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Grado Prestige Series SR80i Stereo Headphone (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Adjustable, soft vinyl headband
  • Superb sound quality
  • Large ear cushions for comfortable listening
  • Mini stereo plug with 1/4-inch adapter

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Grado Prestige Series SR80e Headphones
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 cm ; 386 g
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Item model number: SR80i
  • ASIN: B0055P9K38
  • Date first available at April 22 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,168 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Like all the 'Prestige Series' models, the multi-award winning Grado SR80i is an open-back headphones, on-ear design. It is light, comfortable and built on the same features as the SR60i headphones, but the SR80i utilises a 4 conductor connecting cable and the driver diaphragms are put through a special 'de-stressing' process in order to enhance inner detail. The result is a headset which delivers a wider, more open and dynamic soundstage, but which is also smoother in the treble and deeper and even better controlled in the bass; a sound that is pure Grado.

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Just purchased these headphones. They are pretty cool, retro looking. I generally plug into a PC with a soundcard and listen to a variety of music.
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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They look perfect. Trying to figure out how I can have sexy times with them.
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They are fine head stes with
very good sound reproduction.
I have the impression that tthey are not very sturdy. They are for quiet home listening.
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You can hear the vocalist lick their lips.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Accuracy on these is CRAZY! March 11 2012
By Peter A. Johnson - Published on
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I was a bit dismayed when I saw some of the negative reviews on these. A couple of observations - First, as a long time user of Grado phonograph cartridges (many years ago, on my steam-powered Thorens turntable) I know that the Grado company stands for one thing above all; accurate audio reproduction. Second, I notice that the majority of the negative reviews cite "lack of bass", and that some also mentioned Hip-Hop music. (Note to all: Neither Hip-hop music nor it's consumers are particularly affected by "accurate audio reproduction". In fact I have found that the only thing most Hip-hoppers DO care about is EXAGGERATED BASS!) So take these two items as fact. (Just trust me - both observations are true.) So, I ignored the negative reviews and bought these. Here is my opinion - These headphones are suitable for any style of music from Baroque to Bumpy Bad Ass Bass.

Haydn violin concertos Haydn: Violin Concertos sound fantastic, with a transparent sound stage and the timbre of the period instruments is really breathtaking.

Modern rock (Finger Eleven's album Greyest of Blue Skies - Song Broken Words) The Greyest Of Blue Skiesjust kicks through these and there is no shortage of bass. Awesome sounding. Of course you can exaggerate the bass easily with EQ and the 'phones will take it.

Middle ground - Bill Evans Village Vanguard recordings Sunday at the Village Vanguard (any of 'em) sound so crystal clear. When you hear a glass or plate in the audience, you will look around your kitchen. The tone of Faro's bass is perfectly rendered. Instrument placement is apparent and the soundstage is wide and transparent.

SUPER BASS MUSIC - Do not buy these. You do not deserve them. Go buy some Beats or Skull Candy "Ultra-Mega-turbo-sub-woofer" headphones. You will be very happy with those.

There is a short "break-in" period (as with any mechanical device, which a headphone speaker / transducer most certainly is) of about... eh... 40-80 hours. After that period, the response seems to be somehow more transparent, more clear. And all of my vegetables tasted better after that period. Even Brocolli. No kidding..

Not the most travel friendly 'phones in the world, but I did find a case that fits them outside of Amazon. It seems to be acceptable. Sound isolation is not intended for these 'phones. They are open because that is the design. Closed designs will never give you the same soundstage as open 'phones. That is your choice - ain't it wunnerful to have choices! Also, I have found the SR80 to be pretty comfortable over a period of about 2 hours. That is good enough for me.

I have a pair of over the ear closed Sennheisers and a pair of AKGs. Both cost more than the SR80 did, and the SR80 has the most accurate sound. When I need closed 'phones, I use those others. Other wise, I go for the lightweight cool comfort and nearly perfect sound reprodcution of these Grados. Man, if these sounds this good, what must the high-end Grados sound like?

The bottom line is this - highly recommended headphones. Comfortable, clear, accurate, and not too expensive.

Update - March 25, 2012 -

They just get better with use! It seems that after about 150 hours of use, these have improved to offer even better definition. The clarity of the instruments and the open sound stage is ridiculous. The Village Vanguard recordings have never sounded better. I find that there is a bit more roll-off on the bass, and it sounds even more natural. It seems to me that the transducers have more punch (that is, instant response) than early in the break-in period. I am very impressed at how well these handle all types of music. I do find that I enjoy modern rock more with a bit of EQ boost (+1-2dB at about 30-50Hz) on the low bass, but the 'phones handle that with no problems. For jazz and classical, these are equally insane!! Great audio experience. Now, if Grado would concentrate on a more modern version fo these that are better suited for portability!

Update, January 2013 - Still work just great, no issues at all. These 'phones still sound great to me, and I would buy them again. I still have not heard anything at this price that beats the Grados. I think that you need to break the $200 point to get much better than these, really. Having said that, of course perceived audio quality is purely subjective.
1.0 out of 5 stars Great sound, but cheap plastic and lousy customer service July 18 2016
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Had these a couple months, and the left phone fell off the headband. After trying to press it back in I contact customer service.

