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Looking for a portable and was strongly considering these. They will be driven out of a O2, from which I understand, can drive them. My budget is $500 and lower, I listen to alt. rock and folk. Mad Dogs the best I can get?
It depends if you're talking about best closed can you get. If not, there's always the HD650, HE-400, and HE-500 used.

All of the aforementioned will sound fine out of the O2. More importantly, what are you doing about a source?
I'm looking for a closed portable, IEM or headphone. Source is iPod Touch, LOD with a O2. Mad Dogs fit the bill?
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I'm looking for a closed portable, IEM or headphone. Source is iPod Touch, LOD with a O2. Mad Dogs fit the bill?

I don't have experience in the portable game. However the O2 will drive the MD fine.

 

Optimizing components is another thing all together. 

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I'm looking for a closed portable, IEM or headphone. Source is iPod Touch, LOD with a O2. Mad Dogs fit the bill?

I don't have experience in the portable game. However the O2 will drive the MD fine.

 

Optimizing components is another thing all together. 

Gotcha.

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i've read that the O2 and ODAC is one the best combos out there with the Mad Dogs. So yeah, the O2 would work great with them.

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i've read that the O2 and ODAC is one the best combos out there with the Mad Dogs. So yeah, the O2 would work great with them.

I hope this is true I just ordered the o2 and the odac
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I hope this is true I just ordered the o2 and the odac

I shouldn't have said that. Now you'll hate me if you are disappointed with it. tongue_smile.gif

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I shouldn't have said that. Now you'll hate me if you are disappointed with it. tongue_smile.gif

Yes, you will be held personally responsible wink.gif
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I'm considering downgrading from my HF2's to these. I love fast and detailed headphones. Something like a full sized Etymotic would be fantastic.

 

I love the sparkly treble on my HF2's though. Would I be losing that if I switched to these? 

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I hope this is true I just ordered the o2 and the odac

 

They do work really well with the MD. I clipped some resistors in mine to change them from 2.5x/6.0x gain to 2.5x/1.0x gain. They still get plenty loud at 1.0x gain, and I do believe that should allow for a slightly cleaner sound...

 

Some have also claimed the O2 has slightly scratchy treble and recommended swapping out the input JRC 2068 opamp with the LM4562. I tried it out of curiosity and because my ears can be sensitive to treble (probably doesn't help that I listen loud and with long sessions). Again, I think this helped make the O2 slightly more resolving and with less scratchy treble. Very subtle, of course, and within the realms of placebo. I'm quite enjoying what I'm hearing now anyway, so I'll leave it like I have it.

 

Anyway, that's just my experience with the O2/ODAC and the MDs, but I'd have to guess that you'll probably be very satisfied as-is!

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I'm considering downgrading from my HF2's to these. I love fast and detailed headphones. Something like a full sized Etymotic would be fantastic.

 

I love the sparkly treble on my HF2's though. Would I be losing that if I switched to these? 

Hmm, I guess it depends on what you mean by "sparkly." Will they be elevated like Etys? No. there's only one little spike right above flat at around 10k. But is the treble still amazingly detailed? Yes. I also feel that drums still hit with enough authority for my tastes.

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They do work really well with the MD. I clipped some resistors in mine to change them from 2.5x/6.0x gain to 2.5x/1.0x gain. They still get plenty loud at 1.0x gain, and I do believe that should allow for a slightly cleaner sound...

 

Some have also claimed the O2 has slightly scratchy treble and recommended swapping out the input JRC 2068 opamp with the LM4562. I tried it out of curiosity and because my ears can be sensitive to treble (probably doesn't help that I listen loud and with long sessions). Again, I think this helped make the O2 slightly more resolving and with less scratchy treble. Very subtle, of course, and within the realms of placebo. I'm quite enjoying what I'm hearing now anyway, so I'll leave it like I have it.

 

Anyway, that's just my experience with the O2/ODAC and the MDs, but I'd have to guess that you'll probably be very satisfied as-is!

That's weird, there shouldn't be any "scratching" in the treble. I've never heard what you're referring to, but I do believe mine came with a 4562.

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Hmm, I guess it depends on what you mean by "sparkly." Will they be elevated like Etys? No. there's only one little spike right above flat at around 10k. But is the treble still amazingly detailed? Yes. I also feel that drums still hit with enough authority for my tastes.

That's weird, there shouldn't be any "scratching" in the treble.

Hmm I see... So I'd be sacrificing some of that beautiful silky Grado treble for ridiculous detail and glorious mids. 

 

So how's the soundstage? I'd kinda be keen on a bit wider than the HF2's. My ideal soundstage presentation is that of the DT880/600. How do they compare to that?

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They do work really well with the MD. I clipped some resistors in mine to change them from 2.5x/6.0x gain to 2.5x/1.0x gain. They still get plenty loud at 1.0x gain, and I do believe that should allow for a slightly cleaner sound...

Some have also claimed the O2 has slightly scratchy treble and recommended swapping out the input JRC 2068 opamp with the LM4562. I tried it out of curiosity and because my ears can be sensitive to treble (probably doesn't help that I listen loud and with long sessions). Again, I think this helped make the O2 slightly more resolving and with less scratchy treble. Very subtle, of course, and within the realms of placebo. I'm quite enjoying what I'm hearing now anyway, so I'll leave it like I have it.

Anyway, that's just my experience with the O2/ODAC and the MDs, but I'd have to guess that you'll probably be very satisfied as-is!

Nice I can't wait to try it out, I'm currently ampless right now
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Hmm I see... So I'd be sacrificing some of that beautiful silky Grado treble for ridiculous detail and glorious mids. 

So how's the soundstage? I'd kinda be keen on a bit wider than the HF2's. My ideal soundstage presentation is that of the DT880/600. How do they compare to that?
I haven't heard any Grados, but based on their graphs, I might not be inclined to agree.... But actually, the thing that suprised me the most about the MDs is the bass. I haven't heard a better bass presentation in any other headphone. While it's powerful when it needs to be, it remains very textured and incredibly detailed, ive been hearing bass guitars in songs with newfound detail because of the fact the bass has a short decay.

As far as soundstage goes, I haven't heard the DT880 or the HF2, so I can't help you there. The soundstage is almost as good as the HD600. So if you get the MDs, don't expect a K1000 soundstage, but know its very good for being closed back.
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right, but remember that the HD600 is open and the Mad Dogs are closed. I'd say that the soundstage is damn good for a closed back.

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As portables, I think the MD's are feasible, but not very but optimal. The cups don't swivel and they're pretty large to fit underneath your neck if you're carrying them around your head. People have mentioned you can carry around a bag to put them in. However, they isolate outside noise well, keep my ears warm well enough in cold weather, and aren't heavy. :)

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