A few years back Grado tweaked its $99 SR80 made-in-Brooklyn headphones, adding an "i" to the end of their name without actually adding it to the product itself. We still like the older SR80, which remains on the market, but recommend going for the slightly upgraded SR80i.
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.
May 14, 2013 9:40 AM PDT
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| Caption by: David Carnoy
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