The Grado SR125e are subpar headphones for everyday casual use but have an above-average and open sound reproduction. They are comfortable and lightweight but will easily fall off your head. Their open-back design also does not block much noise and leaks a lot, which is distracting to the people around you even at moderate volumes.
- Lightweight and comfortable.
- Above-average and open sound quality.
- Easily fall off your head.
- Flimsy, plasticky build.
- Poor noise isolation.
The Grado SR125e keep the same retro design as the SR60e and SR80e but with slightly larger ear cups. They are comfortable headphones for an on-ear model. Sadly, the lack of tension in the headband makes these headphones easily slip off your ears and their build quality feels cheap and not as durable as some other on-ear headphones.
The Grado SR125e are comfortable for an on-ear design. They are lightweight and don't apply too much pressure on the ears. They lack padding on the headband although it's not too noticeable because of the lightweight design. Unfortunately, the padding used on the ear cups is a cushion-like material that's susceptible to wear and tear and doesn't feel as good on the skin like a faux leather padding would.
These headphones like the SR60e and the SR80e do not have enough tension in the headband to provide a tight, stable fit. They will quickly fall off your head while jogging and the thick, and long cable can easily get hooked on something, yanking the headphones off your head. They are somewhat stable during casual listening sessions but leaning or tilting your head while listening will make these headphones slide and potentially slip off your ears.
The Grado SR125e are moderately portable headphones. Like the SR80e, They will easily fit in a backpack and the ear cups that lay flat to take up less space. Unfortunately, they don't fold up into a more compact format and the thick cable is also a bit cumbersome. They also don't come with a carrying case or pouch, which is disappointing.
Build quality is subpar. The SR125e are lightweight, and their ear cups are dense enough, no to get damaged by a few falls. However, these headphones feel cheaply built and not as durable as some other on-ear models. Sadly, the plastic used for the ear cups and joints feels cheap. The joints, especially, look poorly glued together and very susceptible to moderate physical stress. The cushion-like padding on the ear cups is prone to wear and tear.
The Grado SR125e deliver an above-average and open sound. They have a strong and clear reproduction of instrumentals and vocals. Lead instruments, like guitars, are pushed to the front of the mix, which may be too forward for some. Unfortunately, the higher frequencies are little too sharp on some tracks, and the bass is slightly lacking in low-end rumble, which might not be ideal for fans of heavy bass.
Average performance. Low-frequency extension is decent, but could be better. The rest of the bass response is quite flat, very similar to the SR80e, which results in an even bass that lacks thump and low-end rumble.
Very good performance. Low-mid and mid are virtually flat, however the 5dB bump at 2KHz could make the sound a little harsh since it adds intensity and extra projection to leads/vocals.
Average performance. The entire treble range is overemphasized, especially around 8Khz, where the 10dB overemphasis sounds sibilant and piercing. Combining the hyped treble with the relatively light bass of these headphones, makes the sound noticeably bright.
Decent soundstage. Unlike loudspeakers, the soundstage of these headphones may be perceived to be located inside your head, as opposed to in front. This is due to the small and shallow ear cups of these headphones, resulting in a poor HRTF score. However, these headphones are exceptionally open sounding, which improves soundstage noticeably.
Average distortion results. The amount of harmonic distortion in the Mid Range is quite low. Both at 90 at 100dB SPL. However, the amount of harmonic distortion in Bass and Treble ranges are a bit elevated.
These headphones are not designed to isolate listeners. Their open-back ear cups do not block any noise, which is not ideal in loud environments. The leakage level is also very high. They will be distracting to the people around you at moderate volumes even on a bus. They are best utilized in a quiet and isolated environment where you can enjoy their nice and open sound reproduction.
Poor isolation. Due to the open-back design of these headphones, the isolation is poor. These headphones do not isolate below 1KHz, and the isolation provided above 1KHz is negligible.
Poor leakage. Being open, these headphones are loud and leak a lot of sound. The significant portion of leakage is between 100Hz and 20KHz which is a very broad range. The leakage on these headphones sounds loud, full and present, and therefore could bother the people around you.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Grado SR125e Headphones
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
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