An interesting headphone given its’ provenance, but can it compete with offerings from Sennheiser, or for that matter Shure or even Grado itself?
Consider this headset if: you want headphones with excellent transparency but you want to avoid the edgy or harsh sound that often comes with seemingly transparent headphones.
Look elsewhere if: you need state of the art performance at the frequency extremes or if you need/want closed-back phones due to your environment or as a matter of preference.
Ratings (compared to similarly-priced headphones)
- Tonal Balance: 9
- Clarity: 9.5
- Dynamics: 9
- Comfort/Fit: 8.5
- Sensitivity: 9
- Value: 9.5
The thing that immediately strikes you about the 325 is the clarity and smoothness of the midrange. For those not raised from birth on audiophile Kool-Aid, I should be clear that this observation carries more weight than might be readily apparent. The fundamental tones of most instruments are in the mid-range. Get the mid-range right, and you’re 80% of the way home. As easy as the sentence is to write, I should also be clear that it isn’t that easy to do. Check out my for a discussion of a high-end headphone that struggles just slightly in this area. And, yes, I am saying you can validly compare and cross shop the SR325is and the HD800 (assuming your goal is musical accuracy).