They tell me that it's held together with a dab of cyanoacrylate (crazy glue) and to just re-do it. Dynamite construction guys.

So I do. Then a few days later, the plastic block (the one with the 'L' or 'R' written on it) splits completely in half. The headband and mounting rod that both go into the block act to pry it apart when the phones are spread out by your head, and the plastic was too cheap to hold itself together.

Told Grado about *THIS* and after going round and round with them (this plastic piece can't cost more than like 5 cents) they tell me they're sending a replacement. When it arrives it's the wrong part.

These guys are a hot mess. Their audio engineers are great, but their mechanical engineering game is garbage and their customer service is unprofessional and snarky.

Just buy Koss. At $90, you're not getting audiophile quality sound from either Grado or Koss, but Koss's stuff holds together longer, and when it finally does break, they just take it and fix it, without any browbeating nonsense.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing customer service July 7 2016
By Gerald L. Lenza - Published on
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More than 11 years after purchase, one ear stopped playing sound. It turned out to be a software problem, but during the diagnosis I accidentally broke one of the tiny plastic things that hold the headphone. Contacted Grado Labs and they sent me a whole headphone attachment assembly for free. Simply amazing customer service.

I have never been an audiophile, but when my SR80s broke and I had to use a random $20 pair temporarily, I was very disappointed with the drop in sound quality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Non-Audiophile's Perspective Feb. 22 2009
By David Okubo - Published on
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Hands down, the Grado SR80 is the best thing to ever happen to my ears.

I don't fancy myself an audiophile -- I don't know anything about music, other than what I think sounds good, and I probably have a terrible sense of good "highs" and "lows." But, that said, my previous pair of earphones were Bang and Olufsen in-ear earbuds, and those sounded really good. I bought these after reading all of the positive reviews for the SR80, and reading that the Grado line was the "iPod of headphones." (I forget which magazine said that.)

When I first took them out of the box, they were a little uncomfortable, like the other reviewers testified, and it felt like the Grados were compacting my ears into my skull. After under a week of use, however, they feel natural over my ears, and maintain a good balance of comfort and grip on my ears. I've jogged to catch a bus with them on, and they've stayed in place (but I wouldn't recommend them for exercise, because the foam just absorbs sweat).

And, as for the sound, the Grados absolutely BLOW every single pair of headphones I've ever had out of the water. I really do hear aspects of songs that I've never heard before (usually basses and background noises), and everything is ridiculously clear. Being a hip-hop listener, I tend to notice drums more than anything else, and the Grados are superior there as well -- every snare hit, kickdrum, hi-hat sounds excellent, like I was sitting next to the drumset. It's been a sonic journey for me to revisit my entire iTunes library with the Grados and hear everything sound so clear -- I wouldn't go as far to say I'd listen to the Pussycat Dolls just to use these, but I've definitely been listening to songs I've had that I'd never bothered with before.

My only complaint about the Grados is a hair-splitting matter: they handle background noise poorly. I know these aren't noise-cancelling, but I catch the bus every day to work, and they really can't handle the sound of the bus engine. I turn my iPhone up loud and they still manage to be half-cancelled by the sound of the motor. Other than that, they are outstanding headphones, and if you plan on using them in the sanctity of your own home (or, maybe, studio?), then by all means they're well-equipped for the job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value for Money! April 25 2009
By Graeme Boddy - Published on
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Up until a few weeks ago, I was unaware of just how good Grado Headphones are. I have had Sennheiser reference headphones for most of my adult life. My last pair of HD540 Reference Golds were starting to frizz out when a colleague at work showed up with a pair of Grado SR60s. I was stunned, the sound stage was so perfectly clear, fantastic separation and Led Zep's "Ramble On" was clear as day, BUT, the bass response was a little sloppy for me and the deeper resonance was missing. So... I bought the SR80s. I was stunned - the sound was every bit as good as my Sennheiser, the clarity, precision is excellent, if just a little warm in the 50-60Hz range.

So sound good, but what about build quality, comfort and looks?

Well - the look is very retro - I caught a glimpse of myself in the window at work and could easily have been confused with the radio operator on the Titanic.

The build quality is worrying... There is a "Y" junction where the wires split from the jack to the headphones. This is simply a pressure welded plastic junction box. It flattens the wires and looks like it could weaken the cabling and cause problems later - I guess I will find out in due course. I would like them to have used a better quality splitter, but maybe I am just a worrywart.

As to comfort they are light and after a few minutes you forget you are wearing them. I have listened to music for hours and they left no pinch points and are easily adjusted.

In summary

Sound 4.5/5
Looks 3/5 (Who wants to look that Geeky?)
Build 4/5
Comfort 5/5
Value 5/5

I do not think you will find better headphones for the money - if you are thinking of getting some "real" cans and have a limited budget - buy these - you will not be disappointed.

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