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Grado Prestige Series SR80i

Prestige Series, Dynamic Open-Air Headphones with Padded On/Over Ear-Cups & Non-Resonant Air Chamber

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The i Stands for Improved

The Grado SR80i headphones are built on the same platform as the popular SR60i headphones and prove to be a excellent everyday headphone for those that are serious about their music. In manufacturing, The inner diaphragms go through a unique "de-stressing" process that enhances the inner details of the music, provides a open soundstage, and improves that audio reproduction. Each side of the headphone features a non-resonant air chamber that allows improved sound quality and detail. Including the the box is 1/4" jack adapter that makes it the perfect companion for MP3 players, iPods, as well as home receivers and other professional equipment. The improved version of the SR80 features greater control of the lower and upper range of frequencies. Full, rich, and warm music is what the Grado SR80i headphones are all about! You will be pleased with the incredible detail and excellent dynamics each and every time you put the headphones on.

Product Features:

  • Prestige Series Stereo Headphones
  • Dynamic driver transducer with open air operation
  • Lightweight, wired design
  • Incredible sound quality when paired with a headphone amplifier
  • Great for all styles of music, especially rock and roll
  • 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
  • Replaceable ear-pads increase the life of the headphones
  • 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: 4.6 oz (130g)

Product History:

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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.

On-Ear
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.
Home/Portable
Headphone Application

This is the application that the headphones are designed for. Each application has unique features that make it perfect for particular uses.

DJ: These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Gaming Delivers explosive sound and allows you to communicate with others.

Home Hi-Fi: These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio.

Home/Office: These headphones are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that the artists would appreciate.

Sports: Designed for active use. These headphones are made to stay in (or on) the ear during workouts.

Kids: Feature noise limiting technology so that your little ones don't damage their ears listening to music too loud.

On-the-Go: On-the-go headphones are lightweight and often fold up for easy storage and portability.

Student: Compact and rugged enough to survive life in a backpack; inexpensive enough to not hurt the wallet of a student.

Studio: Reproduce music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Traveler/Airplane: These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design.

Home Hi-Fi
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.

Open

General Features

Noise-Canceling
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.
No
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.
No
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.

Corded
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.
No
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
1/4"
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.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Straight Jack
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.
No
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Black
Material
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.
Metal
Plastic
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.
Foam
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.
Yes
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.
No
Foldable
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.
No

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:
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:
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.

Dynamic
Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
32 ohms
Sensitivity
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
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 - 20000 Hz
Audiophile
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.
Yes
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
No

What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
Grado Prestige Series SR80i Headphones
Paperwork
Paperwork included with the product.
User Guide
Warranty Card

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

5 Star
63%
4 Star
29%
3 Star
8%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
4.3
Value
4.7
Features
4.2
Design
3.9
Usability
4.8
xgalaxy

Canton

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Great sound but poor quality

April 21, 2014

I like the sound from these head phones, its very warm and doesnt cause any head aches in the longer hrs of listening. I have several collection of headphones including Bose, Beats, Senns, Beyers, Sony MDR, Audio Technica M50 but these tops them in every aspect. Very light weight and the treble is not harsh at all. But the quality is rediculously poor. I mean cheap cheap plastic and I dont think it will last for a long time unless you are exteremely be care full in handling. If you have case for your iphone or any smart phone forget using these headphones as the 3.5mm pin has very big wider sholder and you wont be able to insert all the way inn. So I bought an small cable extension which I can use with my I phones. Also I noticed the cable got cracks at the Y joint. I kept it and going to add some celo tape on the cable. I will give good ratings for the product "But will not buy Grado again!"

