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Grado SR80i

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Each pair of SR80i 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 SR80i 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 SR80i 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.

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 SR80i headphones are an affordable introduction to what high-end audio is all about. 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 SR80i 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 SR80i 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 SR80i 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 the review Grado SR80i Headphones: Striking the balance between music and ambience

"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
  • 81" 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): 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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If you are more interested in the sound and build quality than what's trendy, you can't beat Grado. They have been making very nice headphones for a long time, and were recommended to me by an audiophile friend.

GNess, San Francisco, CA


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(67 Reviews)

Nice sounding headphones

GNess from San Francisco, CA on 6/17/2014

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If you are more interested in the sound and build quality than what's trendy, you can't beat Grado. They have been making very nice headphones for a long time, and were recommended to me by an audiophile friend.

Pros: Sound, construction, and comfort are excellent, especially considering the price.

Cons: Old fashioned design


recordsarebetter from North Andover, MA on 6/5/2014

Set-up: Pro-ject debut carbon turntable w/ 2m Red Bellari VP-130 preamp First budget audiophile set-up and was recommended these. Never in my life I thought music can sound so beautiful. IT DOES NOW! First course of action is to play Norah Jones pressed from QRP on 200g. These cans scream! Same goes for my Radiohead - OK Computer uk pressing. One song in particular I knew she whistles in. With this set up and of course with a high quality pressing, it literally sounds like she's in the room whistling! With this headphone set-up other recordings that may stem from digital masters sound great too. However, all analog vs. digital is another discussion on there own. Next point I want to bring out is the following: This is not going to prevent me from using them, but after listening to maybe two album my ears are irritated. If your skin is more sensitive than others, you've been warned. Wearing plastic frames glasses with theses are a no no. I'm not trying to be a loser by writing all this, but just trying to give it in all angles. Not just about the sound. Anyway, At first, I honestly wanted to spend triple the money once on Beats... Yes I said it. Don't judge me fellow reviewers! After thorough use with them, yes these are a better deal. VERY VERY natural sound at this price point. Kids and teens, don't fall for the Dr. Dre name and beg for these instead. LAST POINT, These do not deserve a 3 star rating because you do not want to disturb others!

Pros: Pure natural sound compared to others in the same price point.

Cons: The two cords on both sides gets annoying for me.

great headphones

Anonymous from Burke, VA on 5/18/2014

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These headphones sound amazing, sound isolation is zero, but I knew that before buying. However the headphones do hold tightly and maybe because I wear glasses it gets uncomfortable after about an hour of wear. I think the headphones look kinda cool, in a retro kind of way. But I think the build quality is a bit subpar for the amount of money paid, the cups are all plastic. Overall happy with the headphones though.

Pros: Sound quality

Cons: Comfort, build quality

Grado SR80i

Anonymous from Covington,LA on 5/16/2014

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I'm using these headphones in stead of ear buds while playing in my church praise band. I don't like ear buds so these allow me to hear the monitored music along with conversation around me.



Grado SR80i

Dave from Bennington, Vt on 5/4/2014

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I purchased these on the advice of a friend, who has a pair. These headphones are exactly what he said they would be...awesome! I tried his before I purchased and they were really good. I would recommend these to a friend, and I would buy another pair if these were lost or stolen!!!

Pros: comfy, clear

Cons: none yet!

Value and quality

Chuck A from Freeport, NY on 4/5/2014

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It really doesn't pay to spend any more than what these cost.

Pros: True audiophile sound, very comfortable without feeling closed in.

Cons: They cannot take a beating, you can't toss them around. This is my third pair but it doesn't matter because they are that good.

Dont think just pay and buy them ASAP

sri from Canton on 4/5/2014

Amazing sound for the price. I have many headphones including bose,beats, beyerdynamic, audio technica, and sennheiser but these beat them in every aspect.

Pros: Sound sound sound beautiful

Cons: build constructionmaterials used are cheap cheap cheapo

Grado SR80i

Anonymous from hebron ky on 3/17/2014

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the extra long cord helps to bring in weak radio stations



Just got them

jojo from mi on 3/1/2014

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Nice headphones, I have a large head and they fit better then anything I have ever used, I'm not a DJ but vary happy in my 2 days of use Coolness Factor" I'm 48 years old not 8 coolness factor means nothing to me, Its all about the sound Build Quality: going to post again later Comfort: I couldn't say enough about how well they fit (on a large head) in no time its like I'm not wearing anything, this is a big bonus for me, good job Noise Reduction: lol open headphones and noise reduction, need to look at something else if this is what you want Sound Quality: sounds great out of the box, give me a few more weeks and I can give a better review, but so far happy camper


Cons: none

Grado SR80i

Jimmi from Oklahoma on 2/26/2014

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Pros: Excellent sound throughout the entire range

Cons: NONE


Lucas from Rockford, MI on 2/11/2014

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This is my first pair of decent phones and I am blown away by the sound quality. I'm hearing new things in songs I've listened to a hundred times. Very crisp, clean sound and the bass has excellent definition. They're more comfortable than I expected from on-ear phones with only some fatigue after a couple hours of listening. The headset feels solid and the cord is sturdy but pliable. It leaks sound, but you knew that already.

Pros: Sounds quality!


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GeorgeA from Oakford, Il. on 1/20/2014

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Excellent Over-ear phones - better than the pricier ones.

Pros: Quality and Affordability.

Cons: no detachable cord.

Grado SR80i - Smooth and Transparent

SkeetG from Egg Harbor Township, NJ on 1/18/2014

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Great sounding earphones. They seem to neither add nor subtract from the sound and just pass the music through, perfectly, to your ears. A great bargain at $99.00.

Pros: Beautiful, crisp, clear, untarnished sound.

Cons: Outside sounds can be hear (maybe a "Pro"), and inside sounds can definitely be heard by nearby people. Will not win any fashion contests..

Just what I needed

Memphis Tufts from Cleveland, Ohio on 1/17/2014

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when I first received these headphones I was not impressed although I was expecting them to be not so "cools". However, I was quite surprised at the wonderful sound quality when using them. The only negative I have with respect to this product is the length of the cord. It's too long! But who cares. the long length may come in handy some day. I highly recommend these headphones for anyone who is not going to use them for listening in public like on the bus or where there is a group of people. For recording sessions they're great and the price you can't beat! Be careful when first using them it takes little volume to drive these headphones.

Pros: Excellent sound quality,even with low power out put devices such as cell phones, etc. Very light weight you can almost forget they're on.

Cons: Lengthy cord may be an obstacle at times.

Exactly what I wanted

iamihop from State College, PA on 1/11/2014

This was a Christmas present to myself, since my ancient ear buds finally kicked the bucket. As my first excursion into serious headphones, I have been very pleased with these. They sound crisp and clear, and my concerns about the bass kick were unfounded. The music that I listen to (alt rock, metal, pop punk) tends to be driven by loud, encompassing bass and power chords. They far outstrip anything I've ever had for all-around quality. I know there are better headphones out there, but as a layperson, I couldn't tell the difference between this pair and the $200-$300 pairs that it was next to. I am very glad I spent $100 for these! I was doing a little sound editing last week, and the difference between my computer speakers and these was like night and day. These are not noise cancelling at all and are very much open-backed. My girlfriend thought I was killing my hearing because she could hear my music, but they just leak a lot. However, it gives the sound a wonderful open and clear sound when you're wearing them. It took me a while to get used to the way these sit on my ears. The pads seem to take some breaking-in. However, they don't bother me at all anymore, after about two weeks.

Pros: Sound quality is great Bass Price / value

Cons: Significant Sound leakage Foam pads take a while to get used to

My Brooklyn Grado's

Carlos from Cromwell CT. on 1/9/2014

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Have a pair of Beats, Koss. ,Sony's and now I have my Grado's SR 80...Which I made in Brooklyn NY my home town......and yes buy American....Price was reasonable, light weight and comfortable. Sound crisp and clear, distinct, full and rich....From rock to classical, you able to hear the sounds and vocals produced.

Pros: Nice high end head sets at a good price......Great warranty

Cons: None ...I would of loved to have a more finesse ear phones.....for ascetics if I were to dear critique them ..


Yasukuni from Staatsburg, NY on 1/8/2014

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Didn't buy these for the "Coolness Factor" or noise reduction capabilities. Simply wanted a good set of cans for a reasonable price. My original intention was to use them to silently monitor an electronic drum kit but the sound quality led me to try them for other applications, more specifically listening to music. The quality of the reproduction was amazing. The EQ on these phones is extremely flat across the entire spectrum, not "boomy" like the very popular Dr. endorsed ones selling for twice the price. Very clear mid-range and crystalline highs. The only limitations to sound quality is the source of the signal. Digital sources sound great but analog will blow you away. A popular review website calls them, "The best headphones for under $100". The review as far as I'm concerned is correct.


Cons: Wish they came with a 1/4in. plug with an adapter for 1/8in. instead of the other way around.

Grado SR80i

Moore from Hartford, CT on 12/30/2013

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Arguably, the best sonic quality for the money out there. Phenomenal frequency response with, essentially, no distortion at any volume.

Pros: It's all good.

Cons: It's all good.

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mike s from lansing il on 12/17/2013

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nice phones

Pros: sounds good

Cons: none

Grado Good But?

