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Grado SR80 On-Ear Headphones

4.61/5 (132 Reviews) MSRP : $99.00


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Product Description

  • Vented diaphragm
  • Non Resonant air chamber
  • Standard copper voice coil wire
  • Standard copper connecting cord
  • mini plug with 1/4" adaptor


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    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by davidn a AudioPhile

    Date Reviewed: August 11, 2014

    Bottom Line:   
    Bought this many years back (~10 years) and have been listening to them on and off since. This is what I found over the years.

    Starting with the bad:
    These cans are not for everyone. It is not for DJs or sound desk because they are open and won't block out any noise from outside. The band is very crude - a metal band wrapped with vinyl with little to no padding at all. The band is attached to the cans simply by a metal rod. Foam padding doesn't last very long depending how oily or how much you sweat. Thank God these are easily replaceable. Grado has since changed the pad design and I have them too. They don't improve the sound or comfort at all. Personally, I prefer the old ones. I don't like the cables particularly well either. While thick, the thick part is a "skin" and feels flimsy where cable from each can joins tother and I often fear it will break.

    In short, the design is very crude and out-date especially since there are so many new players in this area nowadays. We now have such as Parrot with organic design and 5 mics built-in...

    The good:
    The sound of these cans is amazing. I have a closed pair of headphones (Share SRH940) and I still go back to these little Grados often because of how sweet, open and engaging the sound is. The price is fantastic for the sound. If you are in a quiet environment, it is a beauty. If you must hear your surrounding, it works well too.

    Contrary to many's opinion, who stated that Grado clamps too hard and are not comfortable. Because of the simple design, you could stretch the band and reduce the clamping force and make it how ever light or firm you like. Can't say the same about a lot of the others which uses plastic and you run the danger of snapping the band in two! I have seen companies that would manufacture custom band/padding to make these cans more comfortable also.

    In addition, these cans are very easy to drive.

    So why 5 stars. These Grados are cheap for the (great) sound they produce compared to product that cost a lot more.

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    Used product for:   More than 1 year

    Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

    Product model year:   2008



    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Marcel5 a Audio Enthusiast

    Date Reviewed: January 12, 2009

    Bottom Line:   
    I've bought these headphones in the local audio store after reading a lot of raving reviews. After using them daily for 2 months I've decided to sell them because I don't like the sound.

    The foam padding is uncomfortable, after one or two hours your ears really get sore because of the stiff foam edge. I've used them in combination with a modded X-Can V2, the sound is very bright and makes my ears tired.

    The built quality is good, apart from the splitter that divides the audio cord into left and right. When I bought the headphones the cable was already slightly torn at his part, showing the white interior cable.

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    Used product for:   1 to 3 months

    Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

    Product model year:   2008

    Price Paid:    $170.00

    Purchased At:   Dutch audio store



    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Tom Samarati a Audio Enthusiast

    Date Reviewed: June 15, 2008

    Bottom Line:   
    Grado SR-80. I've owned my pair since the late 1980's. I love the sound they produce. I hate to wear them for more than 30 minutes, they are so damn uncomfortable.

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    Used product for:   More than 1 year

    Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

    Product model year:   Pre 1995

    Price Paid:    $69.00

    Purchased At:   Grado labs mail orde



    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Phil Canard a AudioPhile

    Date Reviewed: November 21, 2007

    Bottom Line:   
    Compared SR80 to SR60. Preferred the SR60.

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    Used product for:   Less than 1 month

    Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

    Product model year:   2001



    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Phil Canard a AudioPhile

    Date Reviewed: November 21, 2007

    Bottom Line:   
    Compared the SR80 to SR60. There was a slight difference between the two headphones, but I did not feel the SR80 was better. The SR60 was a better deal.

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    Used product for:   Less than 1 month

    Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

    Product model year:   2001




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    Buying without listening....Grado SR80

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