GRADO SR80e vs Sennheiser HD 599

GRADO SR80e review
vs
Sennheiser HD 599 review

How do wired headphones manage to remain popular these days? This is something I was trying to figure out in the comparison GRADO SR80e vs Sennheiser HD 599. Both of them are open-back. The first difference you can notice is that the first device is on-ear, while the second one has an over-ear design.

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Features

There is a pretty big distinction in their frequency response, as GRADO SR80e has a range of 20 Hz - 20 kHz, whilst Sennheiser HD 599 works in a wider range — from 12 Hz to 38 kHz. Speaking of impedance, the first appliance has a lower rate. In the case with GRADO SR80e, the impedance is 32 Ohm, while Sennheiser HD 599 has 50 Ohm. The difference in the sensitivity is not very remarkable since the device made by GRADO has 100 dB and the one made by Sennheiser has 106 dB.

Sound

GRADO SR80e has an absolutely unique sound for an open-back pair of headphones, being airy but very intimate, engaging, and slightly aggressive. The bass fills out the sound keeping it very exciting, but it is never encroaching on the rest of the frequency range.

The Sennheiser HD 599 headphones have a nice, smooth sound that does not sacrifice detail at all. The device shows great consistency in the bass range as its open-back design lets HD 599 to rely less on an air-tight seal to create their low-end.

Comfort and design

Like lots of other modern headphone models, the considered devices have an adjustable headband. Also, there are pretty light, as GRADO SR80e weighs 230 g and Sennheiser HD 599 has 250 g. However, if you are looking for a pair of headphones for travelling, these are not the best option since they do not fold and you will not get a carry case with them.

The audio cable that comes with the appliances is detachable only in the case with Sennheiser HD 599. This wire is 300 cm long.

GRADO SR80e pros and cons

GRADO SR80e pros and cons

Pros

  • You can change nearly every part on it, with an extensive community dedicated to modifying the headphones
  • Plays amazing with a good vinyl setup
  • Original and graceful vintage design
  • The construction is very simple, yet it works and they last for years

Cons

  • Does not isolate from outside noise
  • Some pressure in the midrange

Sennheiser HD 599 pros and cons

Sennheiser HD 599 pros and cons

Pros

  • Thanks to the large ear cups with soft replaceable ear pads there is no pressure on your ears
  • Very comfortable to wear for long sessions
  • –°omes with a shorted 1.2 m cable with a 3.5 mm jack perfect for use with phones, tablets, and laptops

Cons

  • Too big and bulky for doing sport

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
GRADO SR80e
6.5
Sennheiser HD 599
7.5
7
7
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Common

Product

GRADO SR80e
Sennheiser HD 599

Model

SR80e
HD 599

Brand

GRADO
Sennheiser

Reviews

2400
1376

General

Wearing style

on ear
over ear

Enclosure

open back
open back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

Impedance, Ohm

32
50

Frequency response, Hz

20Hz-20KHz
12Hz-38KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

0.1

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

100
106

Magnet type

Weight (headphones), g/oz

230/8.2
250/8.8

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

300/9.8

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 SR80e
Sennheiser HD 599
GRADO SR80e
Sennheiser HD 599

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

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  • worse
  • 6.5
  • 7.5
  • 6.5GRADO SR80e
  • 7.5Sennheiser HD 599

The Sennheiser HD 599 is better headphones in this comparison. Check Sennheiser HD 599 price