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Grado SR60i

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Legendary Grado sound for home or portable listening

With their retro-cool looks and up-to-the-minute sound quality, Grado's lightweight SR60i headphones make the perfect companions for at-home or on-the-go listening. This perennial audio bargain sounds simply amazing. You'll enjoy warm, lively, detailed sound with that "you are there" feeling. These 'phones can easily be driven with your portable music player, 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 SR60i headphones is 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 SR60i uses a vented "open-air" earcup design with large, non-resonant air chambers for powerful, extended bass response and more open, spacious sound. Each driver features a high-quality copper voice coil to ensure smooth, dynamic performance with exceptionally low distortion. Drivers are also carefully matched to within 0.1 dB for enhanced stereo imaging and a wide soundstage.

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
  • 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" copper headphone cable terminated with 1/8" stereo miniplug
  • includes 1/4" adapter (installed)
  • optional 15-foot Grado headphone extension cable available
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 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
  • 1/4" Adapter
  • Headphone information/ Warranty information

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one of the most inexpensive audiophile products out there. amazing bang for the buck.

Rick P, fresno,ca.


Grado SR60i Reviews

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(29 Reviews)


Rick P from fresno,ca. on 12/3/2013

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one of the most inexpensive audiophile products out there. amazing bang for the buck.



Great Cans!

Nor_Cal_Guy from Grass Valley, CA on 11/27/2013

Really some of the best headphones at the price point. I really enjoy the open air sound and having a busy life it's nice to be able to hear what's going on around me while still enjoying a private listening experience. Grado has really done the music a favor with these phones. Granted they are mostly plastic, but if you want nicer looking/feeling headphones look upward in Grado's line. I have used the phones on the plane as well as the office. At higher volumes you can disturb your neighbor, but it's worth it for the sound you hear coming from these phones is heaven. The amount of detail and clarity is truly and audio gift at this price point. As long as noise reduction from ambient sources is not a concern you can rest assured these are the headphones you want to hear.

Pros: Sound Quality Retro look Price

Cons: Two wire setup

Grado SR60i

JohnC from Nashville, TN on 10/12/2013

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I have no complaint whatsoever so I am completely satisfied.



Grado SR60i

Gary from Howell, MI on 7/15/2013

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After reading some recent reviews I though I should give these " fabulous" headphones a try. Well I sent them back. The sound quality was rather poor as compared to a pair of Bose low end over the ears I compared them to. Dynamic range was not very good and the sound reproduction was sub par. The rain fall portion of Oleta Adam's Get Here sounded like crinkling Cellophane not rain at all. I suppose if you listen to cheapy in ears this might be OK, but Audiophile they are not !

Pros: Cool Look, Reasonable Price, Comfortable Fit

Cons: Poor Dynamic Range, Poor sound reproduction

Great headphone

CHEEKS from Dallas, Texas on 4/29/2013

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Outstanding sound quality, especially for an entry level set of headphones. Would rather have these than any "rapper" endorsed set of garbage. Extremely high quality made in USA, not mass produced junk! I can actually hear things in my music I didn't know were there. Amazing.

Pros: Excellent sound quality.

Cons: Non

Gradio SR601

creightonh from Baltimore, MD on 4/25/2013

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I had great hopes for these headphones. I wanted over-the-ear noise blocking, good sound with my mp3 player, and acceptable portability. Honestly, the sound is OK, but I did not have the phones long enough to experience them extensively. When they arrived, I took them on a short trip in my carry-on bag. When I took them out of the bag, the steel rod that attaches the headphone to the headband was broken. It's only pressedinto the plastic cup. Since the phones are useless unless they can do double-duty between home and travel, I needed to return them.

Pros: I like the old style. I found them to be comfortable.

Cons: Poor construction for travel use


Jill from California on 3/12/2013

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I was really excited to get these headphones, because I'd had my eye on them for months before I had the money to buy them. When I recieved them, they were fine. The sound quality is rather good, but is not good for much more than sitting in a quiet house with them. They don't block any sound. I was also rather disappointed when the right speaker fell right off the head band after less than a week of use. I decided that the poor construction out weighed the sound quality and decided to return them.

