This is a pair of 3th generation of Grado tuned 44mm drivers, easy to drive 32ohm, brand new and authentic product of Grado Labs. This driver is currently applied in SR80e and SR60e Prestige Series.
The dynamics, detail and clarity of these drivers are all-but-unmatched at the price. The bass is clean and punchy and there’s zero sense of one frequency band bleeding into or encroaching upon another. As there’s no fat to the sound, nothing to clog up the separation between parts of an arrangement, the SR80es can jump between genres without any obvious flaws highlighted. And that’s partly because there aren’t any true clunkers to point out. They’re vital and energetic, and get their results without employing a boost in any particular frequency range. – from What’s HiFi
We recommend them for DIY with our PS1000e kits, or as directly replacement for SR80/80e/60/60e headphone drivers (no fine tune needed). Following are compatible series:
- Grado SR80, SR80e
- Grado SR125/225/250
- Grado M1
- Grado SR60, SR60e
- Grado PS1000e (classic 44mm driver version)
Know About Grado SR80e
SR80e is the third generation model of the SR80. While Grado merely states that it’s an upgrade, they did not officially state the tech improvement. There is a review that mentions the SR80e is more laidback and have better bass. Do take it a with a pinch of salt. The Grado SR80e is an open-back, on-ear headphones with a unique design. The retro “80s headphones” design is the central theme around the Prestige Series which the Grado SR80e falls under.
Sound Impressions from Headphonesty
Despite what most reviews mentioned, the mid-bass’s punch is weak. Songs like Bassline Riddim demonstrate a tight bass but the weight is lacking. On the lower range of the bass, I don’t really feel the cello presentation in Taska Black – Leave Me as well as other headphones like the AKG K92.
Despite the mid-range being exclaimed as the pride of the Grado’s headphones, I was somewhat disappointed with the lower mids. It doesn’t extend as deeply as I wish it would. The upper mids was good but nothing as satisfying as a closed-back headphones can bring me.
This is where the SR80e really shines. In House Work, you can hear the treble sparkle and it comes off really clean. I tried out the tricky electronic violin distortion segment from Rude by Daniel Jang and it came off really amazing. You can still hear the energy of it without having it muffled or graininess.
Did I enjoy my music on it?
Classical songs sounded really great on the SR80e. Songs with strong vocal presence like Rap and Pop did good but EDM less so because of the weak bass punch. It did well for complex songs like Help by Borgore and Dreams by Adventure Club. The sound separation between layers is good. In fact, dynamic songs without bass sounded really damn good on the SR80e. Listening to Creep, I could distinctly hear the guitar and the male vocals shining through the headphones.
See below for the frequency response of original SR80e. See more detailed measurements at Grado SR80e/80 Review – RTINGS.com
Note: the dynamic drivers have been paired to ensure sound and quality fully balanced between right and left channels. Therefore we don’t offer single unit.
Soldering: overheated (>250 degree C) soldering iron or overtime soldering (>2s) may permanently damage the driver. Please managed down both in your DIY.
- Installation: the driver has Sintered NdFeB Magnetic inside with extremely strong attraction power. Damage may caused by attracting anything hitting the fragile diaphragm.
- Others: applying high-voltage, storing in high temperature/humidity environment… all may cause unrecoverable damage.