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Seems a great deal on these open back headphones with great reviews all around. I believe this is the cheapest they have been on amazon.

Like all the 'Prestige Series' models, the multi-award winning* Grado SR80e is an open-back, on-ear design. It is light, comfortable and built on the same features as the SR60e headphone. However the SR80e utilises a 4 conductor connecting cable and the driver diaphragms are put through a special 'de-stressing' process in order to enhance inner detail. The result is a headset which delivers a wider, more open and dynamic soundstage, but which is also smoother in the treble and deeper and even better controlled in the bass; a sound that is pure Grado.

The SR80e is an open back on-ear headphone. The jack will fit into any modern day Hi-Fi system or music source, so that you can listen to music from any source you desire. The headphone is fitted with 3.5mm jack. A 6.33mm (1/4”) jack converter is included (fitted to the 3.5mm jack).
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banned 2 Likes #1
My first audiophile headphones.. :)
Excellent comfy headphones, detailed, accurate, balanced. But lacks deep bass to me.

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These are 72£ at advancemp3players.co.uk now.
Use voucher Y!ELD12PC to knock off additional 12% = £66.44
Plus 4.5% quidco = £63.45
Bargain.


Edited By: artcheezzz on Jul 25, 2014 02:39: m
#3
Richer sounds have this at same price
#4
gooeynote
Richer sounds have this at same price

No online stock at richer sounds at the moment. So possibly instore only for the time being..
1 Like #5
Clearing the line before the new 'e' series launches no doubt. Good quality sounding headphones, they're open back and leak a lot sound however, no good for public use, built for home use. A closed back (doesn't leak sound) alternative for this price at similar audio quality would be the Audio Technica M50s
#6
I have SR60i... and they are absolutely great. Still going strong after 5 years. This is one segment higher up the model range and cheapest I have seen. .. so heat from me.
#7
Aren't these supposedly worth $1,000,000,00
#8
I have never understand the what's do good about SR80i - they sound just mediocre to me. I rather prefer the Audio Technica M50, but they are closed-back of course.
#9
qinyanggl
I have never understand the what's do good about SR80i - they sound just mediocre to me. I rather prefer the Audio Technica M50, but they are closed-back of course.

Sound Preferences differ
#11
JamesClark1991
Clearing the line before the new 'e' series launches no doubt. Good quality sounding headphones, they're open back and leak a lot sound however, no good for public use, built for home use. A closed back (doesn't leak sound) alternative for this price at similar audio quality would be the Audio Technica M50s
http://tobidornot.com/wp-uploads/photo/grado-sr80i-prestige-series.jpg

But with a closed back heaphone you will not get the same "ambient" or airy feeling. Lots of reviews on head-fi forums for those interested.
#12
If you want bass, get the beyer dynamics dt770
#13
artcheezzz
My first audiophile headphones.. :)
Excellent comfy headphones, detailed, accurate, balanced. But lacks deep bass to me.
It coudl be that you are coming from a bass heavy previous source .. sometimes it takes awhile to get more used to a natural sound.
generally Grados are pretty good .. but I haven't auditioned headphones since the bc 3/5a era.
better value than Dr dreadfuls.
#14
personally, I'd like to buy sr80e
#15
Love mine - not a good set to use on the move though - as the sound leak will irritate the pants off other commuters.

Edited By: Lefty on Jul 19, 2014 12:29
#16
Good price! I bought some of these while in New York last year. They're made in Brooklyn and the price worked out around £74. For some reason they've always been far more expensive in the UK though.
#17
I've had the SR80s (not even i's!) for several years now. Great open, balanced sound..but if you want a bottom/top (Dr Dre) sound, they aren't for you. The fact that they're not closed does tend to restrict acceptable use on trains etc though!
#18
I have bought and used various medium price headphones (£80-£300) for over 20 years; my main focus is on how authenticate the headphone reproduce the music especially on instruments. The Grado SR80i produce most accurate sound for that price range compares to Bose's AKG's etc..

The SR80i requires amplifier to drive the music, no good for iPods or smartphones. If you listen to it for 10 minutes, then switch over to other headphones with the same music; you will find how artificial the others are. - Just my opinion as I don't like artificially created bass effect.

