Grado SR325e Review
Finest dwelling on-ear headphones £100-£400, Awards 2018. Remaining unbeaten at this worth, these vastly revealing Grados are a compelling purchase.
Invariably there comes a time in a product’s lifespan when it has to bow right down to newer, higher competitors.
However the Grado SR325es – our present sub-£400 award-winners – might be secure within the data that for them at present just isn’t that point.
Even with out their £20 worth drop since our final overview, the Grados are a vastly compelling purchase.
They’re not the head-turners you would possibly anticipate underneath £300, however they do deliver a sturdy, strong construct.
Giving the Grados a pleasant yank does nothing however emphasise their flexibility and hardiness – and, because the earcups rotate 360 levels, the development stays creak-free.
Foam ear pads grasp over, quite than hug, your ears, holding them ethereal and funky. Whereas some will favor a tighter grip, the Grados by no means really feel loose-fitting.
The headscarf can simply be adjusted with a sliding mechanism and, though with out cushioning, it feels surprisingly light-weight on the pinnacle.
The actual improve is of their sound: clearer and weightier than the SR325ises, they’re as musical as they arrive. We begin with Michael Jackson’s The Approach You Make Me Chargel and the Grados burst into life, lapping up the tune’s rhythmic vitality.
Every of the observe’s layers is distinct and well-organised in a approach that ensures a naturally cohesive presentation.
John Williams’s Someplace In My Reminiscence (House Alone’s signature rating) is a fragile composition – a flurry of sprightly, dainty instrumentals – and the Grados deal with it with a suitably mild hand: agile and fluent, they breeze via the various orchestration with no hitch.
Seasonal bells and chimes by no means sound brilliant or hard-edged, simply superbly sharp and properly imaged. Balanced, detailed and dynamically sound, the tuneful, mellifluous method of the SR325es makes longer listens a real delight – and with each music style, too.
However beware: these open-backed ’telephones leak sound like a broken boat leaks water, so the unlucky particular person beside you’ll get virtually as a lot of an earful as you.
We’d wait till you’re dwelling alone to crack out your Mamma Mia! soundtrack.
In the event you’re severe about sound high quality they usually suit your price range, what are you ready for?