What We Think
A great and affordable pair of in-ear headphones that offer low mass, wide bandwith driver for precision in response, black chrome all-metal housing that eliminates vibration for pure sound.
Monster isolating eartips in multiple sizes to provide a perfect fit to seal out noise, an (almost) tangle-resistant cable design and a MicroStrand cable for extended frequency response, you really can’t get much better.
Grado are a well-respected headphone manufacturer that from time to time introduce a new pair of headphones that become part of the company’s catalogue for a significant portion of the company’s history.
Nonetheless, the Monster Turbine High Performance In-Ear Headphones sports a rather peculiar but the foam-padded earphones reduce ambient noises and are extremely comfortable to wear, did I mention that they’re extremely comfortable to wear? However, the Grado SR60i sport an openback design yet by default you do not get the powerful bass that is more common of closed-back headphones.
Grado SR60i: Oddball Design
However, don’t worry the sound quality is still great. Low frequencies punch heftily yet stop punctually, whilst voices in the midrange are loaded with the expression you’d like to hear. Treble is neat and prompt but if you crank the sound up the headphones bleed enough sound that you’ll be getting more than a few glances from those around you.
Overall, these headphones are, despite their unusual looks, some of the best in their class and beautifully musical.
The Grado SR60i feature the traditional open back design which helps stop the bass from distorting at higher volumes but the quirky style certainly makes potential buyers think twice.