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Packer

Elk River, MN

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Good Headphones, But Too Harsh For Me

March 20, 2014

I was very excited to give these a listen after reading so many good things about them. That excitement was short lived when I put them on and listened to my favorite rock songs, which these are praised for reproducing so well. To clarify, I currently own AKG Q701's, Phillipps Fidelio X1's, Audio Technica M50's and Fischer Audio DBA-02 MKII. I am no stranger to good sound. That said, these are not for me. Yes, they sound great and are clear and detailed, but these headphones have a harshness and aggressiveness that makes them hard to listen to. They are very bright and in your face, a trait I thought I would enjoy for faster paced songs but in the end, did not. I wanted to like them but couldn't

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Luc

Canada

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Good headphones

May 10, 2012

I am quite satisfied with the quality of the sound. Some people may find these uncomfortable. Bear in mind that after a break-in period, they will become comfortable. Since these are over-ear and maintain a continuous pressure on your ears, I have found that when I bite down (something we all do occasionally and unconsciously), I actually muffle the sound somewhat. A minor annoyance. It seems to have improved with the break-in.

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Robert

Santa Cruz, CA

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Can't do better

September 17, 2013

It isn't possible to get better sound than from these. Different, yes, but better is in the ear of the beholder and my very critical, and very experienced ears say they are perfectly balanced.
There are phones that sound different and might sound better to any given person depending on taste but the total absence of non-linear distortion with these makes them moldable to any other acoustic response and coloration exactly. i.e. season to taste.
I find them quite comfortable but that's a very personal issue. The retro design is almost funny. The cups themselves could probably be run over by a truck without damage but the band and attachment is laughable. I'm happy to sacrifice some aesthetics to get this quality of sound at almost any price but at the price of these it just doesn't matter.

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Camilo

Miami, FL

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Never Used a Better Headphone In My Life

August 4, 2013

I have owned many headphones, but the Grado Prestige SR80i is the best by far of them all. It is also the Top Choice in it's category at Consumers Reports! Try it, and you will never let it go. Guaranteed

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Paul

Australia

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Sweet sound

November 10, 2011

Seriously sweet sound with fat round bass just like it was recorded.

No problems with comfort once adjusted and I've travelled with them and am happy with the durability, when boxed.

I didn't realise how much ambient noise they'd let in (a fair bit, when you're listening to dynamic audio) and was disappointed with how much noise they let out (lots - can't use them sitting in the office next to someone or they get annoyed!).

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AC

Wichita, KS

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Grado SR80i

October 3, 2011

Works great with digital format players. Low static distortion and very precise with accurate beat and tone emulation. Works fairly well with DAC under low wattage. But tend to shine with .wav and .mp3~4. Nothing but good experience; drivers in unit open up a complex listening experience which is excellent for live recordings in large arena's. Low volume listening is great also with distinctive high and low pass. Do not confuse these with entry level Grado headphones in my opinion these were designed specifically for digital format players. Or at least they fulfill this role better than most. If looking for a mind tingling DAC amplified experience I would recommend the Grado 225i because they seem to handle the higher volumes better. But to sum up the SR80i, I was surprised and woo'ed by what I received in these units.

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morrisoj

Canada

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Wonderful phones!

May 17, 2011

My son needed some decent headphones. He'd been going through earbuds at a rate of say $30 a month. I'd had a pair of SR60s for about five years and was very pleased with them. The SR80is looked like a good deal, so I got a pair for him and a pair for me. Wow! Beautiful sound. Very much like the SR60s, but the bass goes down deeper. It's not forced or overly emphasized, it's just there. These phones are an excellent choice.

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SB

Santa Clarita, CA

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Amazing Sound Quality!!!

May 20, 2014

I've used many headphones in the past and I always thought they sounded awesome. This was true until I bought the Grado SR80i. These sound amazing. Everything is crsytal clear to the ears and detailed. Bass is punchy but not overbearing and the highs and mids are excellent. Don't expect any noise isolation. I knew that when I bought these and so far I am more than happy with my purchase.

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Deborah

Milton, NJ

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Outstanding Performance

March 21, 2014

The Grado SR80i headphones are the beat pair of headphones that I've ever owned, and I have owned many pairs of high-end headphones. These have by far the most superior sound quality available for this price range, and even look pretty cool too. Some people may find the ear cushions uncomfortable, but they can easily be replaced. Overall, I would say that the SR80i headphones are the best headphones available for the price range.

