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Built on the same features as the SR60, but utilizes a 4 conductor connecting cable and larger ear cushions.

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Pros

lightweight

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actually quite comfortable if you get used to them (takes several months!)

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simple build is easy to fix yourself, won't break in weird ways

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classic Grado aesthetic

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Although same guts as SR60. Sound is far better.

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best sound for your buck

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very fun sound signature - clear highs, powerful bass and lively midrange

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essential for a Grado lover's mobile/travel kit

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improves with amplification and better sources

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open design lets your ears breath, not as stuffy as closed headphones

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Excellent for wide variety of music genre.

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Cons

potential comfort issues

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not intended as a studio headphone - not neutral at all

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will have you upgrading in no time

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can be sibilant - especially if driven poorly, by a bad source, or too loudly

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poor for use on the go - thick cable, open design and the fact that you can't throw it in your bag

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not the best quality build

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Built on the same features as the SR60, but utilizes a 4 conductor connecting cable and larger ear cushions, the result of which gives a more open stage. The SR80 provides an improved bass resonance, which enhances the overall detail. John Grado says he strove for the best sounding phones for the money, and with the glowing reviews the SR80's have received, who can argue.

  • Vented diaphragm
  • Non Resonant air chamber
  • Standard copper voice coil wire
  • Standard copper connecting cord
  • mini plug with 1/4" adaptor
  • Tranducer type : dynamic
  • Operating principle : open air
  • Frequency response : 20-20
  • SPL 1mV : 98
  • Normal impedance : 32ohms
  • Driver matched db : .1
Post Review
Yale
07/03/2008 11:24

The only difference between the 60s and 80s are the bowl pads (used SR80 through RS1) and slightly improved 4 conductor cable. Considering the bowls themselves cost up to 25 dollars the slight price bump is justified. Might make them a little less comfortable and bright for some people though.

Harmony
11/27/2007 01:05

Grados sr 60s are a better value than these sr-80s

Mdoylepb
04/02/2007 01:31

I could not be happier with these. I drive them with my laptop and my mp3 player and they work fabulously. Even my wife likes them :)

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