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Prestige Series, Dynamic Open-Air On/Over-Ear Headband Headphones w/ Upgraded Driver Design (SR-60i)

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Hear What You've Been Missing

Hear your music like never before with the Grado SR60i headphones. Priced as an affordable set of headphones, the SR60i is not to be mistaken as a entry-level set. These advanced drivers are able to accurately replicate the music from your iPod, iPhone, home theater system, computer, or anywhere else you wish to connect it to. Like many of the higher end Grado headphones, this set features a vented diaphragm and a non-resonant air chamber. Both assist in the creating of a realistic soundstage with excellent sound separation. The retro style headphones look great and offer superb sound from the open-ear design. A full range of frequencies ranging from 20-20,000 Hz ensure you don't miss anything from your music. The improved driver and the plastic housing move the air in a manner that creates less transient distortion. For clean, clear music, the Grado SR60i is the affordable and obvious choice.

Product Features:

  • Prestige Series Stereo Headphones
  • Dynamic driver transducer with open air operation
  • Lightweight, wired design
  • Vented diaphragm and non-resonant air chamber
  • On-ear design with soft, comfortable ear cushions
  • Thick copper cable for excellent signal transfer
  • Straight Y cord attaches directly to each ear can
  • Soft headband for comfortable and listening sessions
  • Customized, adjustable headband fits any head comfortably
  • Gold-plated, corrosion-resistant stereo jack
  • Large 1/4" screw-on adapter for use with DJ and professional equipment
  • Replacement ear cushions available: Grado SCUSH
  • Made in the USA
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty
Product Specifications:
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 98dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 32 Ohm
  • Driver matched dB: .1
  • Cord Length: 2 m (7 ft.)
  • Cable Type: Straight Y
  • Plug Size: 1/8" (3.5mm)
  • Plug Construction: Gold plated
  • Weight/Mass: 4.4 oz (124g)

Product History:

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Sonic Electronix Insights (Scale from 1-5, 5 Being the Best)

Comfort & Ergonomics
Rates how comfortable the headphones are, taking into account build quality and materials used. Judged on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being uncomfortable and 5 being so comfortable you could sleep while wearing them.
Overall Audio Quality
Overall rating of how well the headphones perform with 1 being an unimpressive audio quality and 5 being the absolute best.
Hip-Hop, Rap, EDM, Dubstep & Pop Optimized
How well the headphones perform for hip-hop, rap, EDM, dubstep and pop music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Rock & Alternative Optimized
How well the headphones perform for rock and alternative genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Instrumental & Classical Optimized
How well the headphones perform for instrumental and classical music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 representing headphones that were designed with these specific genres in mind.
Optimized for All Genres
Rates how well the headphones perform for all music genres with 1 being not recommended and 5 being top-of-the-line music reproduction.
Build Quality
Overall Construction quality of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall construction quality of the headphones with 1 being the poorest quality and 5 being as close to indestructible as a pair of headphones can get.
Overall design of the headphones. This rates on a scale of 1 to 5 the overall design of the headphones, including construction, sound quality and accessories with 1 being the lowest and 5 being top-of-the-line.
Rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being no isolation and 5 being complete isolation, this gives you an idea of how well the headphones seal your ears from your surrounding environment.

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

Headband Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Acoustic Principle

The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types:

Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source.

Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room.

Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

General Features

Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
Device Controls & Compatibility
Refers to the devices the in-line controls are compatible with.
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
Smartphone/Tablet App Available
These headphones have a companion app available from the manufacturer. These apps are generally available on both the Google Play Store and iTunes for Android and iPhone use. They usually include an equalizer and other controls to give you complete control over your music.
This means the sound of these headphones can be customized to your listening preference through either an app or on-board controls.
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
Bluetooth Version Compatibility
Which version of Bluetooth the device is compatible with. Is it important that the both devices being paired are the same version of Bluetooth. For example, a Bluetooth version 2.0 cell phone can be paired with a compatible version 2.0 headset.
aptX Codec
Refers to whether these headphones feature aptX Bluetooth audio streaming.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.

Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.

Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Included Adapters
Refers to the connection adapters included with the headphones like 3.5mm or 1/4" input adapter as well as airplane adapters that let you use your headphones with airplane specific headphone jacks.
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Replaceable Ear Cushions
Refers to whether the ear cushions can be removed and replaced. Often times on heavily used headphones, the ear pads can wear out long before the actual headphones. Headphones with replaceable earpads often last much longer than headphones without replaceable earpads.
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
Weight (oz.)
This is the weight of the unit in ounces.
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
Child Safe
Refers to whether a pair of headphones are designed specifically for children. Child safe headphones feature volume limiting technology so that your child canít damage their ears while listening to music.
Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.
Ear Hooks
These headphones feature hooks that wrap around your ears for a secure fit.

Gaming Headphones

Compatible Systems
Refers to what system(s) these headphones are compatible with.
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
USB Connection
Refers to whether these headphones can be connected via USB.
Noise Cancelling Microphone
Refers to whether the microphone eliminates ambient noise for crystal clear conversations.
Microphone Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
Microphone Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the microphone will pick up (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better.
Surround Sound
Refers to the surround sound type used by the headphones.
Separate Game & Chat Volume Controls
Refers to whether the headset has separate volume controls for the game and chat channels.

Home Wireless Headphones

Hub Connection Type
Refers to how the hub connects to your home stereo system
Wireless Type
Refers to the wireless connection type used by these headphones.
Wireless Range
The maximum distance the headphones can be from the hub and still work in feet.

Audio Features

Driver Type

The physical design of the driver in the headphones.

Balanced Armature:
A balanced armature driver uses a coil wrapped around an armature which is held in between two magnets until it is stimulated by an electrical current. When stimulated, this armature is magnetized which causes it to rotate one way or the other around a pivot point which moves the diaphragm to create sound. Balanced armature driver headphones are generally earbuds and can have multiple drivers in each earbud.