Louis B from Greenville SC on 10/22/2013

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Good, on ear headphones and at a good price point. I love the weight of these and imagine they would be good for all the new gadgets available today. I like music a lot, and so when I do take the time to listen it is quiet. I must say however, I enjoy around the ear.I would like to know am in the minority here, unless I just have not hooked up with the right pair of on ears yet.I can't possibly say a bad thing about them,they sound better than my 299 Bose, seriously. The bass,is quite enough but I am in love with my Sennheiser 280 pros. After about 40 hours of break in time or a tad bit longer you are ready to go.

Pros: Great, light weight phones. Sound great ,not out of the ball park price, comfortable to wear.

Cons: They, don't have the cool factor and I know. I still think they could look sleeker,foam padding on ear could be better for sure more comfortable. Price and this awful paper flapping coming from the left side during extended lows. These are good phones, or I would not have bought them myself. They are good. I use mine as travel to see sister for a two week stay kind of earphone.I grab up what cds I am going to carry and off and away we go. The lightness of them is what makes them a buy.

Grado SR80i earphones

overholt13 from Mesa Arizona on 10/13/2013

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best sounding ear phones I have ever used

Pros: sound quality


Great inexpensive headphones!

vma from seattle,wa on 9/17/2013

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This is no Grado PS500 headphones, but for 99$ can't get better than this.

Pros: good sound

Cons: feels cheap

Grado SR80

steve723 from Bedford, PA on 9/8/2013

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The best headphones for under $100 that I've ever had. Sound quality and clarity are excellent, along with good bass quality. This was my main concern buying a low to mid level headphone was bass but these headphones have quieted my concern. Good job Grado.

Pros: Excellent clarity and mid range with good bass tone.

Cons: Headphones aren't the easiest phones to wear, not very comfortable for long listening.

Yes, it has an adapter

mgforshort from Fullerton, CA on 7/20/2013

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I'm using this with a Sony MP3 player and a Nad and Yamaha receivers. Sound quality is great, and yes, the headphone has two different size plugs, which wasn't clear in the details, therefore it fits into a receiver and an MP3 player as well. Interesting fact: when I use this with the NAD receiver, the dedicated balance control is able to reduce or increase the volume between the left and right side. It means a lot to me because my hearing in the left ear is weaker, and with the NAD I can make some slight adjustments. As always, buying from Crutchfield is a joy. They gave me this for free because I had some rewards points and also merchandise credit. I'd love to hear this headphone with the MP3 player Crutchfield offers, but that purchase needs to wait until Christmas.

Pros: I really like the fact that I can hear my wife talking to me while I'm listening to music

Cons: I can't think of any

Awesome buy

JimI from Wayne, NJ on 7/18/2013

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I bought the SR80i for my kid and I liked it 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. Solid bass yet incredibly light weight. 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. The 225's are a bit more comfortable than the 80's because of the bowls. Low score on 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 the SR80i's and everyone did not want to put them down, and vowed to order a pair for themselves. That speaks for itself. Excellent buy. I just love these things.

Pros: Lightweight yet incredible hard-to-find open full sound with solid bass.

Cons: Your friends at work will know what you are listening to at average volumes, but it's worth it. Besides, it will only be temporary since they will end up getting a pair too!

Best thing i've ever heard

Tony C from Wayne, NJ on 7/8/2013

This Grados were the best thing i have ever bought. They look retro and sound amazing. For months i've been looking for headphones and finally landed on these. Compared to beats by dr dre, these are thirty times better.

Pros: Bass and tremble are ridiculously good. High, medium, and low frequencies are outstandingly clear. Coo retro look

Cons: No noise cancellation. Everyone around you can hear what you're listening to but thats the only con

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Joe j from West haven ct on 6/25/2013

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Great sounding headphones just break them in. I did for about 100 hours and it was all there deep solid lows clear midrange and sparkling highs and what a huge soundstage. I use a headphone amp but you really don' t need one. For pure sound they can't be beat for under $500.

Pros: Great clear sound huge soundstage price

Cons: Comfort could be better

Grado SR80i

Anonymous from Carlsbad, Ca on 6/16/2013

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Excellent headphones! Judge for yourself.



Grado SR80i

Chat junk from New Hampshire on 6/15/2013

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These headphones are great! For the price, you can't go wrong. They don't look pretty, but the sound is full, the balance is great, and I have found them to be quite durable. One draw back is the cord; it's very long and thick, and can be a hassle if you're trying to be mobile with your music, but aside from that I have no negative remarks. They do not cancel ambient/background noises well, but they're not made to. I like it because i can listen to my headphones and still hear when someone's trying to get my attention. Very happy with my purchase!

Pros: Sound is great- Full lows, good midrange, crisp highs. They rest on your head well, so long term use doesn't get uncomfortable.

Cons: The cord gets in the way a bit.