Pros: Good Sound Quality

Cons: Look awkward because of the antenna like adjusters, fell apart after less than a week, felt uncomfortable after extended use, did nothing to reduce noise.


jonnyanalog from mississippi on 3/2/2013

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I had my heart set on another, pricier set of sealed headphones. I could justify the double the price for the other pair. After reading several reviews here an on other sites I decided to pull the trigger. I've owned them for about 2 weeks now and they are excellent. Bass is rich and not overbearing. Highs are very clear with nice detail while the mids are pretty well balanced. My musical tastes vary from BassNectar to Vivialdi to The White Stripes. They handle everything with aplomb. Build quality is excellent. Everything has a solid feel to it and is well put together. The cable is thick but very flexible with plenty of length while using them at work on my desk. There are some cons but they are very minor to me. After about 5 hours they get get a bit uncomfortable and the foam used for the ear pads can sometimes make my ears feel warm. I hear Grado offers larger ear pads and I might try them out. Being open backed they can get loud or slightly annoying to my co-workers who sit near me. However, the open back offers the advantage of being able to hear people who come up from behind and need to talk to you. My boss can't claim that with his sealed cans. Overall, I've been very very pleased with them. For the price they can't be beat.

Pros: Excellent, well-balanced sound quality Very good build quality long warranty made in the USA!!!

Cons: Can be a bit fatiguing for extended use open back can be annoying to those around you

Sound quality is superb for the money

Mike from Charlottesville, VA on 3/1/2013

I bought these for my office as I have a number of higher end Grados at home. STILL with the cheaper SR60i, the sound is superb. I read a review or two that stated that "these headphones had no detail and sounded muddy". WHAT? What did you use as your sound source, an old PC or something? To really get the awe-factor out of a pair of Grados, feed it right. If you use a PC, use iTunes or another type software that will "purify" the music so the sound comes through clean. Step it up and add in a D/A converter. Grado's need and feed on proper output, otherwise just buy a pair of Sonys or something.

Pros: Sound quality!

Cons: It's kind of ugly, but who cares!

Returned my sr60i's

Nick from Boston Ma on 2/14/2013

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After a couple of hours listening I decided to return the 60's for a better pair. I had my wife and daughter also listen to them. The three of us thought they did not sound good enough even taking into account their cost. They lake detail and sound muddy. I know a lot of folks like these but if you are any form of an audiophile I suggest you spend more money or pick a different m brand.

Pros: Inexpensive for Grado type sound.

Cons: To my ears they sound muddy. My pair were poorly constructed.


NCCM from Ohio on 2/7/2013

Impressive sound, well worth the money. I do not want heavy bass, these headphones preformed exactly as promised!!! Well worth what I paid for them- these headphones sing with guitar, vocals, instrumental, and classical music. I listen to everything except rap and fusion jazz. Quite simply they work as I expect for a cheap price. WOW

Pros: excellent sound quality, it gets better after about 10 hours

Cons: after a few hours, I need to readjust major hassle there, just reposition them. The bass isn't huge, but I knew that going in and its not an issue with me

You get what you pay for.

UncleM from Cape Elizabeth, ME on 1/30/2013

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For an inexpensive pair of headphones these are O.K. but you definately get what you pay for. They sounded terrible right out of the box but got better when they started to break in (about 10 hours or so). Source definately makes a difference. You could say they are revealing of compressed music or sub-par sources, but so much of our musical entertainment comes to us this way these days. They sounded a lot better with a quality CD player but no matter the source the music quickly falls apart when you apply any kind of volume. Not ear bleeding volume but loud rock 'n roll volume. If you like to listen to music at low to medium volume they will probably be fine for the price you pay, but if you like to rock out or prefer deep base, I would look elsewhere. Definately emphisizes the upper range but not to the point of harshness. Like I said, with any kind of volume the whole sound field just falls apart. My other gripe is the short headphone cable. 81" is not as long as you would think so I had to get an extender cable which does degrade the sound quality a bit. I will have to invest in a higher quality cable at some time if I keep these, which I probably will. My bad, I suppose for not measuring. Overall, just O.K., not great.

Pros: Inexpensive Decent sound quality at low to medium volume

Cons: Short cord Sound field falls apart at high volume

Excellent sound throughout the spectrum

Bob H from Palmyra, VA on 12/7/2012

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On the market for a number of years at a very reasonable price I can't understand why they don't sell for at least three times as much. The sound quality is excellent throughout the spectrum. I enjoy classical music and with the Grado headphones the bass comes in as it should in good perspective with the balance of the orchestra. The openness of the phones allow outside voices to come through, as when my wife needs to get my attention, but is necessary (I believe) for the sound quality to perform at its peak. I also have a pair of Sennheiser phones which are over the ear and cut out almost all outside sound. They cost more and are not as comfortable as the Grado, though they are necessary at certain times (like late at night when the rest of the house is asleep). I highly recommend the Grado SR60i not only for sound quality, but for a price that gives excellent sound on a budget.

