The Grado SR325 have good and open sound reproduction for critical listening. Unfortunately, they are subpar headphones for everyday use. They leak enough to be distracting to the people around you even at lower volumes and also will quickly fall off your head from slight physical activity. They also won't fare well in loud environments because they don't block any ambient noise.
- Good and open sound reproduction.
- Decent build quality.
- Easily fall off your head.
- Poor noise isolation.
The Grado SR325e have the same look as the other models in the Prestige series. However, the ear cups are metal, and the headband is covered in a hard leather, which is more durable and gives these headphones a higher-end appeal. Sadly, they are slightly less comfortable than the SR125e and also will fall off your head pretty easily. They don't fold into a more compact format and don't have any audio controls.
The Grado SR325e have the same style as the SR225e but with metal ear cups and a more premium appeal. They have a thick, black leather coating on the headband and the silver metal ear cups give these headphones a cool two-tone color scheme. They look better and more high-end than the previous models of the same series. Also, the ear pads like the SR225e are different from the SR80e, and SR125e. This makes these headphones look like an over-ear design although they are still on-ear headphones.
The Grado SR325e like the SR225e have a different ear pad design than that of the lower end models of the Prestige series. Unfortunately, this padding design is too small to fully encompass the ear like an over-ear headphone and too large to rest comfortably on the ears like an on-ear headphone. This causes slight discomfort when listening over long sessions, especially, for listeners with larger ears. The SR325 are also a little heavier than the other models in the series because of the metal ear cups. On the upside, they're not too tight on your head.
The Grado SR325e are not stable headphones. Like the other models in this series, these headphones do not have enough tension in the headband to deliver a good stable fit. They also have the thick non-detachable audio cable that will yank the headphones of your head if it gets hooked on something. Unfortunately, the additional weight of the metal ear cups of the SR325 model makes them sway even more during physical activity. On the upside, they're able to stay in place during casual listening sessions as long as you don't tilt your head too far or too fast.
These headphones are somewhat portable but do not fold up into a more compact format. They are not too large, the ear cups fold flat, and the headband is thin wich takes up less space. They are bigger than most on-ear models but are still relatively smaller than a lot of over-ears. Unfortunately, they don't come with a case or pouch to carry them in which is a little disappointing.
The SR325e deliver a denser more robust design with metal ear cups. That combined with their lightweight design means they're able to handle a few drops without damage. They also have a thick, durable audio cable. Unfortunately, they have the same issues with the joints as the other models in this series. They're plasticky, feel poorly glued together and have a few flaws in the finish of the plastic that makes the headphones look a little cheap and not durable.
The SR325e have an open audio reproduction and an instrument-rich sound quality. They push vocals and instruments to the forefront of the mix, which some listeners may be looking for. However, the upper mid-range is a little too pronounced making some lead instruments sound harsh. Also, the treble range sounds a little too bright and the bass range lacks thump, which makes their sound slightly unexciting.
Average performance. The low-end cutoff of 49Hz is decent and shows that the bass is relatively extended. This results in an even bass that lacks some thump and punch.
Very good performance. The response is virtually flat up to 1.75KHz which is excellent. The 5dB bump in high-mid, however, adds to the intensity and projection of leads/vocals and could make the sound a little harsh. Especially, since these headphones are a little light on bass.
Poor performance. There is a general overemphasis here, which combined with the light bass, makes these headphones noticeably bright. Also, the bump above 5KHz, makes these headphones sibilant and could sound too piercing.
- 100% Avg. Std. Deviation
Good soundstage. Despit the on-ear design, these headphones get a decent HRTF score. This helps the soundstage to be perceived outside the head, rather than inside. However, these are one the most open headphones we have measured, which opens up the sound and helps them interact with the environment acoustically.
Good Imaging. Average Phase response is quite decent at 55 degrees. However, there is a little bit of excess phase shift, especially in the Bass and Treble Ranges. The drivers of our test unit were quite well-matched.
Average distortion results. At 90dB SPL, the harmonic distortion in the mid-range is quite low. However, the performance in bass and treble ranges are subpar. At 100dB SPL, there is a general rise in harmonic distortion, affecting mostly the bass and treble regions.
The open-back design of the Grado Prestige series gives them have an open sound quality but also lets a lot of noise seep into your audio. They're not ideal for commuting or traveling as they won't fare well in loud environments and also leak quite a bit. The people around you would be able to hear your audio even if played at moderately low volumes.
Poor isolation. Due to the open back of these headphones, the isolation is poor by design. They barely isolate any external sound in Bass and Mid Ranges, and only 8dB in the Treble Range.
Poor leakage. Being open headphones, it is natural for them to be loud and leak a lot of sound. The majority of the leakage happens between 200Hz and 20KHz which is quite a broad range. The leakage on these headphones sounds loud and present, and could bother the people around you, even at low listening levels.
No active features.
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In the box
- Grado SR325e Headphones
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter