Excerpt: this pair of headphones priced at 99 on their website simply blew me away when I tried them on. The sound reproduction is ridiculously crisp and accurate. great accuracy and response times. The soundstage is apparently non-existent based on some reviews ive read, and the sound leaks so much into the surroundings (its open ear style cans) mean that people around you can listen in on exactly what you're listening to, as if you've got speakers strapped onto your head.
Summary: What never ceases to amaze me about the MS1 is the fact that it always sounds right. No matter if it's rock, jazz or electronica, no matter if you listen concentrated or casually - the MS1 always gets the right tone. And they never bore or bug me, that is a point where many other contenders struggled. Its level of detailling is quite impressive - MUCH closer to a brilliant DT880 than to a muggy KSC75. After more than 2 years, still my best-bang-for-the-buck fon ever.
Summary: Ah, the Alessandro MS1s. Grado SR60s impressed me massively but tired me out quickly - if you find them (or SR80s or SR125s) overbright, the MS1 is a very good alternative, and if you're in the UK, absolutely outrageous value for money - these cost me about £54 delivered at the exchange rate in October 2006 ($99 direct from www.alessandro-products.com - and I didn't get hit by import duty) - SR60s seldom go for less than £70 (or £60 if you're very lucky) in the UK.
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. Since the right cup on my grado sr225 is broken i swapped cups and listening with the alessandro ms1 on the right while the grado sr225 is on the left.
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.
I unfortunately killed a driver while performing my 900th mod. I miss them. Hopefully I will own them again one day.
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: 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. Anyone who says the bass is lacking is probably a bass head or major dub-step fan.
On the downside they can look a little goofy, the little rubber tip also popped off one of the poles and I will have to replace it.
Pros: Amazing sound
Cons: A bit odd looking, rubber tip came off of pole
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! About half the cost of the earlier high end headphones (Sennheisers?) I had owned. Tight sound, worked well with tv, ipod, and anything else, including an almost audiophile grade am radio.
Pros: Neutral, Very Good For Spoken Word, Acoustic, Vocal Music
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!
The first time I played these (even with no burn in) I knew I had made the right choice. CLEAR!
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. The sound is relatively flat, but the mid-bass is a little emphasized. Some might call that "fun" or "punchy", but I could live without it, honestly.
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.