Grado SR 80i
Stock Status: 1 to 2 Weeks.
While its little brother, Grado SR60i, sounds awesome without a headphone amp, it doesn't really massively improve with one. The Grado SR80i is a bit different; not quite sonically fulfilled without a headphone amp, it snaps into sharp focus with a good head-amp added to the equation. Present and impactful with Grado's signature "up-front" lively presentation, these classic cans remain an excellent entry into great high-end headphone listening.
Sorry, all Grado Labs products can only ship within USA due to manufacturer restrictions.
- Immediacy and eye-blinking impact make these a great rock&roll and modern music headphone
- Good build quality and replaceable earpads and headband for long durability
- Open-back, airy sound and clean musical tone
- Designed & manufactured in Brooklyn USA!
What's In The Box:
- Grado screw-on 1/4" (6.3 mm) plug adapter
- Grado Labs warranty insert
If you would like to take a nice step-up in Grado sound quality, try the SR80i. They have very good dynamics with quite punchy bass response and clean-sounding mids & highs, so expect lots of detail across all frequency ranges. Like some small-sized earpad-type (on-ear) headphones, these can be a bit uncomfortable for a few listeners due to the earpad texture, but are usually fine for most wearers if you -- very! -- gently bend the headband slightly to better conform to the top of the head. That move usually will help to take some pressure directly off the earlobes. The SR80i can typically be very handsomely driven by most portable players like iPods, iPads, MP3 players, or laptop/PCs. Awesome stuff from John Grado and his family-run headphone team.
The Grado SR80i now utilize the 'soft' style of mesh-covered earpad that completely covers the earlobe -- NOT the donut-type bowl "Large" earpad variety found in earlier SR80 editions (which has the cut-out center in the middle). All Grado Labs earpads can be purchased separately on our HeadRoom 'HeadPhone Accessories' webpage and all Grado earpad types are interchangeable with all Grado Labs SR / RS series headphones. The SR80i maintain the standard Grado Labs flexible vinyl-covered headband design and basic metal height adjusters that connect the earcups to the headband, thus allowing up and down adjustment plus 360 degree rotation. This feature becomes handy for laying the headphones down flat for storage or transit. The straight 8ft (roughly) headphone cord attaches to both earcups in a "Y" connection and comes terminated to a 1/8" (3.5mm) inch 'mini-plug' jack.
1-year manufacturer's warranty is serviced free exclusively by Grado Labs located in Brooklyn, NY USA only with your HeadRoom 'authorized dealer' purchase receipt.
HeadRoom is now a fully authorized Grado headphone recable specialist! Please call us if you are interested in re-cabling your Grado headphones with our exclusive HeadRoom/Cardas 'Fat Pipe' upgraded headphone cord!
- Sensitivity: 98 dB/mV
- Cord Type: Straight Y
- Coupler Size: Medium
- Cord Length: 7 ft. (2 m)
- Weight: 4.6
- Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year
- Detachable Cable: No
- Connector Type: 1/8" with 1/4" adaptor
- Ear Coupler Type: Earpad
- Impedance @ 1kHz: 32
- Wireless: No
- Noise Cancelling: No
- Headphone Type: Earpad
- Warranty: 1 Year
- Acoustic Seal: Open
- Isolation: 0
- Microphone: No
- Driver Type: Dynamic
Posted by Entropy on 2013-06-24
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Terrific sound, excellent build quality
Cons: Ear discomfort; headphone fit
Because of this, I have never considered using on-ear cans before until now. Leave it to me to go this long before finding out just how awesome sounding headphones like this can be. I began by loading up some of my favorite movie soundtracks (The Hunt for Red October, Hero, Bichunmoo, Bourne and new Batman series) music that incorporates a lot of string, wind and percussion instruments. I was blown away; the detail hidden in these tracks became alive instantly, and I was hearing elements of a soundstage that I never knew were there. The music was expansive, it was deep and it was rich.
I am also a purveyor of electronic music as well. Trance, Progressive, and House are my favorites, and again, the SR 80i’s did not disappoint. Listening to Armin van Buuren’s “Imagine,” I could not help but notice how much more textured the electric guitar solo that Armin’s brother Eller was playing. Indeed, popping on Eddie van Halen’s “Eruption” confirmed that what I heard in “Imagine” was not a fluke; however, hearing Eddie destroy the highs did get a little uncomfortable, and I had to dial back the volume a bit, if only temporarily.
The headphone unit itself is extremely well appointed. It’s a solid unit, and does not feel cheap or in any way “plasticky”. It’s a well made headphone, designed for years of enjoyment. I must admit that after a sonic session lasting more than an hour, my ears would begin to hurt though. This was a result of wearing glasses, where the on-ear headphones press against my ears and thus against the temple pieces of my glasses. Please note that this is not a defect in the actual headphones.
If only one improvement could be made on the SR 80i’s it would be that they fit more securely on my head. As it is, they do move out of place on their own at times, and I was finding myself having to readjustment them frequently.
Other than these issues, I thoroughly enjoy the SR 80i’s. The detail of these headphones is amazing, breathing new life into music that I have listened to over and over again for decades. The way these headphones bring every nuance of the music and sound to the surface is a wonderful gift, and it enhances the enjoyment I get when listening to music on the SR 80i’s.
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Posted by wtw127 from Chicago, IL on 2011-10-14
Recommend Product: No
Pros: Good Value
These headphones may be a good purchase in isolated environments but I cannot imagine wearing them in any sort of public setting (i.e. bus, train, plane, office, library, etc.).
Regarding sound quality, I have only listened for about 10 hours so not enough time to burn them in. Straight out of the box, I was not blown away. Still finding my Shure SE315 ear buds to sound superior on all levels through the amp, but again this is before burn in for the Grados so perhaps not truly fair comparison. I will be sending these back in and perhaps moving on to try AKGs.
Surprisingly, found these to be more comfortable than I was expecting.
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Posted by Shel from Rochester, NY on 2011-10-13
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Perfect mids and bass
Cons: Build looks cheap
Best mids I have ever heard. The SR80i may not be as crystal clear as those monitoring headphones, e.g. Audio Technica M40 or Shure SRH440, but the warm, boosted yet detailed mids make human voice and violin/cello sound just awesome.
If you think the bass of Koss Porta Pro is not there, or the Beyerdynamic DT440 is not clear enouth, please forget about Grados; otherwise, you won't bear the cost of missing it.
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