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Originally Posted by HeroicPenguin View Post

 

Hmm, that's quite a bit bigger than I wanted. I guess that means I'm still looking for a portable mid-centric $200 circumaural headphone...

 

 

mid centric? try the koss tbse1/dj100/dj200, they are more affordable too... and koss has lifetime guarantee... i have the tbse1 myself

post #1832 of 6388

I tried the MD from my ipod just for giggles today. It was way better than I thought!! WAY better. It takes about 70% of the dial to get to a nice volume level but the sound is nice. I thought since the MD takes a good bit of the volume pot on the lyr, that they'd have no chance on an ipod. Makes for a decent portable!!

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Originally Posted by jhelsas View Post

 

I would like to hear your impressions on Mad Dogs + UHA-6S mkii, since I'm seriously thinking in getting both.

Hi Jhelsas,

 

I got the Leckerton and listened to it w/ my Mad Dogs on my commute and at home all week.  (I don't mind looking like an aircraft carrier runway dude around town)  I am very pleased with the little amp so far.  It sounds very pristine to my ears, absolutely quiet too.  Build quality is top notch, I love the volume pot, although be careful as it can be easy to move accidentally!  

 

 

 

I tried to compare it to my c421 this morning, looping certain sections of songs and switching between the two amps. *I should preface this by stating that I'm an absolute n00b when it comes to critically reviewing any audio equipment whatsoever, and I'm going completely by what I heard* .  I found the power output to be just about the same between the two amps.  This means for pretty much any music made in the last 20 years or so they both have plenty of juice to drive the Mad Dogs.  I did find that with some older music I was cranking the volume on both amps pretty high, both set to high gain already.  Volume-wise, they did plenty fine, but I have a sneaking suspicion the Mad Dogs would shine more with added power behind them.  Luckily, most of the music I listen to is contemporary so I am extremely pleased with the amp.  It has a tiny bit less low end to my ears compared with the 421 set on flat, but sounds quite a bit cleaner to me.  Soundstage was pretty similar between the two, sometimes I'd prefer one over the other but it was basically a draw for me.  

 

So in the end, I don't think you can go wrong with either of these for a portable amp for the Mad Dogs.  If you're a bass head I'd suggest the 421 for it's price, very convenient bass boost switch and if you don't need a DAC option.  However, the UHA absolutely kills with its input selection and DAC on top of its really clean audio output.

 

----

 

As far as the Mad Dogs go, they have quickly become my favorite pair of cans.  Pretty much all the music I've thrown at them has sounded great.  They have more than enough bass to satisfy me and there's something special to the high end that I really dig.  As others have already said, they are super comfortable.  The leather not only feels good to the touch, it smells good^^.  I feel like I need a cigar, scotch and green velvet armchair to listen to them.  They are a Gentleman's headphone.

 

L3000.gif..haha

 

-oso

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So excited, my pair may arrive next week smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by olorosooso View Post

Hi Jhelsas,

 

I got the Leckerton and listened to it w/ my Mad Dogs on my commute and at home all week.  (I don't mind looking like an aircraft carrier runway dude around town)  I am very pleased with the little amp so far.  It sounds very pristine to my ears, absolutely quiet too.  Build quality is top notch, I love the volume pot, although be careful as it can be easy to move accidentally!  

 

 

 

I tried to compare it to my c421 this morning, looping certain sections of songs and switching between the two amps. *I should preface this by stating that I'm an absolute n00b when it comes to critically reviewing any audio equipment whatsoever, and I'm going completely by what I heard* .  I found the power output to be just about the same between the two amps.  This means for pretty much any music made in the last 20 years or so they both have plenty of juice to drive the Mad Dogs.  I did find that with some older music I was cranking the volume on both amps pretty high, both set to high gain already.  Volume-wise, they did plenty fine, but I have a sneaking suspicion the Mad Dogs would shine more with added power behind them.  Luckily, most of the music I listen to is contemporary so I am extremely pleased with the amp.  It has a tiny bit less low end to my ears compared with the 421 set on flat, but sounds quite a bit cleaner to me.  Soundstage was pretty similar between the two, sometimes I'd prefer one over the other but it was basically a draw for me.  

