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Grado SR80e

Prestige Series on-ear headphones

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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.

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

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 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

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)

Excellent sound quality for the price, however the earpads are uncomfortable when listening for any extended period of time.

Anonymous, USA


Grado SR80e Reviews

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Anonymous from USA on 7/15/2018

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Excellent sound quality for the price, however the earpads are uncomfortable when listening for any extended period of time.



Excellent USA made stereo headphones.

Festus from Brick, NJ on 4/14/2018

Great sound for a low price! Comfortable (for me) to wear. Not meant for studio use as they are open, not sealed. That provides better response as well. Made in Brooklyn, NY.

Pros: Excellent hi-fi stereo sound; Made in USA.

Cons: None. Some say they are uncomfortable, but heads are different.

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Anonymous from Flagstaff, AZ on 3/27/2018

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For the price these are pretty awesome. Would give it five stars, but wish the plug was a little longer and built for phones and other portable media devices. Can't listen to music from my phone with these headphones unless I remove the protective case from the phone.



Amazing clarity at this price point

Dale from Hoffman Estates, IL on 2/6/2018

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Quite amazing headphones for the price. The clarity is about as good as it can get at this price point.

Pros: very detailed sound

Cons: the foam pads can get your ears quite warm

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Ira from Plymouth, MA on 1/30/2018

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I bought the Grado's because I wanted a comfortable great sounding headphone that would not block out ambient noise. They more than fill the bill, the sound is precise, not muddy and I can wear them for long stretches. I am definitely in love with the accurate sound. I can also hear folks around me in the office.

Pros: Accurate


Audiophile quality for $100

Jason from West Deptford, NJ on 1/14/2018

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These are by far the best headphones I have ever owned. If a more expensive pair of cans were in my budget I would have considered spending more money. Seriously after listening to these it would be very difficult to justify spending more money on a pair of cans. They bury my $400 Klipsch Mode's, one ear pad cover split and replacement parts are not available. These are what I was looking for, exceptional detail, great sound stage, amazing clarity, and transparency from my digital files. What is great is a phone, iPod, have enough power to drive them. IMO make sure you have you the EQ turned off on your phone or iPod it makes them sound even better. I have not plugged them into my Denon HTR and played a CD for comparison. These pick up details on recordings I have listened to 100's of times. Bass is how I like it accurate, deep, tight, smooth with punch and no mud. (If you want headphones over tuned for excessive bass these are not for you.) Highs are handled with ease sharp, bright, crisp that don't fall off. Mid's are warm, clear, and smooth though they seem to be ever so slightly more forward then the high and low's. Overall if your preference is to hear your music as it was meant to be heard buy these. If you want smooth, true sounding not over tuned in either direction these are for you. If you want near audiophile quality sound at a affordable price and willing to sacrifice the con's of an open back design, get them.

Pros: Sound quality Very Comfortable. No pressure on my head, ears. I can wear my eye glasses with comfort. Nice throwback design Easy to get replacement ear pads if needed Easily could be sold for 2 or 3x then what Grado is asking

Cons: Cheap packaging no case.s ( Can't fault Grado they put the money where it matter. Cables not detachable. Wish speaker housing was not plastic. My $400 Klipsch Mode's were all plastic. Even with minor picky con's the SR80e's can probably stanf toe to toe with units costing much more then $100

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Anonymous from Monroeville, PA on 1/13/2018

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Fantastic sound. Very crisp and clear.



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Anonymous from Catoosa, OK on 12/27/2017

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Everyone should have a pair of these! Fantastic!Karen



best in the price range

peter from Walla Walla, WA on 12/17/2017

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It is one of the best in this price range. it is lightly behind those expensive band that cost over $350. music and image is good, except a teach of forward on the high and mid section. It should go away a little more when you burn it in.



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Anonymous from Valley Park, MO on 12/14/2017

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very nice. I am happy with this purchase.



Excellent overall

David from San Francisco, CA on 12/11/2017

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I'm impressed by the clarity & stereo separation of these very reasonably priced headphones. They operate @ a lower volume than my old ones & do not mask outside noise! I hope I can adjust them so they do not put the uncomfortable pressure on my ears after an hour or more that I experience w/them currently. Any recommendations?

Pros: Great sound

Cons: Press hard on my ears after an hour or so.

Crutchfield response on 12/12/2017 David, we're glad you're enjoying your new headphones. If you can't get them adjusted for a comfortable fit, please just reach out to our tech support team. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.

