Reviewed on Jun 10, 2016

Grado SR325e/SR325 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
5.0
Mixed Usage
7.0
Neutral Listening
4.2
Commute/Travel
5.2
Sports/Fitness
4.6
Office
4.2
Wireless Gaming
6.0
Wired Gaming
1.5
Phone Call
Type : On-ear
Enclosure : Open-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : No
Transducer : Dynamic

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.

Test Results
Design 5.7
Isolation 1.3
Microphone 0
Active Features 0
Connectivity 3.6
Pros
  • Good and open sound reproduction.
  • Decent build quality.
Cons
  • Easily fall off your head.
  • Poor noise isolation, by design.
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5.7

Design

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.

Style

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.

6.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.52 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.86 lbs

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.

0 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Ease of use : N/A
Feedback : N/A
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : No
Microphone Control : N/A
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : N/A
7.8 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 2.5 C
6.1 Portability
L : 7.09 "
W : 6.69 "
H : 1.97 "
Volume : 93.31 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

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.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A
6.0 Build Quality

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.

5.0 Stability

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.

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Sound

They have a good bass, an excellent mid-range, but a poor treble. Additionally, their bass lacks extension and low-bass, and their treble is noticeably piercing and sibilant. They also have high distortion in the treble range which makes their sound harsh. On the positive side, and because of the open design, their performance doesn't change much from person to person, and have a relatively open sounding soundstage.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
6.7
Bass-Heavy
:
2.8
Warm
:
2.7
Bright
:
8.7
6.7 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
2.41 db
Dips
:
1.05 db
7.8 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.44 dB
8.5 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.23
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.96
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.46
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
5.33
6.8 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
3.49 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
0.86 dB
PRTF Distance
:
10.77 dB
Openness
:
9.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
8.4
8.0 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.106
WHD @ 100
:
0.206
1.3

Isolation

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.

1.0 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-1.72 dB
Bass
:
-0.08 dB
Mid
:
1.46 dB
Treble
:
-6.24 dB

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.

2.0 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
62.09 dB

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.

0

Microphone

Integrated
:
N/A
In-line
:
N/A
Boom
:
N/A
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
0 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
N/A
LFE
:
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
:
N/A
HFE
:
N/A
Weighted THD
:
N/A
Gain
:
N/A
0 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise : N/A
Speech + Subway Noise : N/A
SpNR
:
N/A
0

Active Features

No active features.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
:
N/A
Additional Charges
:
N/A
Total Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A
Charging Port : N/A
0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

No compatible app.

3.6

Connectivity

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Default Latency
:
N/A
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A
0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
9.0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
Detachable : No
Length : 5.64 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS
Wired Latency
:
0 ms
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
Audio Only
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A

In the box

  • Grado SR325e Headphones
  • 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter

Compared to other Headphones

Grado GW100 Wireless
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The Grado GW100 are better headphones than the Grado SR325e. They are wireless and offer more freedom to move, and are slightly more comfortable and more stable. They also have a microphone and pack a bit more bass. On the other hand, the SR325e are a bit more breathable and have a flatter mid-range, which is great for vocal-centric music. They also don’t have any latency, but the GW100 are compatible with aptX-LL for minimal latency issues and can also be used wired to completely get rid of it, even if the battery is dead.

5.0 Mixed Usage

The SR325e are designed for critical listening. They're not versatile enough to be useful everyday headphones.

7.0 Neutral Listening

The SR325e are above-average headphones for neutral listening. They have a good reproduction of instrument and vocals and a spacious soundstage thanks to their open back design. They lack a little bass but reproduce the detail in high-res audio with remarkable accuracy.

4.2 Commute/Travel

Not intended for commuting. They don't block any noise. The SR325 struggle in loud environments.

5.2 Sports/Fitness

Not designed for sports. They're unstable, and the thick cable is bothersome. They're also a little uncomfortable and heavier than the other models in the Prestige series.

4.6 Office

Not suitable for office use. They don't block office chatter, and they leak a lot which will be audible even at lower volumes.

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