Great Grados

thehouseofdis from New York, NY on 5/20/2013

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I bought the Grado SR 80is to replace my old SR 80s which finally died after a dozen or so years. These are a bit larger than my original SR 80s but they sounded great right out of the box and continue to improve with time. I'm using the donut pads (available as an optional accessory) that used to come with the SR 80s but now only come with some of the more expensive headphones. I prefer them because they are a little more firm than the standard pads, but they can be fatiguing especially at first. The build quality can seem a little cheap but I like that it is low tech and in sure it keeps the price down, since these, like most (or all?) Grados are made in the US. These are open headphones so they are not noise canceling, which I didn't expect them to be. If the volume is up sound will leak out so they aren't really made for wearing on a plane or subway (the cable is really too long for this too) but they are great at work if one still needs to hear a phone or coworker talking. I would give these headphone 4.5 stars overall and only the comfort level brings them down from 5 stars.

Pros: Sound, sound, sound! Low tech look

Cons: Comfort over extended period of time

Grado SR80i headphones

Gib D. from Oostburg, WI on 4/27/2013

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The Grado SR80i's are excellent sounding headphones. I hear detail to my music that I never heard before. They are the best sounding headphones you can get for under $100.

Pros: Great clarity and detail. Very comfortable to wear. Light weight open air design.

Cons: They look a little old fashioned, but in my opinion that adds to their appeal.

Lovely set of headphones for $99

Jay from Pittsburgh, PA on 4/19/2013

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I really enjoy the sound quality of these headphones. Like every other pair of Grados I've ever owned, it takes time for them to not seem too tight for my head (I have a great big head). But the sound quality makes it all worth it. The only headphones I've owned that come close soundwise for under $100 are the Grado SR-60s, which also took awhile to break in, size-wise. There is no noise reduction.

Pros: Sound quality. It's so "you are there."

Cons: Tight fitting headphones that take awhile to break in. I store them on top of a regular speaker, as if the speaker were my head. It's happening gradually, that they fit me better. If you want this much quality at this small a price, it's a fair exchange. The only other headphones I've liked this much cost $200, but they were so loose, they were always falling off my head, and I had to pay $100 twice to have them repaired.

Grado SR80i

Edward M. from Hatfield Pa on 4/6/2013

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These headphones sound great. I bought them as to use for my computer and listening through a DAC, you can hear everything that was recorded on the record. Most of my i-tunes songs were recorded from vinyl so the warmth of the recording really comes through with these 'phones. I've had Grado headphones before so I knew they were good.I would highly recommend these headphones to anyone who really cares about music.I auditioned a pair of Bose OE's and then these Grado's. There was no comparison. The Grado's sounded so much better and the Bose cost more.

Pros: comfort,price,quality of sound

Cons: none

Excellent phones for the money!

O'Neil from Chagrin Falls, OH on 3/11/2013

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I've owned several pairs of headphones over the years. My two favorite so far have been the Bose TriPort OE's and the Grado SR80i's. The Bose have the laid back east coast sound, while the Grado has the west coast more open sound even though they were made in Brooklyn. I very much like the open, balanced sound of the Grado's and the outstanding clarity with both voices and instruments. They are very comfortable even after long listening sessions and the cord is definitely heavy duty. The one complaint with the Bose is that the cord is flimsy but replacable. The noise reduction category is not really applicable to the Grado's since they are not designed as such. As far as the retro look, not a problem-I'm also retro.

Pros: An overall excellent choice with a nicely balanced, clear sound and a great buy in this price range.

Cons: None

Grado SR80i

Chuck H from Oregon on 2/24/2013

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Bought these for sound quality - frequency response and balance, etc. I use them in an office environment where I want to be able to hear sounds in the room. The Grado SR80i headphones deliver exactly what I wanted - open backed to be able to hear other sounds, delivering top quality music sound, well engineered and constructed to adapt for a comfortable fit, at an excellent price. Listening experience is now limited by the quality of the recording - not the delivery. (used with a DAC)

Pros: Open back design so you are not isolated from other sounds. Great frequency response. Clean sound. Comfortable adjustable fit. light weight. Great value for price.

Cons: Not a long cord

Grado headphones rock!!

BigFrankieB19 from Atlanta on 1/30/2013

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As an aspiring audiophile I was looking for an inexpensive entry level headphone. After researching I chose the Grado for a few reasons: the price, the reputation of Grado headphones as great for listening to rock music, and because Grado headphones are American made in Brooklyn, New York. I made the right choice. Although I am sure that I will eventually move into some higher priced, more finely tuned headphones, I will always be happy with my Grados.

Pros: Great sound with guitar heavy music. Good mid range sound with adequate bass. Very comfortable.

Cons: Noise reduction is minimal but not a concern for me. Open back design. If you are listening to Slayer in the same room as your wife, she will probably hate these headphones.

