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Grado SR225i

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Each pair of SR225i headphones is still made right in Brooklyn, New York where the Grado family has been building award-winning audio gear for almost 60 years. Like all Grado headphones, the SR225i 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. Drivers on the left and right channels are carefully matched to within 0.05 dB of each other for precise stereo imaging. They also feature large ear cushions and improved rear metal screens with enhanced air flow, for a larger soundstage and wider frequency response. 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.

Get closer to the music

Grado's SR225i headphones deliver the kind of dynamic impact and natural, uncolored sound that gets your toes tapping and keeps you listening to your tunes late into the night. They also give audiophiles and music lovers enhanced, low-level resolving power that helps uncover fresh details on familiar recordings. Offering incredible bang for the buck, these impressive performers neatly occupy the sweet spot at the corner of "affordable" and "fantastic." You can easily drive them using the headphone outputs on most home audio systems, and they even work great with your portable player or laptop using Grado's optional miniplug adapter. They also benefit nicely from the addition of a headphone amplifier.

Born in Brooklyn and built to perform

Each pair of SR225i headphones is still made right in Brooklyn, New York where the Grado family has been building award-winning audio gear for almost 60 years. Like all Grado headphones, the SR225i 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. Drivers on the left and right channels are carefully matched to within 0.05 dB of each other for precise stereo imaging. They also feature large ear cushions and improved rear metal screens with enhanced air flow, for a larger soundstage and wider frequency response. 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.

From the review Grado SR225i headphones: open sound and plentiful detail

"For listening at home, they're great. My music didn't sound 'closed in,' and that made it more enjoyable. I also heard a lot of detail, especially in the mid-range and high end. If you're ready to graduate to a quality pair of headphones for some serious listening sessions, the Grado SR225i headphones are a good place to start."

— Ralph Graves, Crutchfield Blog and Product Review Editor

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 eight-conductor connecting cable for enhanced inner detail and a more open sound
  • large ear cushions and increased air flow through improved rear metal screens deliver a larger soundstage free from coloration
  • adjustable headband for a custom fit
  • driver pairs matched to within 0.05 dB for better stereo imaging
  • ultra-high purity, long-crystal copper (UHPLC) voice coil wire
  • 67" standard eight-conductor copper headphone cable terminated with a 1/4" plug (optional Grado 1/8" miniplug adapter available)
  • optional 15-foot Grado headphone extension cable available
  • frequency response: 20-22,000 Hz
  • sound pressure level (at 1mW): 98 dB
  • impedance: 32 ohms
  • warranty: 1 year (does not include earpads)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • On-ear headphones
  • Headphone information/ Warranty information

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I read reviews that said these were a bit uncomfortable, maybe its because my ears are not large, but I find these very be really comfortable. I also like the open ended sound. I would highly recommend these. I will never use my cheapo sony head phones again!

jburon, Leicester, MA


Grado SR225i Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(17 Reviews)

The best headphone I have ever owned

Uncle Mike from Pittsburgh, PA on 7/1/2014

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I have owned headphones from Sennheiser, Yamaha, Sony, Beyer and others. Only the Sennheisers (higher-end models) present a satisfying experience for serious music, and they have the disadvantage of signal loss when you turn your head. This seems to be a chronic problem with the connectors that plug into the earpieces. So I began to look at the Grado models. I started with the SR-60, then bought an 80, and finally took the plunge and picked up this 225. Aside from the funky old-school appearance (people comment that I look like a WW2 radio man when I wear them) these things are phenomenal. They neither add to nor denigrate the sound of the source material. The sound is transparent and practically three-dimensional, especially in chamber music. In Mahler, you can push these phones until it hurts (not recommended) and they do not distort. Just imagine the kind of integrity that can invent a product of this quality, sell it for a more-than-fair price, and keep tight control over retail distribution. It is like a glimpse of the old pre-stereo era of the 1950s, when the man whose name was the brand was the guy you talked to on the phone when you needed customer service. These Grado people are in my pantheon of heroes. Needless to say, I love my 225s. I can wear them for hours at a time without fatigue, and the sound quality is everything I could possibly want. Highest recommendation!

Pros: Just about everything!

