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: 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: 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: 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. If you're very careful with them, they might even last more than a year or two... but alas, that was not my case.
The problem is the cable... specifically, the cabling after the split.
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: 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: 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