Grado SR325E £299
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