Cons: Coolness? Grados are not for bling wearers. I lowered the noise reduction but I guess I should have declared it non-applicable, as there is no attempt to seal the listener from the outside world. One small but serious flaw: the end of the cable is a quarter-inch phone plug of weighty construction. When you attach a 1/8th inch adapter for use in, say, a laptop, you can seriously strain the female jack, which is a delicate part. I suggest buying a short extension cord (1/4" female to 1/8" male).

Sound and feel perfect!

jburon from Leicester, MA on 5/1/2014

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I read reviews that said these were a bit uncomfortable, maybe its because my ears are not large, but I find these very be really comfortable. I also like the open ended sound. I would highly recommend these. I will never use my cheapo sony head phones again!

Pros: Comfortable and sound awesome!

Cons: The open ended sound leak bothered one of my co-workers, but I was cranking them to see what they could do. I have been listening at low levels and they still sound great, and no complaints from others in the office so far.

Very Pleased With Purchase

Rick from Lutherville on 3/24/2014

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Headphones are a little bright sounding. I knew this before I bought them so no surprise here. Took off 1 star for this. Very pleased with purchase.

Pros: Very "open" sound.

Cons: Sound is a little bright

Natural sound from Grado!

vma from seattle,wa on 10/1/2013

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Very natural sounding headphones, less bass than Grado PS500 but they produce very clean sound.



Grado 225's are a step or 2 above the rest

Sal from Washington on 9/26/2013

You get what you pay for and the grado 225's are a great example of this for even the most weathly hifi stereo buff. Comparing with akg's to monster beats detail in the grado 225's stand above the rest no matter what the cost they are a true music reproducing machine. A true 5star headphone by a quality name in hifi. Grado 225's are worth every penny considering the $200 price tag.

Pros: sophisticated quality and sound



JOHNW from Des Plaines. IL on 8/30/2013

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These are a pair of the best sounding headphone I have ever tried and well worth the money.

Pros: Sound quality is amazing.

Cons: Foam around the ear cushions are not very comfortable if you have larger than average ears. Backs of headphone are open and allow everyone else to hear what you are listening to. I bought these listen to music on my computer while the wife watches TV, Didn't work out to well for her as the sound from the headphones was to loud to watch TV in the same room.

Perfect sound

Jim from Wayne on 8/2/2013

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I bought the SR80i for my kid and I liked them so much that I bought the SR225i for myself. I have tried many headphones, but nothing I ever tried had the open sound that these do. The 80's have richer bass but less mids and highs than the 225's, which have a more balanced cleaner sound, but that simply becomes a preference. Both are incredibly light weight for this level of quality, but in the end, I prefer the 225's. They are a bit more comfortable than the 80's because of the bowls and they sound great on anything I use including my Marantz receiver, Zen mp3 player, computer, or iPhone. Many companies tend to focus on bass and highs but neglect the mids, but the SR225i's deliver on all levels with a perfect balance of the three. Practically no noise reduction on any model, but that is intentional because it is part of the open air design that makes these headphones stand out from others. You just can't get the full open sound in NR headphones like you can with these. I let four friends (all with different quality headphones) try them and everyone did not want to put them down, and vowed to order a pair for themselves. That speaks for itself. The 225's are a bit pricey when compared to the 80's, but only by a comparatively small margin. It was worth the extra money to get the clarity that these headphones deliver. I just love these things, and apparently everyone who hears them does too.

Pros: Surprisingly lightweight yet incredible hard-to-find open full sound with perfect balance of lows, mids and highs.

Cons: A bit uncomfortable after a while. Bowl cushions should be larger and thicker to cover the ear better. Cord is quite heavy but impressive for home use.

Dissenting Opinion

Marko from Chicago, IL on 4/7/2013

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The sound quality does not match that of my $100 Klipsch buds and in particular, lacks bass response. Also don't seem to fit medium-size heads very well - as in they felt loose.

Pros: Very stylish. American made.

Cons: Sound quality that does not match the hype.

