Grado Prestige Series SR-60i
Manufacturer: Grado Labs Inc. Part number: SR60
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CNET editors' review
price range: $79.00
- Reviewed by: Steve Guttenberg
- Reviewed on: 02/19/2004
The good: Retro-styled, over-the-ear model; sounds swell with portables; big bass; lively sonics.
The bad: Not the slickest-looking or most comfortable 'phones you can buy.
The bottom line: Grado's cheapest headphones belt out big sound with pint-size portable audio devices.
Superb, especially for the price!
by classicrocker12 on February 15, 2010
Pros: absolutely wonderful. For $70, I don't think there's a better deal out there. Rich, full sound, great bass, and wonderful for use with an iPod. Puts earbuds to shame!
Cons: Slightly lacking in higher-end sounds, open so everyone in your vicinity will enjoy your music too, a little uncomfortable after multiple hours of listening.
Summary: These are wonderful headphones all-around. The cons aren't even that big of a deal to me. Especially for portable devices, if you want good over-the-ear headphones for a great ...
Summary: These are wonderful headphones all-around. The cons aren't even that big of a deal to me. Especially for portable devices, if you want good over-the-ear headphones for a great value, this is it. As the official review said, these are way more efficient than earbuds (and cheaper headphones) so you get louder volumes AND better sound quality.
Sweet, pure, open sound.
by KippAnderson on January 24, 2010
Pros: I love 'em. From the 1940s gunner styling to the big thick cord that I clip to the headphones with my Shuffle. Quite comfortable (although I rarely wear them for more than 4 hours at a stretch so commuters may have another story).
Cons: No complaints. Replacement pads (after 3 years I need a pair) aren't distributed well, but they do exist and my drivers are still beautimous.
Summary: Wide-open fulfilling sound. So clear I had to upgrade my 128 kbps music to 192 kbps or more. Can't wait to hear the lossless Beatles tracks on them (until ...
Summary: Wide-open fulfilling sound. So clear I had to upgrade my 128 kbps music to 192 kbps or more. Can't wait to hear the lossless Beatles tracks on them (until I upgrade my iPod I'm stuck with the 320kbps ones) I suppose I could plug it into my stereo... but I have higher quality sound without headphones. Am curious about the recently released SR-60i series... but am so happy with my 60s I don't expect to upgrade to them any time soon. I listen to a lot of pre-digital music on these, so I can't vouch for their techno/drumsnbass/emo/screamo performance, still, I think they'd still hold up pretty well. They sound great with dub reggae, so I'm pretty sure that the punch would be the same. I'm in hog heaven listening to Stax Records on them. There's something organic about them that just brings out the gritty soul. Not that they don't enhance Mozart or exotica. All around great headphones, that I haven't taken to the extreme because they make even simple musical experiences more fulfilling.
Great Headphones, Really miss them
by vernonbishop on December 30, 2008
Pros: Phonmonenal sound
Superior Build Quality
Comfortable to wear over long listening periods
Great Cost to Benefit Ratio
Cons: Sticker Shock
Lack of Sound Isolation
Summary: I was very happy with these headphones when I bought them. I think that they are the best headphones that I have owned, (and I have owned dozens of them). ...
Summary: I was very happy with these headphones when I bought them. I think that they are the best headphones that I have owned, (and I have owned dozens of them).
The build quality is second to none, beating the Skullcandy headphones that I have owned. I liked the fact that they have more metal in them than plastic.
I was also happy that they are an american company making an american product. They are true audiophile headphones.
While the initial price was a little of a splurge, they were very worth it.
I just wish that I had them today.... :-(
Possibly the best value for any audio gear!
by brianlakeman on October 24, 2008
Pros: Superb sound quality across the spectrum.
Cord with plenty of length.
Cons: Not the most comfortable for long periods.
Due to free spinning ear cups, cord could be easily twisted.
Summary: Like the title says, I think these SR60's are an excellent value. They absolutely blow away the $40 Sony's I have. I mean not even close. It's ...
