Pros: amazing sound, good bass, clear highs/mids, comfortable
Cons: they look kind of ugly, questionable durability, open back
I ordered the alessandro ms1 on june 15/2011 and they just arrived today. after many delays from canada post and their strike i finally received it.
i am incredibly impressed and pleased with my purchase.
let's start my review
if i had to complain about anything on these headphones i think it would have to be be the looks and durability. after holding them in my hands i noticed they are made of plastic.and look quite unappealing. durability wise the cord seems a little loosely connected to the headset and i feel twisting might harm it. also they are open back so this makes it hard to take places. they are masters of noise leakage.
Update: The screw which screws the extender to the ear cup has become loose and it keeps falling out. It's not a huge issue as the headphones still work and when their on your head they don't fall out, but it is really annoying.
many people say grado's are uncomfortable. well perhaps they are correct. but these are really comfortable. their lightweight and have comfortable pads.
ok so this is the most important part. this is only a first impressions so it might change after i get used to it. sound quality is for the most part amazing. these are not harsh or abrasive and they are not honest making listening to badly recorded music more fun. these have loads of bass. those who say they don't are crazy. they are really fast headphones and the mids are very present. the highs are not harsh or sibilant.
now im a metalhead and listen to almost exclusively metal so this is my impressions on that matter.
electric guitar is very forward and fun. it has the energy it needs to have. drums are very present. and bass has a very forward sound to.
now folk metal is another thing. with my shure srh840 i find flutes and folk instruments hard to listen to. these make them clear fun and not screechingly harsh.
now i don't have very much experience with headphones so take my review with a grain of salt but i feel that for $99 these are definitely worth it.
now stop reading this review and buy a pair.