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post #2416 of 2423

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.

post #2417 of 2423
Thread Starter 

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 2423

^ 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.

post #2419 of 2423

 

 

 

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.

post #2420 of 2423

I'd say all Gradessandros have the punch... it's just that some can have a bit more than others... It's a trademark actually :D

 

Through the thread there is feedback that MS2 is not so good of an option compared to MS1. My MS1s are not PS1000'd, just woodied btw. I do however have a pair of Magnum 3.5 woodied and distanced (the shorter version) with gen Grado bowls. And they're wonderful.

 

If you have the distancers installed in a non permanent way on the MS1s, I'd say you should go for it and just play with what you have, assuming you own the MS2 already.


Edited by xaval - 8/28/14 at 3:51am
post #2421 of 2423
My apologies, I should clarify. Is there any reason to purchase an ms2 after constructing an ms1000?
post #2422 of 2423
Man oh man does this look good.
Anyone still make spacers? If so whats the pricing? I feel like this could be a great mod considering how much I digged the Alessandro house sound
post #2423 of 2423

@kcdecker MS2 don't sound anything like a PS1000 or MS1000. The pads make all the difference. What the PS1000 concept brings to the table is that you get the bowl effect inherent to PS1000 + distancers, without negatively affecting the FR (on the contrary, actually lol).


Edited by xaval - 8/28/14 at 3:53am
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