The Top Rated Headphones: Grado SR-60

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The Grado SR60 headphones are made in Brooklyn. Their black-plastic design doesn’t exactly exude high tech, but as soon as doubters hear the SR60, their objections usually melt away. Converts gush about the headset’s rock-solid bass, extraordinary detail, and clarity. The SR60 has been on the market for more than 10 years, perennially garnering raves in audiophile magazines around the world.

The SR60’s earpieces have large cushions, but we’re not about to claim that these headphones set a new standard for wearability. After spending a few hours with all that foam clamped over your ears, you’ll need a break.

For listening on the go, the SR60 is our hands-down favorite among sub-$75 headphones, and it worked fine on our home system, too. For a mere $30 more, you can enjoy better bass and detail on Grado’s SR80, which uses a slightly higher-quality cable and larger ear cushions. The SR60’s cord is fitted with a gold-plated miniplug, and Grado supplies a gold-plated 1/4-inch adapter.

The SR60 stomps all over the pathetic little earbuds that come with iPods. After a one-minute comparison test, you’ll never want to go back to that tinny and distorted sound. And here’s some more good news for owners of portable MP3 players: The SR60 is extremely efficient, so you’ll be able to listen to your files at louder volumes than on other headphones.

Available from: Amazon.

Comments 1

  1. I’ve had a pair of SR80’s for years, and they still sound amazing. Anything else sounds flat or bright, or just odd. The major challenge is turning it down enough to listen to.

    Basically you’re buying the speakers: everything else is minimized and bland. They’re a triumph of function over form, and if you like that sort of thing I highly recommend them.

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