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Grado SR80i Prestige Series Open Backed Headphones


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  • Vented diaphragm
  • Non Resonant air chamber
  • Standard copper voice coil wire
  • Standard copper connecting cord
  • mini plug with 1/4" adaptor

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  • Product Dimensions: 32.2 x 24.5 x 4 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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  • Item model number: SR80i
  • ASIN: B0055P9K38
  • Date first available at 24 Jun 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Like all the 'Prestige Series' models, the multi-award winning Grado SR80i is an open-back headphones, on-ear design. It is light, comfortable and built on the same features as the SR60i headphones, but the SR80i utilises a 4 conductor connecting cable and the driver diaphragms are put through a special 'de-stressing' process in order to enhance inner detail. The result is a headset which delivers a wider, more open and dynamic soundstage, but which is also smoother in the treble and deeper and even better controlled in the bass; a sound that is pure Grado.

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Headband headphones Grado SR-80i

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Ballington on 25 Oct 2009
I got these as I couldn't take my sennheiser PC350 gaming headphones out without attracting strange looks, I also heard they were incredibly highly regarded as excellent for audio.

When I put them into my Yamaha electronic drumkit, I was blown away. Into my X-fi soundcard, blown away yet again. Even in my iPhone unamplified they failed to disappoint. Waiting for the pocket amp to arrive.

I haven't seen one thing wrong with these headphones as of yet, the quality is simply stunning.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Harper on 15 Mar 2008
Recently I bought a pair of AKG k701s. Fantastic headphones, but not good at rock music. After much online reading, I bought these Grado SR80 headphones to plug that gap.

The difference between the two headphones is profound. My immediate impression of the Grado SR80 was 'yuck'! The boxing looks cheap, the headphones (compared to k701s) are plasticky and the foam was on wonky. They didn't look like a 'prestige series' headphone. However, they're lightweight for overear cans and much more comfortable than I had been led to believe.

In terms of sound, the tonality I'm told is characteristic of Grado - warm, bass-heavy but still with excellent treble. They go loud... very loud without distorting and (to my ears at least) they sound as good straight off the ipod as with a headphone amp (I own a Ray Samuels hornet which I don't use with these headphones). The soundstage is SMALL - well defined, clear, but more like you're in a band-room than an opera house! Which is why they're excellent for rock music. When saying the soundstage is small, I'm not saying that the stereo representation or localisation of sound is in any way other than excellent - just that everything is very immediate and close-to. They're also bassy, but not overly so. I find for certain types of music such as electronic like fluke or moby (or if I'm just in the mood for bass) that the Hip-Hop EQ enhances the bass without overly affecting the other frequency ranges. The other EQs on my 5G iPod muddy the sound too much to be of use.

So - look a wee bit cheap, but sturdy build, lovely sound which is best suited to rock, nice stereo and definition, but small soundstage. I use them as my walk-about headphones and do wear them in public (although they leak being open-backed).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. S. B. Shaw on 3 May 2009
Lots of reviewers of Hi-fi in general have little audio background - which always makes reviews quite funny to read.

I went through a London DJ's collection of high-end headphones for a comparison. Won't name any brands, but all his kit was closed-back, made far more robustly than the grados, and was at least twice the price.

Listening in a quiet room with my library of lossless tracks, the pure sound quality the grado's totally outstripped nearly all of them. He said that while they would be useless for DJing, their value for money was a lesson to the audio manufacturers of his kit.

With their defined and open sound, playing a diverse range of tracks from the high-end accuracy of Dire Straits to the thumping bass drive of pendulum shows a balance of sound with no need to adjust EQ. Vocals of kansas, jamiroquai's bass lines, ACDCs drive, and the quality of Dooley's world(ATB)on a hi-end amp make my friend's eyes go wide.

Closed back phones with a more robust build are far more suited to everyday "Bose" use, but the audio quality and comfort of the Grados is unbeatable for their price, and truly embarrasses Bose's attempts. They totally outclass the etymotic ER6is too.

I don't know what kind of Ipod the other reviewer was using, but I have no issues driving the grados on my ipod classic at half volume. Classics have more amp power than the other ipods though - perhaps that's why.

While they'd be useless for DJ use - they are a great choice for the ipod user who wants the best sound, especially if you can put up with having to look after them - you can't just stuff them in a ruck sack. But when they sound this good - looking after them shouldn't be an issue....
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Jackson on 9 Sep 2011
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I have only had these headphones for a few hours, and though they have some obvious design faults - headband too narrow and too tight and not adjustable; uncomfortable on-ear cans rather than over-ear cushions; plasticky; doubtful reliability according to other Amazon reviews; too long a connection cord - who cares when the sound quality blows you away!!! I have some Beyerdynamic DT 990 headphones which I thought were the bees knees until I heard the Grado SR80i. Now it is clear that the DT 990s are mellow in comparison with the SR80is which produce a sound which is indistinguishable from that of my high quality hi-fi system that consists of a Quad 405 amp and Yamaha NS100 monitor loudspeakers. I have overcome the tight headband by using an elastic band and some cut-down knitting needles, and I will probably fit some over-ear cushions and shorten the connecting cord. But at the end of the day, the Grado SR80i headphones are phenomenal.

Update: Warning! If you can't live with the uncomfortable headband and ear pads, or if you want sturdier, more reliable headphones which give comparable sound quality, then I suggest you opt for Beyer (some people have 'bent' the Grado headband spring to reduce the pressure on their ears). However, if you can put up with their annoyances, the sound from the SR80i is something special. Better still, if you can fit the Grado cans into a more comfortable headband, with over-ear cushions, then you will have a pair of headphones to die for - that's why I still give them five stars, despite their shortcomings. I am now using the Grados in a comfortable (ex-Beyer) headband with over-ear cushions (without the original sponge pads), though it wasn't easy to convert them. And it was whilst I was doing this conversion that I noticed some other doubtful features.
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