Grado SR80i

jesse from Cleveland, Ohio on 1/19/2013

These headphones sound great, I like the open design, I want to hear around me. If my dog barks or the door bell rings I want to hear it. My son has Beats Solos and they are not close in sound quality. But they're good for him, 16yrs old he loves the excessive bass!

Pros: Sounds like music, gets better as they break-in!

Cons: none

Great set of cans for the price

Gary R from Abilene, TX on 1/16/2013

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I already had a couple pairs of headphones including a pair of Sennheisers that I love (and still do) but I wanted to try out the Grado sound so I bought these. These are a great value in my opinion. They sound very forward, with great mids and highs. You feel like you are on stage with the band when listening to a good live recording with the headphones. These aren't for bassheads but then again if you are looking at these seriously then you probably already know that. I bought the L-cush pads from Crutchfield as well as prefer them to the stock pads despite the fact that they aren't quite as comfortable. In my opinion these headphones are great if you listen to rock or metal, but probably aren't the pair I'd reach for if I was listening to a rap or electronic music playlist.

Pros: exciting soundstage and clarity, made in the USA, semi-retro look

Cons: bass is a little weak


Ifmpeb from Reston on 12/30/2012

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Nice headphones. Very strong sound. Very good for all aspects of sound except not strong on bass. Like them because I do not like headphones to be heavy bass. Also made in the USA which is a big bonus. Very happy with them

Pros: Great sound, solid feel

Cons: Not great looking, large, clunky,

Grado SR80i

Anonymous from Scarsdale, New York on 12/29/2012

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As a whole,these headphones are too massive for the gym because they are very bulky and the audio wire is very thick, too long and too heavy. However, the sound for the money can't be beat. They are very comfortable because of the foam earpads.



Love my SR80i's

Erik from Minnesota on 12/23/2012

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First, these are NOT noise cancelling headphones, hence the low marks there. I use these at home so I don't need them to deafen me to the outside world. I was looking for something truly balanced and these cans certainly delivered. Aside from the clunky appearance these headphones are quite light and slightly smaller than I expected. The construction at the hinges is solid, no signs of weakness. The headband is of simple construction, the lack of additional padding is not noticed, and is quite comfortable. I can only describe the sound coming from these cans as "juicy". I fell in love with the pure and sweet sounding vocals, not to mention the deep balanced bass. These won't be shaking off your head, but will certainly deliver clear, accurate, mids and lows. While these headphones are light, they did seem to have quite a bit of lateral pressure on my ears, I simply stretched out the headband a bit and was pleased to find I was able to wears these indefinitely with little to no discomfort. I have only 2 small gripes with this set. First, the housing for the actual speaker is shoddily glued in place. This can be fixed with another dab of hot glue, but should be a non-factor. Second, the wires from the stereo cable connect to both headphones and come to a "V" connection on the listeners chest. These can become twisted pretty easily and are a bit of a pain to untwist, but does not hamper the sound to any degree. Bottom line, these are some great cans.

Pros: Amazing sound clarity, lightweight, comfort.

Cons: Build quality could improve with a few small tweaks.

100% satisfaction

Anonymous from Layton, Utah on 12/22/2012

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Best headphones you can buy for the price.

Pros: Comfortable. Excellent sound quality. Inexpensive.

Cons: None

Grado sr80i headphones

Anonymous from Laurel, MS on 12/16/2012

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Very detailed, open sounding. Well balanced sound

Pros: Great sound for the price

Cons: None

A great choice, if isolation isn't important

Jason from Lafayette, IN on 12/8/2012

I've owned my SR80s for about a decade now, and I'll never part with them. The soundstage is open and spacious, the timbre is very natural, bass is solid without being overpowering, and they don't pinch your ears during extended wear. The reviews complaining about the lack of isolation are completely correct - these won't let you shut out the outside world, and the outside world will hear what you're listening to. But if you don't mind the lack of isolation, I can't imagine a better set of headphones at this price point.

Pros: Sound quality far surpasses the price point - these babies just plain sound great.

Cons: Open-air design means you can't tune out a noisy environment, and folks nearby will hear what you're listening to. (Not so much a "con" as just the nature of the design.)

Grado SR801 phones give clear clean volume

Lana from Bremerton, WA on 12/8/2012

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I had some very expensive Grado headphones about 10 years ago, and loaned them to a friend and never got them back. When I saw these for such a reasonable price, I wasn't expecting as good a quality as the ones I had , but was I surprised!! They deliver clear and clean sound with tons of volume, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a great set of phones at an affordable price.

Pros: Comfortable fit, do not hurt or pinch your ears. Volume is clear and clean, no back noise.

Cons: A little awkward to be taking with you if you are looking for something smaller, they are a little bulkier than some phones, would recommend them for at home use for computer, TV, movies.

Grado SR 80i

Slopes from Lawrence, KS on 12/6/2012

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Comfortable with clear sound. DVDs watched on my laptop sound much better.

