Grado SR 125i
With characteristic Grado dynamics, detail and musical presence, these completely open-back 'on-ear' headphones offer only a slight sonic compromise below the heavily lauded but significantly pricier SR225i sound. The look of the Grado SR125i may perhaps be old-school retro, but the clean acoustic performance of these made-in-the-USA headphones is modern as can be for listeners seeking a lively 'front-row' audiophile headphone without investing a month's pay.
Sorry, all Grado Labs products can only ship within USA due to manufacturer restrictions.
- Cost-efficient entry into Grado's top signature immediacy and eye-blinking impact.
- Good build quality and replaceable earpads & headband for long durability
- On-ear classic retro design
- Made in the USA
What's In The Box:
- Grado Labs warranty insert
The Grado SR125i mid-price 'on-ear' model perhaps gets a bit lost in the big crowd of Grado Labs headphones, and if you are set on a truly impressive Grado flavor for your headphone collection, stretching for the excellent SR225i remains a commendable idea. But if the budget simply won't allow and you still want to get the most high-end Grado headphone experience at the lowest possible investment, the SR125i will satisfy by delivering a typically lively, very present Grado tonal signature, slightly forward in the mids / highs with clear overall musical detail resolution and a tight, punchy low bass response. It's actually a very engaging audio response character for modern and classic rock genres most especially, along with well-recorded acoustic music. The overall soundstage persepective is a bit narrow and up-front so classical or symphonic listeners may miss the sense of precise orchestral placement available with the top 'PS' or 'GS' Grado models. The SR125i earpads and headband fit can tend to be somewhat uncomfortable for some listeners, but this can be somewhat remedied by gently [gently! -ed.] bending the headband to better fit the top of the wearer's head and/or by getting a set of the foam Grado 'Large' bowl-type of earpads ("L-CUSH" - $20usd).
The SR125i are basically hand-constructed -- as with many Grado Labs products -- at their small Brooklyn USA facility and employ 100% proprietary speaker drivers perfectly matched to .1dB with voice coils made of Grado's also-proprietary ultra-high purity, long-crystal, oxygen-free copper wiring. The SR125i have the traditional Grado basic flexible leather headband and use simple metal height adjusters to connect the earcups to the headband, thus allowing for up-&-down fit adjustments plus full 360-degree earcup rotation. This feature is ideal for laying the headphones down flat for storage and/or transit. The standard SR-125i earpads are the Grado S-CUSH [mesh] style; we recommend considering the 'donut' pad type mentioned above for improved comfort. The approximately 7.5ft straight-type headphone cord attaches to both earpieces in a Y-type connection and terminates to a full-size 1/4" stereo plug. If you need to plug into a smaller 1/8" [3.5mm] mini-jack on your iPod or computer audio source, you will need the Grado Labs 1/4"-to-1/8" mini-plug adapter flex-cable . The 1-year manufacturer's warranty is serviced exclusively through Grado Labs in Brooklyn NY USA with your 'authorized dealer' HeadRoom purchase receipt.
- Headphone Type: Earpad
- Connector Type: 1/4
- Isolation: 0
- Impedance @ 1kHz: 32
- Detachable Cable: No
- Cord Length: 7.5ft
- Cord Type: Straight Y
- Coupler Size: Medium
- Ear Coupler Type: Earpad
- Driver Type: Dynamic
- Acoustic Seal: Open
- Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year
- Sensitivity: 98dB
Posted by JohnBooty from Philadelphia, PA on 2013-01-13
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: That wonderful Grado detail,
Cons: Break-in period, unspectacular bass
My first reaction upon listening to the SR125i's is that I'd made a huge mistake. The bass didn't even match the modest bass of the SR60's, and the famous bright Grado high-end (what you're buying Grados for, really) wasn't "bright" -- it was harsh and sounded like a bunch of Legos being jammed into my ear canal. Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but it wasn't fun.
I took a deep breath and recalled the break-in period that Grados need. Even Grado's manual alludes to it.
I put in a few listening sessions and played music through the headphones and allowed the headphones to play overnight for a total of 20-30 hours of break-in time. Never more than 7 or so continuous hours at a stretch.
Now, I'm starting to love these phones. I'm not sure my ears are sensitive enough to distinguish them from the SR60's yet; my feeling is that for a lot of listeners you're going to get rapidly diminishing returns once you climb the product ladder from the excellent SR60's. That said, I'm enjoying these a great deal and I'm happy with my purchase.
I'm giving them five stars for "Durability" based on the fact that my SR60s lasted nearly ten years, and these have similar construction but thicker cabling. Obviously, I don't *know* how long they'll last. :-)
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Posted by adofito from NY on 2010-09-08
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Not very comfy, they look and feel cheap
Cons: Great Open Sound
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