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I reeeeeeeally didn't like the stock MS1. It was so thin. Only mids and a ton of treble. Listening to rock on the MS1000 is great because the bass boost provides the punch for the drums and the mids aren't too affected IMO. The MS1000 does sound completely different than the MS1 though (obviously). Still though, the MS1000 definitely isn't a 'flat' headphone with the amount of bass holes I made so I can understand your experience.

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Mids are are a question of taste. I personally dislike recessed mids as much as overpronounced mids. IMO, the stock Gradessandros have too much mids, and the mods fixes that. I've compareded the MS1K and the Ulti to many other HPs, their tonality is very close to the super natural AKG K701...plus punch, of course. My wife is a violin player, she hasn't yet to listen to any HP that sounds as natural as the MS1K / Ulti when violin or cello sonatas are to be displayed.


4 bass holes is a lot though, maybe...

post #2418 of 2419

^ Seconded. Especially the Ulti sounds a lot like a K701 but with more punch. The MS1000 might have the same tonality as the Ulti but it lacks the resolution.

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My first attempt.  Not as good as I wanted (appearance-wise), but nicer than I expected on a first attempt.  The outer grill/screen will come later.  Onto the sound....the sound is a million times better...and I loved the MS-1 originally.  The punch hole mod really extended the bass a bit without sacrificing that tight kick that is unique (among my collection, anyway) to the MS-1.  I tried the thin layer of felt on the inner side of the distancers and wasn't happy with it--currently, it is removed.  Very odd as I usually consider myself a borderline bass-head and fully expected to want to tame the treble significantly.  


Dumb question, but for those out there who have the MS-1 and the MS-2, does the MS-2 have the same punch to the bass?  


Dumb question number 2:  Is there much reason to try an MS-2 after constructing the MS1000?  I keep wondering if having a stock Grado/Alessandro is something I'll miss, and some head-fiers claim the MS-2 reproduces female vocals like nothing else...and with the correct pads, can still have the awesome punch.

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