Pros: Great value. I use Consumer Reports advice and other phones were double or triple the price.


Great Value

Big T Rocks from Arlington, TX on 12/4/2012

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Been looking for reasonably priced headphones at or near $100. I received a subscription email from Crutchfield suggesting the Grado SR80i. I read all the reviews for these on Crutchfield and Reviews were all positive. I am not disappointed, they sound great and no fatigue on the ears. Prior to this I was using some Sony MDR-V250 headphones. I listen to Pandora and Sirius XM online on my Dell desktop computer at work. I also coupled this purchase with the NuForce uDAC-2. An awesome 1-2 punch!

Pros: Reasonable price. Sound and comfort excellent.

Cons: Not too great on the looks.

Grado consistency

Blutho from Iowa on 9/22/2012

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These phones aren't built for noise reduction but for delivering great sound. And boy do they deliver that sound. Probably the best sounding model for the price. Pur

Pros: Great sound, longer cord

Cons: None...

Grado SR80i

Anonymous from Reedley,CA on 9/6/2012

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Very satisfied



Great Headphones

denn from Rome, NY on 8/25/2012

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These headphones have great sound, are very comfortable to wear, and are made in the USA. They are open air, but your ears don't sweat when you are outside. Good price, Crutchfield' fast shipping, and a solid warranty. Thanks to Consumer Reports! 'Nuff said.

Pros: Sound quality & comfort


Grado SR80i

Anonymous from jax fl on 8/23/2012

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grado and crutchfield good stuff



Still looking

Baltguy from Baltimore on 8/6/2012

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I bought the Grado headset to use with the Audioengine D1 that I had purchased the previous week. Being somewhat hearing impaired, I hoped that combination would provide me with better speech discrimination for computer generated audio, i.e. for Netflix, etc. It helped, but has not fully solved the problem. There is a need for a headset for which the volume can be adjusted at a varying range of frequencies, so the user can amplify the frequency with which he or she needs help. Given the collective hearing loss of two generations whose hearing has been impaired--or will soon be impaired--by massively over amplified rock music, this is so obvious a need that I don't understand why someone hasn't invented it yet. Why not you, Crutchfield? Here's a chance to invent a proprietary product that must inevitability find a market. Still looking.



Great headphones

Steve C W from Lake Placid, Florida on 7/21/2012

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Consumer Reports Recommended it and I bought it. Thank you very much for exactly what I wanted :-)

Pros: I use them on my computer and I'm hoping they last a long time.

Cons: None!!

Excellent Headphones!

Jonathan from Harrisonburg, VA on 6/11/2012

I stopped in at the Harrisonburg location to look for a new set of headphones. Was thinking of a set of Sennheisers, but when I actually tried all the display models, the Grado SR80i provided the most natural reproduction in the sub $150 price range. I even tried the next model up ...the 125SRi, but felt there was little improvement to justify the additional cost. Got these on an open box special, so I was indeed a happy customer. Have really been enjoying them.

Pros: Natural sound reproduction, seemed more level across the frequency spectrucm than many comparably priced models. Comfortable.

Cons: My only complaint is I wish the cord connected to one side like the Sennheisers...I use mine with a guitar a lot, and the Y cord is always catching on my guitar strap pin! Also, they are open headphones, so others around you can hear to some extent...however, I think the open back contributes to more natural sound reproduction...can't have your cake and eat it, too!

Good Sound

Ronnie from PHX on 5/23/2012

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I only had these a couple hours till I decided to return them. The sound was excellent but my issue was with the sound that came out of the headphones while I was listening to them. Maybe this isn't an issue for most people but I work in an office and I keep my headphones on to keep out the the outside world but I don't want to disturb everyone else in the process.

Pros: Sound Quality

Cons: Scratchy material on the ear pads open design allowed for a lot of sound leakage

Great Grado Sound

PhilS from Olympia, WA on 4/19/2012

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Grado, known for high-end headphones, has produced a medium priced headphone that sounds like it costs much more. The headset is comfortable. The foam earpieces sit on your ears, rather than surrounding them. This open air design makes your music audible to others in the room, and also does not exclude noise; so if you want total isolation, buy a different product. The sound is excellent, highs are detailed, lows present. Some may like a hotter top end, but I would guess their ears are fried and they need some boost to the upper frequencies; I think the balance is just fine. I'm more accustomed to phones with sealing ear cushions, so it will take a bit more listening to know if these will become my favorites. I like these headphones a lot.

Pros: Excellent sound, good price, wonderful Crutchfield service with quick shipping and the confidence that they will support you after the purchase.

Cons: The cord is only about six feet, too short for most living room listening positions. You will need an extension, which will be expensive if you buy the Grado cord.

