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I have a pair for sale if anyone is interested just pm me

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Nope not at all, almost 7000 posts about how good they might be... But they are not.


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Ive been listening to my 500's through my microstreamer. Insane... 

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These are the best $50 something cans I've listened to,... I totally luv 'em.
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^ +10 to this for sure!
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I finally got a pair of Alessandro MS1s. I know they're twice the price of the S500, but people here have always gone on about how the S500 competes with 'phones double their price. Perhaps for certain music or certain tastes, but for me, at least, the MS1s wipe the floor with the S500s. For music in the less Electronic side anyway. To be honest, I actually find the punchiness of the bass great for a lot of the electronic I listen to, like Lark, which is perhaps not as sub-bass dependent as some other electronic music. Or maybe it's merely sound signature preference. I certainly know that, even when I've enjoyed the S500s, they never stayed attached to my head the way the MS1s are now. I didn't even get an urge to visit HF at all for a few days, and I'm only visiting now to report on these in comparison to the S500 rather than seek out that never-ending "better" sounding pair of 'phones.

The S500 do what they do well, but I think the MS1s just do more justice to music made with... I don't want to sound condescending here, but made with "real" instruments. Something about the carbon nanotubes gives a sort of artificial presentation that quite a few people have commented on, even with CNT offerings from other manufacturers, and I think perhaps that's well suited to the more "artificial" sound of electronic music. Don't get me wrong, I'm not ragging on electronic, I enjoy a fair amount of it, I just feel it maybe benefits from quite a different sonic presentation to that of more acoustic/rock/whatever styles of music. The MS1s give a real crunchy texture to the music while the S500s are very muffled-sounding in comparison. The Grado sound might actually be the one that is being more "artificial" in that sense, but to my ears it seems the more accurate presentation.

I was surprised that I like them this much because I'm pretty sibilance-sensitive and these certainly do have peakiness in many songs, but for some reason I don't find it bad enough for me to not want to listen to them for all the other aspects I enjoy. It also seems like the overall presentation of the treble along with boosted mids doesn't offend my ears as much as more V-shaped presentations where treble is boosted. I suppose if you have a ditch before a wall, the wall will seem higher even if it technically isn't.

I do enjoy what the the S500s offer, especially with movies. I'm not ridding myself of them, especially as my first step in the quest for good sound. The S500 are there for me to grab when I need closed cans or BIG bass. For now? The MS1s are glued to my head and a smile is glued to my face with an occasional wince at particularly bad sibilance smily_headphones1.gif.
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:) Alessandro MS-1's are great, forgotten headphones. It's a shame :( They are still one of the best buys at $100!

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These need a lot of burn in before they truly shine. At first I also thought they sounded muffled but it definitely improves after about 70-100 hours. I'm actually to the point where I'm considering selling my DT990, because they ain't getting any love since the day I bought the S500...Call me crazy, but that's the truth. And yes, my ears work just fine.
Edited by Naingolann - 7/18/13 at 6:04am
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So, I gave these headphones to my younger brother. He is loving them!

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I finally got a pair of Alessandro MS1s. I know they're twice the price of the S500, but people here have always gone on about how the S500 competes with 'phones double their price.

 

I also regret that I bought these above the Grado SR80i or Alessandro MS1. The S500 never beats these. They are good but not that good.

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Haters gonna Hate... tongue_smile.gif

 

When I want to listen to some Tull in his best form I put on the DT880's and enjoy, when the desire for some Infected Mushroom hits, it is the HFI-780's I grab.

Out and about, doing some work outside, in the building or shopping for some grub the S500 fit the bill perfectly!

 

They are $38 and a shipping charge... That's it, that's all... and for that price they are Amazing...

 

These are a portable can...  unlike the Alessandro's, I can take the S500's anywhere with me and listen to my hearts content.

If you have the ole Scream 'O too loud on the bus with the MS-1's, you are going to be told to turn it down...

 

So if ya don't like em, Sell em and give someone else a deal and a quicker shipping time!

 

 

A damn fine, good looking headphone if I do say myself!

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Originally Posted by hatefulsandwich View Post

I finally got a pair of Alessandro MS1s. I know they're twice the price of the S500, but people here have always gone on about how the S500 competes with 'phones double their price. Perhaps for certain music or certain tastes, but for me, at least, the MS1s wipe the floor with the S500s. For music in the less Electronic side anyway. To be honest, I actually find the punchiness of the bass great for a lot of the electronic I listen to, like Lark, which is perhaps not as sub-bass dependent as some other electronic music. Or maybe it's merely sound signature preference. I certainly know that, even when I've enjoyed the S500s, they never stayed attached to my head the way the MS1s are now. I didn't even get an urge to visit HF at all for a few days, and I'm only visiting now to report on these in comparison to the S500 rather than seek out that never-ending "better" sounding pair of 'phones.

The S500 do what they do well, but I think the MS1s just do more justice to music made with... I don't want to sound condescending here, but made with "real" instruments. Something about the carbon nanotubes gives a sort of artificial presentation that quite a few people have commented on, even with CNT offerings from other manufacturers, and I think perhaps that's well suited to the more "artificial" sound of electronic music. Don't get me wrong, I'm not ragging on electronic, I enjoy a fair amount of it, I just feel it maybe benefits from quite a different sonic presentation to that of more acoustic/rock/whatever styles of music. The MS1s give a real crunchy texture to the music while the S500s are very muffled-sounding in comparison. The Grado sound might actually be the one that is being more "artificial" in that sense, but to my ears it seems the more accurate presentation.

I was surprised that I like them this much because I'm pretty sibilance-sensitive and these certainly do have peakiness in many songs, but for some reason I don't find it bad enough for me to not want to listen to them for all the other aspects I enjoy. It also seems like the overall presentation of the treble along with boosted mids doesn't offend my ears as much as more V-shaped presentations where treble is boosted. I suppose if you have a ditch before a wall, the wall will seem higher even if it technically isn't.

I do enjoy what the the S500s offer, especially with movies. I'm not ridding myself of them, especially as my first step in the quest for good sound. The S500 are there for me to grab when I need closed cans or BIG bass. For now? The MS1s are glued to my head and a smile is glued to my face with an occasional wince at particularly bad sibilance smily_headphones1.gif.

 

Comparing an open headphone to a closed headphone is like comparing a truck to a car.

People who prefers electronic music will probably say the S500 "wipe the floor" with the MS1.


Edited by RoMee - 7/18/13 at 11:34am
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Originally Posted by Ephraim View Post

 

I also regret that I bought these above the Grado SR80i or Alessandro MS1. The S500 never beats these. They are good but not that good.

I had SR60i for three years (my first decent headphones), and although I did enjoy them, eventually I started EQ-ing them, because I wanted more bass. It's been too long since I traded them away for me to remember exactly how their sound would compare to my S500, but if memory serves, having both would be nice, but if I had to live with one or the other, I would choose the S500....more versatile. 

 

Plus I hated that big stupid cable on the Grados....always in the way, too long to be portable, but not long enough to reach across the room either.

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S500 are portable, closed headphones for less than 40$. People were talking that S500 are better than average, 2x more expensive headphones, not the good ones for 2,5x more $.

 

Also, recently got pair of these S500 and they are amazing. Too bad JVC not included bag, but it can be done with barely 2$ worth materials.

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