The HF2 has bass that no other Grado has. Well, maybe the PS1 does, but I can’t really say, cause I’ve never really heard the PS1. I suppose the HP1000 has a very nice bass as well, and that its presentation is different, but the HF2 has the most fun sounding bass compared to all modern Grados and Alessandros. It has soft but punchy, just enough quantity of bass to make music a lot of fun. The fun bass, combined with a fuller body than the traditional Grados, yet still possessing its magical mids, really make the HF2 a lot of fun to listen to.
When playing the Beethoven String Quartets, it becomes obvious that the wood/alloy housing HF2 has a different timbre than the full-wood MS-Pro. Where the MS-Pro’s timbre really sounds like dry wood in violin, the HF2 has a slight metallic sound to it, but still a very good timbre overall. (I’m talking a very very small metallic sound, but still overall a very woody sound). What’s interesting is that I enjoy strings more on the HF2 than on the MS-Pro. I don’t think it’s because of the slightly metallic timbre, but I think the more fuller body of the HF2 complements very nicely to string recordings that often sounds a bit dry.
The MS-Pro remains a more technically superior headphone, with its superior transparency, soundstage, and separation. However, the limited edition HF2 wins for musicality. It has a fun bass that Grados don’t seem to have, a fuller body, and a smooth sound without sacrificing detail. I think with the exception of Classical music, HF2 wins with everything else.
Fun sound, very good and musical bass for a Grado. Retains the smooth Grado mids.
Limited edition. Lettering is spelled wrong on the majority HF2s. Doesn’t play classical music well due to lack of separation and soundstaging.
System for auditioning:
Headphones: Grado HF2, Alessandro MS-Pro
Source: CEC CD5300 CD Player
Amplifier: Beta22 3-Channel
Thanks to Winsome for making this review possible.