Universally considered the 'entry level' headphone to beat, the Grado SR-60e could officially rate as "The Best Headphone Ever" at this price.
The Grado SR 60e are a classic open-back design with a smooth, intelligible midrange and impressive detail in the upper highs perched above a sweetly punchy low bass response. Our sole minor quibble is a slightly 'sparkly' tone in the uppermost treble ranges rather than the silky sound of extremely well-extended - and certainly MUCH more expensive - audiophile headphones.
Some folks mention that the earpad comfort can become an issue, but gently bending the headband to conform more closely to the top of the head helps alleviate that problem for many wearers.
The style thing is another matter altogether: use the old-school Grado SR 60 e out on the streets or at the club and you may be busted by the ever-vigilant Hipster Fashionista Beats Police.
All kidding aside, this is a surprisingly enjoyable and highly musical headphone that almost every listener will appreciate - and the price sure is right.
Like all Grado headphones ever, the SR-60e employs an open earcup construction with zero isolation from external ambient noise. By the same token, others nearby will hear audio "leakage" coming from open-back headphones when you are listening in quiet places (i.e, libraries, workplace cubicles, late night listening, etc.).
A study in effective minimalism, the Grado SR-60e has a simple flexible headband with basic metal height adjusters that connect the earpieces to the headband and allow for up & down adjustment plus complete 360 degree earpiece rotation. This feature is ideal for laying the headphones down flat for packing them in a briefcase or backpack.
The Grado SR 60e are highly efficient and sound robust from any source you plug them into. The headphone cord length is about 7ft and terminates to a 1/8" [3.5mm] 'mini' plug perfect for smartphones, tablets or laptops. A full-size 1/4" stereo plug adapter handily comes provided with the SR60e.
What's In The Box:
Grado SR60e Frequency Response
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