Grado SR-80i Headphones reviews

28 customer reviews

+ This headphones and earphone scores high on sound quality. - It has no outstanding negative points.

£99 – £120 at 1 retailer out of 417 retailers checked

9.1 out of 10 based on 28 reviews.
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Confirmed purchaser

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Great quality sound
Bad points:
Incredibly loud to other people around you
Overall rating 7.0
Comfort 7.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Jun 2011

Kenny, London Music lover

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Good quality sound
Bad points:
Looks
Overall rating 9.0
Comfort 9.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Jan 2013

Anthony, Bury Music lover

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Sound quality, Very light, good cable.
Bad points:
None
Overall rating 10.0
Comfort 10.0
Sound quality 10.0
Design 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 May 2011

Bryan, Leighton Buzzard Audiophile

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Comfortable, light weight, good sound.
Bad points:
The height adjustment of each phone could be more positive, or better still be able to lock in place. This is a minor niggle.
This is not a bad point but purchasers should aware that unless one is sitting next to the Amp the extension cable advertised should also be purchased.
Overall rating 9.0
Comfort 9.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 21 Feb 2012

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good quality sound. Easy to wear
Bad points:
Too plasticy. Look cheaper than they are
Overall rating 8.0
Comfort 9.0
Sound quality 8.0
Design 6.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Dec 2010

Clint, Chesham Music lover

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
light comfortable headphones, outstanding sound clarity and detail, smooth satisfying bass , best option at this price.
Bad points:
the lead is really too short
Overall rating 9.0
Comfort 8.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 10 Apr 2012

John, North Somerset Music lover

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very good sound quality - exceptional for this price.
Bad points:
None, really.
Overall rating 9.0
Comfort 8.0
Sound quality 9.0
Design 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Aug 2012

Product Features

Type of headphone Open air
Type of headphone Ear-clip
Wireless or wired Wired
Stereo or Surround sound Stereo
Impedance (Ohms) 32

Also known as: GRADO SR80i

 

Manufacturer's Description

The SR80 cost a few dollars more than the SR60, yet it’s a better buy. Why? Because its performance is astounding for its price. The features of this model are similar to the SR60 (the earpads and wire are the major differences), so let’s just move on to the sound.

To test the SR80’s ability to swing, I started out with Bush’s Sixteen Stone (Trauma Records INTD-92531). On “Machinehead,” there are some guitar riffs with extremely complex rhythms. The SR80s did an excellent job of following these complexities. And yes, these cans can slam! The superb timing performance also permitted very good imaging on Mozart (Misha Rachlevsky/Symphony Orchestra Kremlin), with the orchestra solidly located – inside my head. Well, that’s what happens to stereo images with headphone. On Tori Amos’ Boys For Pele, image separation was quite good, but there was some loss of air around the instruments.

The tonal balance was relatively even, with a very slight bloat in the lower midrange. The recreation of the piano on both Boys For Pele and John’s Made In England revealed this quite clearly. I would say this variance is relatively benign, though. Given the difficulties of recording the piano well, this problem probably won’t break your heart.

The timbral presentation of the SR80s was excellent, with a natural sense of instruments and voice. The subtle nuances of Tori Amos’ sultry voice were present throughout. In addition, on the Mozart, the oboe and violin sounded quite natural and real, especially when they were played in the range of the human voice.

These cans fit into the sweet spot of this happy trio from Grado Labs. They are balanced, they boogie, and they provide enough detail to satisfy music lovers. The sound is full and comforting.

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