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Grado Prestige Series SR80i Stereo Headphone (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Tranducer type - Dynamic
- Operating Principle - Open air
- Frequency Response - 20Hz-20KHz
- SPL - 1mV 98
- Normal Impedance - 32 ohms
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Technical Details * What does the i stand for in the new SR80i from Grado? Improved, that's what! Built on the same features as theSR60i, but SR80i utilizes a 4 conductor connecting cable and the diaphragms are put through a special 'de-stressing' process in order to enhance inner detail, the result of which gives a more open stage. The new SR80i has an upgraded driver design, and they have enlarged and improved the mass distribution in the plastic housing. The way the SR80i's new driver and plastic housing move ai
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I upgraded to these over an older "Razer" gaming headphone, and the difference in sound quality is just astronomical. Grado's are nice and bright on the highs, and the bass extends nice and low. Probabaly not the "bassiest" headphone out there, but I am very pleased with the sound.
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All of these portable devices are battery driven and their onboard amps have limited output capacity. To be able to use regular headphones and not the usual earbuds supplied with these devices can be tricky.
Most earbuds are extremely efficient (100+ db/1mw) with low impedances of 16ohms or less. This makes them easy to drive to high volume levels with less power. However, most good quality "audiophile" headphones are the opposite: low efficiency (94db@1mw or less) with high impedances (60ohms and up). Even if you turn up the volume all the way on your iPod, using these types of headphones will result in low output volume, distortion, and short battery life.
The Grado SR80i is efficient enough to be used with iPods (98db/mw, 32 ohms). In my opinion, the resulting sound quality is noticeably better than using earbuds, though the Grados will still be quieter than the earbuds at the same volume settings.
Though the Grados aren't known for being super cushy or luxurious-- the foam earpads are simple and relatively firm-- they are much easier on the ears than earbuds over extended listening periods. They are a great way to upgrade the sound and feel of using an iPod simply, easily, and for a reasonable amount of money.
There really aren't too many full-sized headphones out there at any price that are efficient enough to use with iPod type devices. A separate outboard headphone preamplifier would allow you to use any kind of inefficient full-sized studio headphone, but these preamps would add a whole new level of complexity (more cords, additional box), while taking away most of the portability. Decent ones can also cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars by themselves. The Grados were some of the very few high quality headphones that would allow me to skip a headphone preamp... and in fact the entire SR line is similar to the SR80i in efficiency, so you have a wide range of prices to choose from.
Though the iGrado is even more efficient than the SR80i, it looks cumbersome and uncomfortable, being an "on-ear" headphone that employs earpieces hooked over the ears to stay in place. The SR60i also looked good, but reports of the smaller earpads being less comfortable and the sound quality being less than the SR80i kept me away. Obviously, you wouldn't want to go jogging with your iPod wearing these types of headphones, but they are great for general listening.
A hundred bucks may seem like a lot of money for headphones, but the Grados are totally worth it. Don't be fooled by the new, flashier new headphone companies; the Grados are relatively basic and simple compared to most of those, but it's obvious that all of your money goes into buying high quality drivers and sound.
Now that you have the "OHM" issue out of the way, lets go to sound.
Headphones, like any OTHER parts of your audio system should NOT add or take away anything from the recorded music. Mid-Fi cans have a tendency to boost the bass. That puts a veil over the mids and highs. YUCK! Grados are known for having a very neutral sound.
There is no need to buy the more expensive Grados UNLESS you are going to their top end line which are FANTASTIC! But once again, will ONLY sound great with a seperate headphone amp.
For very good but not PERFECT portable audio I use an iPod. ALL the music files that I convert to it from my CD's are in .WAV format. That means not compressed and NOT lossy like MP3 or AAC. If you use .WAV or Apple Lossless when converting your CDs for use on your iPod and use the Grado SR80i's, you are going to hear a GREAT difference in the sound of your music.
Bottom line, they are the BEST set of headphones for One Hundred bucks BARRING NONE! They are also the best headphones that you can use where you do NOT need a seperate headphone amp.
For reference for my comparison, I compared them to my Sennheiser HD600's WITH a very good headphone amp.