The Grado SR225e have an above-average and open sound for critical listening but are below-average headphones for everyday use. Their open design leaks a lot, which will be distracting to people around you even at moderate volumes. They will also fall off your head quickly if used while running. On the upside they are lightweight and not too tight.
- Lightweight design.
- Above-average and open sound quality.
- Easily fall off your head.
- Flimsy, plasticky build.
- Poor noise isolation.
The Grado SR225e have the same retro design as the rest of the prestige series with a slight difference in the ear cup padding. They're lightweight and don't put too much pressure on your head. Sadly they're unstable and will fall if used while running. The new earpad design is also slightly less comfortable than the previous models, as it can cause soreness for listeners with larger ears, during long listening sessions.
The Grado SR225e look similar to the previous models; SR60e, SR80e, SR125e. They keep the same retro aesthetic that give the Grado their distinct style and also come in an all black color scheme. However, unlike the previous models, the padding used on the ear cups is thicker and has a hollow center, so that the sound leaving the ear cups is unobstructed. This makes them look like an over-ear model, yet they are still an on-ear headphone with surprisingly large and open earcups.
The Grado SR225e are not as comfortable as the SR60e or SR80e. They changed the cushion-like padding design to a hybrid of over-ear and on-ear. This causes the ear cups to apply uneven pressure on the ears, which gets uncomfortable during long listening sessions. They also have the same cushion-like fabric for the padding that feels low quality and easy to tear. On the upside like the SR60e, they don't apply much pressure to your head, especially for an on ear design.
These headphones like the previous models are not stable on your head and not designed for sports. They will quickly fall off during any physical activity, and have a thick and non-detachable cable that will yank the headphones of your head if it gets hooked on something. They are decently stable for casual listening sessions and the ear pad design adds a little more stability but they will slip off your ears if you tilt your head too far.
The Grado SR225e are moderately portable headphones. They don't have much bulk and have a thin headband. They will easily fit in a bag and are lightweight around to carry on your neck. Sadly, the ear cups are little large for an on-ear design and they don't fold up to take less space. The thick cable is also a bit bothersome and doesn't come with a carrying case or pouch, which is disappointing.
Build quality is subpar. The lightweight design and relatively dense ear cups can withstand a couple of falls without damage. Unfortunately, these headphones look poorly glued together, and the joint are plasticky and look cheap. The plastic used for the ear cups also has a few imperfections in the finish, which add to the seeming cheapness of the build quality. The cushion-like material used for the padding is also susceptible to wear and tear. On the upside, the audio cable is thick and robust.
The Grado SR225 have an above-average and open sound reproduction. Like the SR125e, these headphones do a good job with instruments and vocals and push them to the front of the mix on every track. Sadly, although the distortion performance was slightly improved over the SR125e they still sound a little too harsh and bright, and they also lack a little thump in their bass, which might disappoint some.
Average performance. Low-frequency extension is decent for an on-ear design, but not great. The rest of the bass response is quite flat, very similar to the SR125e, which results in an even bass that lacks thump and low-end rumble.
Very good performance. Low-mid and mid are virtually flat, however there is a 5dB bump at 2KHz that tends to make the sound a little harsh by adding intensity and extra projection to leads/vocals.
Average performance. The entire treble range is overemphasized, especially at 8Khz and above, where the 10dB overemphasis sounds sibilant and piercing. Also, the bump in high-treble adds excess airiness to the sound. Combining the hyped treble with the relatively light bass of these headphones, makes the sound noticeably bright.
Decent soundstage. Due to the small and shallow ear cups of these headphones, the soundstage of these headphones may be perceived to be located inside your head, as opposed to in front which is the case with loudspeakers. However, these headphones are exceptionally open, resulting in an open and spacious soundstage.
Average Imaging. Phase response is also average as there is a little bit of excess phase shift, especially in the Bass and Treble Ranges. However, the drivers of our test unit were quite well-matched.
Average distortion results. The amount of harmonic distortion in the Mid Range is quite low, especially at 90dB SPL. However, the Bass and Treble Ranges show elevated amounts of harmonic distortion, while remaining within acceptable limits.
These headphones have an open-back design the encourages leakage to improve sound quality. However, this means that whatever you're listening to will be heard by the people around you even on a bus. They also don't block much noise and will let the environment seep into your audio, which could ruin your listening experience in loud settings.
Poor isolation. Due to the open back of these headphones, the isolation is poor by design. They barely isolate any external sound, failing to achieve more than 7dB of isolation in the treble range.
Poor leakage. Being open headphones, these headphones leak a lot of sound. The majority of leakage is happening between 300Hz and 20KHz which is a very broad range. The leakage on these headphones sounds loud, full and intelligible.
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In the box
- Grado SR225e Headphones
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
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