Awesome sound w/ a caveat

Chris from Dumfries, VA on 3/8/2012

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These headphones sound fantastic, there's no doubt about it. The clarity is unmatched by anything I've used in the past. The impact is just right and the soundstage is huge. They're quite comfortable as well and are driven by portable devices with relative ease. Here's the deal: they're open-air which means that everyone around you can hear what you're listening to, and you can hear what everyone around you is doing. So, these headphones are not so good if you want to use them in cubicle-ville or at home with people who don't want to hear what you're listening to (like my wife and kids). And I don't mean a little trickle of sound, I mean computer speaker-level volume. If you live by yourself and want a good pair of on-ear monitors, these are for you. If you're constantly around other people you may want to think hard before you buy these (by virtue of this review you can tell that I DIDN'T think hard!). Hope this helps.

Pros: -unmatched sound, great treble, mids, and nice tight, punchy bass

Cons: Open-air design means others can hear you and you can hear them

Great sound, but not for everyone

EricF from Sacramento, CA on 3/1/2012

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I purchased these with with the intention of using them in a couple of different ways. First, I wanted a pair of better sounding headphones to use while traveling in conjunction with my phone (DroidX) and/or MP3 player (iPod Nano). Additionally, I wanted to be able to use them with my home A/V receiver to watch movies and listen to music at night when I don't want to disturb the rest of the family. Good news first: sound quality is exceptional and blows away any in-ear headphones I've used in the past. The difference is akin to listening to music through a door and then opening the door. Construction and fit are also very good and I had no issues wearing the headphones for the better part of a 10 hour flight recently. There are two areas where these headphones have limitations that should be considered. First, they seem to require a bit more power to drive them, and as a result won't play as loud when used with a portable device like my phone. I found that I had to increase the volume considerably over what I usually set it at for my in-ear headphones to achieve the same volume level. When used with my A/V receiver at home, this is obviously not an issue. Second, per their design, these headphones don't block much (if any) ambient noise. So, when used in noisier environments (like airplane cabins) it makes it difficult to fully hear. Noise cancelling units should be considered in these types of environments.

Pros: Outstanding sound quality, good fit & finish

Cons: Require more power, don't block ambient / environmental noise

Gets lost in the woods

YeOldeThom from Salem, OR on 2/10/2012

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I was looking for an inexpensive, lightweight headphone with quality sound that did not totally enclose my ears blocking out all sound. The Grado SR80i fulfills that requirement. I listen to both vinyl and digital recordings as well as dvd/blu-ray movies via my home theater system. I live in an apartment complex, so I rarely get a chance to unplug my headphone and chill to the sounds in open air. I have an old Sennheiser headphone that has served me well for over 25 years but blocks out all sound, is heavy and beginning to show it's age, so after many reviews and testing in a local store, I bought the SR80i. Digital sound is crisp and clean, even if some of the mid-tones were a bit muddled, but the highs and lows were clear and distinct, especially in blu-ray movies. However, my vinyl records, "analog sound" as it were, I was not so impressed, especially with the highs (with jazz, classical and even the bluegrass), there was a definite loss of crisp and blended tones, esp in the 4k - 16k range. Lastly, wear-ability: a real downfall here. After a couple of hours the headphone ear pieces become hot and the simple single construction head strap begins to eat into your skull. The foamy, polyester ear cups do not breath. My old Senn's are leather covered foam/cotton with strategic air-holes around the edges and the double constructed head strap, with the inner, lighter and very flexible strap being very comfortable. But you get what you pay for.

Pros: Great bass, great high-end digital detail and the "old style", gives them the quality sound and look of a studio headphone. The cups fold flat for easy storage. Excellent for the price.

Cons: Vinyl sound is a bit off on the highs, digital mid-tones could be cleaner, and the ear cups get hot and the single head strap begins to dig in noticeably after extended use. The SR80i is not light, so if you are used to ear buds or flimsy construction, may take time to get used to.

Exceptional Quality & Value!

ddeltondo from Fruita, CO on 2/7/2012

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You will not find a better quality headphone in this price range.. The sound is amazing, lifelike, as if you are there listening to a live performance. Very detailed sound. I have tried almost 9 sets of headphones from $50 to $300 and nothing compares so far. The only thing to keep in mind is they are open back style headphones so do not expect complete silence for the listeners around you. The benefit of this design is you truly feel as if you are live or in a room of speakers. It is also nice because you can hear when the phone rings or if someone is talking to you while wearing them. Great job Grado!!

Pros: Amazing sound - spacious - detailed - comfortable (I can wear these for hours) - light weight - quality construction

Cons: Not the headphones you want if you are concerned about disturbing someone near you such as in bed or traveling. Not a CON if you want great sound

Great headphones

Tom from Columbus, Ohio on 2/6/2012

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First, I must say that I bought these headphones since they are made in America. They sound great, are comfortable and easy to store since the earpieces swivel. They have a heavy duty cord which is a definite plus and actually, a surprise. The adapter for stereo pin jack or 1/4 inch is included. I am very satisfied and expect these to last a long time. I highly recommend them.

