Grado SR80e

Prestige Series on-ear headphones

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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.

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

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 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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What's in the box?

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  • 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)

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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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Grado SR80e

Written By jwoods, columbus, oh on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Great sound. Will only get better with continued use with open air design.

Pros: Mids and highs are smooth and crisp

Cons: Not enough bass but I believe bass will get better after breaking in period.

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Written By audiocat, California on Monday, December 15, 2014

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Wonderful sound quality for a reasonable price!

Grado on a budget

Written By Andy, Wilmington, North Carolina on Tuesday, December 02, 2014

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I was looking for good sound, comfortable fit, and quality components at a reasonable price and these are all I could expect. Had never heard of Grado but glad Crutchfield had them. The sound is very good for just about any music unless you want to thump your brains out. I can comfortably wear them for hours w/o any discomfort. Their wires are much heavier gauge than most and I think it really helps the sound (check out their high-end series sets). Simple, durable design with no real style points but they work great. I don't mind the lack of a control on the headphones themselves as I cannot imagine how a rheostat type device in-line would not deteriorate the sound and compromise durability, especially as it ages. If you want convenience, ear buds should work better for you.

Pros: Outstanding sound, quality, and comfort at a great price.

Cons: No style points if that matters to you. if it does, you could take out a loan, get one of their high-end headsets and display the price tag.

Great Sound - Great Price

Written By john-pa, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Grados are never "bass heavy", but the sound IS clear and crisply defined. For a bit more bass, you can always use an equalizer. If you want to knock your fillings out with thumpa-thumpa, go elsewhere, but tonal music in any frequency will come across beautifully. My use is pure music, and spans a wide range from baroque, be-bop jazz, blues and contemporary electronic. It all sounds great over these phones, although you can clearly hear limitations of the vintage technology in old recordings.

These are open-style cans (you can see the transducer through the outer grill) so anyone right next to you will be able to hear your music too. You can hear inbound sounds also, but that's a Good Thing to me because I am in a quiet office and I want to know if someone is trying to talk to me. The cord is 6-ft and substantial. I certainly would not want the cable any shorter or my mobility would be restricted from my PC (with external DAC of course).

If you have a strong desire for Grado's but are afraid that the "on-ear" style would be uncomfortable, be aware that the Grado "G-Cushion" will fit on all Grado models including the SR-80e. These are circumaural hunks of foam that can easily replace the stock SR-80 on-ear pads and they create the unusual hybrid of having both "open" AND "circumaural" cans like the Grado 1000 model, but for a lot less. These pads are pricy for what they are, but in my opinion they both improve the sound (making it even more open) and they also improve comfort.

Pros: Great Sound Great Value Add-on the G-Cush for around-the-ear comfort

Cons: Essentially zero sound-isolation, but everybody knows that.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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!

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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The Grado SR80e are excellent open headphones. In that budget I also have the Sennheiser HD518, who don't have such good sound definition, but may be are more comfortable to wear. [ German Velez  Nov 24, 2014 ]
Absolutely, no regrets very comfortable and great sound from rock to classical music . Enjoy ! [ Ralph  Nov 24, 2014 ]
For on-ear, open backed headphones, it was the best $100 I've spent. Although I'm somewhat biased, these were the first good quality headphones I ever purchased ;) I'd recommend them as a good first pair of headphones for someone who hasn't experienced the world of high quality audio before, as long as you don't mind the small amount of bi-directional sound leakage that occurs with open backed headphones. [ marianne  Nov 22, 2014 ]
A good headset for the money. I have not physically compared the SR80e with others in its price range, but the sound is as good as my pricier Sennheiser eH350. Only downside is the supplied cable is a little stiff and requires an optional extension to comfortably move about. [ Anthony  Nov 22, 2014 ]
Maybe not the best ever, but definitely a solid option at this price point. [ BRENNEN K  Nov 22, 2014 ]
I don't know about that, having only sampled a few. But it's the best of the one's I've tried. Great sound, and it's comfortable. [ Patrick  Nov 22, 2014 ]
It'd be hard to beat them for 100, but you may prefer the 325s for a couple hundred more. [ Brian  Nov 22, 2014 ]
copy pasted from details page. Cord Length83" [ MajorStewie  Nov 21, 2014 ]
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 ]