Good purchase

Eugene from Hudson, MA on 11/12/2017

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I've full range sound and comfortable on the ear. Use for listening to vinyl.

Pros: Comfortable. Value for price

Cons: Seemingly low grads plastic.

Year old re-review

Mark from PacNW on 7/28/2017

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I were them at work, in a quiet office, I need to hear the phone, people talking etc. I love them, I didn't like the way they felt when i first received them but they are extremely comfortable now, many times I will even leave them on when i am not listening to music, YouTube or whatever. The sound improves much with use and they sound better than when I first got them and they were very good then. I am an audio snob, Krell, Sonic Frontiers, Wilson, etc. but for the money and my usage i don't think you could find anything much better for $600.00. And I tried them all.

Pros: Good quality, comfortable, great sound.

Cons: Weird cord, super high quality but larger than most.


Anonymous from California on 7/19/2017

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It's been a long time since I put on a pair of headphones and was blown away. I don't know what voodoo magic is stuffed inside these cans, but the boys from Brooklyn are clearly top-tier audio engineers. I don't think you'll find a better pair of headphones at this price (or even double). The frequency response is near perfection. The lows are well defined and not too heavy. The clarity of the mids and highs is among the best I've ever heard. The open back adds to the spaciousness of the sound and also allows me to keep aware of my surroundings. I wear these for up to six hours a session and they're very comfortable. I did buy an extension for the cable as it was about three feet too short for my setup. Other than that, these cans are as close to perfect as you're going to find for a hundred bucks.

Pros: Sound, sound, sound! Quality materials. Comfortable.

Cons: Relatively short cable.

Grado SR80e

Anonymous from Ft Worth, TX on 3/22/2017

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Excellent sound. Rival and surpass the quality of headphones costing 3 or more times. Maybe not as comfortable as others and the cables are heavy. But paying less than $100 for this, it makes up for any shortcoming.Besides the main thing to consider is sound quality and the sr80e has amazing sound.



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Adam from Syracuse, NY on 3/8/2017

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These headphones are great! The on ear feel is more comfortable to me than those normal studio headphones that wrap around your ears, and the open back makes these really nice for monitoring audio with speakers in the background. I'm an amateur musician with a low-fi home studio, and these were the best option in my price range. They have already helped significantly improved the quality of my sound production.



Grado SR80e

Anonymous from Shirley, NY on 2/5/2017

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The Grado headphones are a nice addition to my sound system. They have crisp crystal clear sound, and are comfortable on the ear. A great earphone for the price I recommend these phones, plus made in Brooklyn can't go wrong



Hands down great value for the money

Terry from Mount Carmel, TN on 12/20/2016

Hearing is believing. After many years with a pair of Senheiser's I was finally convinced to give them up when the foam padding turned to powder. I considered several options but reviews kept steering me back to the Grado 80E's. Well, right out of the box and straight into the the computer jack I was quickly convinced that these were all that everyone said they were. The separation and depth of field is worlds away from what I was used to with the Senheisers. If you're looking for a pair of headphones that will thump your head into jello then these are probably not for you. But, if you want to sit and listen to good well recorded music for hours without exhausting your ears then here ya go.

Pros: Well made, comfortable, great imaging, clean

Cons: For the money I can find nothing to complain about here.

Incredibly clear sound.

Andrew from Hammond, IN on 10/25/2016

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This is one of those products where the market is full of brand names and levels of performance. The audiophiles who test everything gave these rave reviews, especially for the price. I am very impressed. The clarity of the music is incredible. And perhaps best of all, it is made in Brooklyn, NY.

Pros: Everything. A clean clear sound. The pads are comfortable.

Cons: None.

Pounding bass

Roland from Burke, VA on 9/28/2016

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Great piece of equipment

Pros: All

Cons: None

Beautiful sound, a bit uncomfortable

Jmar from Los Angeles, CA on 9/23/2016

I owned a pair of these in college. I found them a fun headphone for music and somewhat useful for some amature sound editing because of the crisp separations between tones. After long wear, the flat foam crushes your ears. Also, if you don't have a silent room to work (or listen) in, a lot of sound comes from and goes past this foam piece. They fell apart rather quickly, compared to my Bose pair. Still a brilliant sound and a good experience but I would hesitate to repurchase.

