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Grado Prestige Series Sr225i Headphones (discontinued By Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Jul 21, 2015

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Grado Prestige Series Sr225i Headphones (discontinued By Manufacturer)
Report Date: 09/18/2015
Based on 101 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 6.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Sound4.4   average
Price4.1   average
Music3.9   below average
Quality3.9   below average
Listening3.4   below average
Cable3.3   average
Comfortable3.2   mediocre
Design2.1   mediocre


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Cable

Cable:
"I'll be recabling at some point, as the huge cable is the only real downside to the 225s."
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"I have brought these out on-the-go with me a few times but the thick cable and sound leakage proved to be really inconvenient."
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"I have never had a pair the didnt become dysfunctionalfor one reason or another within six months--i have probably owned ten pair in the past--all the sr60's --i decided to try upgrading to the 225s and was dramatically disappointed--right out of the box the cord was twisted at its connection point--in the past this has indicated grado doom--the fit was incredibly uncomfortable--the sound was largely indistinguishable from the $70.00 pair--needless to say, they went right back to the seller."
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"But the adapter cable that Grados makes easily fixes that problem and adds a bit more length to your cable."
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"I've worn them for upwards of 10 hours at a time and have found them to be very comfortable (no headaches or sensations of squeezing like I've had with other headphones).Construction-wise, they're well-made (cable included), and have sensibly-constructed joints."
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"I was under the impression that the sr80i's cord was the biggest most durable cord out there, but this is even thicker."
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"My set-up is right next to me so a short cable works best for me."
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"But the adapter cable that Grados makes easily fixes that problem and adds a bit more length to your cable."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"After reading all the hate on the comfort, it was turning me away."
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"(note: I did wrap socks around the band above the ear pads to take the pressure off the ears, making them comfortable, but it looked pretty ridiculous).Overall these both are sound fun, but 990 win overall for me."
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"Like many people have said, the only real drawback is that they aren't particularly comfortable over long periods of time, as your ears will be physically sore after a couple of hours of listening."
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"Comfort is probably the worst part along with build quality , cheap plastic sucks !"
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"Some users tend to order different ear pads anyway for comfort or other reasons since some reviewers have mentioned some discomfort."
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"The one thing the other reviews were right about however, is that these headphones are not designed for comfort and may irritate your ears a bit in the beginning but you quickly get used to them."
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"Comfortable, great sound, listen to tunes on this all day, as my co-worker likes to yap and has an annoying limey stutter"
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"They are technically great phones and the comfort factor isn't much of an issue for me; The original pads hurt my ears so I swapped em with my sr80i's pads and it's all good now."
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"(note: I did wrap socks around the band above the ear pads to take the pressure off the ears, making them comfortable, but it looked pretty ridiculous).Overall these both are sound fun, but 990 win overall for me."
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"If you are a hipster who can suffer skin tight jeans and fixie bikes then maybe you will appreciate the retro style over comfort."
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"When I'm listening to headphones at home I expect reasonable comfort."
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Cushion

Cushion:
"Also, for all that is wonderful about Grado's cans, some people do find them a little uncomfortable because the foam cushion does not cover all of the transducer."
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"If you really find them uncomfortable, I would recommend the foam cushions from the SR60 model known as S-Cush on Amazon as it is very comfy and covers the whole transducer."
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"Because of this, and the lesser problem of cushion discomfort, I probably wear these things about 10% of the time I listen to music today, instead recoiling to my vastly inferior (but still quite nice) Logitech 5.1's."
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"One thing I never did do -- which was, and still is, pretty moronic -- is buy new cushions for them, which as far as I was told at one point, you can do via special order; not from Grado, but through guys' who make them as a specialty."
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"I switched to the G cushions which cover my ears and I find that more comfortable while not affecting the sound quality."
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"Second, before you listen with either set of cushions, take them off and wash them well in water with a few drops of dish soap."
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"They come with the L-cush cushions, and they sound fantastic out of the box."
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"I can only say that the cushions do get more comfortable with time, you get used to the feel and the high quality in sound is worth it."
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"If you really find them uncomfortable, I would recommend the foam cushions from the SR60 model known as S-Cush on Amazon as it is very comfy and covers the whole transducer."
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Design

Design:
"The metal posts that attach to the earpieces is poorly designed and broke on the left and right plastic earpiece sides!"
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"dont use these for anywhere loud....these arent designed for noise reduction...not the most comfortable either."
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"I suspect the compromise for weight and cost dictated design."
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"The one thing the other reviews were right about however, is that these headphones are not designed for comfort and may irritate your ears a bit in the beginning but you quickly get used to them."
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"The only drawback is that there is a lot of sound that leaks out because of the design, so these are more for at home use, but to the true audiophile that is irrelevant because you just want great sounding headphones to enjoy your music sessions."
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"there was no intention of comfort when these were designed."
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"The sound is somewhat detailed and it is very clear, but design flaws in this product do not warrant the $200 price tag."
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"Basically put, it is the design of the can's transducers that allow for even more amazing sound reproduction."
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"But with the modifications to the SR125 (which is based upon the same design structure as the SR80, also great! )"
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"Grado makes different amps which can be used with any of their cans (and designed one of the amps to work with some other brands as well) but are primarily for the SR325 and higher and cost between $350 to $425 on-line."
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"If you want excellent sound the design and build quality are minor issues and should not keep you from buying."
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Listening

