Summary: WOOOOOOOOW. music never sounded this good. metallica, guns n roses, AC/DC, System etc. all sound f'n amazing. guitar sounds like its next to you. you can play these loud as hell and wont even realize it, the sound is so natural.
Summary: Few years before i had sr60 and they amazed me, very confy and gread sound. So i got the sr80 and they are just as same as sr60. Sound is great only when you turn it the volume they start to lose the quality and make weird noize. So keep it low and enjoy the music!
Summary: I've had a pair of SR80's for just under 2 years now and they've fallen apart. First I had a wire break inside of the tubing, causing a loss of sound in one side. Now the ear pads are deteriorating, leaving foam bits all over my face. They were great well they lasted. Best sound quality I've ever gotten from headphones, but now I have to find something more durable.
Summary: Although I have been an audiophile for years, I have never managed to get into the headphone thing. I found that kind of listening too claustrophobic. When I bought a decent mp3 player and loaded it up with a few thousand WMA tracks, I thought it time to try again. A cheap pair of phones sounded reasonable and when coupled with a CMOY portable headphone amp, I thought the experience not bad at all.
Summary: I did a lot of research on high quality, reasonably priced headphones and the Grado SR80's kept coming up. For the price I paid (around $90) I felt I didn't have much to loose. Boy am I glad I went ahead with the purchase. The sound from these headphones is outstanding. It was fun to watch the expression on my children's faces when they tried them out for the first time. Pure wonderment!!!
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: These things are the real deal. Anyone who has ever listened to mine agrees. Pretty much everyone here does. Every range is represented fully and the best word I've heard used here to describe the sound is "spacial". The are open ear design has its pro's and con's but for the house it's great. I can listen to my music but if my lady what's me to listen to something on the TV or get my attention ... I can just divert my ears to whatever is going on.
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.