Fallen in love with Alessandro MS1i, but are they the cans for me?
Apr 23, 2013 at 2:19 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 6

willemkempers

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I'm a bit of an audionoob, I do take a serious interest in quality audio, but please judge me as a beginner.
 
My taste in music is mostly electronic, ranging from dirty house (https://soundcloud.com/kitsune-maison/beataucues-exclusive-mix-for), to Kelpe (https://soundcloud.com/kelpe/answered-deco-child-remix), to Burial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlEkvbRmfrA) to more generic dance/trance music like Avicii or Alesso, as long as it isn't something like Skrillex. It's not that I never listen to anything else, I love the Beatles, the Doors and the Smiths from time to time, it's just that I prefer to work with electronic music. I'll be using these headphones at home, so I don't really care about sound leakage.
 
I've heard a lot of positive things about Grado and Alessandro. I actually prefer the Alessandro's over the Grado's, as the SR60i's are priced at exactly the same price point as the MS1i's here in the Netherlands. I've got a pair of Etymotic MC5's, but have traded them in for the stock Apple Earpods as the bass on the Etymotics is simply non-existing and I actually enjoyed listening to the Earpods more. I'm anxious that I'll experience the same with the Alessandro's, as a lot of reviews mention the bass being "punchy, but not that deep". Most Grado/Alessandro reviewers only mention them being superb for rock, but I've never heard anything about electronic music.
 
Please note that I'm on a student budget, and really can't go much over €100. The Alessandro's are more expensive than €100, but I'll gladly make an exception and eat noodles for an extra month if those headphones seem to be the best headphones, as I've fallen deeply in love with their looks and modding community.
 
Should I go for the MS1i?
 
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but please judge me as a beginner.

 
Or alternatively, we can not judge you at all.
 
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My taste in music is mostly electronic
 
Should I go for the MS1i?

 
LOL, I just gotta ask, have you heard the MS1i yet?  I ask because Grados (and their ilk) are generally not the first cans that come to mind for electronic music.
 
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Lol, okay.  Well realistically, you're probably going to love them for rock (and maybe even classical).  But once you switch over to electronic, you're going to wish you had something else.
 
Yeah. this is tough because the genres are rather divergent, and there's the budget to consider.  Okay, I'd probably have to go with the Fostex T50RP - which also has a spirited modding community behind it.
 
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