Review: Grado Labs, Alessandro Music Series – Rediscovering Sound

Thanks to the irresistible Wesley Wong, i found myself deep in audiophile territory a few days ago. Jaben, “The Little Headphone Store”, is a small room in Subang Jaya full of treasures. Unassuming, but oh so enticing. The ears couldn’t resist.


Customer service was excellent (Jeff, that means you), and i was attended to full of care; being a newbie, i didn’t know what i wanted, and i didn’t know what i didn’t know, so it must have taken a lot of patience to serve me, what with all my questions.


After shortlisting it down to a handful of different “cans” (that’s what headphones are affectionally known as), i chose the Grado Labs Alessandro Music Series. I didn’t do any research beforehand, or during, but Wesley insisted, and my ears couldn’t disagree — the music sounded terrific.

“All Music Series headphones have a vented diaphragm design that incorporates a large air chamber. This design lowers the frequency resonance (distortion) of the diaphragm and extends bass response. A unique process to de-stress the diaphragm results in enhanced inner detail. The diaphragm is made of a low mass polymer, carefully formed to broaden resonant modes to reduce their amplitude. The diaphragm’s total mass is calculated to provide a full 20 KHZ bandwidth while avoiding breakup at lower frequencies.” – via the official MS1 product page.



The fact a pair of headphones could make music just sound so different than what i was used to is astounding. It was like a man who thought he had been eating caviar all his life suddenly being told he has actually been eating moldy cheese and then given a taste of the real deal. I felt resurrected. My ears came alive in delight. It was like rediscovering music all over again. Amazing.


All product photographs taken with a Canon 5D MarkII, 100mm f2.8 macro. Mia’s photograph taken with a 50mm f1.4. Click on the images for the larger version in Flickr.


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