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YOU DEFINATELY CANT FIND GRADO WITH WOOD HOUSING DETACHABLE AT THIS PRICE!!! PRICE TOO LOW TO NEGO. THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING!!! BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED WOODEN HOUSING FOR THIS HEADPHONES WHICH U NEVER GET IT FROM THE NORMAL GRADOS' SERIES!!! ITSELF WORTH $340!!! WITH PADS FROM DT770 BEYERDYNAMIC!!! EYES AND HEAD WILL TURN!!! THE ELEGANCE AND PRIMIUM LOOKS WILL MAKE THIS SET OF HEADSET SO DIFFERENT! U WILL NEVER SEE ANOTHER GRADO LOOKS LIKE THIS!!! BE ORIGINAL BE THE ONLY ONE!!! EXTRA LEATHER HEADBAND TO BE INCLUDED FOR YOUR COMFORT OF THE WEIGHT OF THE HEADPHONES!!! 6.35 JACK OSO INCLUDED FOR FREE!!! OMG!!! ALL THESE AND THE PRICE I AM SELLING IS REALLY A STEAL!!! SURE SELL!!! NO BOX! ONLY THE SET AND THE CASE! Overview Grado SR225i is an open-back on ear headphones from Grado Labs. It sits slightly below their top-of-the-line SR325is for their SR category. It costs $250 on Amazon (around 10,000 pesos locally) and unlike other popular headphones, the street price doesn’t fluctuate that much. This headphone is now considered discontinued since Grado rolled out the ‘e’ version but I would expect the previous models to be still widely available simply because they’re that popular and there’s wide distibution. The design is a bit retro as they say but I actually like it. I feel it looks good both when worn and not but I understand that the typical consumer may find it hideous (for some reason). Here’s how it looks: Typical boring box of Grado A letter from the founders The oh so thick cord that terminates in quarter inch plug A look at the headphone Grado bowl pads Build Quality The packaging is typical of Grado headphones  and it’s quite boring especially for the price. The build quality is pretty good though with the headphone being constructed with simplicity. The leather headband is quite thin but the headphone is so light that it doesn’t matter that much. Actually it’s only the cord that has some weight but overall I did not find it heavy on my head. The adjustment mechanism is also designed with simplicity and the drawback is that it doesn’t have any clicks when adjusted. If you’re a bit OC like me then you may struggle with having both sides adjusted precisely the same way. The earpads are made of foam which is quite stiff. I have been pampered with leather-like material for earpads of my headphones so this is probably the biggest thing I have to adjust myself. It becomes bothersome for me after about 2 hours of wearing it and I can feel some fatigue on my outer ear as a result. The cord as mentioned above is thick and heavy and it’s double sided. It’s also in quarter-inch and as I heard, Grado doesn’t include the 3.5mm adapter so you have to purchase it separately if you’re going to use it on portable devices. Overall, I feel the headphone is well-constructed for the price. The thick cord while uncomfortable, is of high quality and easily gives the impression that the product is an audiophile-grade product. Isolation & Sound Leakage This is an open headphone so there’s no passive noise isolation whatsoever. When playing music in loud volume, I can still hear the aircon or electric fan in the room. Sound leakage is likewise is very audible. I would easily be heard playing the “We are never ever getting back together’  track even at moderate-listening volume. But those really don’t matter as open headphones are never portable and they boast sound quality. But how is the sound of this headphone? How open and resolving it is? Flip the page now to find out more. Sound Quality Let me preface this section by saying that I don’t have that much experience with open headphones compared to closed headphones. I’ve listened to a wide variety of open headphones only through meetups, hifi shows and quick auditions so I never really had that much experience (time) when it comes to discerning how an open headphone should sound like. Nonetheless, I’m sure you would find this review sufficient.  The bass of Grado SR225i is pretty good and tight but it lacks extension and doesn’t have that much impact. The semi-open and cheaper Superlux HD 668B has an impactful bass and has deeper extension albeit a little loose-sounding relative to the SR225i. Some people say that Grado only has midbass and no subbass and I find that to be true. Make no mistake though as the bass is not severely lacking and it certainly doesn’t make the headphone dull sounding in this area. Overall, the bass is quite good but I think bassheads won’t be satisfied with the quantity and ‘thump’ of it. The midrange is where Grado headphones shine generally speaking. The SR225i has a very linear midrange with a slight emphasis on the upper midrange and lower treble areas. The mids are simply  alive and this is where I find listening to music as if you’re in a front row of a live concert description to be true. The timbre of instruments are very lively here. Likewise the voice shines in a slightly brighter than neutral way. Makes everything a touch clearer due to its slightly tilted presentation If there’s one caveat here, it’s that the upper midrange can sound ‘shouty’ and unnatural especially on louder volumes. I find that I have to tone down the volume sometimes but this is very dependent on the tracks being played in my opinion. Reading some reviews, I did find that some people have the same impression. Treble is good and there’s a good sense of air which I did not find on my cheaper open headphones such as the Superluxes and Panasonic RP HTF600. I did not find it splashy or grainy but it’s quite tizzy sounding yet is not unnatural. I would say the mid-treble going to the upper trebles are moderately tuned so the headphone won’t sound too bright. The slight boost in lower treble gives it a good bite which makes the headphone aggressive-sounding overall. Soundstage is pretty good but not as wide or big as the higher-end open headphones. Some time ago I had a listen at the Sennheiser HD 650 for an extended period of time and I find it excelling well in this area. The Sennheiser HD800 and Beyerdynamic T1 that I auditioned quickly in last year’s November Hifi Show was also exceptional. From what I’ve read, Grado headphones don’t really have that huge soundstage which I can attest to but if you’re coming from a closed headphone, then I think you would be impressed with its openness. Imaging is above average and instruments are distinguishable from each other and you can easily tell where they are when the recording is good. I did find though that the ‘shoutiness’ of the upper midrange and slight emphasis on lower treble decrease the headphone’s ability to image. The solo part of ‘Beyond this Life’  Live at Budokan track from Dream Theater easily shows this. I compared it to Etymotic HF5 on the same track and was easily convinced that the HF5 while not providing any kind of soundstage, was able to layer the instruments much better compared to the SR225i. The HF5 has a faster decay in bass, deeper extension and a slightly more neutral treble region. As a result I did feel that the Grado sounded more confused on the particular passage when compared to HF5. The SR225i though gives a more concert-like experience due to its bigger soundstage (IEMS don’t have soundstage as well). Both are very good fast-sounding headphones but with different specializations. The headphone plays plenty loud on portables which is nice for an audiophile on budget since you won’t have to spare an extra $ for an expensive headphone amp. One of these days  though I will try it on a desktop amp and see how it scales up. Conclusion In most of the reviews here, I had to think of how I can inflate the conclusion part but I won’t do that here.  I happily recommend the Grado SR225i to anyone who wants to move up a bit and experience the goodness of an open headphone sound. The entry-level SR60 and SR80 are also good for starters but the level of refinement the SR225i makes it better even for the price. My two cheaper open headphones in Superlux HD 668B and RP HTF600 are competitive sound-wise, but they’re not comparable in airiness and openness. Iem ciem dap amplifier ak astell and kern cables sony handphones earphones utopia focal