240°
EXPIRED
Grado SR-80i Headphones - £89.99 delivered (using code BBY) @ Best Buy.co.uk
Grado SR-80i Headphones  - £89.99 delivered (using code BBY) @ Best Buy.co.uk

Grado SR-80i Headphones - £89.99 delivered (using code BBY) @ Best Buy.co.uk

Buy forBuy forBuy for£89.99
GETGet dealVisit site and get deal
Best price I have seen for these epic headphones - What hifi? 5 star awards winners, voted best under £150.

whathifi.com/rev…80i

Simply enter code BBY at checkout to receive this price.

Dont forget quidco too - but don't rely on it with Best Buy stores/website closing down.

42 Comments

I have had several pairs of these - yes, they really are that good, in my opinion - but the build quality is dreadful on the two pairs that I have. I have prediodically had to re-solder the wires back onto the terminals and reinforce the cables in the driver housing so they can withstand minor tugs and twists in the cables. Not for the faint hearted as the two halves of the housing are glued rather than screwed together. If you are someone who sits still in an armchair, you won't have any bother. If you use them on the move, I definitely can't recommend them unless you are up for a bit of minor soldering, now and then, and less than minor deconstruction and re-gluing aligning of the plastic parts. On one pair I had the headband come away on one side but pushing it back firmly and using a little glue, it's fine. The foam pads aren't especially long wearing but are no worse than other brands of foam-pad headphones that I have used, in that respect.
Edited by: "Noclouds" 28th Nov 2011

These are the best headphones around without getting into the high end more expensive series. they leak alot of sound since theyre open back but they provide the best audio than compared to any other device. to note, these are one of very few headphones which are actually still hand made which is much better. and the problems mentioned above occur in any types of headphones, the wires always come loose.

Had these for three years now. Fantastic headphones.

Grado RS-1i for £637 anybody? :-)

I saw my first pair in the flesh at the weekend. Unbelievably cheap looking and flimsy build quality even for a budget pair of headphones. Handle with care.

Best grab these quick if you are thinking about them, not that many decent headphones left.

I had some of the SR60's a while back. Sounded great but pretty uncomfortable and I managed to destroy the cable when I stood up forgetting it was plugged in the back of my PC. No such problems with my current Goldring 'phones as the cable plugs into them.

Let's say that, for whatever reason, you wanted to solder a broken wire back onto its terminal.

The two piece construction of each headphone housing is quick hot-glued together, not screwed (imagine two small bits of plumber's PVC pipe, one piece shoved into the other but, in this case, held together with quick hot glue rather than PVC cement). Those two parts are fairly difficult to prize apart (some people use a hair dryer to soften the hot-glue and use thin bits of plastic or metal to work loose the bond). Once you have soldered the broken wire back onto the terminal you have to then glue the units back together again, most use a £12 hot glue gun and careful positioning; the inner cup of each is tilted slightly). If you want durability, look for headphones that use both internal-external rip-stop collars on the cables where the cable enters the headphone housing's hole. Your mileage may vary but you can find repair and mod threads on the Head-fi forums.

Sound leakage, yes, but not one for the bus. Looks wise, check them out in a Hi-Fi store, they're not for everyone but I think they look cool. Sound quality wise, nothing, in my opinion, at that price point, comes close.
Edited by: "Noclouds" 28th Nov 2011

rjm67

Grado RS-1i for £637 anybody? :-)

Yes, please. ;-)

filth

Had mine for about 6 years (3 years of that heavy use, the rest very moderate) and not managed to break them. Replaced the foam pads though as they started to give me black dandruff.

Most uncomfortable headphones, ever.

Tempted as my SR-60s broke and I don't have the skill to fix them.

Wary as my SR-60s broke and I don't have the skill to fix them.

montblanc

Tempted as my SR-60s broke and I don't have the skill to fix them.Wary as … Tempted as my SR-60s broke and I don't have the skill to fix them.Wary as my SR-60s broke and I don't have the skill to fix them.



I think we heard you the first time lol.


Grado RS1i for 400£ anybody? in London.

Now about SR80i: buy it NOW. But if youre looking for portability check out iGrado, virtually same sound as SR80/ 60 only more portable and half the price

Noting will come close to Grados at their respective price range. Source: experience and thousands spent on wrong brands


Edited by: "MajorCockUp" 29th Nov 2011

MarzBarz

I think we heard you the first time lol.



Repetition on a theme, it was meant to be amusing. Obviously not.