Listening:
"Not as mobile but great for home listening."
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"If your only source of listening to music is MP3 players or AM FM, I would not recommend them."
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"One other potential problem with these is that they are open headphones, meaning if you are listening to music even at reasonable volumes, people around you will get disturbed."
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"Since the earcup touches your ear while listening the headphones are not comfortable for long listening sessions."
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"The one thing I really want to mention to those who are thinking about getting a pair of these is that Grado headphones are really best suited for home use and focused listening."
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"And of course I have ripped all of my CDs to 320 and my best listening is done in the car, which has a booming subwoofer as well."
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"Am happy with the Senns - I couldn't go beyond an hour of listening on the Grados."
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"The 225i's project the cleanest and crispiest sound and it makes the experience of listening to your music that much more enjoyable."
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"When I'm listening to headphones at home I expect reasonable comfort."
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Music

Music:
"Sounds great with almost all genres (Rap music isn't the greatest on these).All in all it was a great investment, though for $100 I'm not sure the sr80i's can be beat."
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"I always dug great classical and piano, but it wasn't until I turned 45 that I pretty much turned off all pop music and really started focusing on my classical collection."
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"The Grado's do have sort of an addictive sound and they work well I think for music that is not well recorded."
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"Comfort: 1 5It's hard to get lost in the music when my ears are rubbed raw."
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"I'm a mediocre guitar player who loves music rather than a hardcore audiophile, so I won't go into too much technical detail except to say that these cans make me feel like I'm listening to my music in 3D (to mix metaphors)."
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"I also think they have ruined my music."
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"You really start being able to hear every sound in music without it blending into a mush."
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"Every spectrum of sound is wonderfully portrayed, and these headphones have a really wonderful way of making all my music sound very exciting and alive."
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"- As for other types of music, they sound great too but I think it just really complements acoustic musicThanks for reading!"
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")The headphones are relatively low-impedance for a pair of audiophile-grade cans, and so they don't need to be turned all the way up to be able to hear your music correctly."
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"He used to play the drums, has a great knowledge of music, and loves all types of music, but mostly heavy metal and rock."
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Price

Price:
"The only complaints that I can verify are that the build quality is cheap feeling in some cases, and that the headphones do leak sound."
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"That not only makes the headband look cheap, but also uncomfortable."
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"Comfort is probably the worst part along with build quality , cheap plastic sucks !"
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"But if you have a weak mp3 player, get a cheap amplifier."
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"I've done the research, purchased numerous sets of cans from low-price and low-end to high-price and high-end and in the end, I absolutely believe that nothing beats the Grado SR225 unless you want to spend at least four to five hundred dollars and I believe you will still be disappointed unless that money went towards an even higher end set of Grado cans."
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"Great product, excellent price! "
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"These headphones are a total waste of money, but first I'll start with the good, they sound alright at low volumes."
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"For my money, it's fantastic, and I swear by Grado as probably my favorite headphone maker."
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"The SR60 and SR80 are both 10 10 headphones for sure, because they're fantastic for the low price they charge."
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"I bought this product several months ago, and I wanted to get one of the best grades for a reasonable price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Unfortunately their build quality is also stuck in the 50's."
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"I was impressed with the sound quality, but the construction is so poor that the frustration dealing with it is not worth the trouble."
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"The only complaints that I can verify are that the build quality is cheap feeling in some cases, and that the headphones do leak sound."
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"I am a little sceptical of the quality when I felt the build, but I was blown away from the sound quality!"
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"i wont write at great length--i am a musician and an audiophile of sorts, and i love the sound of the grado product line--unfortunately their quality control is beyond poor--i have never had a pair that i didnt treat gently."
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"Comfort is probably the worst part along with build quality , cheap plastic sucks !"
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"Sound quality is phenomenal."
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"Grado sells them, Sennheiser sells them, just make sure to get a good quality one."
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"I switched to the G cushions which cover my ears and I find that more comfortable while not affecting the sound quality."
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"The clarity, crispness, sound quality, etc of these headphones is phenomenal."
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"These headphones do sound good on an mp3(phone ipod) but are not at there top quality."
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Sound

Sound:
"Also, beware that these have no ability to block exterior sounds, or not bleed your listening material to the world around you -- to be sure, that's probably why they sound so great."
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"I'd hate to give such a poor rating to headphones that sound as good as these, but they deserve it... Grado has been around since the 50's - I got them because I liked the way they looked much more than any modern headphone."
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"I have brought these out on-the-go with me a few times but the thick cable and sound leakage proved to be really inconvenient."
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"Inconvenient for public use as sounds leak both in and out (others hear you and you hear others)- Relatively fragile so do take care of them- The ear pads may feel rough at beginning but then they become quite comfortable-- I also did a slight and considerably safe modification to my pair called the quarter mod-- Here is an example picture (not my headphones) [[...]-- Basically you cut a hole in the center of each of your ear pads around the size of the American quarter coinComments:- Some of the CONS aren't exactly fair because these were NOT designed for portable use and public use...- My favorite type of music to listen to with this headphone is really anything acoustic."
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"I was impressed with the sound quality, but the construction is so poor that the frustration dealing with it is not worth the trouble."
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"Aside from being costly they sound HORRIBLE."
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"Also, beware that these have no ability to block exterior sounds, or not bleed your listening material to the world around you -- to be sure, that's probably why they sound so great."
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"Sound quality is phenomenal."
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"Sounds great for sure though."
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"they sound great, and I love the retro look."
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"You really start being able to hear every sound in music without it blending into a mush."
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