The Grado SR60e are subpar headphones for everyday, casual use. The open-back design improves their above-average sound quality but leaks a lot and doesn't block any noise. They're not stable enough to use while doing sports and leak too much for an office.
- Above-average, open sound reproduction.
- Lightweight, comfortable on-ear design.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Flimsy, plasticky build.
- Easily falls off your head.
The Grado have a cool, retro appeal that's relatively comfortable for an on-ear design. Unfortunately, their build quality is not durable and feels cheap. They're also not stable and will fall off your head during any physical activity or if the thick cable gets hooked on something. They also don't have any control options for your audio, which is disappointing
The SR60e are moderately comfortable headphones. They have a lightweight design that doesn't put much pressure on your head. Unfortunately, they're not well padded. There's no padding on the headband, but because of their lightweight design, it's not as noticeable. However, the earpad padding is a cushion-like fabric that does not feel good on the skin and will easily rip or wear.
These headphones are not designed for sports. They have a thick, heavy cable that not detachable and can't be easily stored in gym gear. They also will pull the headphones of your head if they get hooked on something. They slip a little when you tilt your head while casually listening and will easily fall during any physical activity.
The Grado SR60e are moderately portable headphones and have a thin headband that's not too bulky. The ear cups lay flat to take up less space, and they will easily fit in a backpack. Sadly, they don't fold up into a more compact format, and the thick cable is a bit bothersome.
The Grado SR60e have poor build quality. They're sufficiently lightweight and have few moving parts. So they can handle a few drops without damage. 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. They don't feel as durable as some other on-ear headphones and the cushion-like padding on the ear cups is prone to wear and tear. On the upside, they have a thick audio cable that won't get damaged easily.
The Grado SR60e have an above-average sound reproduction and minimal harmonic distortion. Instrumentals and vocals are clear and at the forefront of the mix on most tracks. Their open design also gives the impression of listening to music that's a part of your environment. However, the high frequencies sound a little too sharp, and the low frequencies don't deliver the "rumble" that some fans of bass, may be looking for.
Average performance. The low-end cutoff of 58Hz is rather high and shows that the bass is not extended enough. 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 at 2KHz, however, adds to the intensity and projection of leads/vocals and could make the sound a little harsh. Especially, since these headphones are light on bass.
Average performance. There is a general overemphasis here, which combined with the light bass, makes these headphones noticeably bright. The bump between 5KHz and 10KHz, makes these headphones sibilant and could sound too piercing.
- 100% Avg. Std. Deviation
Decent soundstage. Due to the on-ear design of these headphones, the spaciousness is subpar, as the effect of the headphones on the outer ear is minimal. However, these are one the most open headphones we have measured, which opens up the sound and helps them interact with the environment acoustically.
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. At 100dB, the harmonic distortion at 4KHz reaches 10% of the input which is quite poor.
The Grado SR60e are not designed to isolate listeners. Their open-back design lets a lot of ambient noise into the ear cups and encourages leakage, to improve sound quality. Unfortunately, this means they will easily distract people around you at moderate volumes, and the noise of a regular commute will ruin your listening experience.
Poor isolation. Due to the open back of these headphones, the isolation is poor by design. They barely isolate any external sound, and are quite transparent too, except for the small build-up at 1KHz that could color external sounds.
Poor leakage. Being open headphones, it is natural for these headphones to be loud and leak a lot of sound. The significant portion of leakage happens between 200Hz 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, even at low/moderate listening levels.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Grado SR60e Headphones
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter