Let me put it this way, I like the mspros a lot and I"m going to grab them so long as they are on my desk. But, I won't lose any sleep over wanting to purchase them given the price and the upgrade in sound.
If i had both I'd grab the ms pros almost every time based on sound. I'd grab the sr80is on looks or if the recording was a bit too shrill for the allesandros.
TL:DR the allesandros sound better in a more aggressive detailed sense... But is it worth 500 more dollars (which is pretty much the price difference between the two)... Not in my opinion. If i had 500 dollars to blow, sure. But, not on a college budget. I'll enjoy them while I have them and not fret too much when they are gone.
As one of the "testers" who had the MS-Pros before Chris did, here are some of my observations:
- Bass was tight and could be nicely destinguished.
- The highs were not overwhelming.
- The headphones had a nice, "balanced" sound to them.
Now, with those 3 points made, my observations and feelings nearly mirror what Chris has stated.
Wow, you guys have been busy today. I had 34 unread posts for this thread when I got home from work today. I wanted to chime in again about the MS Pro and piggy back on the thoughts Chris and Wayne put up. I really liked the MS Pro a lot too and it was my go to phone while I had it. It's an awesome headphone and does a lot of things well. When I first started listening to it I was like meh. Part of it was my head hadnt really wrapped around the signature yet, and part of it was the SQ I was already used to from my HF2 and woodied 225. Like Chris though once the signature seeped in my perception was that I preferred the MS Pro, but only slightly. The thing is I think adding your own wood to your Grado can achieve results that rival the SQ of the wooden models Grado offers. I really liked the earthy woody tone of the Mahogany Grado uses. I'd be interested what different sorts of wood Marty and Cabillas have used, and which ones they liked the best.