Though sound falls short compared to better headphones, you'll be hard pressed to find a better value than the Grado SR60i
Great for its price. Professionals and users alike are impressed with the Grado SR60i's performance relative to its price class. The Grado SR60i has an upgraded driver design from the older Grado SR60, but reviewers say that the differences are very subtle. Like the SR60, the SR60i can't match the bass and detail of the pricier Grado SR80i, but it produces clear, lively sound, particularly in the midranges.
Retro cans. The Grado SR60i headphones have an open-back design, so those next to you will be able to figure out your musical tastes. It also has the same retro style as the SR60, which some reviewers don't like. We saw a few grumbles regarding comfort for long listening sessions, but no real red lights in that regard.
For most, the savings are worth it. Reviewers say they are hard-pressed to find other headphones in this price class that perform as well as the Grado SR60i. Those willing to spend more can do better, especially if bass is a priority. But, as What Hi-Fi? magazine notes, "As long as you're not looking for ultra-deep bass, these will satisfy your every musical desire."
1. What Hi-Fi?
British audio enthusiast magazine What Hi-Fi? has up-to-date reviews of many types of audio equipment, including headphones. Reviews are of varying length, but are generally brief and undated. The Grado SR60i gets a perfect rating and is described as having "hugely accomplished sound in all respects." What Hi-Fi? names the SR60i the Headphones Product of the Year for 2009. Visually, it is almost indistinguishable from its predecessor model, the SR60. It is surpassed by the SR80i, the reviewer writes.
Review: Grado SR60i, Editors of What Hi-Fi?, Not Dated
Head-Fi.org has forums where users can post their opinions of headphones. Here, user "fjrabon" compares the Grado SR60i with a set of closed-back Denon headphones in a lengthy posting, concluding that listening to the SR60 is a "jaw-dropping experience."
Review: Intro and Compare/Contrast to the Grado SR60i and Denon AHD1001, "fjrabon", Feb. 18, 2009
Jim Austin writes an extended, detailed review of the Grado SR60i headphones, comparing them in depth to the SR60s and finding them more vivid for midrange sound and possessing slightly deeper bass. He considers them an excellent value.
Review: Grado SR60i Headphones, Jim Austin, May 3, 2010
Nearly 550 users give the Grado SR60i headphones a score of 4.4 stars out of 5. A majority love their sound, with nearly two-thirds of all users giving the Grados 5 stars out of 5. Note that reviews for the earlier model, the SR60, are also included in the tally.
Review: Grado Prestige Series SR-60i Padded Headphones, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014