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 SR225e sound. The look of the Grado SR125e 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.
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What's In The Box:
The Grado SR125e 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 SR225e 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 SR 125 e 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 perspective 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 SR-125e 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.
The SR125e 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 SR 125 e model 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-125e earpads are the Grado S-CUSH [mesh] style; we recommend considering the 'doughnut' 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.
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Grado SR125 Frequency Response
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