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Grado SR80
6.0 out of 10

Grado SR80

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Reviews and Problems with Grado SR80

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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
24 August 2006
  • Summary: Build quality - I can say that in the 5 years of use the only thing wrong with these headphones were the pads falling apart. And there is a very small tear in the cable sheath near the Y connector. I have never got the gradle sound that some people get.
  • Pros: Great sound for the price/performance
  • Cons: Open back headphone
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Overall 10
10

Expert Review

head-fi.org
24 August 2006
  • Summary: The Grado SR-80 has been on pretty much every list of best value in headphones ever made (or at least any that know what they're talking about) and they're there for a good f***ing reason. These are probably some of the best audiophile headphones priced under $150 dollars ever made.
  • Pros: Everything about this headphone, especially for the price
  • Cons: Made from cheap materials once you break them down, can be blown out easily if you listen to music loud
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Overall 10
10

Expert Review

head-fi.org
24 August 2006
  • Summary: These are great, and actually deserve more credit than I was giving them. With a view to upgrading, I tried my SR80s out against AKG K701's, and Grado SR225's. If you're interested in what I had to say, check out the thread at http://www.head-fi.org/t/698953/grado-sr80-to-akg-k701-an-upgrade Thanks
  • Pros: Fantastic sound for not a lot of money. Absolutely no regrets in buying mine.
  • Cons: Look far cheaper than they sound, which can also be said for the SR225's. Read on....
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
24 August 2006
  • Summary: Introduction The Grado SR80i is one of the entry-level models in a legendary lineup. It is the first pair of proper cans I have owned. I'm a big fan of metal but being a student didn't have enough cash to burn on high-end stuff and after a bit of lurking found that cans were being recommened by many...
  • Pros: Aggressive mids, Tight lows
  • Cons: Isolation, Initial fatigue, Sometimes too bright, Cable
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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
24 August 2006
  • Summary: So, I bought these for my office some years back. They were better than average for office listening, with the open design suitable for not entirely ignoring one's colleagues. I was underwhelmed by the physical design, but listen for a little while and that mostly goes away.
  • Pros: Amazing sound for the buck -- real lows, real highs with only a bit of harshness on occasion
  • Cons: Crappy build quality. Cheap foam ear pads which lead to fatigue. The plastic sheathing covering the individual can feeds will crack and cut wires.
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
24 August 2006
  • Summary: I have had it for a very long time. Smooth, rich sound. I use it exclusively with my iPhone and iPod nowadays. The foam just ripped even though I gave it TLC! I wrote to the company and a received a snarky response from a smart-ass there - he must hate working there, or what.
  • Pros: Fabulous sound, but I use it only while trying to fall asleep
  • Cons: Terrible, terrible foam
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Overall 10
10

Expert Review

head-fi.org
24 August 2006
  • Summary: I've owned a pair of SR-80s since 1996 when my old Yamaha phones collapsed beyond repair. I auditioned a pair of SR-60s at a local high-end store, and when I was ready, got a pair. I was very disappointed! It wasn't at all the sound I had heard in the audition.
  • Pros: Warm but mostly uncolored, transparent
  • Cons: cord material and reliability
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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
24 August 2006
  • Summary: I could not recommend SR-80i's any higher to someone that's looking in that price range. I did months and months of research before settling for a pair, I read just about every review out there. Realistically I do not think that for the money you could get yourself a better can.
  • Pros: Affordable, Precise, exceptional clarity, look great, plenty of mods available.
  • Cons: A little lacking in soundscape, You really NEED the Grado L-Cush pads.
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Overall 10
10

Expert Review

head-fi.org
24 August 2006
  • Summary: Not a review, just my little opinion on these nice headphones. My Grado SR80s are the older ones (Not the new 'i' version) I'm guessing my SR80s were made around in 2001-2003 etc. All I can say these SR80s are very musical sounding headphones, and they can sure boogie too.
  • Pros: Very musical, dynamic, fast and very detailed.
  • Cons: Can be a bit harsh sounding sometimes. And comfort can be a little rough at times.
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Overall 10
10

Expert Review

head-fi.org
24 August 2006
  • Summary: A couple of years ago, I took the bait and bought my set of Grado SR80s. Its been mostly love ever since. I adore the sound, which is pretty spectacular, especially at this price. Could use a little more robust bass, but i just pump up the bass with EQ. Sound is really clear and musical.
  • Pros: great sound, light weight, cool retro styling, made in USA
  • Cons: crappy cord, not very durable
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