Iconic headphones with a long pedigree of quality and sound
The X version is more compatible with modern music genres than ever before
American legacy company with assembly still in New York
Why We Like Them
Grado had to make the list of the best open headphones. They are legendary in this space, and for many, the SR80 has been the gateway headphone to people getting into the audiophile hobby. The SR80x does a lot of great things and one thing brilliantly. Value for money. With an RRP of well under $200, the SR80e is simply unmatched.
The SR80x is newly released and is a refinement of one of the worlds longest running headphone lines. No significant changes, just gentle tweaks that help maintain its iconic reputation in the industry.
Why is the SR80x such good headphone? Well, they offer up the familiar Grado house sound of an engaging, detailed midrange combined with crisp and clear treble. If you are coming from a fairly standard level of headphones before this, you are going to notice an instant jump-up in audio fidelity.
As for what genres work best for the SR80x, we recommend using Rock, Folk, and acoustic to get the most out of them. The original Grado SR80 headphones got me into high-end audio, and I still own the same pair today; even though I have progressed to owning their more luxurious RS1e, the ’80s will always have a place in my heart.