After some more research based on your suggestions. It seems the Alessandro MS-1 might be a little more well-rounded than the SR-80i. I'm sure the Ad700 is more comfortable than either the MS-1 or the SR-80i. So the question now becomes, is there a big enough difference in the sound qualities of the MS-1/SR80i and the AD700 to justify the MS-1/80i over the AD700? In other words, is the bass so weak on the ad700 that I should really just suck it up and deal with the possibility of some discomfort from the MS-1/80i for the additional sound quality or will there be such a minor difference between the three that I should pick the most comforable (ad700)?
I agree that the MS-1i is better than the 80i it it is also over your max budget of $100, albeit not by much.
I prefer the MS-1i over the AD700, but they are so different that it's almost like apples and oranges. Neither is a bass oriented can, but the Alessandro has more.
With regard to comfort, most find the AT to be very comfortable, while many find the Alessandro (and its Grado siblings) to be uncomfortable. However, you may or may not be in the majority in either/both case(s).
Edited by KG Jag - 2/13/13 at 8:19pm