GRADO SR225e vs GRADO SR80e

GRADO SR225e review
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GRADO SR80e review

Let’s compare two on ear open back headphones of the American brand Grado SR225e vs SR80e. Open back design and undetachable cable makes it a choice for home or studio use. So, if you are looking for this function, let’s go next.

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Features

Both headphones are very compatible with mobile devices with a low impedance of 32 Ohm. Their frequency response is quite enough for good audio quality, 20Hz-22KHz vs 20Hz-20KHz. The sensitivity is also great and equal in both models, 100 dB.

Sound

I should admit the accurate and very detailed sound of both the Grado headphones with unveiled mids, crisp highs, and naturally strong bass. I feel myself in the center of a concert hall feeling detailed imaging from where each sound goes. The voices are not muddy and right as they are recorded. Comparing the two models I may conclude that Grado SR225e sound warmer and has an improved soundstage vs SR80e has a stronger bass.

Comfort and design

It seems like Grado doesn't put much effort on comfort and design, unlike the sound quality. They are made mostly of plastic, which looks cheap. The joints seem unstable. The foam on cups seems not really durable. Though the headband is adjustable and they do not tighten my head. Still, the fit seems to me loose and lacking extra padding on the head for comfort. The cups swivel to lay flat but are not foldable for a more compact size. The undetachable cable also does not add mobility and safety if you will hook it over something moving with the headphones on. Grado SR80e is lighter vs SR225e with 230 vs 280 g. Still both are quite light for long and comfy wearing.

GRADO SR225e pros and cons

GRADO SR225e pros and cons

Pros

  • Open back design creates an incredibly broad soundstage with clear imaging
  • Breathable and soft cups do not make ears hot
  • Professional sound quality with crystal details for critical listening

Cons

  • Cheap and too plain design lacking comfort and stability
  • Leaky sound that is heard by the others due to the open cups

GRADO SR80e pros and cons

GRADO SR80e pros and cons

Pros

  • Improved bass reproduction compared to other models
  • Balanced sound at all ranges
  • Good air flow and light weight for long listening

Cons

  • Materials and built looks cheap and unstable
  • No noise suppression and the reproduced sound leaks a lot for the open cups

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
GRADO SR225e
6.5
GRADO SR80e
6.5
7
7
GRADO SR80e

GRADO SR80e review

May 20, 2020

GRADO SR80e is a decent model of critical headphones of American production intended for critical li...

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Common

Product

GRADO SR225e
GRADO SR80e

Model

SR225e
SR80e

Brand

GRADO
GRADO

Reviews

2400
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

20Hz-22KHz
20Hz-20KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

100
100

Magnet type

Weight (headphones), g/oz

280/9.9
230/8.2

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 SR225e
GRADO SR80e
GRADO SR225e
GRADO SR80e

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 6.5
  • 6.5
  • 6.5GRADO SR225e
  • 6.5GRADO SR80e

The GRADO SR225e is better headphones in this comparison. Check GRADO SR225e price