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I received a tour pair of lcd2.2s and the alpha dogs today, I have to say that the lcds were perfect, and to me, it really isn't a contest, but the alpha dogs are still really good, and much comfier, just don't sound as amazing as the lcd2s.
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I had a chance to A/B the LCD2 and my mad dogs on Eddie Current's little kit amp last sunday at the Bay Area meet (SF).  The mad dogs showed very well. The LCD2 was probably the better headphone, but it is 3 or 4 times the price, and open.  The MD's held up well enough that I don't feel the need for a pair of LCD2's.  IMHO, YMMV, etc...  The HE5 and HE6, now those were cool!

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I personally haven't had much success using anything that puts out less than 750mW per channel, but to be fair my only options on hand with less power are either OTL tube amps that are a very poor match for orthos or my phone, iPod, or computer headphone out.  In reality, I don't have a good option to test my set out of something that puts out anything near the range of the E7/11. However, I do know that they can sound quite good out of amps with over 750mW into 50Ω (I own four that exceed this threshold).  If you find the opportunity to check out a more powerful amp, I'd give it a shot.

 

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Well, since you asked............with my double amp setup the bass is distorted.  Weird but seems with same settings A/B the Q40 has much better bass.  Dan said they need 40 hrs burn in and that I will need to adjust my hearing expectations.   

 

With them hooked up to my laptop running a USB Fiio D-3 they sound good but run out of volume.  Seems maybe they are very power hungry.  Volume is maxed and not overly loud.

 

Not sure right now.  Gonna give it some time and try other settings and EQ changes.  

 

With straight E-11, underwhelming.  Same with E-7.  Maybe I'm an outlier or such a basshead that these just are too different in their bass response.

 

Burning  them in, more listening to commerce.  

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The Mad Dog does have very good quality bass, but I honestly don't think you can get basshead level of bass out of it.

 

It's more of a refined kind of bass, though still less than what the LCD-2 and other higher-end headphones are capable of.

 

The main focus here should be on how good its midrange is.

It's not a basshead can.  Great extension, impact when needed, great mids, and to me, great detailed highs, but not brittle or fatiguing highs.  A wonderfully balanced presentation at a fantastic price. Caveat - I don't like the Grado highs, or the beyer highs so much, and Ultrasones kill me - (dang it, and I missed out on the uber high end ultrasones that were at the meet last week...  I've always wondered if the top tier ultrasones are different than the Pro 750/900 or any of the HFI series.)  Anyway, I'm more of a sennheiser hd650 type sound signature guy.

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Originally Posted by aamefford View Post

I had a chance to A/B the LCD2 and my mad dogs on Eddie Current's little kit amp last sunday at the Bay Area meet (SF).  The mad dogs showed very well. The LCD2 was probably the better headphone, but it is 3 or 4 times the price, and open.  The MD's held up well enough that I don't feel the need for a pair of LCD2's.  IMHO, YMMV, etc...  The HE5 and HE6, now those were cool!
One of the things I prefer of the LCD2.2s is that they are open. They are definitely not 3-4 times better, but it still was so beautiful, like my perfect sound signature, with the bass and highs just right... Preference thing I guess, just those are absolutely stunning! biggrin.gif these are great too, just those are perfect to me, and these are ~85 there.
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The Sony 1R is no where near as Hi-Fi sounding as MD.

MD are Hi-Fi now, need to stock a box before they jumped in price? tongue.gif

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How does a stock T50rp sound with Alpha Pads?

 

I think most people mod them, and most who are looking to add new pads have probably already had theirs modded. Un-modded I find the t50rps to be somewhat underwhelming. I don't think the pads would do much for them. But who knows ^_^

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Do they only accept PayPal?

They also take credit card/ debit card right on the site. When I did it though it did not seem the website was secure enough for me. Disregard the last sentence. Site is 256 bit encryption. 


Edited by KCxSmacker - 2/24/13 at 2:50am
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The whole site is https now.
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The whole site is https now.

ah yes I think I must have just missed it. Sorry about that. Its 256-bit encryption! ^_^

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Originally Posted by aamefford View Post

It's not a basshead can.  Great extension, impact when needed, great mids, and to me, great detailed highs, but not brittle or fatiguing highs.  A wonderfully balanced presentation at a fantastic price. Caveat - I don't like the Grado highs, or the beyer highs so much, and Ultrasones kill me - (dang it, and I missed out on the uber high end ultrasones that were at the meet last week...  I've always wondered if the top tier ultrasones are different than the Pro 750/900 or any of the HFI series.)  Anyway, I'm more of a sennheiser hd650 type sound signature guy.

 

I'm not a fan of Beyer highs or Grado highs, either.

 

I think you'd be glad you skipped some of the higher end Ultrasones. The Edition 8 I heard wasn't as good as I read around. The high-end was way too grainy, and it was also more sibilant than my ES10.

 

But that's to say, I still enjoy an open sound more than a slightly closed-in one. And I think the Mad Dog sounds a bit too closed in when it's not matched with proper amp/source.

 

Dang it, the W3000ANV and TH900 totally spoiled me. You definitely should have heard at least one of them. Those were the only headphones I think the Mad Dog wouldn't measure up to.

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I have not gone through all the previous pages but allow me to ask a couple of questions :

 

1) Would the MD be suitable for low level listening ?  I mean, some phones have to turn up the volume quite a bit in order for details to come through, would the MD exhibit this characteristic.

 

2) So the dog pads and alpha pads are comfortable, but the phone itself is heavy. How does that translate into actual physical experience of wearing these phones ? Anyone found too much pressure on the head or neck ?

 

3) How well do the MD preserve the and tonality in the recording ?

 

Thanks for response.


Edited by Greeni - 2/24/13 at 7:55am
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I have not gone through all the previous pages but allow me to ask a couple of questions :

1) Would the MD be suitable for low level listening ?  I mean, some phones have to turn up the volume quite a bit in order for details to come through, would the MD exhibit this characteristic.

2) So the dog pads and alpha pads are comfortable, but the phone itself is heavy. How does that translate into actual physical experience of wearing these phones ? Anyone found too much pressure on the head or neck ?

3) How well do the MD preserve the and tonality in the recording ?

Thanks for response.
1) they sound fine for low level, but I'm not too familiar in that aspect.
2) they are super comfy, comfort is better that the Phillips cityscape uptowns IMHO, which are real comfy.
3)got them yesterday, so I can't make a solid answer.
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Originally Posted by Greeni View Post

I have not gone through all the previous pages but allow me to ask a couple of questions :

 

1) Would the MD be suitable for low level listening ?  I mean, some phones have to turn up the volume quite a bit in order for details to come through, would the MD exhibit this characteristic.

 

2) So the dog pads and alpha pads are comfortable, but the phone itself is heavy. How does that translate into actual physical experience of wearing these phones ? Anyone found too much pressure on the head or neck ?

 

3) How well do the MD preserve the and tonality in the recording ?

 

Thanks for response.

 

They are very good at low volume for me given that they are closed and isolate so well. The comfort is off the charts good. The weight is about the same as the he400 with the MD being just a touch heavier. Yet, the comfort on the MD is somewhere around 2x better. I'm quite sensitive to weight and clamp and the MD is just about perfect IMO. 

 

The tonality was improved a good bit with the Alpha Pads. The voicing is very natural and lifelike. 

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Originally Posted by Bill-P View Post

I'm not a fan of Beyer highs or Grado highs, either.

I think you'd be glad you skipped some of the higher end Ultrasones. The Edition 8 I heard wasn't as good as I read around. The high-end was way too grainy, and it was also more sibilant than my ES10.

But that's to say, I still enjoy an open sound more than a slightly closed-in one. And I think the Mad Dog sounds a bit too closed in when it's not matched with proper amp/source.

Dang it, the W3000ANV and TH900 totally spoiled me. You definitely should have heard at least one of them. Those were the only headphones I think the Mad Dog wouldn't measure up to.
Sigh. Again. Missed the W3000 as well. I was really curious about Stax, the LCD2 and the HE phones, and trying amps. Even then I missed the DNA stuff. I needed another couple hours.
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Originally Posted by Bill-P View Post

Dang it, the W3000ANV and TH900 totally spoiled me. You definitely should have heard at least one of them. Those were the only headphones I think the Mad Dog wouldn't measure up to.

 

And they shouldn't... :-p

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