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Grado SR125e Open Back Headphone Review

by Stuart Charles Black

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Hey there friend and Welcome aboard!!

Before we get into the Grado Labs SR80e Review, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..

You’ve come to the right place!!

What I will bring you in this review

  1. Ratings/Price
  2. Specifications
  3. Summary
  4. Pros
  5. Cons
  6. Video Review
  7. Amp/DAC requirements
  8. Who these headphones benefit?
  9. Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
  10. Consensus/Conclusion
  11. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!

Grado SR125e



  • Type: Dynamic, Open back. Closed back vs. Open back headphones
  • Frequency Response: 20 – 20kHz
  • Sensitivity: 99.8dB
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm. What is Headphone Impedance?
  • Material: Plastic, Polymer
  • Weight: 9.2 oz.
  • Inputs: 3.5mm, 6.35mm (1/4″)
  • Cable Length: 2.3m


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 a while, 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 are really what make 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. 😛


  • Lively sound.
  • 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.

Video Review

Amp/DAC requirements

Being 32 Ohm, these will not require separate amplification. How to choose a headphone amp!

Who these headphones benefit?

They seem to do well with most genres/bands, including but not limited to:

  • Classical
  • Jazz
  • Metal
  • Rock
  • Beethoven
  • ELO
  • Slayer
  • Dream Theater
  • Nature sounds
  • EDM
  • Vocals

Bands I really love them with:

  • Chon
  • Plini
  • Polyphia

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. The 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.

Final Word

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 headphones? Not really. The sound is mostly the same from headphone to headphone.


Well my friend, that’s about it for today!! I hope you got something out of this Grado SR125e review, and now have a better idea of the overall picture of these headphones.

Are you convinced that the Grado’s are worth it? Let me know!

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to leave them below or Contact me! I very much look forward to speaking with you..

All the best and God bless,





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Grado SR125e


Build Quality


Sound Quality







  • Lively sound
  • Good Transient Response, Fast
  • Comfortable Overall
  • Great Soundstage


  • Build is a tad flimsy
  • Mid-Range Issue @ 2k

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