I recently went to a large demo day that featured every major company. I had been wanting a new set of irons since I knew my swing had changed as had my iron specs, since I had been taking lessons for the past few months and practicing daily. I tried the Cleveland CG-16 black pearl irons, Cobra S-3, Callaway Razr and Razr X-tour, and Diablo Forged, Taylormade Burner 2.0, Titleist AP-1, Ping G-15 and i-15, Adams CB-2, and the Mizuno MX-1000, JPX-800, and JPX-800 pro. My requirement that I had set for myself on what I wanted in my new iron set were: great feel on impact and great sound, good looks that inspire confidance, forgiving and have several shaft options to chose from to match "me". I'll give ya a little break down of what "I" thought of the following irons. Disclaimer: the opinions are mine alone and I realize that some of the irons that I did not like are some of the best selling irons.
Adams: CB-2 black pearl irons,..... great looks and good feel,.... but just didnt make me say wow.
Callaway: Razr just didnt suit my eye and the Razr X-tour just didnt have the feel that I wanted even though it looked a lil better than the Razr
Diablo Forged - wow,... felt wonderful, they looked good and sounded good and were forgiving as well. unfortunately the Callaway rep was less than helpful about shaft options.
I wasnt crazy about the uniflex shafts. I figured if I was spending over $1,000 on a set of irons I could have gotten a little more attention from the rep about different shaft options.
Cleveland : CG-16 black pearl irons they looked great and felt and sounded just OK to me.
Ping : G-15 and i-15,.... as much as I tried to keep and open mind neither of the Pings got me excited.
Taylormade : Burner 2.0 they look pretty good but they are definately built for distance, but then again if you jack up the length and loft of a six iron to the usual specs of a five iron is it really
a six iron anymore just because it has a six stamped on it?
Mizuno : MX-1000 they were very very easy to hit but man they sure didnt appeal to my eye.
JPX-800 they were easy to hit, looked good and were forgiving but just didnt quite have the sound and feel that I was looking for.
JPX-800pro They looked great, had that wonderful soft feel and sweet sound when struck well, and were pretty forgiving. They were forgiving just enough that you would be barked
at instead of bitten on a less than perfect swing.
Titleist: AP-1 they were nice but just werent the total package for me.
In the end the Mizuno guys tried many shaft options and fit the clubs just for me and my swing so I wound up with the JPX-800pro, and I love them more and more each day. The Callaway Diablo Forged irons were a great looking iron that also felt wonderful but the rep was less than helpful, so in all fairness to the club it was a very close second place to the JPX-800pro. Matter of fact if the Callaway rep had been as helpful as the Mizuno guys were I "might" have chosen them instead. But overall, I couldnt be any happier.
Here is my suggestion: There are several different manufacturers that are making a game improvement forged iron now. You ought to take a look at some of the different ones out there.
Good luck and hope you find a set that makes you fall in love with them