Excerpt: These bulky but effective open-air headphones with solid bass and midrange response are the least expensive headphones we tested that are worth the addition of an amp. If you're into the retro look, value durability, and want an extra-long cable, then the SR60s are for you.
Summary: These are my first ever Grado's and I LOVE them, too bad I have to send them out to the next guy.
I was always fascinated by Grado's ever since I saw Auggie's RS2's on Covert Affairs. I just knew I had to try them at one point and along came this awesome opportunity to loan them.
Summary: Initial Thoughts/Observations on Grado SR60e:
I just received the loaner SR60e's on Thursday (Todd from Todd The Vinyl Junkie (TTVJ) and haven't listened for very long yet. I wanted to post a few initial thoughts and observations on them.
Pros: Great mids, instrument separation, and detail for the price. More balanced than previous generations of SR60's.
Cons: Bass not suited to electronic or pop type music; bass increases with amping but also becomes brighter (sibilant)
Summary: I was sort of ignoring of Grados thinking they'd just be your typical treble blaster with non-existant bass and the build quality sort of threw me off. But at $79 I said what the heck, I need to try some Grados and then I could at least say I have tried them and didn't like them.
Pros: Relatively inexpenisve, huge bang for your buck, treble energy without too much sibilance, Good bass for it's style, Smooth mids. Pads change sound!
Cons: Not comfortable for long sessions, Cheap plastic on ear cups, treble can be sibilant on certain recordings
Summary: I was always interested in the Audiophile world, even since i watched High Fidelity a few years ago, i know, the movie is focused on the records, but i don't know, there was something there.
I first heard of the Grados a few years ago, when i searched for then, i fell in love.
Pros: Great value, revealing sound, beautiful design
Summary: I have enjoyed the SR60s for many years. Like, maybe 20+. They have excellent fidelity expected from the Grado line for a reasonable price at the time. It has long been time to replace the foam covers as they fell apart after 10 years or so.
Summary: If you are looking for an affordable upgrade, they still beat the hell out of any earpod and cheapo set of ‘phones. Plus they work with your portable player/phone giving you enough sound level.
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to drive, much better than "no-fi" headphones
Cons: Bass is too little, combined with too forward tonal balance, extremely cheap build
Summary: I have a pair of vintage SR60 with pink drivers dark driver cloth. They also have a black magnet. These headphones simply at the best value headphones I've ever owned.
Vintage SR60 sound smoother than current day SR60i and SR60e yet still maintain the same engaging sound.
Pros: Engaging, fast and exciting. The bright Grado sound signature.
Cons: Lacks refinement. Bass impact is not strong.