Now that we’re over and done with the fact that the Grado SR80e are indeed unique and one of a kind headphones, let’s move on to its sound quality and accuracy. Generally, the sound quality of the Grado SR80e is impressive, from the vocal dynamics, detail and clarity.
The open-back design of the Grado SR80e helps make the headphones sound crisp and nimble. The bass sounds punchy and clean and in terms of frequency, you won’t notice any sign of band bleeding or encroaching. Audiophiles can also appreciate the lack of clogging between the arrangement and parts. The Grado SR80e can also switch between different music genres without highlighting any flaws, making users enjoy their favorite song, whether it’s hip-hop, classic opera, pop, or piano instrument. The Grado SR80e gives off a listening experience full of energy and vitality without boosting any specific frequency range.
While all these qualities may seem to be building up the Grado SR80e, not everyone can appreciate this pair of headphones. Why? It’s because it has an upfront presentation, making the music seem like it’s very close to the ears, even if played at a low volume. If you are a fan of sound imaging that does not cling to the eardrums, the Grado SR80e is a good choice. That being said, some people may find it a bit tiring to listen to the Grado SR80e at a high volume for long periods of time. The Grado SR80e is quite similar to the sound performance of the SR60es, only with a better-defined treble and a slightly tighter bass.
If you appreciate mid range accuracy, the tone, texture and feel of the Grado SR80e is incredible, rendering instrument and vocal quality with detail. In terms of imaging, this pair of headphones from Grado Labs actually have one of the best in the market. It has a weighted group delay of 0.24 which is actually more than decent.