Pros: Well balance sound throughout the spectrum

Cons: Others can hear what you are listening to if they are relatively close.

A "Feel Good" Purchase

CantabHoo from Vermont, USA on 11/30/2012

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When I looked into Grado, I was really impressed that it is a family company still manufacturing in Brooklyn. Throw into the mix that Crutchfield is a family-owned supplier, and how could I not? It seemed like a chance worth taking to support two independent businesses and make a "feel good" purchase. These last 7 months with the Grado SR60i's have been delightful. Until purchasing these headphones, I have only ever owned headphones with "closed" backs. There really is a striking difference in the sound from the "open" SR60i's, and it may not be for everyone. The Crutchfield details say the SR60i's are for "portable" listening, but I disagree. I bought these headphones to use at my desk, and for that they are perfect. The long cord makes it very easy to move around my office without worrying about pulling out of the jack. Downsides are minimal, but obvious. The headphones are "on-ear," so it can get a little hot and even painful wearing them for long hours. I concur that the head strap has at times been a little painful when listening for several hours. The fully open design means everyone else hears everything you are listening to. . . and you can hear them. While the sound leakage is a definite minus, I don't mind being able to hear when someone is trying to get my attention. The long cord is good if you are sitting, but can be a hassle if you are standing. In sum, I'm quite with these headphones, and I enthusiastically recommend them. Feel good, indeed.

Pros: Exceptional and balanced sound for a wide-range of musical tastes, relatively inexpensive, great for office use, decently portability, vintage style, family company!

Cons: Can be painful if worn with glasses, head strap is uncomfortable after several hours, no noise reduction

Definitely Worthwhile

Can Man from USA on 11/23/2012

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I have always wanted to try the Grado SR60i headphone. While I am not a true audiophile, I do appreciate quality sound. The SR60I does perform well. It almost seemed that the 2nd time I listened to a CD they sounded better than the first play. Perhaps not, but they do have a nice sound. While they are not bass heavy, for me personally, I would rather have the instruments sound as they were meant to meaning not one instrument being more pronounced than the rest, but that is also a personal choice. The cable is the most heavy duty I have yet seen. Kudos to Grado!! While I have other phones which are much more expensive and do offer I believe better sound. They should considering the much higher price. It is probably safe to say that the pads may or will have to be replaced at some point, but this should not be a reason to not purchase them. If you would like to try a modestly priced pair of headphones that do a fine job, the Grado Sr60i should be at or near the top of your wish list.

Pros: Sound quality, cable, price, supplied plug for insert in a headphone amp or receiver.

Cons: None that I can think of

If you're considering these, go for it.

Gabe J from Houston, Tx on 11/13/2012

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From the moment i put them on to test them out for the first time, I knew I had something good, the highs are crisp and distinct, without mashing the sounds of different cymbals and high hats with snares, the mids and vocals come through as intended nothing seems to fight to be heard its all very clean sounding. The bass is rich without mudding up the rest of the sound, if you want eardrum busting bass these aren't for you. However if you'd like to listen to music the way artist intended then these are right up your alley. I'm actually surprised how well these headphones sound at all volume levels, and different styles of music. My average listening time is about 10-14 hours a day, I do design and engineering work so good music for me is a must have. and i came from wearing B&W C5's they also were good but i kept having problems with them so I'm happy Crutchfield let me swap them out for these awesome headphones.

Pros: Price, quality, clarity of sound, great sound stage, very comfortable, sturdy, just plain great!

Cons: none so far, aside from not buying them sooner.

Grado 60i

John from Dunedin, Fl on 7/5/2012

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Best phones I have ever heard under 10 times their price,

Pros: Magnificent sound and my bench mark is a live performance of the Japanese High School national Orchestra performing Mussorgsky at Carnegie Hall 12-26-2010. made in USA by small family business.

Cons: No sound isolation but I do not believe the phone would be as good with it.


A Affleck from Rhode Island on 7/1/2012

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The sound from these headphones is fantastic. I feel like I am, for the first time, actually hearing the entire spectrum as opposed to just a limited slice of it. The noise reduction is non-existant beyond having big foam cups against your ears but that's not why I got them. So that is not a negative, just something to be aware of. I love the sound from these and have begun (rebegun) listening to music and podcasts a lot more!

Pros: Excellent Sound, Comfortable

Cons: None

Grado SR60i

Anonymous from NEW YORK CITY on 5/27/2012

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Grado SR60

MotoGuzzi from Bridgeport, CT on 5/27/2012

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Extremely crisp sound. Comfortable. Very well made (cords aren't hair-thin). Would like a little more bass response.