Pros: Clear pleasant sounds

Cons: No Ergonomics Uncomfortable Flimsy

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Ross from Brooklyn, NY on 9/10/2016

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I had been hesitant to purchase a pair of open back headphones as an urban dweller but not anymore. The clarity and range of sound on these are amazing considering the price point. I know they are made of plastic but that doesn't seem to affect the listening quality in any manner. They are very comfortable even for extended listening periods. They really are a no brainer at this price.



Great American made product

Bill from Fredonia, NY on 5/29/2016

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Very good sound quality, simple yet comfortable construction. I would buy them again. the original ear pads weren't to my liking. I bought the Grado L-cushion. Those out of the box are very uncomfortable. I also bought the EarZonk Premium Long-Life Leatherette Ear Cushions and I'm using them now and find them quite comfortable. Some reviews over on another site suggested that these need to be cut out in the center to give better sound quality. I have not noticed any difference. but then I'm over 60 so maybe just I can't hear the difference. Anyway I use these many hours a week Djing and they are excellent. Build quality is great. After seeing so many plastic phones today it's refreshing to see a design that is obviously built to last. Coolness factor, I guess that is an arbitrary call. these look like phones you would have bought back in the 60's . Comfort as stated I didn't care for the ear cushions provided or their supposed up grade. Think I read on Amazon how to soften them up some. Out of the box though they aren't comfortable at all. Noise reduction, they are open back no one should expect them to reduce noise.

Pros: Simple durable design, backed by a company that obviously cares about what they build.

Cons: Not so comfortable ear cushions, and the up grades are even worse.

A wonderful headphone.

Martin R. from Arlington VA on 4/13/2016

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Ashamed to say I currently own about ten headphones ranging in price from $20 to $300 and have owned several others in the past. Although there are other great headphones at the price (for example Audio Tecnica and Sure), the Grades equal them. You should compare if possible if you are only going to have just one. More people than ever are buying multiple phones since its like having several pairs of speakers at less than the price of one good pair. Consider that before buying ultra expensive phones. Diminishing returns apply to a great extent. I could even live with my $20 phones if I had to. They are that good, but easily beaten by a good pair of $100 phones.

Pros: Overall clarity, light weight, made in Brooklyn. Cushions are more comfortable then fake leather on other phones, but they do go on ears rather than around.

Cons: Midrange is stressed somewhat. However with a good source any type of music sounds great. They will expose weaknesses in the source.

Nice clear sounding headphones

Darrin from Clinton, Louisiana on 4/7/2016

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Nice and clear, great highs and mids, not overly bassy. Very comfortable to wear, they don't get warm after extended listening. People can hear if they are near but it is not obtrusive to them. And I like being able hear what is going on around me as long as I don't have them cranked.

Pros: Great sound and comfort, they look a little plain but I did not get them for their looks!

Cons: None.

very good

shiloh from Springfield, OR on 4/4/2016

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If you want a pair of good headphones but dont have a lot of money to spend these are one of the best values for the money from all of my research. I really enjoy them so much that i am really wondering just how good the more expensive ones will sound,

Pros: Great value

Cons: They will leak sound not the best for when people are around you

Excellent sound, top quality, impressive

Douglas M. from salt lake city, UT on 3/9/2016

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While I have not done a direct A-B comparison with other brands/models, I did try out several headphones in a retail store using my own portable media device, then compared the Grado at home with the same device. The other brands (Sony, Bose, Beats, JVC, and Skulcandy, running up to $300) sounded unremarkable in comparison, maybe even muddy. (They didn't carry Grado at the store). The sound is clear, bass is strong and distinct, and high frequency nuances from cymbals, hi-hats, and tambourines and chimes in the background are distinguishable and realistic, as if they are right in the room. To me, the highs are clear but not overbearing or harsh as some reviewers commented. (However I do prefer to adjust playback equalization down a few dB at the upper mid-range at 2000 Hz.) Everybody I have try these headphones has been super impressed. I have not tried them with an amplifier to see if there is any improvement, but I have not felt there was any deficiency being powered directly from a portable device. Build quality is good, and the cord is durable and well made, although the headphones themselves are a little plain and don't have the elegant styling, metal embellishment, or finishing touches you might expect from a nice audiophile set. But for $100, these are a great deal and will outperform many that are more-expensive. I love these phones, I can relax and listen for hours, and all my contemporary jazz tunes feel like a new experience.

