Reviewed on May 13, 2016

Grado SR60e/SR60 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
5.0
Mixed Usage
7.1
Neutral Listening
4.1
Commute/Travel
5.3
Sports/Fitness
4.6
Office
4.3
Wireless Gaming
6.1
Wired Gaming
1.5
Phone Call
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
Isolation 0.9
Microphone 0
Active Features 0
Connectivity 3.6
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.
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  2. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
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5.7

Design

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

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
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

These headphones do not have any in-line controls.

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.

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.

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.

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Sound

They have a good bass, an excellent mid-range, but a mediocre treble. Additionally, their bass lacks sub-bass and thump, and their treble is too sharp and sibilant. They also have noticeable distortion in the treble range which makes their sound harsh. On the plus side, they perform consistently across multiple individuals, and have a relatively open soundstage, which is mainly because of their open design.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
7.2
Bass-Heavy
:
2.9
Warm
:
3.4
Bright
:
8.4
6.8 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
2.3 db
Dips
:
1.24 db
8.0 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.39 dB
8.7 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.25
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.9
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.07
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
4.41
6.7 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
2.51 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
1.17 dB
PRTF Distance
:
7.62 dB
Openness
:
9.7
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
9.0
7.8 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.117
WHD @ 100
:
0.283
0.9

Isolation

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.

0.8 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-1.17 dB
Bass
:
0.09 dB
Mid
:
0.66 dB
Treble
:
-4.13 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.

1.0 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

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

The Grado SR60e are passive headphones with no battery or app support.

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

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.

3.6

Connectivity

The Grado SR60e have a simple 1/8"TRS audio cable with no in-line remote. They will only provide audio when connected to your console or PC and have practically no latency since they are wired. However, this also means that they will not have the range and convenience of wireless headphones. If you want a similar design in a wireless format the consider the Grado GW100.

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

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.

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.

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 : 5.6 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS
Wired Latency
:
0 ms

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.

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

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

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.

5.0 Mixed Usage

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

7.1 Neutral Listening

The SR60e are decent low budget headphones for neutral 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.

4.1 Commute/Travel

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

5.3 Sports/Fitness

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

4.6 Office

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

4.3 Wireless Gaming

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.

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