GRADO SR325x Stereo Headphones review

Grado SR325x

Grado recenlty introduced its latest mid-range headphones Grado SR325x. It come with a 44mm drivers improve efficiency, reduces distortion, and preserves the harmonic integrity of your music. Along with the speakers, the cables and headband have been redesigned for the SR325x. Housed in a more durable braided sheathing, the now super annealed copper 8-conductor cable reveals even more of your music with improved purity. The new calf-skin leather headband features more padding for a more comfortable experience.

Pros

  • Excellent detail and dynamics
  • Hugely entertaining performance
  • Rugged build

Cons

  • Open-back design leaks sound
  • New earpads won’t suit all

Grado SR325x : Box Content

  • Product
  • 3.5mm Audio cable
  • Use Guide manual

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Grado SR325x : Build Quality

Grado SR325x

The headphones have an open-baked design. Due to such design it leaks a slight noise. But offers almost nothing to remove noise from the atmosphere. If you are listening in a room with other people, be prepared to disrupt your listening experience if they make any noise.

The design of the new Grado SR325x headphones is the same as the previous one. However, there is one thing that sets them apart. Which has new flatter foam earpads, updated cables and lighter color stitching on a firmly padded headband.

Moreover, aimed at improving efficiency and reducing distortion. The company has significantly changed its 44mm drive unit with an improved motor system, new diaphragm and an upgraded coil.

Grado’s Prestige series models rarely feel like luxury headphones and nothing has changed with this new generation. It’s an impression that starts with the packaging, which is still the basic cardboard box and extends to the coarse foam used for the new thin earpads. If you are looking for a premium feel you will not find it here.

In addition, the new 8-conductor cable uses ‘super’ annealed copper and is allege to deliver more pure and advance sound than previously used. It is now finished with a 3.5mm headphone jack, but a 6.3mm adapter is also provided.

In our experience,

you will find toughness and durability in this headphone. We’ve used numerous pairs of Grado Prestige headphones over the years. They need a little more than semi-regular earpad changes to keep them going into. Those foam earpads may not last forever, but they are easily replaced and do not cost much to replace. The basic structure of the selected headphones and materials is impressively strong and deals with everyday use brilliantly.

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Grado SR325x : Comfort

Grado SR325x

Looking for comfort, even as long-term grade users, it takes us a while to get used to their thinness and overall shape, but it’s worth continuing. A few days of adaptation makes us more sympathetic to them. Especially since the new earpad SR325x causes a subtle change in sound balance, making them less challenging to listen.

Furthermore, it comes with a 340g light weight option. Thus, they are not heavy, and are sufficient in the way of adjustment to cope with different types of heads. But not everyone will get a new foam earpads.

With compare of the two types of earpads and it becomes clear. That the headphones look simpler and more authentic in the bass with the new design. We try newer pads on previous generations of SR325s (we have both ‘e’ and older ‘i’ versions on hand) and in each case sonic modifications are compatible. More direct presentation with higher refinement and improved low-end solidity.

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Grado SR325x : Sound

Grado SR325x

In term of audio quality, Grado SR325x come with a open-backed design. Thus, they are wonderfully dynamic, expressive and low-aging and tuneful. But, still not the full weight and low-end punch of the closed headphone design. The SR325x may sound a bit bass-light compared to such products, although considering the many advantages of the open-design approach we are happy to make that sacrifice.

However, the SR325x’s superior sound is more than just an earpad – the benefits of those modifications to the drive unit are obvious. We hear Massive Attack’s Heligoland and SR325x sound which is clearer and clearer than before.

In addition, these headphones have always been a clear and detailed display. And that hasn’t even change in these headphones. But the voices of the ‘x’ generation seem more precise and sensible. We can follow the low-level instrumental strands with greater ease, especially in the more densely produced tracks of the album. Rhythm is still given with zeal and plenty of punch.

Of course,

you have to provide a quality signal to the grados. If that 3.5mm connection tempts you to think that a phone, laptop or budget music player would be the ideal partner, you would be wrong. These headphones may still seem acceptable with such resources, but we’ll be looking at Chord’s Mojo’s quality outboard DAC for laptops and phones, and at least Estelle and Kern’s A & norma SR25 music player, if we want to hear the scale. The genius of the SR325x.

We listen to a wide range of music during our time with these grados and they always please, if fed with a good enough hint. Whether it’s the soul of Gladys Knight, the hard tune of Nirvana or the hip-hop of Eminem, these headphones can be hear at home.

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Connectivity

However, Grado SR325x does not support any Bluetooth device, bone carrying technology or any other audio codec like SBC, AAC, LDAC, LHDC and AptX (HD). But it only supports cable wired connectivity. Because of this, Grado SR325x offers 3.5mm sockets that are found on most common devices. The 3.5mm cable provided is user-replaceable and replaceable.


Verdict

I’ve been a devoted fan of Grado sound since the first headphone I bought from them (and there are quite a few now) and after purchasing this new 325x I still am.

They have refines what were already excellent headphones, tuning the usually more linear and flat sound into something deeper and warmer. Although it does not reach the leve; in my opinion of my favourite HIFIMAN Edition XS. Which are still better headphones than these one.

In terms of soundstage there is not as much difference as other reviewers say, but they still stand out with the G pads, much more than with the painful and scratchy ones that come from the factory and that are only a little less irritating than the old bowl-shaped ones that included so far.

The rest of the sound is detailed, deep and with good highs that never get boring but without losing definition. The basses and sub-basses are also a little better but nothing to write home about as I have read out there. They are good helmets but nothing spectacular as some claim.

If you already have one of these models… “325e” “Grado Hemp” or “RS2e” you won’t notice big differences, just small nuances and a better cable, yes, it keeps rolling up but without as much danger as the rubber.

Don’t be surprise about quality. Grado is focus to keep vintage 80-90 look. But anyway …love them 🙂

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