This is my first review and as you’d expect, it will probably be shit.
I’m gonna start off this review with a bit off history and also why the UK can be a bit of a dick. If you can’t be arsed with history you fancy know-it-all skip the first three paragraphs.
Once upon a time, in a country called America some Guy called Joseph (Grado) decided to start up a headphone company called Grado Labs. This company made amazing headphones for an amazing price. But there was one catch. If you weren’t American you would get molested by a price so sickening it could make Chuck Norris cry. The reason for this was that Grado Labs have a deal with all their dealers to not ship outside of the USA so all us UK buyers get ripped off by much more expensive dealers here in the UK.
This was the case for many a year until a great, valiant company called Alessandro started selling modified Grado headphones which were in some cases better than their original Grado counterparts and were the same price in the expensive Shit-Storm which is called the UK.
One of these headphones in question is the Alessandro MS1i which is what I am going to be reviewing now.
P.S I’m no audiophile by any stretch but I will try my best to describe these headphones well.
THE SOUND SIGNATURE - If you have ever heard a pair of Grado’s you will know they are one of the most up-front headphones you will find. The Alessandro’s are very similar but are slightly toned down but for me, never fatiguing. I personally prefer this sound and would rather have a pair of Alessandro MS1i’s rather than a pair of Grado SR125i’s (what the Alessandro is modified from).
THE BASS - The bass on these headphones is awesome. It’s deep and noticeable but not a horrible thumping sound like those horribly overpriced BeatsByDre Studio which shouldn’t even cost over £60 never mind several hundred. Back to the point these headphones bass sound amazing on pretty much any song and I would recommend these to anyone who likes a decent amount of bass. If your a full on BASS-junkie there’s more ‘intense’ options (look at Beyers).
THE HIGHS AND LOWS - Some headphones/earphones I have used (BeatsByDre/CX300’s) sound a bit ‘ear-piercing’ on certain parts of songs especially the high notes but these Alessandro’s sound pretty awesome through out and never too piercing or fatiguing FOR ME (they may be for you).
THE FULL PACKAGE - On Head-Fi many reviewers would talk about the sound for much longer, but as I said I’m no audiophile so don’t really know how to describe it anyway other than saying they have an awesome upfront sound which is decently balanced for Rock music or any other music which is ‘upfront’. Classical and Jazz listeners may want to look elsewhere.