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Grado SR80e

Prestige Series on-ear headphones

Item # 786SR80E

Want warm, balanced, natural sound that can transport you straight to the heart of your music — without...

Want warm, balanced, natural sound that can transport you straight to the heart of your music — without...

Item # 786SR80E

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$99.00

About the Grado SR80e

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.

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

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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
  • 68" four-conductor copper headphone cable terminated with 1/8" stereo mini plug (1/4" adapter included)
  • optional 12-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
  • MFR # sr80e

What's in the box:

  • On-ear headphones with attached 68" 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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More details on the Grado SR80e

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Features & specs

General
Fit Style On-ear
Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 3.163" x 3.163"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
Voice Assistant Access
Amazon Alexa No
Google Assistant No
Siri No
Connectors
3.5mm Yes
1/4" Yes
Lightning No
4.4mm balanced No
XLR4 balanced No
2.5mm No
Other None
Specs
Frequency Response 20-20k Hz
Sensitivity 99.8 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 8.2 ounces
Cord Length 68"
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
The Grado SR80e replaces these items:

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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 68" 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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I ordered a pair of Grado SR80e headphones, as a gift to a friend, who is in the hospital. When he opened the package, he could not understand how to "find" the 1/8 inch miniplug..Is the 6.5 mm (1/4 inch) adapter shipped attached over the miniplug ?
[ David  Aug 16, 2020 ]
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Hi David, thanks so much for reaching out! I see that your question has received a lot of great responses from our valued Crutchfield customers who have purchased these headphones! If you are still in need of assistance, please feel free to reach out to our technical support department. You will find their contact information located at the bottom of your invoice. Have your order number handy for quick account access, and they will be happy to answer any additional questions, and ensure that everything is running smoothly for your friend.
[ Jess  Sep 06, 2020 ]  Staff
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Yes, from memory you just need to pull or screw it off
[ Brendan  Sep 01, 2020 ]
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The adapter is supposed to be included. I don't remember if it came attached. If all he sees is the 1/4", he needs to pull it off to reveal the 1/8" plug.
[ Eduardo  Sep 01, 2020 ]
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Hi , I think the 1/4 is attached to the mini.
[ David J.  Sep 01, 2020 ]
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The 1/4 adaptor can be pulled off. The 1/8" plug is underneath.
[ Steven  Sep 01, 2020 ]
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The miniplug is attached to the end of the cable. Just pull off the 6.5mm adapter if it's attached.
[ Robert  Sep 01, 2020 ]
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Mine came with the 1/4" adapter installed. It's a snap-on connector. Pull firmly where metal meets plastic. The 1/8" plug is left attached to the cord.
[ ALLAN  Sep 01, 2020 ]
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Yes I believe it is. If you remove the larger plug the smaller one is underneath. Thanks
[ Stephen  Sep 01, 2020 ]
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I do not remember how mine came shipped, but, yes, the main plug is the 1/8" and you should be able to remove the 1/4" easily.
[ A Shopper  Sep 01, 2020 ]
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Yes, exactly right, just pull the 1/4" adapter off the end of the cable.
[ BRIAN  Sep 01, 2020 ]
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I want to use these headphones with my desktop PC. Would they work well paired with the Audioengine D3 or would I need the Audioengine D1?
[ DENNIS  Dec 03, 2019 ]
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The Audioengine D3 works great with the Grado headphones. Simple plug and play operation. Volume is controlled by the keyboard on my Dell laptop. The sound is great using Spotify and even better with Tidal!
[ James  Dec 19, 2019 ]
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I have the D1 so I can't really answer the question directly, but I have used them with my phone and Roku remote and they sound exceptional on all of them including my 7 year old D1
[ Donald  Dec 18, 2019 ]
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I have no idea I own eight pairs of full over ears ear phones The Grado sounds the Most musical . Highs miss an lows are even and pleasant they are my favorite pair
[ Edgar  Dec 18, 2019 ]
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They will be fine with either unit as they are very high efficiency. Be aware that they are "open" headphones and others will be able to hear them in a cubicle or open office setting.
[ Lawrence  Dec 18, 2019 ]
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I use mine with an Audio Quest DragonFly Red v1.0 DAC. I'm not familiar with the Audioengine devices but do know my Grados work fine at wfnm 89.1 FM when I host my show. They use DACs too but I'm afraid I don't know the brand/models. These are outstanding headphones for the price and sound better than many phones I've used in the $300 range.
[ Dan  Dec 04, 2019 ]
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I have owned these headphones for over 10 years - I use them in my IPod and Dell Inspiron laptop. BEST I've ever had especially for the price. I use them 7 days a week!
[ Thomas  Dec 04, 2019 ]
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I need phones for my TV , this doesn't seem to fit the bill.. do you have anything I can see?
[ Jean  Jan 29, 2018 ]
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I use these for TV. I simply adjusted the tone-range on the TV's sound to get the proper sound. They do push out the bass so I reduced the TV's bass range, slightly reduced the treble and didn't need to adjust midrange at all. Sounds great and doesn't disturb my Wife when I crank up the volume. These are excellent headphones for the price and in my opinion, outperform many of the phones in the $300 price range.
[ Dan  Dec 04, 2019 ]
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You are correct. The Grado phones are for stereo music and are excellent for that. Not sure what is suitable for TV. Maybe something from Beats?
[ GREGORY  Jan 30, 2018 ]
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best $100 headphone ever?
[ MajorStewie  Nov 21, 2014 ]
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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 ]
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Absolutely, no regrets very comfortable and great sound from rock to classical music . Enjoy !
[ Ralph  Nov 24, 2014 ]
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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 ]
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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.
[ Tony  Nov 22, 2014 ]
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Maybe not the best ever, but definitely a solid option at this price point.
[ BRENNEN K  Nov 22, 2014 ]
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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 ]
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It'd be hard to beat them for 100, but you may prefer the 325s for a couple hundred more.
[ Brian  Nov 22, 2014 ]
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Can you tell me how long the cord length is please?
[ Thomas  Aug 25, 2014 ]
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copy pasted from details page. Cord Length83"
[ MajorStewie  Nov 21, 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 ]
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About 70 inches to the bifurcation of the cord to each headphone.
[ David  Sep 01, 2014 ]
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6 or 7 feet depending on if you measure to the junction or to the ear.
[ Richard  Aug 28, 2014 ]
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Thomas, the SR80E comes with a 6 foot cord.
[ Barry  Aug 27, 2014 ]
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The cable length is 7 feet.
[ Cornel  Aug 26, 2014 ]
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Just over 6 feet from the base of the headphones.
[ BRENNEN K  Aug 25, 2014 ]
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It's about 82" from the earphone itself. The two wires meet at ~11".
[ Guest  Aug 25, 2014 ]
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The cord is aprox. 2 mts long.
[ German Velez  Aug 25, 2014 ]
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The cord is 6 feet. Plenty long enough!
[ Steven  Aug 25, 2014 ]
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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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