Grado SR-40 Headphones

SR-40

Headphone

User Reviews (9)

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mats   Casual Listener [Oct 20, 2010]

I bought them from Hifi.huset, Sweden. Good package incl extra contact to fit a receiver as well as portable units. Simple construction, quite nice to watch, and feels quite comfortable to wear.
The bass is solid, mid and high register gives me more music never heard before via the Dali 103 loudspeakers. Got a Yamaha receiver but will change to a newly bought Denon 375 RD receiver.
At first, the earphones gave me a chocking boomy sound but after useing it for 1-2 hours it seemed to get used to Roxy Music, Springsteen and Stones, different kind of soul music all on vinyl. Much better now.
400 SEK is quite a good value, indeed.
The earphones work out very well but weren´t (as Springsteen would have written) born to run. Just for home listening or at the gym, during travelling of course.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
tabbas   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 29, 2004]
Strength:

Rich plentyfull bass. A good thick cable.(take note Sennheiser).

Weakness:

Mid-range glare. Using phones for long periods is uncomfortable.

I already own the Sennheiser Hd600 and the Sony CDR 1700.Both are big headphones and I needed a smaller pair.I walked into the shop and fully expected to come out with a pair of cheaper Sennheisers.I then noticed this pair for sale at £20. The shop keeper told me that because the packaging was damamged they were on sale for that price - I think the usual price is £45. Because of the price, and Grado's good name, I decided to purchase them. The build quality is a bit cheap and plasticy but none the less solid and light. Sound quality :- I was genuinely surprised at the quality and depth of the bass. Its there in oodles and incredibly rich.A definate plus point. The treble is fine at a medium volume but does get harsh and tiresome at higher levels. What lets these headphones down is the mid-range - its too upfront and glaring. When I listen to music via my pc and Winamp I have to utilize the graphic equalizer to reduce the mid-range glare. I'm really hoping since I've only had the product for a week that this will become more balanced once worn in. Overall, for £20, I am happy with these headphones.Its worth buying for the bass alone.

Similar Products Used: Sennheiser HD-580,HD-600.Sony CDR 1700.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Mike   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 28, 2002]
Strength:

Clarity, Good bass, Clear highs Great value!!!

Weakness:

none

I found these to be excellent cans. I used them for the first time on an overseas flight and I couldn''t be happier. I see that some have said uncomfortable but I didn''t find that to be an issue at all. I wore them for about 8 hours straight and not once did I even think about them being hot or uncomfortable. I alos own the SR-60''s and I find the SR-40''s to be very comparable in sound. I just find the SR-60''s to be a bit large for traveling.

Similar Products Used: Sony MDR-V6, Various cheap portable sets
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Daniel Huber   Audiophile [Mar 26, 2000]
Strength:

Clarity and definition, bargain price, lightweight and comfortable construction, gold-plated connectors (standard 1/8" and 1/4" adapter) that are very well plated

Weakness:

Plastic's obviously not as durable as any metal pieces, bass is a little bland, can be bright at times, housing doesn't look high-end (superficial, really)

I needed a new pair of headphones as my RadioShack headphones had been damaged by an overzealous user (thanks Dad!) and I was looking to get a good replacement. I decided to skip the lesser names and go straight to the high-end stuff. Odd part was that these cost as much as the RadioShack model (I got mine with a 50% sale, though, for $20) but they're better.

I didn't notice a dramatic difference between the RadioShack and Grado models but I noticed that the Grado's OK bass definition was superior to that of the RadioShack 'phones. The connector and cord were a bit more rugged and I love the one-sided connection designs; no tangling there! As well, these phones played louder with less power showing their efficiency. They are also much more stable at higher volumes. The RadioShack models tended to resonate themselves to bluriness.

Overall, for $40, there's nothing like 'em! I was surprised to find any other SR-40 users as most go right to the SR-60 but I didn't have the cash on me at the time and these suited me enough at the time of purchase.

Similar Products Used: RadioShack $40 headphones w/in-line volume control; forget name, but that should help identify
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Andrew Atwell   an Audiophile [Aug 27, 1999]

These are probably the least know model from Grado, and I believe the best kept secret. These headphones use the same drivers as the more expensive SR-60 ($69) but have been put into a cheap, generic plastic headphone construction. I wanted something that I could take to the gym and not worry about sweating into etc. The sound is excelent! The headband isn't the most comfortable, and the plug wire isn't as beefy as the SR-60, but for $40 who cares! Exceptional value and price. I know they aren't the best headphones ever, but at this price point they blow everthing else away! For quality of sound and value I give them 5 stars.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Adam   Casual Listener [Oct 30, 1999]
Strength:

Value

Weakness:

Annoyingly boomy

Irritatingly boomy, not as detailed and transparent as my Sony MDR-V6's. Still, a pretty good deal for the money.

Similar Products Used: Sony MDR-V6
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Steve   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 10, 1999]
Strength:

price-to-performance ratio, more compact than Grado line

Weakness:

brightness?, comfort of headband

I returned these after giving them a try with my Panasonic portable CD player for a few weeks. Decent for the price, but would shell out the extra $29 for the SR-60s...

Similar Products Used: Grado SR-60, Sony stuff
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Aaron Cohen   Audiophile [Dec 23, 1999]
Strength:

Price, Sensitivity, Balance

Weakness:

Congestion

I have a slightly different take on the Grado SR40s. I am using mine in my home studio, primarily. I use these less in my stereo system. I have been using the Sony MDRV6 phones for years and have prized them for their impact, sensitivity and "live" sound. They are, however, very hot with the enclosed ear pads. I tried the Grado series and have to say that they are far superior to anything but the top of the line Sennheisers out there. I chose the 40s because they offer 3db greater sensitivity than the rest of the line. This is very important with studio equipment, keyboards and portable electronics. Yes, the 60s are a little smoother, a little less fatiquing in the treble, but not as well defined in the bass, either. For strictly home audio listening, I would go with the 125s. But for travel or studio applications, the 40s strengths outshine any deficiencies, especially at $39! Trust me, I have tried at least 12 other common hi end headphones from different manufacturers, NOTHING comes close to the Grados except the higher end Sennheisers - everything else is really crap out there.

Similar Products Used: Sony MDRV6
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
peter   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 02, 2001]
Strength:

great definition, defined bass, price, handle megabass at moderate volume without rattling.

Weakness:

bit bright especially when new, a bit hot

great headphone for the price. Not quite as comfortable as grado 60 but sound almost as good. bass not real strong but very clean and don't rattle with megabass like koss sportapro, etc. Excellent with treble intensive music like trance. nice kick drum sounds.

Similar Products Used: grado 60, koss sportapro, koss r40,
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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