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Grado Prestige Series Sr325is Headphones (discontinued By Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Jul 21, 2015

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Grado Prestige Series Sr325is Headphones (discontinued By Manufacturer)
Report Date: 12/30/2015
Based on 105 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 4.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Music4.5   above average
Sound4.5   average
Quality4.4   average
Price4.0   below average
Fit3.8   below average
Listening3.8   below average
Cable3.6   average
Comfortable3.2   mediocre


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Cable

Cable:
"The cable of the headphones is great - it looks very durable, but it can not be disconnected from the headset, which is a small disadvantage as if the cable is cut, there are not much you can do with it, maybe send it to the Grado to repair, but I am not sure this service exists and works properly."
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"They made the headphones hard to break because of the really thick cord and leather headband in which case you do tho you can send it back and they will fix it for you for no fee (for 1 year)."
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"BETTER than the reviews say, way much better than the picky people say: forget about cable problems and being uncomfortable."
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"They have Excellent sound: solid, detailed, musical, spacious, the timbre of the instruments is correct, the bass is solid and very well integrated with the other frequencies (a reference for bass integration indeed).The other claims that they are uncomfortable, bad build quality, cable too thick etc."
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"If the earpads are stiff, if there's no carrying pouch with embossed logo included, if the cord is sometimes cumbersome because he refused to compromise on signal transfer, it's because he never makes a tradeoff in favor of marketability."
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"I tried 12 different headphones (11 closed back and 1 open back) at around 300 dollars or less (sometimes a bit more with tax shipping)I tried (not in any particular order):Beyerdynamic DT-1350-80:Sound is great, but clamping is bad and cable is... questionable - might last, might not but they are a bargain."
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"But regardless of the cord, you cannot beat the quality (and also durability- they're made tough)."
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"I purchased these headphones with Grado adapter from large to small headphones jack and while I think the quality is not different from using any other adapter it certainly looks excellent together (I do not consider the problem of adding some weight to the beginning of the cable because of the adapter a serious issue).Hope that helps,"
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"The cable of the headphones is great - it looks very durable, but it can not be disconnected from the headset, which is a small disadvantage as if the cable is cut, there are not much you can do with it, maybe send it to the Grado to repair, but I am not sure this service exists and works properly."
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"The aluminum enclosures are light and look awesome, the band is well built, the foam pads are stiff and supportive and I especially appreciate the thickness and durability of the cables coming out of the enclosures."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"NAD VISO HP-50:Excellent sound, portability AND comfort, but the right side DID FAIL after only 48 hours."
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"I've read a lot of complaints about the comfort, but after a very short time I got used to it."
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"When it comes to comfort it is not really the greatest but I can sit and just listen for at least 2 hours then I will have to slightly re-adjust the headphones."
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"Hate the comfort."
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"Granted, you're not me, and what's comfortable to me could be unbearable to you."
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"The only downside is comfort, which is pretty lacking."
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"Rich, full bass; clean higher tones; great comfort all around."
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"NAD VISO HP-50:Excellent sound, portability AND comfort, but the right side DID FAIL after only 48 hours."
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"The comfort is fantastic and the sound is great."
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"They are comfortable, look well built, the cable looks and feels like a high-end cable (so it's thick of course, but not too thick).Unlike the HD650's, they are small enough to be portable (and big enough to sound high-end).The packaging is decent enough, what would we need fancy plastic packaging for?"
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"Another advantage is that the Sonys are more comfortable - the ear piece doesn't rest over the ear but around it."
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Fit

Fit:
"Like the 125s where the metal rods connect to the can itself the friction fit isn't very good."
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"Also, I always have to collapse the earpiece adjustment fully to get the earpieces to align with my ears, and unfortunately the friction fitting on the adjustement is not tight and they don't stay adjusted."
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"Also, I am a relatively small guy (5'6) and these phones don't fit great on my head."
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"After investing in Grado SR325is headphones, I was a little discouraged that after an hour of use my ears hurt and I found myself constantly readjusting them (which also changed the sound) trying to find a more comfortable fit."
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"The foam on the Ear Zonk cushions are a bit softer than the stock 325's and provide a much more comfortable over-the-ear fit which really transformed the headphone for me."
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"Pro:amazing sound throughout the range of human hearingsolid build quality alumunum houseing, wide leather pad on top, and a massively thick and heavy cord (impossible to rip or break unless u try)look amazingcons:didnt fit the shape of my ear very well (easy fix)they easily outperform an ipod so you need to use something with better power output to run to best of abilityConclusion:buy these!"
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"Finally, I decided to purchase the G-Cush pads, which aren't specifically designed for this model but fit it as perfectly as if they were."
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"It's a perfect fit and completely takes care of the pressure from the weight of the headphones."
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Listening

Listening:
"I power them with a hifi ef2a amp and there absolutely wonderful seriously if you're looking at dropping 300 dollars on headphones then there isn't anything better I managed to buy mine off of audiogon for 219 so you might look there for a better price and more hifi options its also a great place to find an amp the only thing negative I can say about these headphones is that there very uncomfortable for any listening periods that extend over a half hour they also can tend to be a little bright but after about a week of having them you will get used to them they leek like nobody's business so if you're on a subway headed to work everyday these aren't the headphones but for at home enjoyment with some extra ear pads these are a truly wonderful item I promise you wont regret this purchase! "
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"The problem is after listening to them for more then 20 minutes my ears hurt because they are so uncomfortable."
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"I went through the process of listening to the wrong source and being unimpresed."
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"Except for these few items- 1) the standard foam inserts are inadequate (IMO) for long listening times."
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"After about an hour of listening the pressure on the top of my head is uncomfortable."
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"I've had these headphones for a couple years and it's always amazing to return to them after listening to music using inferior cans (Sennheiser HD-280) or even drug-store ear buds."
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"I'm a bass player, and the bass response is crisp and clear, like I'm listening directly to a high-end bass cabinet and head."
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"I can wear them 2 or 3 hours easily and my listening sessions are never longer than that."
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"The SR80i headphones as great as they are for the money just weren't getting it done for me when I was listening to R&B; and Hip-hop."
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"I upgraded from a pair of Grado Prestige Series SR80i Stereo Headphone - already probably the best home listening headphones in their price range (by some margin)It is then a testament to the SR-325s that they manage to significantly improve the listening experience."
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Music

Music:
"I think the most important thing to know about these headphones is that they will reveal how weak your music source is."
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"Bose QC15 was worst among these three for music."
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"Perfect accuracy is not always a benefit when listening to digital music recordings if the mastering recording is not great."
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"Excellent for the classical music I listen to."
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"I don't understand why so many people recommend these for metal music?"
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"I've had these headphones for a couple years and it's always amazing to return to them after listening to music using inferior cans (Sennheiser HD-280) or even drug-store ear buds."
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"For me, a fan of classic rock and contemporary Christian music, these headphones are perfect."
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"very , very accurate music quality , better used with a DAC."
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Price

Price:
"I had terrible experience with a RadioShack adapter, spend the money for Grados version, it is excellent."
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"Bravo to the folk at Grado for sticking to the design and constantly refining it, spending their resources on the things that matter (getting the best sound at the price).As for the 'numpty' who complained about the box his phones came in, please go and treat yourself to a nice box at your own expense."
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"the reason for this is because the power nessicary to run these headphones has to come from the device you are useing and an ipod just doesnt put out enough power to fully run these so they dont sound as good (still better then others in their price range.)"
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"I was especially disappointed by the Sony 5000 as they cost about 400 and I was just expecting much more for the price."
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"It's well extended and fairly detailed, but not the most accurate in its price bracket."
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"I had terrible experience with a RadioShack adapter, spend the money for Grados version, it is excellent."
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"If you can find them, well worth the money."
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"If you don't have that equipment, buying nice headphones is a waste of money."
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"The fix is really easy (just a little bit of epoxy), but for this amount of money you don't expect this kind of thing to happen."
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"I power them with a hifi ef2a amp and there absolutely wonderful seriously if you're looking at dropping 300 dollars on headphones then there isn't anything better I managed to buy mine off of audiogon for 219 so you might look there for a better price and more hifi options its also a great place to find an amp the only thing negative I can say about these headphones is that there very uncomfortable for any listening periods that extend over a half hour they also can tend to be a little bright but after about a week of having them you will get used to them they leek like nobody's business so if you're on a subway headed to work everyday these aren't the headphones but for at home enjoyment with some extra ear pads these are a truly wonderful item I promise you wont regret this purchase! "
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Quality

Quality:
"V-Moda M-80:Same as M-100 - but sound quality is not as good... but less expensive."
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"You'll be missing the Grado sound quality experience but it may be more suitable for your circumstances."
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"They have Excellent sound: solid, detailed, musical, spacious, the timbre of the instruments is correct, the bass is solid and very well integrated with the other frequencies (a reference for bass integration indeed).The other claims that they are uncomfortable, bad build quality, cable too thick etc."
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"Had the SR325's for just over a month now and I could not be more pleased with the multifaceted quality Grado employs in this unit."
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"Overall, many aspects of the build quality may not inspire confidence but they make the headphone very easy to repair."
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"The comfort zone in long hours on the foam cups are not the best but good enough when the sound quality is outstanding."
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"They work best with a quality sound system and vinyl or CD's."
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"If your source material is bad, super nice headphones will not fix the problem, they will bring the poor quality into high relief."
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"Astoundingly great build quality and amazing warranty."
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"Decent build quality though."
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"Superb build quality - actually perfect."
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Sound

Sound:
"I just found that the sound was extremely mediocre."
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"NAD VISO HP-50:Excellent sound, portability AND comfort, but the right side DID FAIL after only 48 hours."
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"Sound is very good but not fantastic."
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"V-Moda M-80:Same as M-100 - but sound quality is not as good... but less expensive."
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"Bravo to the folk at Grado for sticking to the design and constantly refining it, spending their resources on the things that matter (getting the best sound at the price).As for the 'numpty' who complained about the box his phones came in, please go and treat yourself to a nice box at your own expense."
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"You'll be missing the Grado sound quality experience but it may be more suitable for your circumstances."
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"They work best with a quality sound system and vinyl or CD's."
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"Although they are comfortable the overall sound and range is below what could be considered studio quality, not to mention they over priced."
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"Most good brands have a signature sound."
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"Right out of the box they sound great."
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"After investing in Grado SR325is headphones, I was a little discouraged that after an hour of use my ears hurt and I found myself constantly readjusting them (which also changed the sound) trying to find a more comfortable fit."
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