Worth The Money

AJT from Maryland on 3/21/2013

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There may be a better pair of headphones for the price, but I doubt you will be disappointed if you spend your money on these. The sound is neutral and balanced. It is not really warm sounding, but not really digital and sterile either. I'm hearing things in music I have listened to for years with new clarity and detail. If you like booming bass, these headphones are not for you, but if you like balanced sound with clear mids and highs that you can actually hear, then these ARE for you. Highs and upper-mids in certain songs initially sounded a little tinny to my ears, but I turned the volume up, left them plugged into my stereo with iTunes on shuffle for 12 hours, and the tinny mids and highs disappeared. So if you're initially discouraged with the sound, don't be, just BREAK THEM IN. Regarding the design, I actually like the retro look, but then I'm a child of the 80s, so the simple "wire" design works. The wire connectors could be a problem with long hair. I suppose there are other headphones in this price range with more cushion around the headband, but it doesn't bother me. The foam around the headphones is comfy, but a tad rough. I didn't feel fatigued after a few hours of listening. Maybe I'll try a mod. Two minor complaints: The cord needs to be 2 - 3 feet longer. A carry case or bag, or a 1/8" adapter as part of the deal would have been nice. Still a 5 star product

Pros: Balanced and clear sound, retro design.

Cons: No case/bag or 1/8" adapter, cord could be longer.

Jamodin from Billings, MT on 3/6/2013

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Very good quality sound

Pros: Comfortable to wear and great cord length

Cons: None

The best headset I have ever purchased

Gary - the music man from Bettendorf, Iowa on 1/14/2013

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The Grado 225 headset is more than I expected - the sound is the finest quality I have heard - highs, middles and lows - sheer magic - and I know it will only get better as time goes by. There is a spaciousness and a completeness that is remarkable - no noise, no added anything. It sounds just the way I hoped it would - and I am very happy about it. There is nothing missing either - this is the way the best headset is supposed to sound. I listen to many kinds of music and they all sound fantastic - the clarity is amazing - the balance is just right. I know that I sound "Over the top" - but there are very few things in life that function the way they are supposed to - and this headset from Grado is one of those things. Excellent buy! For once I did the right thing! And Grado headsets are made in the USA!

Pros: Light weight - great treble - excellent midrange - Very confident bass - honest and legitimate sound and there is no distortion or noise - very well made - easy to wear - incredible quality of the headset AND the sound it produces - no "hollowness" to the sound - nothing artificial - no "distance" or muffled sound between you and the music.

Cons: The headset is a little tight for my big head, but I am gently and carefully working to improve that and it is gradually getting better. No real problem at all. I need to get an extension cord as the cord supplied is too short for my situation. Again, that is no real prloblem.


jebwatson from Birmingham, Al. on 1/3/2013

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Am I sitting in the drummer's lap right now? Because I'm hearing notes half the band didn't know were there. The detail that these headphones deliver is simply astounding. I haven't burned them in yet and they are blowing my expectations away. I've had a pair of Sennheiser 518s for years now, and I've always been content and even happy with their sound, but I'm afraid I never will be again. I have reached the pinnacle of sound in my transition to grados and I promise never to return. These are without a doubt the best sounding headphones I've ever purchased, and perhaps the best thing is, you don't need anything fancy to make them sound great. I pulled them out of the box, hooked up the adapter, plugged into the computer, and fell in love. It's just mind-boggling how fantastic these headphones sound. If you are even remotely considering making the next step up in quality headphones, let this review serve as the justification that no excuse will suffice any longer. Buy these headphones, you will absolutely not be disappointed. One more thing, if I had one complaint, it's that I find the earpads to be a bit itchy, but I've always had over-ear cans, so I'm not really used to the way these feel just yet. Other than that almost insignificant, perhaps even whiney, complaint, these cans have blown me away.

Pros: Best sound I've ever heard, Lightweight, cool design.

Cons: Itchy earpads.

Sonic Enlightenment

Mark from Grand Prairie, Tx. on 9/19/2012

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Very nice sound! Replaced a pair of Sennheiser hd 500 phones with these based on reviews and I am not disappointed. Clear,well defined separation of instruments creating superb imaging. Very efficient even without headphone amp. these phones don't distort when cranked up to higher levels like most others I have tried. Extra thick cord is a bit cumbersome but adds to quality of sound. Normally listen through Onkyo NR 808 receiver but even my ipod drives these phones to adequate volume levels. Crutchfield service great as usual.

Pros: sound clarity,thick quality cable,well defined,musical bass

Cons: heavy cord

Grado SR225i

Anonymous from SF, CA on 2/8/2012

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Nice sound !

Pros: Sound

Cons: Nothing negative so far !

