GRADO SR80e Review and Specs

GRADO SR80e is a decent model of critical headphones of American production intended for critical listening and I may tell they quite satisfy the announced function.

These are on ear headphones with open back and wired connection that makes them suitable for home and studio use mostly.

GRADO SR80e review

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Features

GRADO SR80e specs declare frequency response 20Hz-20KHz. It does not always define sound quality, but with a sensitivity of 100 dB they deliver a strong sound at high volumes. The impedance of 32 Ohm makes it a great device for mobile phones and players.

GRADO SR80e review

Sound

The sound of GRADO SR80e is very detailed and clear at all ranges. Being critical listening headphones is a great definition for this model, as the sound may seem even too detailed and sharp as for casual listening. With already bright tracks it sounds piercing. The soundstage is spacy and imaging is very distinct. Generally speaking, the sound is natural and reproduced the way it is recorded, that is nice for mixing.

The open cups make the music leak and do not cancel noise from the outside. The headphones will suit for studio recording and single home listening only.

Connectivity

The cable of the GRADO SR80e is not detachable. It restricts usability.

Comfort and design

The on ear open cups feel comfy on the ears and allow air flow. There is no headband padding and the cups’ one seems not very soft and durable. Unfortunately, they are not interchangeable. But the headband is adjustable and not tightening. They fit quite comfy for the light weight of 230 g/8.2 oz. They are not foldable but the cups lay flat. The joints seem flimsy and may become loose with time. The cable seems to me uncomfortable. First of all, it is undetachable and feels thick and tough.

Pros and cons

GRADO SR80e pros and cons

Pros

  • Light weight and not bulky on ear cups that are breathable for the open back
  • Open and clear sound at all ranges
  • Outstanding smart look in all-black color scheme

Cons

  • Poor quality of materials and build
  • Naturally leaky sound and a lot of ambient noise for the open back enclosure

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Overall
6.5

Common features

Product

GRADO SR80e

Model

SR80e

Brand

GRADO

Reviews

2469

General

Wearing style

on ear

Enclosure

open back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

Impedance, Ohm

32

Frequency response, Hz

20Hz-20KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

100

Magnet type

Weight (headphones), g/oz

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

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

App control

Control functions

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

has not

Bluetooth version

has not

aptX

has not

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

has not

Bluetooth profiles

has not

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

has not

Battery life, hrs

has not

Charging time, hrs

has not

Charging port

has not

Charging cable

has not

Speed charge

has not

Battery free listening mode

has not

Battery level indicator

has not

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

has not

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

GRADO SR80e
GRADO SR80e

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