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post #3796 of 6388
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Short comparison:

You can make a strong comparison between these two hp's. With the Alpha Pads, the MD is now voiced a little closer to the he500 albeit the overall tone is still just a touch darker. 

But like the he500, the MD is smooth and effortless across the spectrum never giving you "extra" than what the recording offers. These are not bass head cans because there is no bass added when the recording doesn't have it. But when the material has a hard bass line the MD will throw it down and with authority, accuracy and smile inducing punch. 

Given the price difference, I'd pick the MD for sure. If the he500, were say only $300...I'd still pick the MD. wink.gif

Oh gawd... Best spur of the moment purchase.ever me thinks. I have an 18v jds cmoy bb that with my hm601 should really drive these well. The hm601 is powerful enough to drive my dt880s unamped )n it drives em well) still me so excited biggrin.gif
post #3797 of 6388
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

 

Short comparison:

 

You can make a strong comparison between these two hp's. With the Alpha Pads, the MD is now voiced a little closer to the he500 albeit the overall tone is still just a touch darker. 

 

But like the he500, the MD is smooth and effortless across the spectrum never giving you "extra" than what the recording offers. These are not bass head cans because there is no bass added when the recording doesn't have it. But when the material has a hard bass line the MD will throw it down and with authority, accuracy and smile inducing punch. 

 

Given the price difference, I'd pick the MD for sure. If the he500, were say only $300...I'd still pick the MD. wink.gif

 

My MDs and (former) HE-500 voicing is much more different than "just a touch darker".

 

In my book, the MDs are much darker than the HE-500. More heavy sounding. They are more balanced though ;)

 

YMDV ;)

post #3798 of 6388
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

My MDs and (former) HE-500 voicing is much more different than "just a touch darker".

In my book, the MDs are much darker than the HE-500. More heavy sounding. They are more balanced though wink.gif

YMDV wink.gif
My Byers r very light n bright, so a dark balanced can will b a nice compliment
post #3799 of 6388
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

My MDs and (former) HE-500 voicing is much more different than "just a touch darker".

In my book, the MDs are much darker than the HE-500. More heavy sounding. They are more balanced though wink.gif

YMDV wink.gif
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post #3800 of 6388
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

 

My MDs and (former) HE-500 voicing is much more different than "just a touch darker".

 

In my book, the MDs are much darker than the HE-500. More heavy sounding. They are more balanced though ;)

 

YMDV ;)

 

I think that you must be referring to the MD's with dog pads. If you have not heard the new version with Alpha pads, they sound quite a bit different.  Just guessing here...

post #3801 of 6388
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Originally Posted by insidedrive View Post

Anybody else having trouble wearing glasses with the Mad Dogs (Alpha pad)? For the life of me I just can't ... confused.gif, They are way better with contacts on!

Yeah this is my one quip with Dogs. I'm forced to wear my glasses like so lol...

 

post #3802 of 6388

My MD w/ Alpha Pads are very good. (Best in Closed HP arena)  My HE-500s are magical.  There really isn't much comparison IMHO
 

post #3803 of 6388
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

 

Short comparison:

 

You can make a strong comparison between these two hp's. With the Alpha Pads, the MD is now voiced a little closer to the he500 albeit the overall tone is still just a touch darker. 

 

But like the he500, the MD is smooth and effortless across the spectrum never giving you "extra" than what the recording offers. These are not bass head cans because there is no bass added when the recording doesn't have it. But when the material has a hard bass line the MD will throw it down and with authority, accuracy and smile inducing punch. 

 

Given the price difference, I'd pick the MD for sure. If the he500, were say only $300...I'd still pick the MD. wink.gif

what's your setup with the MD?

post #3804 of 6388

I feel the same, but it isn't quite fair since I only listened to the HE-500 for a limited time during the Bay Area meet. There was a certain deep power and resonance, perhaps a combination of the open nature of the headphone, the more present bass and slightly sparklier treble that my Mad Dogs couldn't quite attest to, and now I plan to make the HE-500 part of my collection some time. To be fair, my Asgard 2 and Bifrost are doing unspeakable things to my Mad Dogs, so that might change, but I think it'd be nice to have both, a closed can and an open of quality caliber.

post #3805 of 6388
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Originally Posted by Noahjaws View Post

what's your setup with the MD?

 

lyr/bf most of the time. Sometimes I use a vintage receiver.

post #3806 of 6388
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Originally Posted by vaed View Post

I feel the same, but it isn't quite fair since I only listened to the HE-500 for a limited time during the Bay Area meet. There was a certain deep power and resonance, perhaps a combination of the open nature of the headphone, the more present bass and slightly sparklier treble that my Mad Dogs couldn't quite attest to, and now I plan to make the HE-500 part of my collection some time. To be fair, my Asgard 2 and Bifrost are doing unspeakable things to my Mad Dogs, so that might change, but I think it'd be nice to have both, a closed can and an open of quality caliber.


I also was at the meet, and had my mad dogs with alpha pads with me (I was part of the test group, so I had them at the time).  I was able to compare pretty close to A/B, and had the same basic esperience.  HE500 is a great and capable headphone, but much brighter and a bit airier than the MD.  In the short time listening, I liked the MD a bit better I suspect as much because I was used to it as anything.  I also decided I'd like to spend a bit more time with the HE500 to see if I want a pair.  Right now, the HD650 is in the top seat of desired open headphones (above the HD800 for my tastes).

post #3807 of 6388

Think it'd be overkill to buy a Hifiman EF-5 to pair with my NFB-12 and Alpha Dogs?

post #3808 of 6388

^^ This is headfi man...there is no such thing as overkill. tongue.gif The Alpha dogs continued to get better all the way up to the lyr for me. 

post #3809 of 6388

Haha true. I guess that's a pretty worthless question on this forum...

post #3810 of 6388

It's not overkill until your amp is heavy enough to risk a hernia every time you try to move it. 

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