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Grado SR225e Review: Worthy Upgrade?

by Stuart Charles Black

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Hi there friend and Welcome aboard!!

Before we get into the Grado SR225e Review, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..

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What I will bring you in this review

  1. Ratings/Price
  2. Specifications
  3. Summary
  4. Pros
  5. Cons
  6. My 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 SR225e


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  • Driver Type: Dynamic.
  • Operating Principle: Open air.
  • Fit: Supra-aural (On-ear).
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz – 22kHz.
  • Sensitivity: 99.8dB/mW.
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm. What is Headphone Impedance?
  • Material: Plastic, Leather, Foam.
  • Weight: 12.6 oz.
  • Inputs: 3.5mm, 6.35mm (1/4″)
  • Cable Length: 5 ft.


I believe the Grado SR225 to be an actual good step up from the SR80e. I talk a lot in my articles about the law of diminishing returns, and for Grado headphones in particular it’s a very prominent theme. A lot of the more expensive models do sound better, but as you pay more and more, the increase in sound quality becomes smaller and smaller.

In my opinion, the SR225 is the exception here. It sits in a pretty comfortable price range and isn’t all that much more expensive than an 80e. Also, the sound is a significant jump up from the 80e in my book.

Overall the 225e has a very tight sound with excellent clarity. It provides a nice impact without being muddy, but I did find the sound to be ever so slightly metallic. Basically, this means a tad artificial, but it’s not a deal-breaker by any means.

The Soundstage is also pretty sweet. I definitely got the impression that stuff was going on outside the headphones which is always a nice touch. What is Soundstage?

As far as the bass is concerned, it’s got some pretty sick impact, as per my notes. I wouldn’t consider this a bassheads headphone by any stretch, but it will definitely deliver for the most part. You may not purchase this primarily for stuff like EDM and Hip-Hop, but it will work regardless.

Because Grado’s sound signature tends to get sibilant at times, I was expecting sibilance with the 225e but surprisingly didn’t get much at all. There’s always the capacity for it when you crank the volume, but here I was pleasantly surprised with the result. What does Sibilant mean?


  • Tight bass.
  • Nice impact.
  • Clarity and detail. No muddiness.
  • Comfort excellent.


  • 3.5mm jack too big and thick for most larger phone cases (I have an Otterbox and had to take it off).
  • For some people, the bulky non-detachable cable with be a negative.

Video Review!

My review will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

Amp/DAC requirements

Schiit Magni 2 Review

The famous “Schiit Stack”

You’re not going to need an amp, but if you have a Schiit Stack lying around, by all means, plug that bad boy in! How to choose a headphone amp!

Just be aware that because of their high sensitivity and low impedance, you won’t need to jack the volume up that much. Be very careful. What is Sensitivity in Headphones?

Who these headphones benefit?

They work pretty well with all genres. Some of my favorites include:

  • Indie Pop
  • Hip-Hop
  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • Metal
  • Progressive Jazz fusion. Think of the band Chon. They do absolutely phenomenal with stuff that involves crunchy or smooth guitars. Doesn’t matter!

These are the genres I listen to most often, and the 225e’s excel with all of them no problem.

Thoughts from Stu’s notepad

  • I used a NAIM DAC V-1 paired with an Oppo Receiver for testing, and primarily listened to Chon’s “Homey” album. It was magnificent, to say the least. I also used the 225e’s with my Android (Samsung Galaxy S5) and Spotify. They were almost as good, but with the DAC there is a pretty nice sound upgrade overall.
  • I wouldn’t purchase an amp for these, but it will make for a slightly better experience. For the most part, these are meant to work with mobile devices, phones, etc. due to their low impedance and high sensitivity. What is Sensitivity in Headphones?


Detail lovers headphone. Tight, accurate, and articulate. A tad bit of sibilance, but not a deal-breaker. Very comfortable overall. The build isn’t exemplary, but it will suffice. The cable is bulky and non-detachable, and you may need to take your phone case off before use.

Final Word

If you don’t already have the 60e’s, I would go with those to start out first, and then upgrade to these later if you want. The 60e’s provide roughly 90-95% of the standard Grado sound and are an extremely worthwhile investment based on sound quality alone. The 225e’s are simply a nice step up and are worth the increase in price. That said:


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Well that’s about it for today folks! I hope you’ve enjoyed this Grado SR225e Review.

Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark on something? Let me know down below or Contact me!

What do you think about these? Do YOU think they’re worth the investment? I’d love to know!!

If you guys have any more questions about these babies, let me know down below in the comments as well. Did I leave something out? Please tell me..

All the best and God bless,





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Fernando March 15, 2020 - 8:53 pm

Hi Stuart, check out the 3 recommended headphones fidelio x2hr – hxx- r70x. you are right about the hxx they are almost perfect for me but I was doing a lot of research. I have a lot of free time for a few days hahaha. I read about problems with the hxx driver in several cases it stops listening and I think it is a risk. the r70x 350 $ is far from my budget, the fidelio x2hr is a great option! I’ve been reading a lot of home studio basic reviews and this Grado rs225e model could fit very well what i am looking for. good for rock and good price 200 dollars. I ask you how this compares to the fidelio. which has better texture on the instruments and higher resolution and details

Stuart Charles Black April 11, 2020 - 1:58 pm

Hey man! Any updates? As for the Grado, you may have an issue with the 2k peak. It’s quite pronounced and kind of ruins the sound of most Grado headphones in my opinion. I think the X2HR would be a fantastic solution for you. What do you mostly listen to? Do any gaming? Apologies if we’ve discussed this previously! 🙂


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