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HI-FI CHOICE - Molto upgrade
Grado improves the respected SR325 model from its Prestige range were already impressed!
By: Richard Black

The Grado SR325i is an improved (hence the i suffix) version of the original SR325. Changes to the SR325i's driver design offer lower transient distortions and the housing is now gold in honor of Grado's 50th anniversary, congratulations!

We expect these headphones will see a lot of action, as these are indeed very capable transducers. If you're at all used to good headphones you won't be surprised to learn that the level of detail you can hear is superb, with fantastic extension in the treble. This makes the top end sound effortless and as clean as a whistle. Bass is good, too – obviously, headphones don't really hit you in the solar plexes but the Grados are rather good at making you think they can. Again, it's very clean and the absence of distortion can at first make one think the bass is light, the false impression dissipating rather quickly in the presence of really strong low frequency sounds. You'll notice the degree of insight these headphones offer into sounds – both familiar and unfamiliar – is really very impressive.

Indeed, it can sometimes be quite amusing to listen to familiar recordings on headphones like these and play "spot the edit" – or the extraneous noise or chair creak. It's not that one wants to hear them of course, but the realization that so much was previously hidden from aural view underlines how informative these headphones are, Accordingly, music becomes more involving and even if you still ultimately prefer loudspeakers, you may be surprised how hard it is to switch off and go to bed at the end of a listening session.

Grados also seem particularly good at stereo imaging, a weak point with headphones mainly because most recordings are mastered for loudspeaker listening where stereo works differently. The Grado sound seems to compensate for the departures from expected loudspeaker imaging. This is high-quality music reproduction, thoroughly deserving of serious attention.

If you're yet to be convinced of the virtues of true high-end headphones, these could do just the job. If you're already a believer, you owe it to yourself to hear these. Grado has a reputation for good cans, and it's clearly richly deserved.

HI-FI CHOICE / By: Richard Black


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The Top of the Range Prestige Headphone.

What does the i stand for in the new SR325is from Grado? Improved, that's what! Yes, Grado has taken one of the world's most acclaimed headphones and taken it a few steps further. The new SR325is has an upgraded driver and cable design. The way the SR325is driver, cable and metal housing move air and react to sound vibrations are now less affected by transient distortions. With the new 8 conductor cable design you will notice improved control and stability of the upper and lower range of the frequency spectrum with both better supporting Grado's world renowned midrange. The SR325is will produce a sound that is pure Grado, warm harmonic color, rich full bodied vocals, excellent dynamics and an ultra smooth top end. Listen and Enjoy!

"Of all the Grado Prestige headphones I've heard, the SR325 is my favorite!"
— Audio magazine / Vol. 82, No. 6 / John Gatski
"The SR325s are easily the flattest, most accurate sounding phones tested, for critical monitoring, the Grados are hard to beat. Of all the phones tested, the SR325s were the only headphones I felt trustworthy enough for mixing."
— Pro Audio Review / Vol. 4, No. 6 / Loren Alldrin
"Winner of Audio Video's 'GRAND PRIX AWARD'"
— Audio magazine / Vol. 82, No. 6 / John Gatski
"I'd encourage anyone who wants to escape the typical, in yer face, cheap can sound to listen to these Grados."
— HI-FI Choice
"I just purchased the SR325i and am amazed at the fidelity. According to everything I read, I would not be able to discern between the SR60 and SR325i without a headphone amp. I strongly disagree; I can hear an extreme difference. Don't get me wrong, I love the 60s, but the 325i is awesome. Now, I need to purchase your amp!"
— Chris Neuman
"...the engineer I assisted preferred the Grado's diamond-like 'clarity and cut' to the sound of the Sennheiser HD-650s."
— John Marks / stereophile, vol.28 no 6
"What you need is a serious set of cans to do justice to your music and what better way to enjoy pristine hi-fidelity than by using staunch traditionalist Grado's note-perfect SR325i earmuffs"
— ARENA / Style For Men Magazine
"In a world where predictable, playing-it-safe design is the norm, it's hugely refreshing that a company such as Grado has the cojones to market a pair of cans that look like something Christopher Eccleston might have hanging up in his tardis. We think the 325is look great, in a retro stylee. They sound awesome, too!"
— Stuff magazine
"...speakers of similar sonic ability as the 325i would set you back at least three grand"
— What Hi-fi
"...the degree of insight these headphones offer into sounds is really very impressive. This is high quality music reproduction, thoroughly deserving of serious attention."
— Richard Black / Hi-FiChoice magazine
"The retro design makes these headphones look like they'd be more at home reproducing Mozart than pumping out Jay-Z. But looks can be deceiving: The gold colored cans churn out unrivaled sonics no matter what's sent through them. They produce strong, accurate bass, warm and natural mids, and crisp clean highs with almost no tonal coloration. They're impressively lightweight..."
— Chuck Tannert / Penthouse magazine
"This headphone has something magic: a rare musicality that preserves the natural elegance of the music. The medium is refreshing, natural and sensual. The richness of the harmonics in the medium pulls you in. The instruments have a credible texture. The spectral balance is good. The timbres are rich and at time exceptional. The definition is flawless; the music keeps its nuances and richness of expression."
— Diapason magazine / France