Pros: Impressive audio clarity, uncolored response, ample solid bass all the way down, and distinct highs without being harsh. The open-air design provides a more natural response and sound placement than phones that surround and seal over the ear. Build quality is excellent, cord and stereo plug are high quality.

Cons: Styling and finishing touches might seem a bit plain and less elegant than some more expensive audiophile headphones. But this should not be a deterrent to your investment.

Excellent Grado quality headphones

GP from greenville, SC on 3/6/2016

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Great headphones for only $99! Grado works it's magic once again. You would have to spend 2-3 times as much to get noticeably better sound. Great product from a deserveradly well respected, top quality, Brooklyn, NY 2nd generation company!

Pros: Sound and build quality along with value.

Cons: None

Great Headphones

GreatestParent from CT, CT on 1/25/2016

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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.

Gift that sounds great!

Christine from Pennsylvania on 12/28/2015

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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 be better

Oscar from Flower Mound, Texas on 10/22/2015

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Great but noise reduction could bebetter

Pros: Sound quality

Cons: Noise reduction

Very nice headphones

Shawn from Minnesota on 9/27/2015

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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.

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kirby c. from Iowa on 9/25/2015

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Great sounding headphones for the price !!



Great Grado SR80e

Lmgeee from California on 9/25/2015

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Great sound and value for the money. It looks retro and original. Great to support an American product. I would recommend it.



Great sound quality with Grado SR80e

Dave from California on 9/22/2015

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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.

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Anonymous from Connecticut on 9/22/2015

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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.


Great sound, but ear comfort needs more

Rajiv S from California on 9/21/2015

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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

Cons: Comfort

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Jack B from Wisconsin on 8/30/2015

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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.

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mod from Chicago on 8/25/2015

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Sound quality. Well made

Pros: Made in U.S.A. Company history


Best bang for the buck ever

Chris H from Charlotte, NC on 8/6/2015

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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.

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Corey from Kentucky on 7/11/2015

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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.

Grado Goodness

JC from Maryland on 6/24/2015

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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.

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Anonymous from texas on 5/22/2015

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Thanks..what a wonderful item. Very happy.



Big Step Up

Scott R from Maryland on 4/27/2015

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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.

Good quality and good value

Erik from Massachusetts on 2/28/2015

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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

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Don from New York on 2/16/2015

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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

Very good value

Gil from Pennsylvania on 2/15/2015

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Comfortable, well-priced, satisfactory sound. Not noise reducing and others nearby will hear sound.

Pros: Value, comfort

Cons: Let's sound in and out

Great Grado Headphones

Mark from Kansas on 1/24/2015

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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.

sound great but

n.y. bill from Arizona on 1/19/2015

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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

Wowzah! They're awesome

1SpookyMulder from Albuquerque, NM on 1/5/2015

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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

Grado SR80e

KH from Missouri on 1/3/2015

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great sound but marked down due to extremely short power cord that is only useful if standing right next to the amp.

Pros: sound

Cons: requires a power cord extender.

Best Headphones Ever

Dennis R. from Hendersonville,TN on 12/26/2014

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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!!!!

They are Awesome

MamaD from Readfield, Maine on 12/26/2014

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Gave them as a Christmas gift to my 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!

Grado SR80e

Anonymous from Panama City, Florida on 12/25/2014

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Overall pleased with these headphones.



grado sr80e

Anonymous from Idaho on 12/24/2014

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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.

Cons: None.

Headphone Heaven

Gadget nut from Florida on 12/21/2014

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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!

Grado SR80e

AlanB from Florida on 12/20/2014

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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.

Grado SR80e

jwoods from columbus, oh on 12/17/2014

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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.


audiocat from California on 12/15/2014

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Wonderful sound quality for a reasonable price!



Grado on a budget

Andy from Wilmington, North Carolina on 12/2/2014

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.

Great Sound - Great Price

john-pa from Pennsylvania on 11/19/2014

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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.

Grado SR80e Review

Tyrone F from Kalamazoo, MI on 10/14/2014

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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.




yadier on 10/3/2014

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best headphone i every have, compare this to my ath50 that are good but overeating i preferred the grados best overall.



Cord too long for portable use.

Anonymous from TX on 9/5/2014

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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.



Great for the price

Killer B from Columbia, MO. on 8/22/2014

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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.

Amazing for the price.

Magnanimous from Muscatine, IA on 8/19/2014

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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.