Summary: Like the title says, I think these SR60's are an excellent value. They absolutely blow away the $40 Sony's I have. I mean not even close. It's like listening to an entirely different song with these on. Ok, maybe they're not super comfortable for long periods, and have styling and packaging circa 1974. However, in the "high end" headphone arena, these are almost unbeatable. And did I mention the great value? I can't over state the value, really. You could spend double or triple and not have as great a sound. Believe, I've been there.
I highly recommend these for anyone looking to not spend a fortune on a great set of headphones. Sure, if you a grand to blow on headphones, you could find better. But me, I set my limit at $100 and wasn't disappointed. Believe me, you won't be either.
Pretty good, but be careful with your volume...
by asaharyev on June 12, 2008
Pros: Good bass, clear, full sound
Cons: An iPod at high volumes can ruin them.
Summary: These are good headphones, great if you never want to listen to music louder than your mother would like. However, I found that with an iPod you can cause a ...
Summary: These are good headphones, great if you never want to listen to music louder than your mother would like. However, I found that with an iPod you can cause a clicking to develop, along with a buzz. I never max out my iPod's volume, but at around 60%-80%, after about a week, I could hear a buzz on the left. A couple weeks later, after turning it down, I started to hear a clicking on the right. While many say these are good headphones for volume, my experience has told me otherwise. Still good, though, for quieter areas where you can listen to music at lover volumes.
Best headphones below $100
by ryank82 on May 25, 2008
Pros: Great Detail, Retro Design, Eighth inch jack,
Cons: Comfort and Retro Look
Summary: These headphones highly regarded as the best under $100. Really sounds good with Rock. These will be a incredible upgrade if your coming from stock headphones. Terminated with eighth inch ...
Summary: These headphones highly regarded as the best under $100. Really sounds good with Rock. These will be a incredible upgrade if your coming from stock headphones. Terminated with eighth inch jack for easy listening with most home devices. Only one downside I can even think of and thats some users just like all headphones might find these un comfortable. The retro look is also a love/hate thing.
outstanding sound stage and accurate detailing
by sroberson on April 11, 2008
Pros: Great drivers, full spectrum of sound, very light weight
Cons: too bulky for portable use, volume levels with portables a problem, wire too thick for portability
Summary: I love the sound on these phones. The only problem is that the volume isn't high enough to overcome most public transportation sounds during a commute. I know about ...
Summary: I love the sound on these phones. The only problem is that the volume isn't high enough to overcome most public transportation sounds during a commute. I know about the igrado portable phones but they aren't the same in sound quality and accuracy and have an exaggerated bass response.
The thick wire is attractive insofar as it probably has something to do with the stellar performance of the drivers but it's too rigid and bulky and long for portable use.
All in all, I really love these phones and wish they could be converted to deliver slightly more volume and and more flexibility of the wiring and the headband. Imagine if these were foldable and you could stuff them into your pocket?
Excellent audio at a budget price. Perfect for portable mp3 players
by quicksilver_pr on December 19, 2007
Pros: Sound quality, and Price
Cons: They apply more pressure to the ears than othes cans
Summary: The Grado SR-60s are fantastic! I have found that these headphones offer incredibly accurate sound with clear highs and sufficient, but not overpowering, lows. The detail in sound is phenomenal. ...
Summary: The Grado SR-60s are fantastic! I have found that these headphones offer incredibly accurate sound with clear highs and sufficient, but not overpowering, lows. The detail in sound is phenomenal. The listener will enjoy very subtle differences in tone color and dynamic level, and the sound always comes across naturally.
The SR-60s (and SR-80s) are perfect for portable listening devices, such as iPods, because the headphones present the best sound possible for players that lack an amplifier or a powerful driver. More expensive headphones with more power, detail, and precision are just wasted (and in some cases, don't even sounds as good) on portable devices.
On the downside, I find that my SR-60s cease being comfortable after about an hour or so because they apply pressure to my ears. But I think this is a very small price to pay given the quality of sound and the price. (And sadly I rarely have much more than an hour at a time to listen anyway.) Plus, these cans are incredibly durable. I've used mine consistently for six years now, and they've held up perfectly.
