Audiophile quality for $100
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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