Grado SR60E Headphone

Grado SR60ELet's talk about the Grado SR60E headphonesYou should know by now that Grado focuses on manufacturing classic headphones that have earned them a stake as one the producers of the best headphones and they are headphones made in the USA. The Grado SR60e is your entry to the world of full spectrum audio. You'll actually hear notes you never knew were there. Perhaps your audiophile friends have fueled a desire for the legendary Grado sound but you thought it was out of reach. Here is our Grado SR60E review, videos, pics and more.


Grado Labs is an audio manufacturer known for hand-making high-end dynamic open-air headphones and cartridges in Brooklyn, New York. In June 2014, Grado released their new line of headphones, The e Series, and was named in the Top Eight Most Social Small Companies in America by Mashable and American Express. Source: Freebase.

Intro Video


Grado SR60E

The SR60e has a new driver design, a new polymer to better damp resonant distortion in the plastic housing, and a new cable from plug to driver connection. The way the SR60e's new driver and plastic housing move air and react to sound vibrations virtually eliminate transient distortions.

Grado SR60E

This allows the signal flow over the new cable to reproduce sound that has tight control of the upper and lower range of the frequency spectrum, while supporting Grado's world renowned midrange. The SR60e will produce a sound that is pure Grado, with warm harmonic colors, rich full bodied vocals, excellent dynamics, and an ultra-smooth top end.


Grado SR60e Headphone Review

TekzillaGrado's SR60 headphones are an audiophile legend, as in they sound incredible for the money you're paying. How does the refreshed SR60e version stack up? There's a lot of changes here, from the driver design to the plastic and glue they're made out of!

Do they live up to the legend? We give you the scoop in the video, and we identify one problem a lot of listeners have with the Grado design. Watch our video to find out if these these sub-$100 open ear headphones are for you!

Grado Prestige Series SR60e Review

Sound Guys: Kris takes a look at the Grado Prestige Series SR60e headphones. They're among Grado's cheapest options, but do they hold up to the company name?

Best Entry Audiophile Headphones? - Grado SR60e Headphone Review

Andrew Woodford: My Review/Overview and thoughts on the newest iteration of Grados entry model heaphone.

Great headphone as always, seems as though this version is mostly about small improvements and driver/manufacturing optimization. I would say the Koss Sport Clips (KSC 75) are a better value if you want to modify them and add a headband. But I think these are a best off the shelf Audiophile headphones you can buy! Enjoy and leave a comment with suggestions!

Grado SR60e Headphones

Bright Audio: A brief introductory look at the features and functions of the Grado SR60e Prestige Series Headphones from Watch as Mike from Bright Audio in New York City explains some of the features of the Grado SR60e.

Stereo Design Brand New Grado Prestige Series SR60e Headphones

StereoDesignSanDiego: These are the new Grado SR60e headphones. They are the first model in Grado's Prestige Series line. They replace the RS60i model and feature a more efficient "e" series driver. You can see the new red colored driver in one of the pictures during the slideshow.

Customer Reviews

Now, the SR60e headphones. As many have noted elsewhere, these are not the most physically comfortable 'phones: earpads a little rough (scratchy), and no circumaural support -- it is all on one's outer ears. Having said that, these do not clamp on with much force. Perhaps Grado has changed the design of the headband for this iteration of the SR60; I have no way to compare (no earlier model to test).

Good value, just a tad uncomfortable.

Soundwise, these are very good, with satisfying (though not super-deep) bass extension, crystal-clear midrange, and what seems to me smooth, unexaggerated highs. Symphonic recordings are reproduced without strain. I also very much like what these 'phones do for voice, both solo and massed.

Compared to typical Sennheiser circumaural (but open-backed, like these) 'phones, the mids are not recessed. For me, on some rock, pop and jazz, I find the more forward sound fatiguing in extended listening -- but, you may not, as it is a matter of preference.

Grado SR60E

The "imaging" is terrific -- that is, the soundstage that the 'phones seem to "project". It is completely out-of-head, and realistic, and a highlight of the Grado SR60. Overall, I really do like the light weight of the 'phones, the overall sound balance (midrange lift aside -- no headphone at this price is perfect), and that amazing soundstage. Hard to beat at this price. By Geezosaur on Amazon.

Why Don't You Own These Amazing Headphones?

If the headphones and packaging were judged on looks, I'm pretty sure Grado would be near the bottom. The headphones come in a plain, rectangular, cardboard box. (On the flip side, no idiot plastic clamshell!) It is very utilitarian. Inside, you find the headphones, a small insert, and a foam cutout which holds the headphones in place. Again, simple and utilitarian, but effective. They do the job. After all, you didn't buy a package, you bought some headphones.

The headphones themselves: These are the best headphones I've ever owned. I thought the Sennheiser HD280 Pro's and the Audio Technica M30's were pretty good, but these are even better. Compared against each other (using FLAC's ripped from CD's), you hear more. The more time you spend listening to a track, the more of it you hear, as you focus on different parts. The cymbals are crisp and clear, you can hear how the drummer is hitting the drum, and if you focus, you can hear the fingers on the frets of the guitars. Its all there on the CD; you just can't hear it most of the time since earbuds just can't reproduce the sound.


I must confess, there are drawbacks to the Grados. The looks are extremely dated. They look like someone designed them back in the 60's and never bothered to redesign them. (When you spend all of your time on engineering top notch audio quality, aesthetics will suffer.) These are also open backed headphones, which suffer from the chief flaw of all open backed headphones: sound leakage. People around you will hear your music, and you will hear everyone and everything around you. Don't bother using these in anything other than a fairly quiet environment.

TL;DR These are the best headphones I've ever owned. They sound better than everything I've used/borrowed/tested/listened to in this price range and certainly lived up the words printed on the box: Hear the music you've been missing! By Christopher on Amazon.


Check out pictures of the Grado SR60E.


The Grado SR60E Specifications:

  • Model Name: SR60e
  • Audio Specs:
    Transducer Type: Dynamic
    Operating Principle: Open Air
    Frequency Response: 20 - 20,000 hz
    SPL 1mW: 99.8 dB
    Normal Impedance: 32 ohms
    Driver Matched dB: .1 dB
  • Included Accessories:
    Headphones, Warranty, Grado story-sheet, 6.5mm Golden Adapter



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