Noclouds

Let's say that, for whatever reason, you wanted to solder a broken wire … Let's say that, for whatever reason, you wanted to solder a broken wire back onto its terminal.The two piece construction of each headphone housing is quick hot-glued together, not screwed (imagine two small bits of plumber's PVC pipe, one piece shoved into the other but, in this case, held together with quick hot glue rather than PVC cement). Those two parts are fairly difficult to prize apart (some people use a hair dryer to soften the hot-glue and use thin bits of plastic or metal to work loose the bond). Once you have soldered the broken wire back onto the terminal you have to then glue the units back together again, most use a £12 hot glue gun and careful positioning; the inner cup of each is tilted slightly). If you want durability, look for headphones that use both internal-external rip-stop collars on the cables where the cable enters the headphone housing's hole. Your mileage may vary but you can find repair and mod threads on the Head-fi forums.Sound leakage, yes, but not one for the bus. Looks wise, check them out in a Hi-Fi store, they're not for everyone but I think they look cool. Sound quality wise, nothing, in my opinion, at that price point, comes close.



If you got to resoldering do yourself a favour and modify them. I have replaced plastic cups with wooden cans and vented the drivers and believe me my SR60 now sounds extremely close to RS1.
For increased strenght use meshed cables from 'monster cables and shoot thsese guys an email about wooden cans: woodworkscraftsupplies.co.uk/. They will do it for pennies

nice headphones, but useless outside the house. leak so much noise in and out you wont enjoy the music and people on the train will want to kill you.

MajorCockUp

[quote=Noclouds]If you got to resoldering do yourself a favour and modify … [quote=Noclouds]If you got to resoldering do yourself a favour and modify them. I have replaced plastic cups with wooden cans and vented the drivers and believe me my SR60 now sounds extremely close to RS1. For increased strenght use meshed cables from 'monster cables and shoot thsese guys an email about wooden cans: http://www.woodworkscraftsupplies.co.uk/. They will do it for pennies




Hi,
What exactly did you say to these for your wood mods,?
Im keen to order what you have.... thanks...

Can anyone suggest a pair of wireless headphones for my TV about £40.

Grado are a repsected brand and these may well be the best phones at under £100. However, they are very coloured - they sound exciting and are good for rock, but they are fatiguing to listen to for any length of time. It all comes down to personal taste ultimately,and your ear size. These sit on your ear which I find a lot less comfortable than circumaural phones that envelop the ear.

Comments about them being useless outside suggest you are completely missing the point. These are open backed phones - they're designed for hi-fi listening in a quiet room where you will neither disturb nor be disturbed by others.

Should you want a pair of headphones that are truly neutral (i.e. relate what is in the recording) try Beyerdynamic DT 250. These are closed back studio phones with resoanable sound isolation and bullet proof build quality.

If you have the money and want to hear something quite unbelievable in terms of clarity and soundstage, buy AKG 701 or 702.

If none of the above apply and you're a fashion victim, then buy some Dr Drek Beats.
Edited by: "barbiegirl" 29th Nov 2011

im selling my pair of sr-60s. well used, could probably do with a pair of replacement foam pads but still sounding amazing. anyone interested?

arpeggi

im selling my pair of sr-60s. well used, could probably do with a pair of … im selling my pair of sr-60s. well used, could probably do with a pair of replacement foam pads but still sounding amazing. anyone interested?



Yeah, let me know how it goes. Maybe write a blog about it.

dan1979

I had some of the SR60's a while back. Sounded great but pretty … I had some of the SR60's a while back. Sounded great but pretty uncomfortable and I managed to destroy the cable when I stood up forgetting it was plugged in the back of my PC. No such problems with my current Goldring 'phones as the cable plugs into them.



I agree. I just picked up the Goldring NS1000's from Superfi in Camden last Friday. £59.99 for RRP £150 headphones, with active noise cancelling. They also have a whathifi 5 star rating, at the £150 price.

I tried some Sennheiser pxc 250-ii in John Lewis a few days before (~£130), and there was no comparison. The Sennheiser's had a horrible hiss, hardly cancelled any noise at all, and kept falling off my head. The Goldring's noise cancellation is fantastic, and they are really comfortable and sturdy. That's on top of the already mentioned detatchable cable which should increase lifespan. The only downside is they dont fold up, but you do get a sturdy case to compensate.

This might be a hot price for the Grado's, but I wouldnt recommend buying them over the Goldring's when you're paying £30 more.

I've had these for 6 years or so, open design so the comments about sound leaking are true but it's meant to be like that.

Shame the pound is so low against hte dollar, few years back you could pickup rs2's for like 200 quid if you were lucky second hand.

stenard

I agree. I just picked up the Goldring NS1000's from Superfi in Camden … I agree. I just picked up the Goldring NS1000's from Superfi in Camden last Friday. £59.99 for RRP £150 headphones, with active noise cancelling. They also have a whathifi 5 star rating, at the £150 price.I tried some Sennheiser pxc 250-ii in John Lewis a few days before (~£130), and there was no comparison. The Sennheiser's had a horrible hiss, hardly cancelled any noise at all, and kept falling off my head. The Goldring's noise cancellation is fantastic, and they are really comfortable and sturdy. That's on top of the already mentioned detatchable cable which should increase lifespan. The only downside is they dont fold up, but you do get a sturdy case to compensate.This might be a hot price for the Grado's, but I wouldnt recommend buying them over the Goldring's when you're paying £30 more.



