Grado Labs Prestige SR80i
If you're looking to spend less than $100 on a pair of headphones, you have some good options. The Grado SR60is are slightly less expensive, but my money would go to the more detailed SR80is. The two sets sound worlds apart despite their mere $20 difference, with the SR80is sounding much more exciting and exposing more of the upper register with zingier cymbals and breathier vocals.
The good: The Grado SR80i headphones offer incredibly balanced, hi-fi-quality sound. One of the best models available for under $100.
The bad: The design is quite polarizing with a very retro look. The open earcups mean they're not suited to use in noisy environments or places where sound leakage might disturb others. If you own the original SR80 headphones, it's not worth the upgrade.
The bottom line: The Grado SR80i headphones are a great budget pair that offer sparkling sound with tight bass and are best suited to home use.
October 31, 2012 2:21 PM PDT
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