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Grado SR125e

Prestige Series on-ear headphones

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Item # 786SR125E

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Our take on the Grado SR125e

Affordable audiophile headphones

No matter what your taste in music, the Grado Prestige Series SR125e headphones can make your tunes sound better. They deliver classic Grado sound in spades — intimate midrange with full-bodied vocals, sparkling-clear highs, and tight, punchy bass. These headphones feature updates to Grado's previous SR125i headphones, including an improved driver design, better acoustic damping, and a new cable. Grado's SpaceBlack Polycarbonate enclosures minimize resonance and vibration, for sound that's clean and clear. The SR125e's sense of warmth and immediacy may occasionally startle you.

We think these 'phones make an outstanding value for audiophiles on a budget. You can easily drive them with your portable player or laptop. They also benefit nicely from the addition of a headphone amplifier.

Born in Brooklyn and built to perform

Each pair of SR125e 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 SR125e uses a vented "open-air" earcup design with large, non-resonant air chambers for powerful, extended low frequency response and a more open, spacious sound. The diaphragm in each driver has been put through a special "de-stressing" process that allows it to deliver more music detail for an even larger soundstage. A beefy, eight-conductor connecting cable and ultra-high purity copper voice coils give these 'phones a refined, ultra-smooth top end and dynamic, yet tightly controlled bass.

What's in the Box:

  • On-ear headphones with attached 67" cable (3.5mm plug)
  • 1/4" adapter (installed)
  • "Celebrating Over 60 Years of Tradition" sheet
  • Headphone/Warranty info (printed on inside of box)

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 provide enhanced levels of inner detail for a more open soundstage
  • Grado's SpaceBlack Polycarbonate enclosures minimize unwanted vibration and resonance for cleaner, clearer sound
  • eight-conductor connecting cable for tighter, more controlled sound
  • adjustable headband for a custom fit
  • driver pairs matched to within 0.1 dB for better stereo imaging
  • ultra-high purity, long-crystal copper (UHPLC) voice coils for smoother sound and greater accuracy
  • eight-conductor copper headphone cable terminated with a 1/8" plug
  • 1/4" plug 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

Grado SR125e Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(5 Reviews)

Best I've heard

MooJoo from Connecticut on 5/2/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These are the best sounding headphones I've ever heard. I can only imagine what their top of the line phones sound like! Superb low end, punchy and clear. Highs are amazingly open and clear, bright but accurate. And now that they've 'broken in' a little (as the manufacturer states), they sound even better. I would recommend these to anyone and for the price, you can not beat these.

Pros: Excellent sound, in particular the clarity of the lows.

Cons: Highs seemed a little bright at first, though not hyped.

Grado SR125e

TomC from Maryland on 1/13/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Left side stop working after two weeks

Pros: Sound good

Cons: Unreliable. Never had any earphones fail so soon after buying them.

Hot ears

Anonymous from TN on 1/1/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sound, but significantly lacking comfort. It's time for Grado to adopt a better material than their current foam. It's hot and generally uncomfortable

Pros: The sound quality is legit

Cons: On ear foam is hot

Great sound

Yoda from Los gatos, ca on 11/25/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great sound. Replaced my old grado 80's.

Pros: Hard to beat sound quality for price.

Cons: A little uncomfortable to wear for more than an hour.

glad I bought them

btblue from NY, NY on 9/5/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

For the price I paid for a pair of headphones, the sound is excellent. No complaints as far as that's concerned. My only problem with these cans is the comfort. It took about a week to feel somewhat comfortable. The foam cushions rest directly on your ears as opposed to my Sennheiser pair that have a hollowed out area that go around the ears. a lot more comfortable. I have listened to the Grados for hours at a time so maybe I'm nitpicking a bit.

Pros: Sound is excellent, price.

Cons: As mentioned in the review, could be more comfortable to wear.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 3.135" x 3.135"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 20-20k Hz
Sensitivity 99.8 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 9.2 ounces
Cord Length 67"
1/4-inch Adapter Included Yes
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


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.

SR125e: The Grado SR125e on-ear headphones, like the others in the Prestige Series, have an open back design that produces a full, more realistic experience. The headphones utilize UHPLC (Ultra-High Purity, Long Crystal) oxygen-free copper voice coil wire and state-of-the-art driver design. The new proprietary SpaceBlack polycarbonate housing absorbs excess energy and prevents stray resonances from interacting with the driver. The result is clearer tones, and purer sonic reproduction. The drivers in the SR125e are matched to within 0.1dB for optimum stereo imaging.

8-Conductor Audio Cable: The SR125e has a high-quality 67" 8-conductor audio cable with a 3.5mm gold-plated plug. This new cable design exhibits greater control over the low and high frequencies, and lets Grado's world-famous midranges sing. 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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Made in USA, great sound, workmanship and service [ Twin_Rotor  Jan 03, 2017 ]
Great reviews [ Rick  Sep 27, 2016 ]