Pros: Price-for-quality, comfortable, crisp sound.

Cons: Probably ought to keep a supply of foam earpads

Excellent Listening Experience; A Few Minor Concerns

RobW from So. Lancaster, MA on 5/17/2012

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For the wearer, these are overall an excellent set of headphones. The sound quality is great and there seems to be little to no loss in response across highest to lowest frequencies regardless of the type of music you may be listening to. These are also exceedingly comfortable to wear, very lightweight, very comfortable on the ears and have adequate adjustability. They are NOT designed to deliver really any noise reduction, so you shouldn't be expecting them to do that (hence the 1 star). Even with music turned up to mid-levels I can easily hear my wife talk to me if she's in the same room. Which leads me to Section II; OTHER As I noted above these do not seem to reduce ambient sounds any further than would most other objects placed over your ears. How relevant this is will depend on your usage: When you're at home it probably isn't all that relevant; If you're considering these for use in a more on-the-go, urban area then it becomes more important to consider. Lastly, I obviously don't know at what volume the other reviewers listen to their music but it's MUCH more than "a whisper" that those nearby will hear from these headphones, even from just mid-level volumes. I use them often before bedtime and if my wife isn't listening to her own Ipod, she can not only hear whatever I'm listening to, but hears it clearly. The others may have modified their 'phones somehow, or just listen at volumes a lot lower than I do, but this cannot be understated.

Pros: Excellent sound response No loss across high or lowest frequencies Very comfortable Lightweight

Cons: WAY too much cord for mobile device applications Does not cancel ambient noise "Sound bleed" to those nearby

Great headphones

justtito from Richmond,VA on 5/9/2012

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These are great headphones, I really enjoy listening to these. The sound works out great for all of my main music listening; however, occasionally I will listen to a Dubstep song and these just do not provide the kind of bass to make those sounds sound good. For everything else from hip hop to indie to hardcore to classical these rock. I love the look and they definitely provide have that "Cool Factor". The chord is super long so if you're looking for something that is portable, this may be a hindrance. It doesn't bother me though. Long story short- I would certainly not hesitate buying these headphones again, I have modified the headband with foam to make it more comfortable and it has made a huge difference. If you're looking for a super bass heavy headphone because you're a Dubstep junky I'd look elsewhere. For everything else these sound perfect.

Pros: Amazing sound, very cool looking, comfortable with modding.

Cons: Uncomfortable for long (hours) listening sessions- Modifying the headband and ear pads can fix this but right out the box they left some to be desired.

Awesome Headphones, Awesome Service!

MJB from Lexington, KY on 3/11/2012

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Extraordinary headphones for not very much! Even these "bottom-of-the-totem-pole" headphones from Grado have been around for so many years and continue to be garnered with award after award all over the world. Even better, gotta love Crutchfield's excellent service (not just the shipping, but talking to a really nice lady who really knows good electronics and hi-fi when we were chatting about these SR-60i's. Thanks Crutchfield!

Pros: Unbeatable headphone quality for the money -- even better than other big-named cans costing up to four times that of the SR-60i's.

Cons: none.

Nice Phones!

DaveD from Ohio on 2/5/2012

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I'm not a technical audiophile, but I am a musician and know good musical quality when I hear it. These deliver. Now, as described by Crutchfield, these won't provide punchy bass. Rather, they provide what you would expect to hear from a live studio recording. Before listening on these phones, I enjoyed my music. After listening with these, I can actually hear the electronic buzz from the guitars in-between notes/riffs. The clarity is unbelievable. They really allow one to feel as if you're right in the next room from the musicians, mixing it all together. Great product! I only regret I had enough to purchase the lowest end model. Try lossless files with these! Whoa!! The only real downside is that other people can hear what you're listening to. It doesn't bother me because I listen from my computer.

Pros: Excellent clarity of sound, comfortable leather headband, cozy foam ear pads, slick black styling/color, classic design

Cons: low bass response, possible annoyance to others if they don't like your music

Great for the Hearing Impaired/Hearing Aids

Callinsky from Wise, VA on 1/27/2012

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I bought this as a Christmas gift for a friend of mine that is hearing impaired. He was receiving a Kindle Fire for Christmas as well, and I picked these headphones because I wanted something with low ohms so they would be loud for him. Having a Kindle Fire myself I know the volume is fairly low. I also wanted something that would envelop his ears and be extremely comfortable. He is a very picky person. I figured he would ultimately return or exchange them, but he absolutely adores them. He can even use them with/over his hearing aids with no buzzing. He now wants a new TV for his bedroom to go with his new Grado Headphones.