Dynamic drivers are the most common driver type. They feature a permanent magnet, usually neodymium, a voice coil and a conical diaphragm to drive your music. A dynamic headphone driver looks pretty much identical to any typical home theater speaker.

Electrostatic drivers are made up of an extremely thin membrane, usually a coated PET film, stretched between two metal plates. An electrical signal is applied to the metal plates to create an electrical field which, depending on its polarity, draws the speaker diaphragm toward one of the plates which forces air through the perforations in the diaphragm which generates the sound wave.

Planar Magnetic:
A planar magnetic driver is made up of a large membrane suspended between two sets of oppositely aligned magnets. An electric charge is applied to the membrane to induce movement and produce sound waves.

The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
32 ohms
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
98 dB
Driver Size
This refers to the diameter of the driver (speaker) on each side of the headphone.
Power Output
Refers to the power output rating (in watts) of the headphones.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
20 - 20,000 Hz
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
Amplifier Recommended
This refers to whether a separate headphone amplifier is recommended for use with a specific pair of headphones. It is highly recommended that any headphone with an impedance greater than 100 ohms be amplified.
Pass Throughs
Refers to whether a pair of headphones has an output to connect to another pair of headphones.

Sound Signature

Sound Staging & Imaging
Refers to the bass performance of the headphones. Rated from Light bass to extreme bass.
Bass Detail
Refers to the bass output quality. Loose bass is more boomy and loud where as tight bass is more about bass quality.

What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
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Paperwork included with the product.

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Sacramento, CA

Great value.

September 17, 2013

Very light and very comfortable while delivering a pretty linear response. I use these while playing my Roland TD-20 e-drums and they do a great job of revealing the timbre and detail of the cymbals as well as the punch of the kick drum.

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Bay area, CA

Outstanding headphones

March 10, 2011

I bought these headphones about 6 months ago.

I had owned a pair of USB headphones before these and when they reached the end of their use i knew i wanted to upgrade and pay the money for higher quality sound.

I read countless reviews online and everything seemed to point back to Grado who really seem to set the standard in each price-range.

I loved the SR60is and after about 5 months i decided to upgrade again to the SR225is because i was impressed with the 60s. They sound amazing.

Now some things i will point out, they are a bit warm but for the kind of music i like that's perfect. The open ear design does leak some sound so if you like blasting your music at full volume and destroying your ability to hear, other people around you will definitely be able to hear.

I would have liked for a metal encased tip to allow for an easier replacement for the tip, but as i was always very careful with them they never broke and i'm sure they would have lasted a decade.

I recommend these to everyone i see looking to buy headphones. I have had my friends who own $350 pairs of bose headphones drop their jaw in response to the quality of the sound. I've been able to talk several people out of buying skullcandy headphones.

That being said, i like my sr225is much better. ;)

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Just amazing

January 27, 2011

After 6 months of using the Grado SR60i headphones, I am still amazed at the sound quality. Some have reported that they were not very comfortable; I guess this is subjective, and after a few hours most brands will 'heat' your ears anyways.

Looks is a matter of taste, and personally I love them. But if they were of another style I couldn't care less because for me the sound is of primary importance. And they certainly SHINE is this regard.

It's too early to know if they are durable, but with minimal care, I don't see any reason why they would not last.

Strongly recommended!

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Good, I guess.

September 18, 2013

I'm a novice when it comes to high end quality headphones. This is my first pair of good "cans." Truthfully, I just wanted a good pair of headphones to play on my handheld Nintendo 3ds and Playstation VITA. I don't think either of those two systems were good testers of the Grado's sound quality, so I'll just review the comfort and style of the headphones.

Look, not bad. They feel sturdy. You can judge yourself from online photos. It doesn't collapse for travel, though the ears do turn inward, allowing for some travel and storage concession.

I don't find the foam ear coverings comfortable, which is my largest complaint. It's hard to forget you're wearing headphones, as you can always feel the foam against your ears.

Ease of use gets a 3, since I always have to uncoil the L and R "y" part of the cord before I place it on my ears.

Next time I'll go $100+ for headphones. No more foam ear coverings and better ease of use.

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Audio's great bargains

April 13, 2011

"The outstanding qualities of the SR60s were the warmth and honesty of their sound" Stereophile , May 3, 2010

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Best sound quality per dollar ratio

August 9, 2014

These are, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the finest headphones I have ever owned (disclaimer, I have never spent more than 100 USD on a pair). The treble is crisp, the bass has punch, the overall experience is like pouring milk and honey into your ears.

The only part of this headphone experience that can be fouled by personal preference is the leather head strap, and the overall cord design. Thankfully, I like both of these things, and have literally no complaints about this product.

If you spend 100 USD or less on a pair of headphones, and it isn't these, you made a mistake.

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Chicago, Illinois

Good Value, Not Especially Durable

September 17, 2013

I tend to break headphones easily, so I like to buy inexpensive ones. These headphones have an excellent sound for the price. They have the typical drawbacks of on-ear headphones - no sound isolation and not as comfortable as over-ear (although really quite comfortable for the type). In about a month, the left earphone fell off the headset. This was easily fixed, but definitely downgrades the durability in my view.

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Very Nice!

April 19, 2011

Great sound quality for the price. Very well built.

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Allen, TX


July 7, 2010

So sick! Great reviews for a great product! Looks cheesy and not much to it b but these are very nice!

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Los Angeles

Grado for life

July 2, 2010

I nearly S*&% myself when I heard these for the first time. $80? they sound better than my Audio-Technica ATH ANC7b for sure. Sennheiser's got nothing on you Grado. Best sound quality!!!!

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