Rock On – Grado SR80e On-Ear Headphones Review
Grado SR80e is one of the finest headphones for those who enjoy a colorful, dynamic midrange, and a really sparkly treble, but don’t require a lot of bass. They are priced at 100 USD, and they will be compared with Brainwavz HM100, 1More Triple Driver, and AIWA ARC-1. The pairings will include FiiO M6, iBasso DX160, and Shanling M2X.
Grado doesn’t need much of an introduction, being one of the oldest, best known audio companies in the entire world, with an excellent track for customer support, as well as an excellent track for the build quality of their products. They are best known for pick-ups, and for high-end audio products for vinyl enthusiasts, but they also make some amazing headphones, and even when looking at something really affordable, like the SR80e, they manage to offer something special, magical, and most definitely intriguing for those who are on a budget.
It should be noted that I have absolutely no affiliation with Grado, I am not receiving any incentive for this review or to sweeten things out. I’d like to thank Grado for providing the sample for this review. Every opinion expressed is mine and I stand by it, the purpose of this review is to help those interested in Grado SR80e find their next music companion.
First things first, let’s get the packaging out of the way:
This is officially the first Grado headphone I have unboxed, and it left a really good impression on me, Grado really knows how to make a nice package, and even for a headphone that’s only 100 USD, they make what I could call a really stylish and high-end presentation.
The package has all the info about the headphones on it, and it includes the headphones. The only extra accessory you can find inside is an adapter from the 3.5mm plug to 6.3mm, so you can use SR80e with a multitude of sources.
Grado is known, as a company, for approaching the enthusiast, and the high-end passionate, so many of their headphones used to have their cables ended in a 6.3mm plug only, and it feels refreshing, and really handy to have the cable end in a mini plug, as I could test SR80e with all the portables I have around.
If anything would be missing from the package, that is a set of extra pads, as the originals are easily replaceable, but given the 100 USD price tag of SR80e, their entire package is pretty much perfect.
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