First, a brief rundown on how I got to where I am today: I've previously been using a set of ATH-M50s cans for the last few years until recently when I decided I wanted to try something new. So I picked up the Grado SR325is. Which initially I quite liked. Then I also bought a Beyer DT990 Premium (32 ohm) and Sennheiser HD598 to compare with the Grados. After a few weeks of burn in and testing, I've come to the conclusion that I really like the all-around sound of the HD598 compared to the other two. Solid enough bass with clear and forward mids and treble that don't get overly harsh. However, I also prefer the overall and on-ear-wear style of the Grados. Plus I feel like I should support the "local" team if you will. If only the highs weren't so grating at times. I've tried the flat, G cush, and its standard L cush pads on the SR325is and prefer the standard ones.
Now I've read that the Alessandros are basically more neutral versions of the Grado but is there a big enough difference in the trebles to make it worth trying to track a pair down to test against the HD598? I figure if the MS2i + G cush pads can tame the highs and give me a comparable overall sound and headstage to the HD598 I would definitely keep the MS2i.
Any thoughts from those who have used the MS2/SR325is line on whether or not the differences at the treble end is significant enough to make it worthwhile?
Edited by kenshin27 - 6/11/11 at 8:19pm