I really liked the SR125e’s, but wasn’t blown away by them like I was with the SR80e’s.
A lot of people comment negatively on the build quality and comfort of the Grado line, but from my own experience they seemed to hold up fine. Most headphones do get uncomfortable after awhile, and you’re always going to have to adjust them no matter how good they are. For instance, my HD600’s are probably the most comfortable I’ve ever worn, but I still have to make a slight adjustment from time to time.
The clarity and detail is really what makes the 125e’s shine. I’m just not sure the price increase is entirely worth it when you can just get the 80e’s and not even notice much of a difference. I actually prefer the 80e’s sound to most of the headphones I’ve owned or tried, and that says a lot. They slightly edge out my HD25’s in terms of clarity, and come close to matching the precision of the 600’s.
It’s just a refreshing experience that reveals the smallest details of the mix without being overly analytical about it. Just be aware that the sound, like the HD25, is very intense. You might need to take an occasional break from all of the shredding. 😛
Excellent treble and mid-range.
Tight bass. I was pleasantly surprised that for being a bass lean headphone, these more than satisfied and I found myself not desiring more.
They handle fast tracks and lots of instruments well. You never feel like your brain is getting clogged up with muddy confusion.
They do well with most genres.
There’s no frequency that’s artificially boosted, and although the mid-range and treble stand out, they aren’t over done.
No carry case, which would have greatly helped the fragile perception of these.
They seem to do well with most genres/bands, including but not limited to:
Bands I really love them with:
There really isn’t a better headphone in this price range that can handle Rock, Metal, Progressive, and just jangly, crunchy guitars in general. There’s a sense of newness when you put these on. As if you’ve been missing something all these years. 🙂
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
Be aware that these both leak sound and fit on your ear. There is no noise isolation whatsoever, so they work best in the comfort of your quiet home studio with minimal distraction and outside noise.
One solution to the comfort issue is to purchase separate ear-pads. The Ear zonk L-Cushion donut pads were a big hit among-st reviewers, and did improve comfort levels significantly.
They do very well with all mobile devices such as your iPod, iPad, Phone, etc.
Great sound, great clarity, amazing detail and precision. Build may suffer over time, and there are some comfort issues. Overall worth the purchase because of the impeccable and revealing nature of the sound.
Well friend, I would highly recommend the SR60e to get you started today. The 125e is indeed a good headphone, but is it worth that much more than Grado’s entry level headphone? Not really. The sound is mostly the same from headphone to headphone.
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