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vacciniumovatum

Seattle, WA

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Great headphones, as long as you don't mind sound leakage

February 27, 2014

The headphones are large but relatively light. The sound is great. But they are open-air headphones with an big open area in the back of the headphone. Lots of sound leakage. And it doesn't take a lot of power to produce enough sound. As long as those around you don't mind hearing your sound, you will enjoy these headphones.

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e

Wilmington, DE

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Great sound

December 20, 2013

This set of headphones delivered exactly what was promised; great sound, superb clarity (IMHO), and good comfort. The only thing to keep in mind is that the open foam means others in the room will hear some...aka not the best choice for airplanes.

Really, really like them; and if they come with a case, an additional benefit!

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Maxime

Canada

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Nice headphones but not really comfortable

April 21, 2012

The sound with these headphones is really great but there are some downsides. They are not really comfortable after a long session and they leak a lot of sound.

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Pebe

Canada

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My Grado SR80I

December 15, 2011

Really good and the best headphone for the price. I used it with my mp3 player and direct to the house music system. I will buy an another for a gift.

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Roy

Narragansett, RI

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Good Headphones

November 17, 2010

I am 69 and somewhat hearing impaired. I wear the headphones over my hearing aid. They are useful for watching movies on my laptop, which has tiny speakers. I have no complaints.

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YanKillers

Lisle, IL

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Listen Up

July 9, 2010

a very different experience. the open air space really opens up the soundstage. you are truly listening to music, not headphones.

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NeedleDR

Carrabelle, FL

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WOW!

July 2, 2010

Ive always used grado cartridges for my turn tables cause they have the richest sound. I figured why not, and got the sr80i's the reviews looked good. Best decision ever! everyone said they didn't like the design but the sound is great... but I really like the retro design.

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HanDlinIT4u

Phoenix, Arizona

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Still stunned

June 28, 2010

I want more Grado! i know i will never use another set of headphones, unless im going running haha! now i need to try the SR125i

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SimplyStewie

Parma, Ohio

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Excellent Cans!!

June 24, 2010

By far the best headphones in existence for under $150. I was not too impressed with the packaging on them or the way they look but I was baffled by the quality that came out. I was listening to music from my iPhone on apple lossless quality from a few CDs i transferred and I really felt like I was listening to the songs in a studio. the imagery is so distinct on them and the open air design really makes you feel like the sound is around you and being cupped over your ears. A MUST GET!!!

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Rich

Reston VA

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very happy

April 17, 2014

The headset produces great sound for the price, is comfortable, and appears to be durably constructed. In other words, perfect.

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Andrerob

Allen, TX

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Awesome Headphones

April 14, 2014

Audiophile grade sound with comfortable ear pads. With the open on ear design, these are not for public use because the sound can be heard quite a bit outside of the headphones. These are definitely worth the price.

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Quinton

Houston, TX

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Excellent Equipment

September 17, 2013

I grew very tired of the cheap quality of a 'Big Box' store $30 headphones. I researched different options and ran across the Grado SR80I. The quality of sound is very good. I had a minor issue with one of the ear piece's shaft. I emailed their support on a weekend, had a reply within the hour and ended it with the issue corrected, no muss, no fuss. Fantastic job of their support team. I do wish the cable was a bit longer. However, the cable is thick and easy to manage. There's a stocking stuffer in the missus' future.

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foxfree

College Station, TX

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Great product

October 10, 2012

I recommend you buy it. Worth the price. Also, the seller ships fast.

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Satya

India

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Very smooth sounding product

January 31, 2011

Excellent value for the money paid, decent stuff, though the packaging makes it look inexpensive

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Why did you choose this?
Sonic Electronix Store
I've had one pair of these headphones for a long time and I haven't been able to get them back from my wife. Sonic had a really good price when I ordered them. They're one of the best sub$100.00 on ear headphones you can get. Many times Sonic makes offers that beats everybody else.
Michael M on May 8, 2015
Had to get high quality headphone for my audio engineering class.
Aaron M on Oct 26, 2014

Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

SR80I

UPC

182092000028

Weight

0.60lbs

Internal SKU

sr80i

Internal Product ID

24565

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Product Name: Grado Prestige Series SR80i