone companion that faithfully reproduces your song collection... you should put a set of Grado SR80i headphones into the mix.

— 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
  • special "de-stressed" diaphragms and a four-conductor connecting cable provide enhanced levels of inner detail for a more open soundstage
  • adjustable headband for a custom fit
  • driver pairs matched to within 0.1 dB for better stereo imaging
  • copper voice coils for dynamic performance
  • 81" four-conductor copper headphone cable terminated with 1/8" stereo mini plug (1/4" adapter included)
  • optional 15-foot Grado headphone extension cable available
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 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 On-ear
Earcup Type Open
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Frequency Response 20-20k Hz
Sensitivity 99.8 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 8.2 ounces
Cord Length 83"
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?

  • On-ear headphones with attached 81" cable (3.5mm plug)
  • 1/4" adapter (installed)
  • "Celebrating Over 60 Years of Tradition" sheet
  • Headphone/Warranty info (printed on inside of box)

Our Product Research Team

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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.

SR80e: The Grado SR80e on-ear headphones feature an open back design that produces a full, more realistic experience. The new polymer body helps to eilminate resonances that can cause distortion. The newly-designed drivers in the SR80e are matched to within 0.1dB for optimum stereo imaging.

Included 6.5mm Adapter: The SR80e has a high-quality 81" 4-conductor audio cable with a 3.5mm gold-plated plug. 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 ear cushions can be removed for cleaning, if needed. If they show signs of wear, you can replace them with the Grado Replacement Cushion S.

Note: The headphone's ear cushions are not covered in the manufacturer's one-year warranty.
 
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Written By Tyrone F, Kalamazoo, MI on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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When I first connected the headphones to my computer to listen to music while I was working a home I was pleasantly surprised. The bass was very pronounced and the treble was very crisp. I immediately fell in love with these headphones. For the price, I feel I received an excellent value and I would highly recommend these headphones to my friends. In addition, the headphones were light and comfortable.
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5 out of 5

awesome

Written By yadier, on Friday, October 03, 2014
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best headphone i every have, compare this to my ath50 that are good but overeating i preferred the grados best overall.
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3 out of 5

Cord too long for portable use.

Written By Anonymous, TX on Friday, September 05, 2014
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I gave only 3 stars because the cable was waaaay longer than I expected (6-7 feet?), so they are unusable if you want to listed with iPod and walk around. The product description did not mention that detail (as far as I could find). These are meant to be used while sitting on the couch, plugged into your home receiver. Otherwise, sound very good.
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4 out of 5

Great for the price

Written By Killer B, Columbia, MO. on Friday, August 22, 2014
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I've owned a few pairs of Grados, the 60i, 80i and 225i, and now these. How do they compare to the other Grados? I prefer them to the more expensive 225 because it's not as bright and has a bit more bass response. The tone quality overall is still on the bright side though. I guess I should start with the types of music I listen to: mostly classic, soft, pop rock, and soul from the 70's to present; occasionally hard rock, heavy metal, classical or jazz. The overall tone quality as I said is a bit bright, with more treble than I like on most sources (CD, SACD, BLU-RAY and DVD audio, etc.) while the midrange sounds really great with vocals, piano, acoustic guitar, etc. - just a little forward but not in a bad way. The bass is just a tad less responsive than I prefer, but you can still hear the lowest bass frequencies the human ear can hear. I don't listen to much hip-hop or other bass heavy music but I do like the bass to be accurate and well proportioned with the mids and highs, and the bass on these is pretty much 85 to 90% of the way there. Comfort, to me is a high priority, right up there with sound quality, and to me these are quite comforting on the ears; I will say though that I bent and stretched the headband just a little. Build quality is OK. I would say very good, except for (and a lot of people mention this) the wires that can be easily twisted. When they arrived brand new, one of the wires had been severely bent back 360 degrees and tightly wire tied. Not good.
Pros:
Very good overall sound quality Very good comfort with some stretching of the headband Mostly good build quality
Cons:
A bit "treblesome" Wires easily twisted Mostly plastic build Cord is an awkward length: not short enough for use with portables, too short for home audio use.
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4 out of 5

Amazing for the price.

Written By Magnanimous, Muscatine, IA on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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These headphones offer very satisfying sound especially at the $100 price point, however the open back design causes them to offer absolutely no noise isolation, so they're best for those that won't use them in public too often.
Pros:
Great quality for the price.
Cons:
Not for public listening.
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4 out of 5

Grado SR80e

Written By Ski, Chester Nj on Sunday, August 17, 2014
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Good phones for the money
Pros:
Very nice audio quality, neutral and balanced
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4 out of 5

Grado Headset

Written By tonyd, Melbourne Beach, FL on Friday, August 15, 2014
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Great headset for the price and Made in America.
Pros:
Good Looking and comfortable to wear. Nice full sound. Used with Nakamichi Cassette Decks which have no line output control, so added a Koss VC-20 inline volume control, which works perfectly. Really not designed for Noise Reduction so that is why the three stars. However, this was pointed out in the description, so at least three stars for being honest.
Cons:
Short cable length reduces mobility.
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5 out of 5

Top of the Line Headphones - outstanding value

Written By adh, los angeles, CA on Thursday, July 31, 2014
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great sound/ super comfortable - lightweight. Second pair of Grado headphones I have owned. Great for work with laptop, or Iphone
Pros:
Sound quality and comfort for 'long wear'
Cons:
no case included; first pair of the 'cup' pulled away - however Grado sent a replacement part in days - no charge!
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5 out of 5

Grado SR80e

Written By jl, Bethesda MD on Monday, July 07, 2014
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Excellent audio quality as were its predecessors. I found that those wore out due to the location and nature of the external wiring and I fear the same may happen to this model as well...I hope not. But replacing a pair of headphones every five years or so isn't going to break the bank, Splendid value for money.
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1 question already asked

Can you tell me how long the cord length is please? [ Thomas  Aug 25, 2014 ]
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  • 155 cm (~61 in.) from the plug to the point where the cord splits into two. Each of the two cords then extends 30 cm (~12 in.) from the split to the bottom of each ear piece. So total length 185 cm (73 in. ~ 6 ft.) [ marianne   Sep 06, 2014 ]
  • About 70 inches to the bifurcation of the cord to each headphone. [ David   Sep 01, 2014 ]
  • 6 or 7 feet depending on if you measure to the junction or to the ear. [ Richard   Aug 28, 2014 ]
  • Thomas, the SR80E comes with a 6 foot cord. [ Barry   Aug 27, 2014 ]
  • The cable length is 7 feet. [ Cornel   Aug 26, 2014 ]
  • Just over 6 feet from the base of the headphones. [ BRENNEN K   Aug 25, 2014 ]
  • It's about 82" from the earphone itself. The two wires meet at ~11". [ Benjamin   Aug 25, 2014 ]
  • The cord is aprox. 2 mts long. [ German Velez   Aug 25, 2014 ]
  • The cord is 6 feet. Plenty long enough! [ Steven   Aug 25, 2014 ]
  • It's right at 70" to the yoke, and from there, an additional foot to each ear cup. [ Brian   Aug 25, 2014 ]

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