Grado iGrado is as good for iPod and Smartphone; I used it with my gaming PC too, much better than the expensive Astro(s).
#19
I've got a pair,
lacks bass and the foam just falls off. Wouldn't fall over myself to buy again. Otherwise they are pretty clear.

but then just look at the idiots buying Beats..

Edited By: horsey on Jul 19, 2014 13:17
#20
artcheezzz
My first audiophile headphones.. :)
Excellent comfy headphones, detailed, accurate, balanced. But lacks deep bass to me.


Yeah, if you dislike "bright" sounding kit, avoid these as they will give you a headache. Also press against the ears quite hard which can become quite uncomfy after a while.
#21
If you can get a deal on the Audio Technika M50s, the extra money is SO worth it.
2 Likes #22
robo989
Aren't these supposedly worth $1,000,000,00

I heard that if you listen to Enya on them you can levitate.
#23
These were my second decent headphones (after the Sennheiser HD565). The soundstage is the killer feature here. I found the comfort the worst of any headphone I've ever tried, but I have large sticky out ears :(. I also found the bass to be soft as well as lacking, plus the sound signature is really quite bright (as others have pointed out).

The price is OK for the UK, but we really get screwed for Grado prices here in general. It's also worth pointing out that these (as with all grados) are very, very open (which is what gives them their soundstage). So don't buy them for outdoor use, or even office use. They're only for listening to in a quiet room and if that's not what you want then go for a closed set (not Grado).
#24
Monstrous
If you can get a deal on the Audio Technika M50s, the extra money is SO worth it.
The M50 is closed and you really shouldn't compared open to closed. The M50s are good, especially for their current prices (around £80). Although they have congestion issues in the upper ranges (which is exactly what the Grado doesn't suffer from) it would be hard to get a better balance for closed headphones at less than £100.

Edited By: quadpatch on Jul 19, 2014 14:31
#25
Bought the SR325iS for £250 w/ case, just delivered today. I had the SR80's for a decade and apart from the headphone cable breaking at the Y splitter and having to replace the pads they've served me incredibly well.
#26
The most uncomfortable. And I've had. I bought the sr220i on holiday in NYC and sold them after a year. The sennheisers I bought, hd280s are far superior. I wish I'd bought them in the first place.
#27
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suspended#28
artcheezzz
My first audiophile headphones.. :)
Excellent comfy headphones, detailed, accurate, balanced. But lacks deep bass to me.

They certainly aren't audiophile.

Budget, yes.
#29
I have a pair of SR60's. Look like a cheap prop from a WW1 film but sound absolutely amazing. Bit of an acquired taste if you're a bass junky but for a pure, clean, reference sound I find them untouchable.

Edited By: pixelat0r on Jul 20, 2014 00:45: typo
1 Like #30
The SR80i requires no amplifier, I own then and even an iPod nano will drive them. Obviously sound quality improves with an amplifier but totally unnecessary.
#31
Quality sound but I must be unlucky as had 2 pairs and both stopped working in one ear
#32
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00L1LXOWS/?tag=ho01f-21 As I said earlier, the new version "with improved sound and Build Quality" are only a few quid more, not in stock but amazon will fulfill it.

Unless the old version is better?
#33
I got the SR60 for the same price about 8-9 years ago - when they were super-popular at head-fi and although they served me well for a couple of years for particular genres. However, I never considered them to be comfy!

Today, they sit somewhere gathering dust and holding on to them for sentimental reasons and a comprehensive future mod as the Y cable is all twisted up; the kinks are hard to smooth out due to the 'rotating' cans and one side works intermittently. The original foam ear-pads have completely disintegrated and there is no way I am paying the crazy prices to replace them.
#34
you have posted the spec for the 80e's mind, which are totally different headphones....
#35
Lovely headphones. I'd say the SR60i might be better for plugging into a phone/iPod though as they require less power to drive. I'd use these more at home.

As for quality, these will blow anything with a 'b' on the side away. The sound of both these and the 60s is unlike anything else in their price range. They're the kind of phones that make you listen to your whole record collection again for all the stuff you missed!
They are open backed though, so really antisocial for quiet conditions (they're basically two speakers strapped to your head).

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