Grado SR80e Measurements

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  1. spwath

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    So, i picked these up at a local store open box for $90. They are on sale for $75 at newegg now. There is a lot of praise for Grado's on headfi, a lot of hate for them here, but I tried them out and liked them. So i bought them.
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    Subjective sound impressions:
    I find they have nice detailed highs, I dont find them fatiguing or too sparkly like others have. Nice punchy bass, doesnt extend super deep like a planar, but its not a planar and is open back. I find the bass quite pleasing with its punch. I like the sound very much, but many do not. The graph seems to reflect what I hear. I compared them to the SR60's, and I found the SR60's are quite similar, but lacking in the bass. Looking at SR60 measurements, it appears to be that way.
    Comfort/fit:
    I find the pads are fine, not scratchy like others have said. However I find the clamping pressure too high compared to my Pioneer SE-L40's. Ill have to try stretching them out.
    Build Quality:
    Not as bad as its made out to be. But certainly not great at all. Lightweight, but pretty plasticy. Dont throw them around.

    Graphs:
    Note, they have been a store demo, so they will be "broken in" if you believe in that or not.
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    I dont know exactly what these next graphs mean, but here they are...
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    Do note my measurement set up is not the best. I am using a receiver calibration mic mounted in a cardboard box with felt. It seems relatively accurate, but not spot on.
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  2. Thujone

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    Always great to get more measurements! Do you have a known headphone that we can compare these measurements to?

    Also, try messing with your CSD parameters a bit. I have a screenshot of my CSD parameters in this post, give it a try. Currently, your CSD's don't tell us much because of the large frequency window.
     
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    OK, I'll try that when I get home.

    My only headphones are these, modded t50rp's, and vintage pioneer se-l40's, so unfortunately I have no common baseline to compare with.
     
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    Update: comfort is better now after a few days. Seems to have been more streched out now, much better.
     
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    I tried your parameters, messed it up a lot. Ideas?
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    @spwath Looks like your rise time setting might be off a bit.
     
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    Right, thanks
     
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    Here we go, this looks better
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    Much better. Play around with those settings. Eventually you will want to stick with certain parameters so each additional headphone measurement can be compared to the rest.
     
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    Are the pads stock or with a quarter mod?
     
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    Stock.
    Might want to try quarter mod, but I don't want to put holes in my pads :)
     

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