Grado SR80e Prestige Series Open Backed Headphone : Great sound straight out of the box.

Use these with my gaming console. The open back design means you can get enough sound from around the flat that you’re not completely blocked out. I use these with a portable dac/amp at home, but have used them without and they still perform pretty well. Not great outdoors when the wind’s up, but open backed so you kinda expect that.

Unquestionably the best sounding headphones i tried for under £100. I am not an audiophile but the sound is balanced, crisp, harmonious. Being open backed, someone sitting next to you will be able to hear the song just as well as you so not the best for packed public transport. There is one major floor though. The rubber surround on the headphone jack is thick so if you have a thick or amoured phone case (ie spigen et al) you might not be able to use the heaphones in as the jack wont get through the casing. I guess grado didnt intend the headpone to be used a phone.

Arrived ahead of schedule and sound great. Only slight problem is that i have to remove my samsung s9 phone from its uag case before i can get a good steady connection. Anyone know of any samsung s9 cases which work with these headphones ?.

As usual the sound quality is fantastic, which you come to expect from grado, and i see that the cable is now a lot thicker which should stop it from twisting (that was a big problem with the sr125i series, well actually with all the i series from what i could see) however i do have one gripe, and that is the length of the cable, it must only be about 5 foot long, the i series was about 6 foot long and i thought that was short, if they make it any shorter i will have to sit on my hi fi system when i play it, i think this might be a ploy to buy there extension cable that was about £30 a shot a couple of years back, but then again maybe i am getting cynical in my old age.

I bought these to replace a pair of the ‘sr60s, so i was already used to the design and the ‘leaky’ sound. The sr80e’s are an excellent upgrade, having far more bass and a better sound with vocals. Maybe grado headphones aren’t ideal to listen to on a bus because of the open-back nature of the design, but i mainly bought them for home use. The sr80e’s come with a handy adaptor plug, so you can use them with a home hifi or an mp3 player.

These are my second pair of grado headphones, i completely wore the old ones out over a long period of constant use. In the gap between that happening and getting these, i had forgotten how incredibly good these are. I have had many different very good headphones over the years but without a doubt these remain my favourite for all round use. I forget i even have headphones on because the sound is that good.

These are great sounding headphones and in terms of their range and balanced output they are good value for money. I chose then because i already own a pair of sr60’s that i’ve had for many years and have loved their sound and comfort. I needed to replace them because the plug got bent and after straightening it they don’t always make a good contact. One thing that surprised me was that the build and finish is poorer that expected and worse than the older pair of sr60’s i have. Firstly the lead is shorter which is obviously just to save a bit on cost but very inconvenient for me. The headband is not sealed at the two ends as they were on the older models plus they aren’t aligned (inside / outside plastic don’t line up and look tatty). The silver lettering on the left and right earpieces looks likes its not applied properly and almost looks worn out alreadyi’m still happy with them because the sound and comfort is the most important thing to me, i just hate it when good brands like this try to save money by lowering their standards at the expense of their customers. Hey grado, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

Excellent headphones for the price. Deeper too than you would think possible for headphones. They are ‘open’ however, which i prefer personally, so others around will hear the music. Sometimes criticised for the headband feeling a bit ‘cheap’ but i would rather grado spend the money on where it matters – the drivers.

  • Great sound straight out of the box.
  • best sound for sub £100
  • Excellent headphones for the price

Grado SR80e Prestige Series Open Backed Headphone

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The haedphones are very good. I am an experienced music producer so you can take my word for it when i tell you that these are very good. I cant comment on their ability to stay good over time since iv only had them a short while but the build feels good and i dont see any obvious signs that they are likely to fall apart any time soon. I do recommend these headphones. Very comfortable and the sound is excellent.

  • Great sound straight out of the box.
  • best sound for sub £100
  • Excellent headphones for the price

Grado SR80e Prestige Series Open Backed Headphone

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