Grado SR325E £299

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - Awards 2018 -

Not con­tent with do­ing the dou­ble last year, Grado has sealed an­other one in 2018 for good mea­sure. It’s more of the same where the Sr325es are con­cerned, de­liv­er­ing a sim­i­lar style and sonic char­ac­ter­is­tics as their more af­ford­able si­b­ling, but up­ping the au­dio ante.

Clear and weighty, these head­phones are as mu­si­cal as they come. Play some up­beat rock and pop and the Gra­dos burst into life, lap­ping up any song’s rhyth­mic en­ergy. The de­liv­ery is or­gan­ised and co­he­sive with­out ever sound­ing stale.

John Wil­liams’s Some­where In My Mem­ory (Home Alone’s sig­na­ture score) is a del­i­cate com­po­si­tion – a flurry of sprightly, dainty in­stru­men­tals – and the Gra­dos treat it with a suit­ably light hand. Ag­ile and flu­ent, they breeze through the var­ied or­ches­tra­tion with­out a hitch.

Sea­sonal bells and chimes never sound bright or hard-edged, just beau­ti­fully sharp and well-im­aged. Bal­anced, de­tailed and dy­nam­i­cally sound, the tune­ful, mel­liflu­ous man­ner of the Sr325es makes longer lis­ten­ing ses­sions a true de­light – and with every mu­sic genre, too.

They’re a sturdy pair of cans too. Giv­ing the Gra­dos a friendly yank does noth­ing but em­pha­sise their flex­i­bil­ity and har­di­ness – and, as the earcups ro­tate 360 de­grees, the con­struc­tion re­mains creak-free. But they share their sound with the out­side world more than nec­es­sary when sat on the bus.

Dy­namic, de­tailed and beau­ti­fully de­signed, the Gra­dos re­main an un­beat­able of­fer­ing at this price.

An­other win for Grado, these Sr325es are a sturdy pair of cans

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