Summary: Typical Grado entry level headphones. Now don't get me wrong, these are a good value for its low price going, but they are without a doubt entry-level. The overall sound is pleasant and engaging, specifically in the highs, but that doesn't always mean quality. A good majority of my scores feel into 5's across the board, but don't get me wrong, they indefinitely favor the highs.
Summary: This is a superb entry into the realm of the audiophile. The SR80s have a very 'musical' quality. By that I mean there is not one single definable aspect that makes them stand out; music on these cans sounds more alive, involving, immediate, exciting and, well, musical. The bass is natural and extended and is not boosted artificially. Mids and highs are natural and clear. Nothing ever feels forced and yet nothing ever feels wooly or dull.
Summary: Due to my recent downgrade, I'm left with these as my only headphones. And that isn't a complaint, these are very very good headphones for the $85 I got them for. I've had a sweet tooth for progressive rock and older heavy metal music lately, and let me tell you, these babies really shine with electric guitars. Very forward, and in-your-face. No soundstage to speak of, which I really couldn't care less about unless I'm in the mood for some Stravinsky or Beethoven.
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. So to me the build quality is great for the design if you treat them well they will last a long time.
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.
I think the SR80s are one of Grado's best headphones in my opinion. And can sound just as good as headphones costing £250+. Very good value for money !!
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.
They're easily powered by a computer or ipod. I tried a CMOY with mine but didn't notice much if any difference.
Pros: great sound, light weight, cool retro styling, made in USA
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.
I fitted Grado L-Cush (from the SR-325i) pads to mine and it made the world of difference, not just to comfort but to the audible landscape.
Summary: Great sound, etc. What hasnt been said: these headphones will literraly dislove after 2 months of use. Mine already have new cable and headband. You cant wear them in public since they leak sound and look like a pre-WW2 relic.
I had loads of headphones well above the price range, like monitoring, dj, in ear all from well known brands and nothing campared to Grados sound.
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. They have a great sound all the way from their warm, fun bass to their nice and detailed mids, to their fairly open and airy sounding highs.
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
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
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....