Grado SR80i Prestige Series Open Backed Headphones (discontinued by manufacturer)
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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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|Sold By||—||Amazon.co.uk||Amazon.co.uk||Nottingham HiFi Centre||Amazon.co.uk||Amazon.co.uk|
|Headphones Form Factor||over-ear||Over-ear||Over-Ear||over-ear||Over-Ear||over-ear|
|Item Dimensions||24 x 32 x 10.16 cm||25.4 x 28.96 x 10.41 cm||25.4 x 28.96 x 10.41 cm||17 x 8 x 19 cm||12.7 x 25.4 x 20.32 cm||12.7 cm x 27.94 cm x 2.24 m|
|Item Weight||1.36 kg||0.95 kg||0.82 kg||280 grams||454 grams||263 grams|
|Special Feature||nv: Driver Unit^Single Dynamic Driver | Ear coupling^circumaural (over-ear) - open type | Frequency Response^20 Hz - 20kHz | Microphone (w/a)^N/A | Sensitivity^98dB SPL/Mw at 1kHz||—||—||—||—||lightweight|
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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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.
Reviewed at £110.97
I will say that they feel quite light. This is more of a personal preference thing, I usually like things heavy because they feel that they're better quality, but I suppose that heavy headphones just end up making your ears ache.
Visually I think they look great, but that's an opinion thing too. Unfortunately the plastic does feel a little cheap, but it's not too bad. It's clear by the kinda cheap packaging that Grado puts most of their time and effort into the speakers. Even though they feel a bit cheap they still, I still love the way they look and feel when worn so you shouldn't let it put you off. I just hope they don't break!
Despite not looking like they would be they very comfortable I'm surprised. The top strap is made from what appears to be some plastic material designed to look like leather. I know nothing about leather really but the seams at the edges seem like plastic so I assume it's fake, but correct me if I'm wrong. Although it isn't padded with foam or anything it's actually pretty comfortable to wear.
I was unsure when buying if they were on ear or over ear headphones. If you were wondering about it I can tell you that it seems a bit like a mix of the two. The foam sits on your ears, but the pads are quite large and go way off the sides of my ears like over ear headphones. I guess they would still be classed as on ear, because the foam is constantly touching your ears. The foam seems like it could annoy some people as it can get quite itchy, but I'm just nitpicking now. They feel nice.
I don't even know if I need to write anything here. They sound perfect. I haven't even worn them in yet and they just sound flawless. When I sit there and just listen, I am amazed. It seems like simply hearing them cheers me up. If you are wondering about bass, I can tell you not to buy them if you are a basshead. At first I thought the bass was lacking so I put the bass enhancement on, on my computer's sound options. It gave them a real punch but after a little while I decided that it didn't sound how it was meant to so I turned it off. These headphones are perfectly balanced and they sound amazing. The bass isn't lacking at all and sounds great, but if you love bass you're much better off with a pair of Beats. You never miss a beat, and there is something about the way they sound that makes me feel great inside. As for genre's I think they sound amazing for almost anything honestly, but if you're really into dance tracks, drum and bass, that thought of thing, they you should probably be looking at some headphones weighted on bass. If you like Alternative or any genre that doesn't emphasize on bass, then these are for you. I really love them. You won't regret buying.
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. In particular, the connecting wire is a sturdy, moulded cable, until it reaches the Y-junction where it changes to wires encased in sleeving, which is not a sturdy arrangement. I also noticed that the headphone units which are glued into an outer plastic tube, are both cockeyed, with one edge several mm nearer the ear than the other! On the other hand there is a two-year guarantee with the phones. When I contacted Grado about the reliability issue, their response amounted to complacency verging on arrogance. They had millions of satisfied customers, they said, and it was to be expected that a few dissatisfied customers would vent their spleen on the internet - which is true. But it is also true that Grado SR80i headphones are built to a standard I would expect from a plastic toy from China. German, precision engineering they are not! Which is a shame.
PS: One Amazon reviewer complains about the lack of bass response in the SR80i. I didn't notice this but bass response can depend on how close the earphone drivers are to the ear, and mine are closer in my alternative headband. Nor do I use the black, foam ear pads, although they don't seem to have much effect on the sound. Also, I am used to the crisp, damped, boom-free bass from my Yamaha NS100 monitor loudspeakers, with their 'infinite' baffles, and the SR80i provide similar bass. The other possibility is a variation from one set of phones to another, which would not be surprising, considering their design and construction.
PPS: Several months now and the Grados continue to blow my socks off! With their phenomenal 'openess' you aren't just listening to the music - you are there!
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