Just a word of caution: Grado headphones are "open air." While this contributes to their fantastic sound, be aware that people sitting near you will hear your music. These may not be the best headphones for people on the go. Besides, they are not the most portable headphones anyway.
The bottom line: (1) If you are an audiophile who primarily listens to your music on a portable device, these headphones, or perhaps the SR-80s(provide more powerful bass output), are the best on the market. Your iPod doesn't even allow you to fully enjoy these cans, let alone more expensive ones. (2) If you primarily listen on more powerful systems, these cans are still incredible, and highly recommendable for the price. But if you have extra cash and are looking for something even higher end, you might want to consider Grado's other products.
OMG, these are AWESOME
by madalways on May 4, 2007
Pros: True, incredible sound; good bass
Cons: None that I have observed
Summary: I ordered my Grado SR60 set from OneCall on Tuesday, it came today via FedEx, free shipping. The music on my IPOD sounds fantastic! All the reviews you might read ...
Summary: I ordered my Grado SR60 set from OneCall on Tuesday, it came today via FedEx, free shipping. The music on my IPOD sounds fantastic! All the reviews you might read are pretty much true! I spent hours reading reviews on headphones before making a purchase. I am glad I went with Grado. I hear sounds and instruments that I have never heard before with the Grado's. As to comfort...I don't understand the complaints about Grado SR60's not being comfortable. I opened the package, put them on and used them all afternoon and into the night; very comfortable. Some say the bass isn't strong enough so I was prepared for weak bass. To my pleasant surprise, the bass is great! I used them to watch movies also--awesome! You won't be disappointed if you purchase the Grado SR60 headphones!
Simply the best headphones i've ever tried or owned !!!
by binggy on April 20, 2006
Pros: Superb sound quality across all ranges, light, comfortable, long cable
Cons: Not very portable
Summary: I spend approximately 2 hours a day listening to music as a form of relaxation after a good day's work. To listen to my music at enjoyable levels, I ...
Summary: I spend approximately 2 hours a day listening to music as a form of relaxation after a good day's work. To listen to my music at enjoyable levels, I always had to rely on my big speaker set up ... but not anymore ever since I got the SR60.
The sound quality is nothing short of incredible. Lows, mids and highs are all excellently and clearly represented.
The SR60 comes with a relatively long cord and some have noted their displeasure with it. Personally, I find it a big plus as it affords me the option of using the headphones with my stereo while laying comfortably on the bed or sofa. On the go, it's trickier but I either just roll up the cord and stick it in a pant pocket or I use my trusty Philips SHE-9500 in-ear headphones.
The sound clarity has been excellent when paired with most any MP3 player i've tried and experience has been equally satisfying when used with the Palm Zire 31 and Tungsten E. Another favorite toy of mine is the Sony PSP which I use mostly for listening to music and watching videos on the go. A major complaint I have on the PSP is how it disappointingly doesn't have enough juice to crank out loud sound. On the PSP, the SR60 sounds pretty much the same as the Philips SHE9500 so make sure your music playing device has enough cojones.
On comfort, I consider the SR60 as one of the most comfortable i've owned (I currently own 7 headphones)
Aesthetically, I love them but I also agree that it won't appeal to everyone. However, anybody who feels "uncool" by any type of headphones probably has some serious self-esteem issues.
I put great value and importance to my music listening time and I can't thank Grado Labs enough for providing us with inexpensive headphones that offer such distinctive music quality normally only found in headphones costing upwards of $500.
- Manufacturer: Grado Labs Inc.
- Part number: SR60
- Description: The SR60 has gained "legendary" status. The SR60 has received rave reviews from around the world and is the most commonly recommended headphone on the market today. PRODUCT FEATURES: Vented diaphragm; Non-resonant air chamber; Standard copper voice coil wire; Standard copper connecting cord; Mini plug with 1/4" adaptor.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Headphones Technology Dynamic
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Frequency Response 20 - 20000 Hz
- Sensitivity 98 dB/mW
- Impedance 32 Ohm
- Type None
- Connector Type Headphones ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )
- Included Accessories 6.3 mm (1/4") stereo adapter
- Power Device None
- Battery None