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Alessandro MS1i Question and Recommendation

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So I am curious to know if I am missing something. I currently own a pair of Sennheiser HD598, Beyerdynamic Dt770 80ohm, Audio Technica ATH M50. I was considering getting a pair of Alessandro MS1i, and wanted to know if getting these will be different from what I currently have? It seems as though Grado's in general have their own type of sound and if it's going to be different, then I would like to hear them, unfortunately I do not have access to any place to listen to them here in San Antonio,TX so I will just have to roll the dice and pick up a pair....I am hoping they are unlike anything I have. I listen to just about everything from Classical to Rock. What do you recommend? Thanks so much for the insight!

 

James

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Yeah--very different from what you have.  This can is a great choice for sticking your toe into the greater Grado pond.

 

To bad you weren't at one of the last three Austin Head-Fi meets.  You could have heard mine--plus many more Grados that were present for sampling.

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Yea, That would have been great to attend, it's frustrating that all I have is Best Buy to go to in order to sample headphones. There is Bjorns here locally, but they are still pretty limited. So how can you explain the difference that the Grados offer?

 

Thanks,

 

James

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Yea, That would have been great to attend, it's frustrating that all I have is Best Buy to go to in order to sample headphones. There is Bjorns here locally, but they are still pretty limited. So how can you explain the difference that the Grados offer?

 

Thanks,

 

James

 

That is a great deal like asking someone to explain the difference between and apple and a coconut.  In the context of the cans you own, explain the difference between the 598 and 770.  I believe it is easier to directly describe the sound signature that the MS-1i delivers.  The Grado family (especially within the SR line and MS-1i which is bas on the SR 80i) delivers a distinct and unique house sound.

 

The 1i places you on stage with the band.  It delivers a forward presentation, which while not bass lite from neutral, emphasizes mids and lower treble.  It is a fantastic can for classic rock and electric blues.  It delivers a sound signature that is almost 180 degress opposite from the Senn veil in cans like the 598.  Yet it is much closer to the Senn in its presentation of treble, mids and bass than to the two "V" shaped EQ cans you have in the M50 & DT770--which feature recessed mids.  The mids are where things like guitars and vocals live.

 

The Grado sound is unique.  You would think a a major city like San Antonio has at least a shop or two that sells them and has listening room.  Hit the internet and make some calls.  If still no luck, it will give you an excuse to travel up to San Marcos or Austin.  You can then catch some great live music as part of the trip.

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KG Jag,

 

         Thanks, that help a lot! now it looks like I am on my way to Grado land to get me a pair! I am anxious to hear them!!

 

James

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Glad to help.  Let me know what you think of them after test driving them for a while.

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Ok, they have been purchased, now the looong wait to get them in the mail and I am anxious to hear them. I read someone talking about giving them Wood cups? And that would make a huge difference on the sound quality, similar to the RS model! I am also liking the idea of being able to easily mod them, however I have never "Modded" headphones, We will see! I will post as soon as I hear them!!

 

 

James

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Anyone here who has upgraded to allesandro ms1 from koss portapro or has used both of them..?

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Has anyone bought the headphones online from alessandro website in india?

Does any one know how the custom duties work ?

Will i be required to pay the custom duty on alessandro ms1 if i buy it online from their website ?

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