New Headphone Day - Grado SR60e

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  1. Clifdawg

    Clifdawg Well-Known Member

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    Just found out about these not long ago (despite being around for decades, apparently), and I got a set for my birthday:

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    Very cool headphones.... On-ear, open-back, wired headphones with a frequency range of 20hz-20,000hz. Extremely mid-forward profile, with a prominent spike in the 2k range, but with a ton of detail and clarity. They're extremely utilitarian, with simple injection-molded plastic enclosures and a simple vinyl-wrapped metal headband, a non-removable Y-shaped cable, and simple foam ear cushions. That said, I really like the look of these - very retro. Tons of noise leak and zero sound isolation, in addition to the richly detailed but almost exhausting mid-range, mean these are for critical listening only in quiet environments. Hard rock and metal punch hard, in a way that's initially kind of unpleasant, but after a few minutes of getting accustomed to it, details just jump out that would ordinarily get buried in a more traditionally V-shaped profile. They have a nice wide soundstage that makes instruments feel separated in the mix. Best of all - these suckers are only $80 USD and are made in USA (Brooklyn, NY).

    Doing a little bit of research, apparently there are some folks who love these things and others who despise them. I had not heard of them previously, but they do zero marketing other than word-of-mouth, apparently, and just stumbled upon them when looking for recommendations for solid critical listening headphones on a budget. I have to say - these things kick out some seriously impressive sound for the price. I'd definitely recommend them for listening to virtually any kind of music.

    I'll be interested to see how these will do in a mixing situation, but given the tonal profile, I imagine these will be spectacularly capable of bringing details in vocal and guitar performance forward for mixing.
     
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    Chuteboxehero Well-Known Member

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    Those look nice! Grado is always well reviewed on the websites I've looked at. I'm going to be needing a replacement for an almost 15 year old set of Sony MDR 7506's that have served me really well but are starting to get noisy. I mainly use them run into pedals or amps for late night playing so something relatively flat with minimal low end boost would be ideal for my ears. I have a set of B&W P7's for general listening and they sound great but don't work well for guitar. I think open back would definitely be the way to go. Give an update once you've given them a workout. I'd bet at that price there's not much else out there that can compete with them.
     
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    Will do! I’ve been using them a little bit over the past few days for general music listening to try to burn them in a bit (if that’s really a thing). I have Positive Grid Bias on my Mac so I’ll let you know how it sounds with guitar modeling and in a mix :thumb:
     
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    Chuteboxehero Well-Known Member

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    So I pulled the trigger on a set of the Grado today. My 7506s have gotten to the point where the right driver is pretty much inoperable. Tried to get the SR60s but they're sold out at the moment. This was going through Grado and handled by Amazon. So I had 2 choices. Wait 2 weeks for the SR 60s or get the SR80 which were in stock. The SR80s we're still under $100 which is unbelievable when you consider they're still hand made in Brooklyn and see how well reviewed the SR series are. So hopefully I'll have them on Sunday. Hope you're enjoying your set.
     
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    Currently jamming some of Chevelle’s Vena Sera on my Grados and after wearing them in some, my opinion of them has only increased. These are fantastic headphones, I’m sure you’re going to enjoy them!
     
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    So far I'm blown away. They sound great run into the pedals and amps. Found some lossless AAC files of some really well recorded acoustic folkish type tracks and that's where these shine. Just a pleasure to listen to. I appreciate the tip on these. I honestly feel these perform better than other sets I've owned or tried that were 3 to 4 times the price. To top it off they're built about an hour south of where I live. That's pretty awesome.
     
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