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Item #: 786SR80E
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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.
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.
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
I bought the headphones for my college aged daughter after going around and trying a variety of different headphone with her. Tried a variety of major brands in the hundred dollar range plus or minus a bit. Returned some Beats (if you like listening to mostly heavy bass they are good), and Audio Technica ATH-M50X (Great sound, but large ear cups). The Grados sound great and are very light and comfortable. They are really clear through a full sound range and all kinds of music. You will need to purchase an extension to the 3.5 mm plug, to fit it through the a phone case, but that is not a problem at all. Bottom line is if you like listening to a variety of music and not just blasting heavy bass, definitely try these Grados. They were delivered in two days after ordering.
Pros: Great sound, comfortable, light
Cons: None really. You will need to buy a 3.5 mm plug extension if using with phone.
Gave these as a gift and they were a big hit right out of the box. Love that the company's in Brooklyn, NY. Love how the adapter for the smaller jack screws right out of the cord. The sound is excellent, the headphones are comfortable. Way better than Beats Solo.
Pros: Excellent sound Comfortable Cord good length adapter included, can't lose it
Cons: None noticed so far
Great but noise reduction could bebetter
Pros: Sound quality
Cons: Noise reduction
These Grado headphones are the best I've ever heard. Granted, I'm fairly frugal and I've never spent $1000 on headphones, but I bet the really expensive brands aren't much better than these.
Pros: Clear, undistorted sound. Flat frequency response, as far as I can tell.
Cons: No sound reduction circuitry, but that usually degrades to music anyway.
Great sounding headphones for the price !!
Great sound and value for the money. It looks retro and original. Great to support an American product. I would recommend it.
At first, I thought there was something wrong with the earphones. Turns out I was hearing sound details that never came through my older on-ear phones! Good range. It has taken a few sessions to find the correct location fit of the ear pieces, but am OK now. Sturdy. The open air feature seems to have been exaggerated. No problems here. Overall, the phones are an excellent value.
Pros: Quality sound, good construction, comfortable - all at a reasonable price.
Cons: None so far.
My needs in headphones are a bit different from most folks. I'm deaf in my right ear and have limited hearing in my left. So I have a stereo to monaural adapter on my sound system and plug the stereo headphones into that. This puts both channels into the left headphone which is exactly what I need. The sound from the Grado SR80e is far superior to the cheaper headphones that I was using. I'm pleased with the results. My son who has normal hearing thinks the 'phones are great, far superior to his Beats by Dr Dre (and they're much less expensive and better built). Some reviewers have remarked that the ear cushions are scratchy, but I don't find this so at all. For the price, you can't beat them.
Pros: Substantial cord. Great sound. Comfortable to wear. Not made in China.
Grado SR80e produce great sound with details but for first time on-ear phones, it is a little hard on the ear if it is not placed rightly. Later on, you get used to it. Overall great headphones for good price.
Pros: Sound and detail
These work great for programing guitar patch sounds on my Axe FX II. The sound is much closer to what it sounds like live thru our full range PA/front of house system than when I use in ear or closed headphones.
Pros: Light weight, comfy, good cable!
Cons: Both ears have a cable running from it but, i'm not sure that's a con yet.
Sound quality. Well made
Pros: Made in U.S.A. Company history
You simply can't do better sound quality wise for these headphones for the price. Even out of the box, they sound fantastic. I've run every kind of music through them and they excel across the board. You can pick out small details such as individual instruments in the music. I'm a lot more impressed than I expected to be and I don't want to stop listening to them. Note however that they will reproduce faithfully what they are fed. If they're fed a high quality stream they'll really sparkle.
Couple of notes: they are open air so others around you will hear what you're listening to. Although, to be fair, it wasn't as bad as some reviews make it sound. They are not the most robust feeling in terms of construction. You're buying these for sound quality.
Bottom line - you just can't go wrong with these.
Pros: Sound quality. This trumps all cons.
Cons: Open air sound leakage but you should already know this. Quality of materials in construction.
This review of the Grado SR80e will begin with a little personal history. I am used to listening to Magneplanar Speakers so needless to say my expectations of the Grados weren't super high to begin with. When you listen through some maggies it's hard to listen to other style of drivers without achieving the same level of detail and realism without spending considerable amounts of money on traditional dynamic driver systems. However as fasr as headphones go I am very used to listening to Koss Porta Pro which are also open back design although considerably smaller in size. The Grados are much like a giant pair of Koss porta pros which is a good thing. The soundstage is very wide and mids and highs are extremely articulate and detailed. The bottom end is tight and fairly fast, although I find them to be somewhat soft in the lower bass portion. however all together they produce a very detailed sound that gives the impression of being right in the mix with the artists. When listening to classical style recordings it appears that the listeners position is right next to the conductor. and with Rock and more modern recordings it is very much like sitting in front of the lead singers mic with everything else wrapped around you. They do not require a headphone amp to drive sufficient volume levels however I feel like they would probably be more accurate with something a little more power for better control of the drivers. But they will sound fine with your ipod. not for noisy places.
Pros: Super wide soundstage, Great mids and articulate highs. accurate although slightly soft in the bass region. comfortable for hours on end. durable construction. great vintage look
Cons: They do not block out any environment noise. but they aren't supposed to. They are open back for a reason. They give detailed sound and are meant for intricate listening sessions, not for working out at the gym.
This is my 3rd Grado headphone purchase. I now have this SR80e plus the SR325e and GS1000e (all from Crutchfield). Each is superb when it comes to music reproduction even though they are each have a different sound and build. When this headphone arrived and was unpacked I couldn't get over how cheap it looked. The SR325e is clearly better built as is the GS1000e. However, those are 3 and 10 times the cost. The surprise... the sound is terrific and sounds better than many and definitely better than anything in it's price range. For the money, it is a steal.
