Originally Posted by Jbmorrey
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?
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.