Summary: My first set of 'real' cans. It transformed my music library over just a few weeks. The texture and detail are the best I have heard for their price, and the best I have ever owned. While not good at electronic, acoustic, rock, and metal sounded fantastic.
Pros: Clarity and detail at its pricepoint. Moddibility.
Cons: Emphasized mid-bass. Small soundstage. Uncomfortable pads.
Summary: I'm a Grado fan, and when my SR80s broke down after extensive use, I got a pair of these MS1's in a trade. I love their sound, i think they look cool, they're comfortable and they're not expensive.
The previous owner modded them with softer ear cushions which just adds to my enjoyment.
Summary: Do you want a grado? Are you on a budget? Do you live outside the usa? Get these.
I'm going to say it like it is.
Grados past the sr80i aren't worth it. The alessandro ms1 is essentially a sr125i for $99.
I own the grado sr225i (well they broke) and i put these to the test.
Summary: I bought these used off ebay, and already burnt in. They sound amazing. Everything is balanced, the bass is tight and punchy, the mids are detailed, and the highs are clear. They sound like you would expect from a company like Grado.
Pros: Amazing sound
Cons: A bit odd looking, rubber tip came off of pole
Summary: These where my first good full-sized headphones and have served as my main headphones for home use since 2007 until recently (2013).
At $100 these are a good price, especially for people living outside of the US where Grados are just way too expensive.
Pros: Very good all-rounder, excellent value for the money
Cons: Tiny soundstage, can become uncomfortable after a while, mid-bass hump, leak a lot, not really suited for portable use.
Summary: I ordered the alessandro ms1 on june 15/2011 and they just arrived today. after many delays from canada post and their strike i finally received it.
i am incredibly impressed and pleased with my purchase.
Pros: amazing sound, good bass, clear highs/mids, comfortable
Cons: they look kind of ugly, questionable durability, open back
Summary: I wanted some tried and true entry level Hi-Fi quality headphones. Easy Answer: Grado.
I research and researched... Which ones to get? SR60i, SR80i, SR125i? Then I found out about Alessandro.
Alessandro MS1 was basically the SR125i sound, but for only $99.00. Perfect!
Summary: These are my third pair of audiophile headphones. In the 1970's I had a set of ~$200 cans driven by a reel to reel, fed through a paragraphic 7 band per channel equalizer and a DBX Box.
Fast forward thirty years to 2003. I bought a pair of Grado SR-80's. Wow!
Pros: Neutral, Very Good For Spoken Word, Acoustic, Vocal Music