Pros: Very light with really great sound.
Cons: Nothing wrong with the build quality just the material used is cheap looking.
Thanks..what a wonderful item. Very happy.
I needed a graduation present for my niece and wanted something that wasn't boring or something she'd want to sell. Like many kids today she listened to music with cheap earbuds so finding the right headphones could make a big splash. As soon as she opened the box she loved the design and feel of the headphones. Later when she plugged them in she was all smiles. Mission accomplished.
Pros: Great sound Good looks
Cons: No real cons I can think of. I guess cheaper woudl be good but I think they are a great value for the money.
These are great quality headphones for a very reasonable price. The frequency response seems very flat and they have good bass response. They are very neutral with nicely recorded source material, and I purposely purchased them because I wanted a natural sounding headphone without the over-emphasized thumpy bass. These are not meant to be noise-reduction headphones, they will let you stay aware of your surroundings.
Pros: Great sound quality, great value, made is USA, comfortable, cool looking, let you hear your surroundings
Cons: No negative issues
Replaced a pair of Grado SR60s I had used for many years. Even better sound than my old pair and just as comfortable. Unbeatable for the money.
Pros: Great sound Great comfort Great value
Cons: Not designed for noise reduction
Comfortable, well-priced, satisfactory sound. Not noise reducing and others nearby will hear sound.
Pros: Value, comfort
Cons: Let's sound in and out
I bought this set of headphones with the desire to have excellent sound quality, but still allow me to be aware of my surroundings. These do an excellent job. The sound quality is very good, they are light and comfortable. I am able to respond if needed to my surroundings by avoiding the noise reduction that so many people appear to need for their listening pleasure. (My wife is happy because if she needs me, I can hear her!) I am also able to listen to music or watch movies late at night without disturbing her while enjoying the volume and sound quality that I enjoy. I also wanted to avoid any cord mounted switches or volume controls that may cause noise as they age, and cause potential distortion issues in the future. I have had other headphones that static was introduced after years of use in the volume controls mounted on the earcups, so I wanted to avoid that with the Grado headphones.
Pros: High quality sound, light weight, and comfortable. Allows me to remain aware of my surroundings while listening.
Cons: For my usage, I have not found any negative issues.
cables to bulky for use other than listining at home stero not good for ipod/iphone use at gym or any outdoor use athiner cable would have made them near perfect great price though
Pros: sounded as good as bose top of line , price, MADE IN U.S.A.
Cons: bulky cables
Gave my wife the Grado SR80e for Christmas, since she had these raggedy older Philips headphones - they're still OK, but she deserved better ones.
From the moment that she opened the box, it was oozing coolness. Great first impression.
The thickness of the cord, the comfort of the ear pads, the leather band with imperfections looks beautiful, it all made her smile. She thought it was a much more expensive set of headphones. Once she plugged in... she was giddy. She played some 70s and 80s rock, classical music, and some hip-hop. Everything sounded fantastic.
Two caveats, albeit minor: the cord isn't detachable and, because they are on-ear, the sound emanating from the headphones can be easily heard by someone close by. Not a big deal to me, at all.
Happy wife, happy life.
Pros: -Sound quality -Comfort -Clarity in both female and male voices -Very satisfying bass
Cons: -Non-detachable cord
great sound but marked down due to extremely short power cord that is only useful if standing right next to the amp.
Cons: requires a power cord extender.
These phones are the best I have ever owned. The sound quality is excellent, It's all there-Bass is great-not too thumpy, the mids and highs are very clear and pronounced-even at higher volume levels!! I was pleasantly surprised at the outstanding overall sound quality when I first put them on my smart phone!!
Pros: Great sound quality, value, durability.
Cons: Sorry I didn't purchase these phones before now!!!!
Gave them as a Christmas gift to my son...next thing I knew he was plugged in to his Phone and listening to music. He was impressed with the quality of sound. He will be travelling quite a bit with his new job and knows these headphones plugged into his favorite tunes will be a great way to pass the time in flight.
Pros: very good sound quality...very little sound leaking from the headphones... less scatter noise to disturbe others nearby. Lightweight and comfortable.
Cons: haven't found one!
Overall pleased with these headphones.
excellent product for the money. Great sound and clarity. I can sit and listen for hours with no stress or pressure on the ears. Liked them so much that I bought a pair for my wife and son.
Pros: Great sound for the price. Very easy on the ears.
Great sound quality at an affordable price. For the money you cant beat the price. They also fit comfortably.
Pros: Great sound, quality construction, comfort.
Cons: Maybe not as stylish as other brands but at one third the cost who cares!
It as been many years since I owned a Sennheiser open air headphone set (actually their first model). I took a chance on this one and must register some disappointment. The sound is just ok-- Too bright and glaring. It is a harsh listen compared with my enclosed Sennheiser and Sony headphones. Perhaps things might improve with time, although I would not want to miss the return by date.
Pros: Price, reasonable comfort.
Cons: Harsh, glaring sound. Not appealing for classical listening.
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.
Wonderful sound quality for a reasonable price!
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.
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.
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.
best headphone i every have, compare this to my ath50 that are good but overeating i preferred the grados best overall.
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.
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.
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.
Good phones for the money
Pros: Very nice audio quality, neutral and balanced
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.
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!
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.
|Frequency Response||20-20k Hz|
|Airline Adapter Included||No|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
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.
best product under $100 [ JANE Dec 13, 2015 ]
My friend let me know about the Grado SR80e. I keep using his, so I knew it was time to get my own set of cans. Can't wait I am so excited the Grado SR80e has an amazing sound. [ Albert Dec 05, 2015 ]
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 ]