Grado SR80e

Ski from Chester Nj on 8/17/2014

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Good phones for the money

Pros: Very nice audio quality, neutral and balanced


Grado Headset

tonyd from Melbourne Beach, FL on 8/15/2014

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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.

Top of the Line Headphones - outstanding value

adh from los angeles, CA on 7/31/2014

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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!

Grado SR80e

jl from Bethesda MD on 7/7/2014

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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.




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Features and Specs

Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 3.163" x 3.163"
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 8.2 ounces
Cord Length 68"
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.

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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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Many good reviews I've seen, plus Steve Guttenburg recommended on his July 4, 2018 daily post to Youtube, plus they are made in the U.S. [ Jeffrey  Jul 05, 2018 ]
Fantastic sound Excellent value [ CHARLES E  Jun 20, 2018 ]
sampled in an audio store in NYC, while on vacation. sounded pretty good, my nephew also thought they sounded good. a gift to him. [ Jose  Jun 11, 2018 ]
Audio quality,price & enjoyment! [ CHARLES E  Jun 04, 2018 ]
Open back design with a great reputation at a low price. 32 ohm impedance means I won't need a headphones amplifier for these. [ David  Jun 01, 2018 ]
Two family members who are avid audiophiles have these and think they are terrific headphones. [ Stephanie  May 28, 2018 ]
Wanted a solid, quality headphone without breaking the bank. The reviews everywhere say this product fits that profile [ Dale  Jan 23, 2018 ]
Great sound and price, and they good for shared office so I can hear other people [ Ira  Jan 17, 2018 ]
Vinyl [ Stephen  Jan 16, 2018 ]
It's Grado Headphones from the best company in high end electronic sales [ Jas  Jan 09, 2018 ]
Christmas gift for my grandson. Purchased at his request and he researches everything. Seem to be good reviews on these. [ Karen  Dec 14, 2017 ]
Read many reviews of headphones in this price range, this was one of the consistently top rated units. Thanks [ Rick  Nov 28, 2017 ]
Reviews & value for money. [ Paul  Aug 24, 2017 ]
Based on reviews and feedback [ Jorge  Jul 19, 2017 ]
grado"s reputation for quality and sonic excellence [ J  Jul 17, 2017 ]
Reviews, price [ David  Apr 21, 2017 ]
They were highly rated -- and they have proved to be terrific headphones. [ William  Mar 19, 2017 ]
I like the vintage look of the Grado line. This are the best headphones I have owned to date and are a bargain for the price. [ Christopher J.  Mar 19, 2017 ]
Best pair of $100 headphones on the planet. [ Zach  Mar 11, 2017 ]
Reviews [ Luis  Mar 09, 2017 ]
I lived around the corner from Grado as a kid. As a teen I always used their cartridges on my turntables.Top shelf made in Brooklyn !! [ michael  Dec 21, 2016 ]
I had a pair before and liked them. [ Edward  Dec 20, 2016 ]
Outstanding bang for the buck [ Chris  Dec 04, 2016 ]
High ratings in audio equipment websites, open-air construction to give more natural, airy sound, and exceptional frequency response and tone. Grado provides audiophile quality. Since receiving them, I have been blown away with the quality of the sound, even when just played from portable audio devices like a smart phone or iPod with no additional amplifier. [ Douglas M.  Nov 23, 2016 ]
great, and probably the only headphones made in the USA [ donald  Nov 15, 2016 ]
I had a good experience with previous purchases. Their prices were competitive so it was easy to go with them again. [ GERARD F  Aug 29, 2016 ]
I already have a pair of these in service, and they are a good bargain for the price. [ Norman  Jul 03, 2016 ]
internet [ A  Jun 04, 2016 ]
Best head set for the money and made in the USA. [ William  May 15, 2016 ]
Awesome, classic Grado sound [ Derek  May 14, 2016 ]
Rated best for under $100.... I hope! [ Tim  Apr 14, 2016 ]
Open air design: positive reviews. [ LEONARD G  Apr 07, 2016 ]
Grado headphones have a great reputation and are made in Brooklyn, NY. Made in USA quality product at a reasonable price! [ GREGORY  Feb 22, 2016 ]
My grado SR60e broke. I loved them and thought this would be the right replacement. [ Michael A.  Feb 22, 2016 ]
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 ]

3 questions already asked

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 ]
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. [ Tony  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". [ Guest  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 ]