 

So in the end, I don't think you can go wrong with either of these for a portable amp for the Mad Dogs.  If you're a bass head I'd suggest the 421 for it's price, very convenient bass boost switch and if you don't need a DAC option.  However, the UHA absolutely kills with its input selection and DAC on top of its really clean audio output.

 

----

 

As far as the Mad Dogs go, they have quickly become my favorite pair of cans.  Pretty much all the music I've thrown at them has sounded great.  They have more than enough bass to satisfy me and there's something special to the high end that I really dig.  As others have already said, they are super comfortable.  The leather not only feels good to the touch, it smells good^^.  I feel like I need a cigar, scotch and green velvet armchair to listen to them.  They are a Gentleman's headphone.

 

L3000.gif..haha

 

-oso

 

Completely agree with all your points!! (I also had the c421 before the Leckerton! Sold the c421 just because the Leckerton has more battery life ;-))

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Anybody driving the Mad dogs with a Matrix M-stage? Any thoughts on the pairing?

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Anybody driving the Mad dogs with a Matrix M-stage? Any thoughts on the pairing?

 

Not yet but I will have one in house next week to try out.

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I owned that amp but not at the same time that I've had the MD's. On paper it should sound good I think. 

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Anybody driving the Mad dogs with a Matrix M-stage? Any thoughts on the pairing?

The M-stage and the Mad Dogs are a good combo.

post #1840 of 6388

That's good to know thanks. Do you feel like it gets the best out of them though?

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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post

That's good to know thanks. Do you feel like it gets the best out of them though?

No, I prefer a tube/tube hybrid amp with them, but the M-stage has a very"tubey" sound .As far as a Solid state amp, I like them on the M-stage much more then my O2 and/or my Burson.


Edited by Fearless1 - 11/18/12 at 2:00pm
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I REALLY like how the MD responds to volume increases on the lyr!! It's just a very smooth progression of sound. Never gets harsh or clips. Just cranked up a little Ani D. to 12:00 on the v.pot. I never turn the volume up that loud with the lyr. But man, does it scale up nicely with volume. If I wasn't worried about my hearing I'd see what 2:00 sounds like. blink.gif

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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

 

This could be due to a few factors:

 

1. I've only heard that amp a few times, and I don't believe it was a super powerful amp

2. I don't think you have such a great source running (trying to put apple bashing aside :)   ) 

3. It very well could be some of those songs are just downright poorly recorded, and the MD are revealing that.

 

Best troubleshooting advice I can give is to try to find something else that has a decent headphone amp built into it. Try a home receiver and see how they sound with that.

 

 

mp3 vs flac is only a nuance of a difference

 

I tried a Denon amp and did some comparison with my ATH-M50s and came to the conclusion that the MD's a are just more revealing and less tolerant of bad recordings. Also, the MD's seem to handle small bands (jazz, rock) very easily, but want to be cranked up for classical orchestra or big band to get rid of a veiled/anemic/compressed sound to the music. Sometimes I have to crank up the volume more than I think is healthy, but when I get there they sound fantastic.


Edited by moses667 - 11/18/12 at 6:29pm
post #1844 of 6388
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Originally Posted by paradoxper View Post

Are your running off the AC or batteries?

Both (at different times). Do you think either power source makes any significant difference in the sound?

post #1845 of 6388
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

I tried the MD from my ipod just for giggles today. It was way better than I thought!! WAY better. It takes about 70% of the dial to get to a nice volume level but the sound is nice. I thought since the MD takes a good bit of the volume pot on the lyr, that they'd have no chance on an ipod. Makes for a decent portable!!

I've gotta agree. I've used my iPhone 4 with them in the DC Metro (subway) and thought the combination of isolation/volume/power was such that I could get them loud enough to hear over the sound of the train without busting my eardrums. And they sound pretty decent. Not as good as amped, but pretty decent nonetheless.

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