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Reviewed on May 13, 2016

Grado SR60e/SR60 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Type : On-ear
Enclosure : Open-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : No
Transducer : Dynamic

The Grado SR60e are subpar headphones for everyday, casual use. They have an above-average but sharp sound quality and an open design that gives them a wide soundstage compared to most on-ears. However, they leak a lot and don't block any noise. They're not stable enough to use while doing sports, and they're not ideal for loud environments, commuting or office use.

Test Results
Design 5.7
Sound 7.3
Isolation 1.8
Microphone 0
Active Features 0
Connectivity 4.8
Pros
  • Above-average, open sound reproduction.
  • Lightweight, comfortable on-ear design.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation, by design.
  • Flimsy, plasticky build.
  • Easily falls off your head.
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Summary

  • 5.4 Mixed Usage
  • 7.1 Critical Listening
  • 4.2 Commute/Travel
  • 5.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 4.7 Office
  • 5.6 TV
  • 5.6 Gaming
Mixed Usage 5.4

The SR60e are designed for critical listening. They're not versatile enough to be good everyday headphones.

Critical Listening 7.1

The SR60e are decent low budget headphones for critical listening. They have a spacious soundstage and a good reproduction of instruments and vocals. They lack a little bit of bass and maybe slightly sharp at times, but they reproduce the detail in high-res audio with above-average fidelity.

Commute/Travel 4.2

Not made for commuting. The ambient noise of a train ride or bus ride will ruin your listening experience.

Sports/Fitness 5.2

Not intended for sports. They're unstable and the thick cable is bothersome. They're also a little uncomfortable.

Office 4.7

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

TV 5.6

Average for Home Theater. They're sufficiently comfortable to wear for long listening sessions and the open sound is suitable for watching movies. However, since they're wired headphones, they won't have the best range and they may be too leaky in situations for watching videos.

Gaming 5.6

Below average for gaming. They're decently comfortable, sound great and have a low latency wired design. However, they do not have a microphone for voice chat when gaming, and no customization options which are typical for most gaming headsets. Also, they do not have the convenience of wireless design or multiple connection options for an optimized experience on Xbox one or PS4.

Compared to other Headphones

Grado SR80e/SR80
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The Grado SR80e have no significant differences when compared to the Grado SR60e. They sound about the same, although the SR80 have slightly better imaging and treble mostly due to better consistency in the treble range. However, like the SR60e, they sound sharp. This won't be for everyone, especially on already bright tracks. On the other hand, SR60e are a slightly better value for your money since they have the same performance and overall build quality as the SR80e.

Test Results

Style

The Grado SR60e have a very retro aesthetic. They have an all-black color scheme and simplistic design that will work well for some. Their open-back ear cups are larger than most on-ear headphones but unfortunately the plastic used for their design looks a little cheap.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.37 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.55 lbs

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.

0 Controls
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

These headphones do not have any in-line controls.

5.0 Stability

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.

6.1 Portability
L : 7.09 "
W : 6.69 "
H : 1.97 "
Volume : 93.31 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

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.

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

These headphones do not come with a case.

5.5 Build Quality

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.

8.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 2 C

The Grado SR60e are very breathable headphones. They have small on-ear cups that are open back so they do not obstruct a lot of airflow. They also have slightly more breathable pads than typical on-ear designs, with pleather padding which makes them even more breathable. Since they still rest on your ears, they won't be as breathable as in-ears over long listening sessions but they're a lot more breathable than over-ear headphones and most on-ear designs except the Koss Porta Pro.

Cable
Detachable : No
Length : 5.6 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS

The Grado SR60 do not come with any additional cables. They have a 5.6ft non-detachable cable with a 1/8TRS connector.

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7.9 Bass
Std. Err.
:
2.78 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
46.21 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-5.77 dB
Mid-Bass
:
-0.27 dB
High-Bass
:
0.75 dB
8.7 Mid
Std. Err.
:
1.76 dB
Low-Mid
:
0.76 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-0.1 dB
High-Mid
:
1.25 dB
6.2 Treble
Std. Err.
:
4.94 dB
Low-Treble
:
3.53 dB
Mid-Treble
:
5.36 dB
High-Treble
:
-3.24 dB
8.0 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.39 dB
6.1 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
2.51 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
1.17 dB
PRTF Distance
:
7.62 dB
Openness
:
9.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
8.9
Correlated Crosstalk
:
-0.34 dB
8.7 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.25
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.9
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.07
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
4.41
6.2 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
11.184
Weighted THD @ 100
:
98.921
2.1 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-1.17 dB
Bass
:
0.09 dB
Mid
:
0.66 dB
Treble
:
-4.13 dB
Self-Noise
:
0 dB

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.

1.1 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
65.77 dB

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.

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 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A

These headphones do not have a wireless range since they only connect via a regular audio cable with an in-line remote.

10 Latency
Default Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

The wired connection of these headphones has negligible latency, which is suitable for gaming and home-theater use. Although the range may be a bigger issue for that use case since they have a relatively short cable for watching movies from your couch.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A

These headphones do not have any active components and do not require a battery.

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

These headphones do not come with an app or software for added customization options.

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A

These headphones are wired and do not have a Bluetooth connection. If you want a similar design in a wireless format the consider the Grado GW100.

7.2 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio Only

The Grado SR60e have a simple 1/8TRS audio cable with no in-line remote/microphone, so they will only provide audio when connected to your PS4, Xbox One or PC.

0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A

The Grado SR60e do not have a dock. If you need a headset with a dock that also has a wired connection for gaming or watching movies, then consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7.

In the box

  • Grado SR60e Headphones
  • 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter

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