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