Grado SR80e review


Great headphones for those who don’t like to abandon practicality for sound quality.


  • Vital and detailed sound
  • Fast, punchy bass


  • Leaky design
  • Less than luxurious comfort

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £89.00
  • 40mm dynamic drivers
  • 3.5mm cable with 6.3mm adapter included
  • 1.8m cable
  • Open-back cups
  • Foam pads

What are the Grado SR80e?

There are Grado SR80e on-ear headphones, the new version of the SR80i was released more than half a decade ago.

The headphones have changed a lot at that time, but the SR80e is a lot like the SR80i, but with a bit of tweed build and a newly designed driver.

Although the SR80e has proven to be poor for buses, trains, or out-of-town and out-of-town listening, in terms of the audio quality you get, it’s hard to lose just £ 89.

Grado SR80e – Design and Comfort

At first glance, the Grado SR80e sports a retro taste. Everything can be found from the fonts used in the slick shapes of these headphones to the 1950s. Fortunately, they have become “great” not “old”.

They are completely out of step with the way modern on-the-ear headphones operate. Open-back headphones are accessible with Grado SR80e foam pads.

They make almost no noise. As such, the Grado SR80e is most commonly used in quiet environments, where noise leaks do not prove to be a nuisance.

Their fit is unusual. Like all large gradeo headphones, the SR80’s pad foam is fairly firm and doesn’t look as soft as leather padding. As a result, they provide no luxury-like fit; They don’t feel as comfortable as other sets in price. However, I have been able to wear them for hours at a time without any serious discomfort.

The comfort is also assisted by the metal rod that extends from the headband. The cups swivel freely around them, instantly fitting headphones into your head.

The extras in the Grado SR80e box are slim, with no carry case included. Although there is a 3.5mm to 6.3mm adapter.

Grado SR80e – Sound Quality

The Grado SR80e is not suitable for all occasions. However, they do sound great for the price.

Great speed and perfect speed of sound and razor-cut toutiness make many sub- £ 100 headphones quite lazy and basic. The mid-range details and the integration of the mids and trebles are quite exceptional, which gives the Grado SR80e a high-tasting flavor for which you usually pay a premium.

There is no fat or blister at all; Lots of headphones at this price introduce some extra bulk into the bass or mid to make the sound more accessible but it can glue parts of the mix together.

Bus Punch is great for a pair of on-ear headphones, with open headphones having a more spacious alloy to

These are non-compromised headphones – in a great way. But they will not be for everyone.

Sounds a bit raw on the SR80e parts for challenging listening in higher volumes. This borderline rigidity sits right in the area where the Grado SR80e is most affected: midway. As a result, aggressive guitar lines and searing vocals will wow you with their clarity and definition and challenge them with their distinctly distinctive texture with their ears.

The Grado S8080 puts the music to your ear instead of the more collected method. Not both are wrong, but Grado style gives a lot of energy to the music, while leaving a slight sound scale / size.

If you want to save some money, consider the Grado SR60e, which I reviewed a few years ago. Two are listening side by side; The SR80e has a more robust structure but their sound style is otherwise similar.

Should you buy the Grado SR80e?

The Grado SR80e will not be for you if you are after work and on-the-go, or use a headphone that is close to your colleagues in an office.

The SR80e is either not particularly relaxed with headphones, luxurious foam pads and aggressively rendered borderline music.

Overcoming these cautionary ways, the Grado SR80e is one of the best headphones you can buy for money, providing great fancy definition and power.

Trusted Score:                                                 ∗∗∗∗∗