The Grado SR60i headphones replaced the top-rated SR60s in early 2009, and professionals and users alike are as impressed with the Grado SR60i's value as with that of its predecessor. 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 (*Est. $100) , but they produce clear, lively sound, particularly in the midranges. 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.
Reviews of the SR60i at What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision and HeadRoom indicate that it is very similar in appearance and performance to the SR60. One forum poster at Head-Fi.org even reports getting a pair of SR60is in an SR60 package and provides a full review and comparison. Amazon.com has merged user feedback for the SR60 and SR60i; users seem very happy with both.
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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?
Although HeadRoom only rates headphones it sells, editors provide useful overviews based on technical testing. The Grado SR60i headphones are recommended as an excellent value, delivering audiophile-quality sound in the under-$100 price range. Although the styling may be retro, "for many folks it could be the best-sounding headphone they've ever put their ears around." About 40 users chime in with a 4.5-star (out of 5) average rating.
Review: Grado SR 60i, Editors of HeadRoom
Head-Fi.org has forums where users can post their opinions of headphones. Here, user "fjrabon" compares the Grado SR60i with Denon's AHD1001 closed-style 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
4. Which? magazine
Which? rates the Grado SR60i as a Best Buy in the British consumer site's headphones roundup. Editors say sound is "very good overall with a pleasant character," though bass is fuller in more expensive Grado models. They award the Grado SR60i a 75 percent score. Comfort and ease of use are also highly rated, but editors note these headphones can feel a bit tight.
Review: Headphones, Editors of Which?
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
Over 300 users give the Grado SR60i headphones a very high average score. An overwhelming majority love their sound, with 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