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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Summary: They have very open, bright and oftentimes a trademark piercing mids and highs quality about them, which makes the soundstage sound very very clear. In fact the sound is very bright at times and their top volume can double as a small speaker.
Pros: Soundstage is excellent, clear highs,
Cons: Cord is too long, tendency for headphones to swivel out of place constantly, underpowered bass response
Summary: For 4 years I've tried to love these headphones. But I can't get above simply 'liking' them. I listen to lossless (flac) Jazz, Blues and Rock using a mi-fi quality $500 DAC.
In a nutshell, I am continuously looking for better transparency/clarity/detail.
Pros: Decent Soundstage, Fairly Accurate, Vocals are a Strength
Cons: Lack of clarity, transparency, and highs. Not as 'bright' as one would believe