Product Type: Grado headphones
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Grado SR60: Beats The Competition!
Grado SR 60
Member Name: billyischilly
Grado SR 60
Advantages: Great sound quality, natural, balanced sound, budget friendly, comfortable
Disadvantages: Some problems with the build quality to be aware of, but nothing terrible
Every so often, while walking about town listening to my iPod, I see someone with a pair of SR-60s on their head and we exchange a smile. Why? Because to own a pair of SR60s is to be let in on a secret - affordable, iPod-friendly headphones can sound so much better than most would ever have thought possible!
Before buying my SR60s, I had owned and auditioned several pairs of similarly priced cans from Sennhesier, Technics, Beyer Dynamic and Goldring - all of which had seemed reasonable at the time, but were quickly put in their place upon first hearing the Grados. I listen to a wide variety of music, much of which is fairly bass driven but I've found that most manufacturers seem to emphasise the low end too much. I imagine a large percentage of those buying sub £100 headphones will be upgrading from in-ear models, and bigger bass will be a big attraction, although the result is often boxy and fatiguing. The Grados by comparison have a much more balanced sound. The bass is not lacking, it is warm and punchy, but it isn't beating the mid and upper frequencies into submission and you get a good sense of detail throughout the frequency spectrum. I really recommend going into a shop with your iPod and testing a pair out for yourself. Oh, and if you do, maybe take a copy of one of the following albums, all of which sound amazing on the SR-60s and cover quite a wide musical spectrum:
Kid A - Radiohead,
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Mesmerize/Hypnotize - System of a Down
Desire - Bob Dylan
Love King - The-Dream
In case you haven't noticed, I love these headphones BUT there are some down sides. The headphone cord has a habit of getting tangled and twisting over time and once this happens, it is pretty difficult to completely undo the damage. This is just a bit of a pain at first, but can eventually cause audible problems. I have undertaken a few repairs myself - replacing/resoldering the headphone cord - but really, best just to take care from the start.
Even so, I wouldn't hesitate in recommending these headphones to anyone looking for headphones at around this sort of price. In fact, at twice the price there is still not much genuine competition for the SR60s, aside from the other models in Grado's SR range. Certainly, anyone about to drop £200 on a certain, rapper-endorsed brand of cans, should audition a set of these and see who beats who!
Summary: Awesome, awesome, awesome for the money!
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