GRADO RS2e vs GRADO SR225e

GRADO RS2e review
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GRADO SR225e review

If you are looking for the best open back on ear headphones with a wire, let me share with you my review of Grado SR225e vs RS2e.

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Features

The headphones reproduce a very quality sound with the sensitivity of 100 dB. They have a great compatibility with mobile devices for the impedance of 32 Ohm. The frequency response of Grado SR225e is more narrow vs RS2e with 20Hz-22KHz vs 14Hz-28KHz, but both are quite enough for a good audio reproduction.

Sound

The difference of Grado SR225e vs RS2e is that the latter improves the qualities of a broad soundstage, has a stronger and clearer bass, and an excellent resonance. That makes RS2s a great alternative to SR225e. However both models have a clear imaging, a wide open soundstage, and neutral, harmonious sound at all ranges. The bright feature of both headphones models is a clear reproduction of mids that is not put backwards with bright bass and highs. But the sound of Grado SR225e seems to me warmer vs more accurate RS2e that may sound too brassy for sensitive ears while the warm sound of the first model embraces with a smoother sound, even being not so bright.

Comfort and design

The wooden ear cups of RS2e look smart and unusual. The model SR225e has plastic cups. Both have soft foam cushions. The cups are very breathable for the open design that does not make my ears sweat. The headband is decently soft and not tight. The cups are not foldable, however, lay flat to take less space or wear on the neck. Unfortunately, the cable is not detachable, that makes them not portable and not safe if it tangles over something.

Both headphones are lightweight, but Grado SR225e vs RS2e is lighter with 280 vs 385 g.

GRADO RS2e pros and cons

GRADO RS2e pros and cons

Pros

  • Deep bass is reasonably emphasized over other ranges without overshadowing them
  • Incredibly spacious soundstage even among the open back headphones
  • Stylish, authentic look with wooden cups

Cons

  • Leaky sound due to the design of open back cups

GRADO SR225e pros and cons

GRADO SR225e pros and cons

Pros

  • Wide soundstage for the open back cups design
  • Balanced sound of neutral lows, mids, and highs, all on decent level of clarity
  • Comfortable fit and breathable on ear open cups

Cons

  • The reproduced sound leaks a lot and you hear the noise from surroundings due to the open back cups
  • Plastic built looks cheap and unstable

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
GRADO RS2e
7.5
GRADO SR225e
6.5
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7
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Common

Product

GRADO RS2e
GRADO SR225e

Model

RS2e
SR225e

Brand

GRADO
GRADO

Reviews

97
2400

General

Wearing style

on ear
on ear

Enclosure

open back
open back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

Impedance, Ohm

32
32

Frequency response, Hz

14Hz-28KHz
20Hz-22KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

100
100

Magnet type

Weight (headphones), g/oz

385/13.6
280/9.9

Comfort

Adjustable headband

Foldable

Noise cancelling

Active noise cancelling

Adjustable noise cancelling level

Microphone

Built-in microphone

In-line microphone

Detachable microphone

Cables

Detachable cable

Audio cable length, cm/ft

Jack connection (TRS)

3.5
3.5

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

App control

Control functions

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

has not
has not

Bluetooth version

has not
has not

aptX

has not
has not

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

has not
has not

Bluetooth profiles

has not
has not

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

has not
has not

Battery life, hrs

has not
has not

Charging time, hrs

has not
has not

Charging port

has not
has not

Charging cable

has not
has not

Speed charge

has not
has not

Battery free listening mode

has not
has not

Battery level indicator

has not
has not

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

has not
has not

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

GRADO RS2e
GRADO SR225e
GRADO RS2e
GRADO SR225e

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 7.5
  • 6.5
  • 7.5GRADO RS2e
  • 6.5GRADO SR225e

The GRADO RS2e is better headphones in this comparison. Check GRADO RS2e price