The MS1000 is a very interesting headphone. It succeeds in eliminating a lot of the problems people have with Grados, but at the cost at making them sound a little less like Grados than the MS1 already sounded. For better or for worse, some of the magic disappears in exchange for a very different type of magic: a Grado that retains about 80% of its treble energy and gains what was thought to be impossible without warranty-ruining mods: enough bass to satisfy all but the most dedicated of bassheads and soundstage that rivals AKG’s best efforts.



I’ve since sold mine, but only because of the complaints I’ve gotten for using open headphones for study sessions, which has been taking up most of my time lately. But the MS1000 has convinced me that once I’m able to use open headphones again, I’m gunning for the MS-Ultimate, or the MS1000 mod performed on the Alessandro MS-Pro. The MS1000 is that enjoyable. No, it is not a headphone that can dissect a music collection, that was never its goal. It is, however, a headphone that can lead to rediscovering a music collection.

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