They get better with time?!

Brenton H from Auburn, Al on 1/27/2012

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To start off.. I'm having a hard time concentrating enough to write this review because these headphones are so incredible. I'm not an audiophile, but I aspire to be one (being a recent grad there's not much room for spending) because audio quality means that much to me. With that being said, i'm going to give my best amateur review. First, if there is any company that I would rather call than place an order online, it's crutchfield. Incredible service. On to the headphones though.. Love the retro styling. I'm not lebron or kobe before a basketball game, so I don't care about how "fly" my headphones look. My initial reaction to listening to a live track of John Mayer's "gravity" in lossless format? I laughed. Yes, laughed. The reason being because I can't believe that these get better with time (break-in period is 300-500 hours supposedly). There is so much detail that i've never noticed in so many of these songs that it is getting a little ridiculous. You sound like you're jamming with the band up on stage! The lows, mids, and highs? Impeccable. Also, they're more than comfortable enough (i'm going on three hours at the moment). I really can't imagine these with a headphone amp (can't wait to get one eventually). Congrats to both grado and crutchfield. Keep doing what you do.

Pros: Amazing quality. Tight lows, rich highs, and an incredible mid. Comfortable. USA.

Cons: None

Sitting in with the band.....

BigThrust from Charlottesville, VA on 1/24/2012

I walked into our local Crutchfield store and as usual I head straight for the outlet. Well, I could not believe it, a pair of Grado headphones in the outlet (super rare). Who would return a pair of Grado headphones and a pair of Grado SR225i no less. I have never owned a pair but knew of their legendary rep. The price was unbeatable ( you just don't find Grado headphones sold below retail too often). I went for it. I got the headphones home and noticed that the headphones were unused but also noticed that the headphones are configured with a 1/4 plug and not the more typical 3.5mm plug of today. I figured this is why the headphones were returned (oh gain). I snapped on the audio adaptor (that I had on hand) and plugged the headphones into my iPad. OMG! The quality of the sound I was hearing was insane. I felt as though I was sitting in with the band. The lows are tight and true, the highs were clean and alive and the mid.....well the mid is where these headphones shine. Picture yourself standing next to the lead singer as they sing their song. The vocals come through like you would not believe. The crack of the snare is ever so present. Unbelieveable. If you want to hear it all and if you truly appreciate quality sound, It is worth spending the money for a pair of Grado SR225i headphones.

Pros: Incredible sound quality that is hard to match for the price. Quality built in USA.

Cons: Headphone style may not appear to some. Comfort is not bad but could be better.

Gotta Love the Grado Sound!

Beer Budget Audiophiles from Whittier, CA on 8/2/2011

I wish I knew about these cans sooner. I had some Bose Triports before these phones and still felt there was something missing sonically. The Grados put you right up on the stage and/or studio. Crisp highs, tight bass, and phenomenal mid range sounds eminate from these cans. Electric guitars sing with these phones. My musical taste is all over the place (rock, punk, pop, oldies, late 80s-90s hip hop), but my Grados can do all genres justice. Since they are low impedance, an iPod can drive them okay, but I would suggest a portable amp to really do these phones justice. I love my Grados and they will make you appreciate your music library all over again.




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Features and Specs

Fit Style On-ear
Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 3.125" x 3.125"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control ---
Lightning Connector No
Android Control ---
Frequency Response 20-22k Hz
Sensitivity 98 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight Not Given
Cord Length 67"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 1 Year, earpads not incl
Labor Warranty 1 Year, earpads not incl

Product Research


Vented diaphragm: Grado headphones have a vented diaphragm for a large, airy, three-dimensional sound. The large air chamber is designed to extend the bass response.

Drivers: The diaphragm is made of a low mass polymer, developed with the compliance of the suspension in mind to achieve the desired low frequency response. The diaphragm's total mass is designed to provide a full 20 kHz bandwidth, while avoiding break-up at lower frequencies. High power neodymium magnets maximize efficiency and minimize weight. The left and right drivers are matched to within 0.05 dB for exact imaging.

Voice Coil: The SR225i's voice-coils are wound from ultra-high purity, long crystal (UHPLC) oxygen free copper. This high conductivity copper yields a clear transmission and minimizes coloration, resulting in smooth, clean and dynamic sound output.

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