Pros: Heavy duty cable, comfortable, great sound

Cons: None so far.

Grado SR80i

ScottP from Kirkwood, MO on 2/2/2012

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1st good pair of headphones I've bought. Very happy with them, certainly hear music much clearer than with the inexpensive computer speakers or my car speakers. They are comfortable to wear for extended time periods. I hope they last for a long time and provide many hours of enjoyment.

Pros: Comfortable, very good range of sound, cost,

Cons: None to date.

Grados are Greato

Dep P from Birmingham, AL on 1/30/2012

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Gave Grados to my husband for Christmas. This is his favorite gift ever! He can't stop telling folks about them. Thanks, Crutchfield!



Stunning Sound

Dan from West Lafayette, IN on 1/25/2012

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The sound quality is absolutely incredible, unfortunately I don't think I can keep these because the sound can clearly be heard by anyone not wearing the headphones. As a student in college, I cannot bring these to a library to study. I don't want to disturb people around me. If I wasn't going to be using these in preferably silent setting then I would 100% satisfied.

Pros: Incredible sound for the price. I was blown away.

Cons: Music is very audible to people nearby not wearing them.

Grado SR80i

MikeC from Lafayette CA on 1/25/2012

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Excellent sound and excellent value



Excellent Headphones

Mike K from San Antonio, TX on 9/25/2011

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Excellent quality of sound. Comfortable, elegant design with sound production that rivals many of it's more expensive counterparts.



Grado SR80i

Donald L from Laurel De. on 8/23/2011

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The best headphones I have every had. Magazine reviews gave it best in it's price range. I agree




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.

Connecting Cord: The 4-conductor cable design improves the control and stability in the upper and lower frequency range.

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Impressive for the price

Written by Daisy, Advisor, on 1/15/2014 8:18:00 AM

I borrowed a pair of SR80i's from a co-worker last week and I was blown away by the rich sound from these headphones. For the price they give decent bass response and a nice big sound stage. They do have an open design, which does allow for some external noise to be heard. I didn't mind hearing noises around me in an office environment, but if you want total silence these wouldn't do the job.

The SR80i's have a very lightweight design, which is great for wearing for longer periods of time.

I will probably be borrowing them again soon.

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1 question already asked

Yes. [ HOWARD  Jan 02, 2014 ]
Yes, they are. They are built with a mini plug that fits my iPod. It also comes with a 1/4 inch adaptor in case you want to plug into your home system. Some of the higher end models are built with the larger 1/4 inch plug, of which you would need to buy a separate adapter for playing on the iPod, which Grado / Crutchfield does sell. And by they way, the SR80i's will make your iPod sound incredible! [ James  Dec 13, 2013 ]
Yes, you can use the headphones with the iPod/iPhone. The jack is the same and the sound is good. I use them with my iPhone as the source plugged into a Little Dot III tube amp. the extra power improves the sound. [ FRANCIS  Dec 13, 2013 ]
Yes they will plug directly into an Iphone or Ipod, but the cable is thicker than other headphone sets. This does not bother me, but it might be cumbersome for some folks. The quality of the sound from these head phones is very good for the price. You will not be disappointed in the sound quality. [ MARK A  Dec 13, 2013 ]
I use my headphones with a Sony portable CD player. my computer, and Nano iPod and they work well. I don't know if they can be used with an iPhone. They are an excellent headphone for the money. [ WILLIAM  Dec 13, 2013 ]
They work with any mp3 player because the plug has an adapter. [ MIKE  Dec 13, 2013 ]
Yes they are, I bought mine specifically to use with a 4TH generation iPod Touch. If that's what you are thinking of using them for you may also wish to look at a headset amplifier as well. Mine is from a company called fios. It's about the same size & thickness as an older iPhone. You connect it with a short cord to the headphone jack on your iPhone / iPod. Then you plug your headphones into the small amp. I think it cost me about $80. When you turn them both on and start playing a song you would swear you are listening to a several thousand dollar stereo! [ GILBERT  Dec 13, 2013 ]
Yes [ JUSTIN  Dec 13, 2013 ]
Jonathan, Yes they are very easy to drive. Perfect for an iPod or iPhone. No amp required here. Just remember these are open headphones. If your going to use them for commuting they won't work. Noise leaks out and noise leaks in. You need closed headphones. If these are for home use they will work. Better off though with a closed headphone though. Crutch field has a great selection of closed back headphones. The best customer service of any retailer.Good luck. [ DAVID  Dec 13, 2013 ]
They'll work for listening. They have the right plug to fit. They don't have a microphone, of course, so you won't be able to take calls. [ JIM  Dec 13, 2013 ]