Prestige Series on-ear headphones
Our take on the Grado SR325e by Crutchfield's David Brown
Advanced design for punchy, accurate Grado sound
Underneath their cool, retro looking metal exterior, Grado's Prestige Series SR325e headphones boast time-tested audio technology for high-impact sound that'll rock your tunes with the kind of punchy low-end and dynamics usually unheard of in this price range.
These headphones feature updates to Grado's previous SR325is headphones, including an improved driver design, new aluminum housing, and a high-quality cable.You'll hear clear, highly articulated sound — drums with plenty of "snap" and body, guitars and acoustic instruments with natural warmth and openness, plus taut, tuneful bass. These Grados can be driven using the headphone outputs on most home audio systems, and even work great with a portable player or laptop. But they'll really sound their best with the addition of a headphone amplifier.
Born in Brooklyn and built to perform
Each pair of SR325e headphones is still made right in Brooklyn, New York where the Grado family has been building award-winning audio gear for almost 60 years. The vented "open-air" earcup design makes for powerful, extended low frequency response and a more spacious soundstage. Hybrid metal/plastic enclosures and aluminum air chambers give you finely-detailed, crystalline highs. The ultra-high purity copper voice coils and sturdy eight-conductor connecting cable provide a smooth, refined sound with a wide frequency response that lets you hear all the music. A genuine leather headband is the nice final touch to these high-quality 'phones.
I had no complaints with how the SR325is headphones handled the odd meanderings of my song collection. All the tracks were clear, clean, and, most importantly, fairly free of color. I felt like I was getting a lot of the original engineers' intent... If you can swing a headphone amp in the bargain, you'll have a listening solution that can make your music collection come alive, while adding a touch of "industrial chic" to your favorite listening space.
— Woody, Crutchfield A/V Writer
- open-back, on-the-ear design with replaceable ear cushions
- vented diaphragms (open-air) for spacious, low-distortion sound and extended bass response
- aluminum enclosures offer powerful dynamics and crisp highs
- special "de-stressed" diaphragms and an eight-conductor connecting cable enhance detail
- large ear cushions and increased air flow through improved rear metal screens deliver a larger soundstage
- adjustable leather headband for a custom fit
- driver pairs matched to within 0.05 dB for better stereo imaging
- ultra-high purity, long-crystal copper (UHPLC) voice coil wire
- 8-conductor headphone cable terminated with a 1/8" plug
- 1/4" adapter included
- optional 15 foot Grado headphone extension cable available
- frequency response: 18-24,000 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 67" cable (3.5mm plug)
- 1/4" adapter (installed)
- "Celebrating Over 60 Years of Tradition" sheet
- Headphone/Warranty info (printed on inside of box)
Much lighter than I initially expected, but very well built. Packaging was perfect! Be sure to break them in properly as outlined in the instruction manual.
Adam, Ada, MI
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Features and Specs
|Earcup Width x Height||3.079" x 3.079"|
|Mic For Taking Calls||No|
|Frequency Response||18-24k Hz|
|1/4-inch Adapter Included||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
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.
SR325e: The Grado SR325e, the top headphone in the Prestige Series, has an open back design, which increases the airflow through the rear metal grill to produce a full, more realistic experience. These on-ear headphones utilize UHPLC (Ultra-High Purity, Long Crystal) oxygen-free copper voice coil wire and state-of-the-art driver design. The SR325e steps up to a powder-coated aluminum housing, instead of the SpaceBlack polycarbonate. The added mass translates to a smoother transition throughout the entire frequency spectrum. The drivers in the SR325e are matched to within 0.05dB for optimum stereo imaging. The headphones also have a genuine top-grain leather padded head strap.
8-Conductor Audio Cable: The SR325e has a high-quality 67" 8-conductor audio cable with a 3.5mm gold-plated plug. This new cable design exhibits greater control over the low and high frequencies, and lets Grado's world-famous midranges sing. 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 circum-aural ear cushions can be removed for cleaning, if needed. If they show signs of wear, you can replace them with the Grado Replacement Cushion L.
Note: The headphone's ear cushions are not covered in the manufacturer's one-year warranty.
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Why did you buy this?
Rated well on Consumer Reports. [ 277304 Mar 27, 2018 ]
Reviews [ BRIAN C Mar 01, 2018 ]
Have SR-80s and enjoy them alot. Wanted to try an upgrade. [ Jon Feb 21, 2017 ]
I had sets of economical headphones over the years that satisfied my budget but were definitely not considered audiophile headphones. I decided to invest in a high quality set of headphones and all the reviews said Grado's were some of the best. I have to agree these are a great set and even though my hearing isn't what it used to be..I can still hear detailed and accurate sound coming from the SR325e's. [ LEROY Dec 20, 2016 ]
Outstanding open headphones....allow one to hear what is going on around, thus can be used in conditions when one needs to be alert to outside sounds. Also, I prefer the open headphone for the characteristic sound quality. [ MS. Aug 11, 2016 ]
Reviews [ Sumeet Jun 05, 2016 ]
I like to hear my music like as if I was in the same room as the musicians and the reviews sent me in this direction [ kevin Mar 24, 2016 ]
Reviews [ Christopher Dec 17, 2015 ]
Quality and price. [ TERESA Dec 10, 2015 ]
1 question already asked
Because of your dedicated efforts to find an answer i have decided to purchase these phone from Crutchfield. [ catalino Dec 05, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: These headphones feature updates to Grado's previous SR325is headphones, including an improved driver design, new aluminum housing, and a high-quality cable. You get everything that was great bout the 325is and more at a lower price point! It's a win/win! If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Dec 05, 2014 ] Staff