Pros -Thick heavyduty cord -Strong headband -Amazing sound and bass -Service/Support -Headphones can swivel I got these headphones last year and they still sound amazing. The bass is great and they can pump some massive volume as well. They're incredible for e
Cons -Comfort, might need to find your own earpads or mod them (i've seen a tube sock mod) -Connector size is large, too big for portable players unless an adapter is purchased -Need to wear them in / get used to the detailed sound They need to be worn in for
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Pros super defined bass- meant techno/rock
Cons not full sounding for classical, although piano is good
Summary you all should look into Alessando MS-1's. they are modifed Grado Sr-125.
$50 less, and comes with 8mm jack and goldplated adapter.
Pros - high defined in all the frequency range
- very clean bass not too much just enough
Cons - doesn't start to feel comfortable until some weeks of use
- cord is a bit short
- expose what you are listening; what sounds ugly sounds very ugly and what sounds great sounds very great
Summary Plug them on and discover again all the tracks that you forget how good they where sounding :) Fasten your seat belt and prepare to smile again and again everytime you will use the Grado SR125 :)
At first at the local hi-fi store, I start listening to the SR60, the SR80, the SR125, the SR225 and finally the top end model GS1000 quoted 1400$.
My best advice will be to buy according to your budget. I do think that the biggest step between regular headphones and the high-end ones start between the SR60-SR80. Images and definitions are all there, presence is taking place while listening and the smile is present.
Then the SR125 was a kind of warranty / certitude for better sound but just like all the expensive toys, 100% higher price doesn't result in 100% better sound. It's tend to be less and less quality gain vs higher price. That's why I didn't choose the SR225.
High frequency's are very crisp and detailed exposing lot of definition to what you are listening. At first they may sound kind of high pitched btu still pleasant to heard. Low's are not boomy and very deep + well defined. Image / stereo phony is awesome.
Because they are open air, it means that you will hear just about everything in your listening area. I do think that it is very useful in a working environment cause you can still hear what others says around you; but for exactly the same reason if you are searching to isolate yourself from the outer world you might be disappointed.
Same problem if you tend to listen very loud music others will be able to comment your tracks selection :)
The overall build quality is very good for handmade earphones but not outstanding for that kind of price range (I've paid 250$CAD) I would expected. It does feel kinda easy to break but that's only an impression: time and abuse will tell. And so you can order all the pieces if something get broken; the service at Grado is outstanding as the seller told me :|
Headphones tend to be a purchase that will last very long if you dont abuse them so I believe that it is wise to spend a bit more on something that you will enjoy :) Your ears are begging to be treated well :)
I've read a lot of reviews on the SR125 and I pick them blindly. So far I'll do it again if I had to.
Pros excellent sound
Cons foam falls apart every two years, requiring a $15 replacement.. it adds up and the wear and tear is a constant issue.
Summary The sound is very clear and the bass is surprising, it seems to come from nowhere.
However, you'd think their designers could come up with a better foam solution. Aside from the fact they are always falling off and come apart every couple of years (and the intermediate time when they sorta need to be replaced) I had my sr125s in a drawer for a few months, pulled them out and put them on my notebook, and got all kinds of black foam powder dust in it. Is this a consumer product?
Pros Great-bass, smooth-mids, sparkling-trebel, nice big soundstage...it's like having audiophile speakers strapped to your head!
Cons No mini-plug adapter included, large compared to earbuds, canal-phones, and others.
Summary I recently sold my high-end, home audio-system, as a result of a move to a small apartment. The acoustics in this place are horrid, and are NOT conducive to the careful-placement required for good sound, with high-end equipment. I downsized my gear to an MP3-player, a portable CD-player, a mini headphone amp, a high-quality mini-mini interconnect cable, and these Grado SR 125's.
Used this way, these headphones replicate sound equivalent to that of my $7000+ full-sized rig. No lies, here!
I could go on-and-on; about their great, impactful bass, smooth and detailed midrange, and clean highs. I could talk for hours about their soundstaging capabilities, and how I've had them for only 5-days, and put about 30 hours on them already.
It's impossible to stop listening to music through these. I keep pulling out CD after CD, rediscovering old favourites, and getting goosebumps with certain tracks. I sold my month-old Shure E5-c's for these. Yes, they are alot bigger than the Shure's, but I find them very comfortable...something the Shure's were NOT. And the sound is WAY-better.
If you are looking to upgrade the sound of your portable-system, computer sound, or an audiophile headphone-system; you need to hear these cans. Best results are attained with the addition of a headphone amplifier. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with the sound of these. Some have found comfort, to be an issue. I have worn them for 6-hours average per day, and have had no-problem with them at all. I find them very comfy.
I urge anyone who is looking for a good set of headphones, to hear these. Even if you are looking at something more-expensive, you still need to hear these. You'll be happy, by all the money you saved to achive this level-of quality-sound.