Headphones under $100: Grado SR80i & Pioneer SE-A1000
7 January 2014
Excerpt: In the world of high-end audio, Benjamin Franklin generally doesn’t get you too far—no wonder his lips look pursed in his portrait on the $100 bill. There are some exceptions, including the Grado SR80i and the Pioneer SE-A1000 headphones.
Summary: Buying these, changed the way I listen to music
I HATE THESE HEADPHONES, THEY TURNED ME INTO A AUDIOPHILE
they taught me that there is more to music, then what I was listening to
Before, on my Senn HD 201s, I could hear the music
These, make me listen to the music
I hear sounds and tones that...
Pros: Amazing Audio, great cord, basic design
Cons: Swiveling headphones, headband, earpads, the cable connections
Summary: Interesting headphones.
As I first opened the box I was thinking that there may have been a mistake because they looked like they had come from a 99cent store. The plastic material on them is somewhat similar to what you see on cheap toys - believe me, I'm not being dramatic.
Pros: Great sound quality for the on-ear sort of headphones
Summary: Acabo de conseguir estos auriculares para sumarlo a la familia, y la verdad que me ha dejado muy conforme, recién escuche un par de albumes y tienen una respuesta en frecuencia muy agradable, los agudos no son incisivos, los graves son profundos y controlados, y la presencia de frecuencias medias no...
Pros: Comodidad, respuesta en frecuencia, diseño, precio
Summary: I owned these a long time ago so this brief review is written from memory.
The Grado SR80i may be the best rock headphone for the price. The in your face presentation of the sound, the sharp mids and highs and tight bass really brings the listener into the music.
Summary: This were my first "real" headphones and now I'm building a Mosfet Mini Max tube amplifier and DAC, buying parts, modding my headphones, etc. All in three short months. These will turn you into an audiophile.
The clarity from these are just wonderful.
Pros: Sounds amazing, cost is nothing, quality is wonderful, value is ridiculous.
Cons: Somewhat uncomfortable for very long listening sessions, leaks noise like a sieve (not really a con, just something to be aware of).
Summary: As someone already had stated- the Grado SR80i gets left in the shadow of its less costly sibling- the SR60i. For me the choice was quite easy- I had a hundred bucks to burn for my first serious headphone, so SR80i was the best thing that I got in my sights.
Pros: Mighty attack, juicy mids, unsibbilant highs. No need for amping.
Cons: Could get uncomfortable, listening to loud recordings is punished by harshness.
Summary: First "audiophile" approved heaphones I purchased. They have introduced me to subtleties in my music I never new existed. I am now listening to a lot more music than before. From my fiio e7 they are perfectly powered and give just a fantastically rich, detailed sound.