Photo by: Robert Williams
The SR60 has gained "LEGENDARY" status.
The SR60 has received rave reviews from around the world and is the most commonly recommended headphone on the market today. The SR60 was awarded
STEREOPHILE "PRODUCT OF THE YEAR"
in two categories,
"The Accessory of the Year"
and the prestigious
"Budget Component of Year"
Winner of the Best HiFi Headphone Award Grados SR60 No stranger to our Awards pages, these open-backed Grados have given you all the sound quality of a serious speaker set-up at pocket-money prices. Snap up a pair now, if you haven't done so already.
Grado seemed like headphones from a bygone age, but they sure as heck dont sound like it. Our 2007 award winners are classy affairs, able to deliver the full frequency spectrum with devistating ease. Base weight is great and for imaging quality, detail, delicacy and shear enjoyable musicality, the Grados are sensational.
As unusual as it is to find an electronic gadget manufactured in the U.S. these days, it's even more unusual for that gadget to hail from New York City but that's exactly where Grado's SR60i is made. Appropriate, because just like the city, these cans have an unpolished-but-genuine persona that's a little off-putting at first, but incredibly charming once you get past the gritty exterior.
Grado practically defines the term "bang for buck" with the frill-free, pure-sounding SR60i
Cult of Mac rated 4.5 STARS
Cult of Mac Black Turtleneck rating system:
5: Insanely Great!
4: Steve Approves
3: Needs Work
2: Sugared Water
1: Dogsh*t frosting
I recall tweeting about how carrying these cans around felt like having a dead squid in my bag because of the long cable and funky gasoline-like smell emanating from the unit's plastic bits when it was new (the smell has long since disappeared). The cable is ridiculously long and beefy; so much so it seriously hampers any attempt to become mobile while wearing the cans. I've tried stuffing the excess cable in my pocket, wrapping it around my neck and using it as a sort of belt, but nothing really seems to feel comfortable when moving about.
They're also not much to look at. In fact, they sorta look like a prop, liberated from the set of a 60's-era Doctor Who episode, that one of the prop monkeys had scraped together from some speaker cable, plastic model kits and a TV antenna. In other words, don't buy these to attract members of the opposite sex.
There's also no bag included, and the only concession to portability is that the cans themselves fold flat.
Finally, because they're open-backed, ambient noise tends to intrude annoyingly (and will likewise annoy any neighbors) if they're used anywhere even moderately noisy, like a coffee shop.
Simple solutions are often the best: Length adjustment is achieved through a sliding bar and a friction fit; headband is comfy, despite a lack of padding.
For such a no-frills set, they're surprisingly comfortable. The headband carries zero padding, the cans are surrounded by nothing but cheap foam and the fit system is very low-tech one adjustment that can be made is to bend the metal strip in the headband to loosen or tighten it but I found I could wear them for hours with no discomfort or feeling of pressure.
And because they're so stripped-down, they're also among the lightest set I've ever tried, which adds to their ability to be worn for longer periods.
Pop'em on your head and hit play though, and every possible drawback of the SR60i melts away in a wave of melodic happiness.
Sound is perfectly tuned the smooth, creamy mids that Grado is known for are there, but they've tuned the SR60i to push the bass a little deeper than the older SR60 (without the "i"), and the effect is an extremely pleasing sound that works well with almost any kind of music bass is never imposing, but never lacking either. And while highs could be a little clearer, they're still chirpy without sounding harsh.
What really impresses though, is how crisp and clean everything sounds, even with the sound cranked up; details like the use oxygen-free copper for the wiring which ensures the sound remains free from oxidation, which can harm the sound's integrity most likely take credit here.
It's no stretch to say these cans are at least a match, sound-wise, for sets costing double or even triple. And if I don't turn any heads because I'm walking around with a cable wrapped around my neck, that's ok I'll be so lost in my music, I won't even care.
Non Resonant air chamber
Standard copper voice coil wire
Standard copper connecting cord
mini plug with 1/4" adaptor
What does the i stand for in the new SR60i from Grado? Improved, that's what! Yes, Grado has taken one of the world's most legendary headphones and taken it a few steps further. The new SR60i has an upgraded driver design, and they have enlarged and improved the mass distribution in the plastic housing. The way the SR60i's new driver and plastic housing move air and react to sound vibrations are now less affected by transient distortions. With the SR60i you will notice improved control of the upper and lower range of the frequency spectrum with both better supporting Grado's world renowned midrange. And The SR60i 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!