Pros: Comfortable, low ohms, and fit over hearing aids

Cons: None

Great headphones for the price

SmartLudmilla from St. Charles, IL on 1/26/2012

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Lightweight, great sound, great quality, and comparatively cheap (pricewise), and the top part doesn't press uncomfortably hard against my pointy head. Surprisingly very little sound escape, considering they're not closed cup headphones like my Sennheisers.

Pros: Sound Quality, Lightweight, Great Price, Comfortable

Cons: I predict I'll need to order replacement earpads often because I use these all the time.

Grado 60

Mark from Aspen Hill,Md. on 1/20/2012

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I'm amazed by how these sound.Detailed and smooth.This is pretty much the bottom-of-the line Grado.I also have a pair of Grado RS2 mohagany,which I limit to the home stereo.The Grado SR60 are under warranty and are used the most for travel.I love both pairs.

Pros: Sound quality is full,rich,dynamic and clean.

Cons: Exercise caution when handling rough.Get a warranty to protect your investment.

You will love

Victor M from York, SC on 12/2/2011

Now listen for the price these are the best head phones on earth. I have listened to so many of the competitors, yet I have turned so many others on to this headphone. I was at BB the other day even the $200 phones were not in the same league. It is in the sound staging the vocals and acoustics have life, these phones breathe on your ears, give them to someone as a gift they will love you. I do not have the words that audiophiles might use to explain a product but I feel I got something special like some mistake was made these headphones should cost at least $300. They are a joy to own and my son listened to them for the first time and could not believe them. I may be ready to move up a few notches in the grado headphone family I am not scared to I just wander now how much can they be improved upon when what I got is so satisfying.

Pros: They are lighter then they look, and just the old school feel. Also the adjustment up and down of each ear and they can lay flat in a drawer about 2 inches high, Even In music I am familiar with I heard nuances I never heard or noticed before.

Cons: That if someone is sitting beside you in quiet, and you listen to music very loud they will hear a whisper due to its design.

Great set of cans.

trae from oklahoma on 10/22/2011

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Considered to be the best bang for buck headphones on the market since the early 90,s when they first came out. I have to agree.

Pros: Sound quality

Cons: Nothing


Hands-on research

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 20-20k Hz
Sensitivity 98 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight Not Given
Cord Length 81"
1/4-inch Adapter Included Yes
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 design for a large, airy, three-dimensional sound.

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. The left and right drivers are matched to within 0.1 dB for exact imaging.

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3 questions already asked

Says china on the unit... as expected. Unfortunately, lectronics at this price point would could not be produced in the States [ JAMES  Jul 19, 2014 ]
Yes [ Joshua  Jul 12, 2014 ]
Yes, assembled in Boston [ WAYNE  Jul 12, 2014 ]
Yes,made in the U.S.A. [ JEFFREY  Jul 12, 2014 ]
We are having the same issue and were wondering if there was any way to stop it. Did not know this would happen or might not have purchased them. [ KAREN L  Jan 04, 2014 ]
Hi, Sound leak is a nature of open headphone. I don't this their is an alternative for this rather than going for a closed cans. Regards, Naveen [ Naveen  Jan 02, 2014 ]
No, it doesn't. [ EVAN  Dec 30, 2013 ]
There is no inline volume control on these. [ GARY  Dec 27, 2013 ]
noit does not have volume contol, but they are awesome headphones [ JOHN V  Dec 26, 2013 ]
No, this set does not have that feature. [ Ron  Dec 26, 2013 ]
No [ WAYNE  Dec 26, 2013 ]
No volume control just plain old wired connection. [ BRETT  Dec 26, 2013 ]
No volume control on the headset. Make adjustment using whatever device you are plugged into. I must tell you that this headset is one of the best things I have ever chosen to buy. The sound fidelity is incredible. [ ROWE  Dec 26, 2013 ]
No. I don't think any Grados have it. [ WIRT  Dec 26, 2013 ]
No. [ Cheeku  Dec 26, 2013 ]
Grado SR60i does not have volume control, nor a microphone for use with a smart phone. The "i" designation in many products suggests that it is compatible with Apple products, but in this case the "i" designation (I believe) refers to "improved" when Grado released the most recent update of their headphone line. [ KEITH E  Dec 26, 2013 ]
It does not have a volume control [ CREIGHTON  Dec 26, 2013 ]