How good are the Goldrings for blocking out background noise? I am looking for a pair of headphones for someone who will only use them in the house, and only needs average sound quality but really wants to minimise background noise. I am at a loss where to start!


gavinclements

Hi, What exactly did you say to these for your wood mods,?Im keen to … Hi, What exactly did you say to these for your wood mods,?Im keen to order what you have.... thanks...




i asked them if they would build me 2 sets of small wooden hollow cilinder-like features, they said yes and asked for drawings. it cost me 12£ plus postage.

So lets get this right for a £150 headphones you have to be a keen DIYer, yes or no?

dirge

I've had these for 6 years or so, open design so the comments about sound … I've had these for 6 years or so, open design so the comments about sound leaking are true but it's meant to be like that.Shame the pound is so low against hte dollar, few years back you could pickup rs2's for like 200 quid if you were lucky second hand.



you can still pick up SR325 for about 160£ from US on head-fi forums. extremely close to RS2
Edited by: "MajorCockUp" 29th Nov 2011

bud129

Can anyone suggest a pair of wireless headphones for my TV about £40.



Last week i got a pair of Philips SHP5401 from Amazon for £21 and I think they are very good. They are good enought to use them in my studio as i'm a musician and dj. I did sooooo much research (weeks and weeks) before buying them and I'm very pleased with the sound. Well done Philips.

Or just buy Superlux 661 for street, 668b for real sounds, 681 to mod as the best headphone you can buy - about 15-30 euro each. check out rock grotto.Grados will break in no time.

Dont be put off by the cheap looking retro look. These headphones are in my opinion the best I have tried for under £200. I spent weeks lurking around the audiophile forums and tried dozens of pairs on. They have a clear and clean open sound. As others have mentioned , due to the open back design they do leak sound badly. Try them and you'll fall in love.

Well I bought a pair of SR80 (not the i) for my sis and have compared them to my SR325 phones and while there is a balance difference, the SR80 has a more hefty bass (obscuring some small detail) and perhaps a more muted treble (not so bright and sparkly) it really is difficult to make a prefered preference.

I've compared them through a high end SACD player, playing CD LOL.

Ive got a pair and they sound emense. A steal for £89.89. Heat added

I've just noticed these are available at this price elsewhere.

At this price these are a steal.
I paid slightly more than this for my Grado SR60i's.

Original Poster

Kulaak - Nov 29, 2011 22:40I've just noticed these are available at this … Kulaak - Nov 29, 2011 22:40I've just noticed these are available at this price elsewhere.



Where?

baglady

How good are the Goldrings for blocking out background noise? I am … How good are the Goldrings for blocking out background noise? I am looking for a pair of headphones for someone who will only use them in the house, and only needs average sound quality but really wants to minimise background noise. I am at a loss where to start!



I guess it depends on what you mean by background noise. If you are talking about someone talking relatively closely to you, then that's outside the scope of the active noise cancellation of the Goldrings, although the passive still works reasonably.

The active noise cancellation works best against low frequency sounds. When I first tried them on in a relatively quiet shop, the general "hum" of a London street outside totally disappeared. I live in Clapham Junction which is kind of on the Heathrow flight path, and they negate any aircraft noise completely. For what I've bought them for, they are great.

I can't compare to something like the Bose QC15's as I've not tried them, but I tried a number of noise cancellers up to about the £150-£180 price bracket, and these were leagues ahead. The 5* whathifi review is fully justified, and at the reduced £60 price they are quite simply a steal IMO.

stenard

I guess it depends on what you mean by background noise. If you are … I guess it depends on what you mean by background noise. If you are talking about someone talking relatively closely to you, then that's outside the scope of the active noise cancellation of the Goldrings, although the passive still works reasonably.The active noise cancellation works best against low frequency sounds. When I first tried them on in a relatively quiet shop, the general "hum" of a London street outside totally disappeared. I live in Clapham Junction which is kind of on the Heathrow flight path, and they negate any aircraft noise completely. For what I've bought them for, they are great.I can't compare to something like the Bose QC15's as I've not tried them, but I tried a number of noise cancellers up to about the £150-£180 price bracket, and these were leagues ahead. The 5* whathifi review is fully justified, and at the reduced £60 price they are quite simply a steal IMO.



That is how all active noise cancelling headphones work AFAIK
They block constant sound as you have found rather than someone talking to you occassionally.
When i was looking a few months ago i decided against active isolatoin and got some cans with closed back passive isolation.
In the end i got sony sp25 2 dj headphones which have a high clamping pressure.
They were not cheap though at something like £150

jonnoson

Where?



homeavdirect
Edited by: "Kulaak" 30th Nov 2011
Post a comment
Avatar
@
    Text