Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphones (full-size) › "Mad Dog" by MrSpeakers, modified Fostex T50RP review
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

"Mad Dog" by MrSpeakers, modified Fostex T50RP review - Page 261  

post #3901 of 6388

I had a chat with Dan earlier just to allay my fears of running the MD's through my Colorfly C4 and when he saw the spec on my DAP, he confirmed, all should be dandy.....Phew! For those interested, with regard to their own source or small DAC, the C4 is as follows......Output level: 6.35mm:125MW @ 32 ohm

post #3902 of 6388
I know this a lot to ask for,but is there anything that has the same footprint as the c&c,same price,but does make it shine? I can afford something a bit bigger and a bit more expensive
post #3903 of 6388

It's interesting reading the conflicting opinions about the Mad Dog at the Bay Area meet versus the Austin meet! It seems it was a bit underwhelming to the Texans--to the point someone is returning them for an HE-400--but a great hit in the Bay--to the point that a few instantly bought them after the meet! It must be something in the water... (I kid.)

 

I have a feeling this might have to do with the amp pairings between the two meets, or something. Fascinating what a polarizing response it's gotten across the board.


Edited by vaed - 3/3/13 at 7:09pm
post #3904 of 6388
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nyanman View Post

I know this a lot to ask for,but is there anything that has the same footprint as the c&c,same price,but does make it shine? I can afford something a bit bigger and a bit more expensive
The magni/modi stack from Schiit is tough to beat. $100 for the amp,$100 for the matching DAC - it sounds much better than $200. It's what I'd do if my ibasso PB2/DB2 stack didn't sound about the same at 3x the price new.
post #3905 of 6388
Double post - sorry.
post #3906 of 6388
Quote:
Originally Posted by vaed View Post

It's interesting reading the conflicting opinions about the Mad Dog at the Bay Area meet versus the Austin meet! It seems it was a bit underwhelming to the Texans--to the point someone is returning them for an HE-400--but a great hit in the Bay--to the point that a few instantly bought them after the meet! It must be something in the water... (I kid.)

I have a feeling this might have to do with the amp pairings between the two meets, or something. Fascinating what a polarizing response it's gotten across the board.
I found out that through various amps, the HE400 was much more crisper, where the Alpha Dogs were a lot more "Syrupey" and bassy... The HE400s were great out of a tube, and made my jaw drop a couple times... after using it with the X-Sabre DAC, it was even better! biggrin.gif

All IMHO of course. (Will be returning the Alpha Dogs for the HE400s.) wink.gif
post #3907 of 6388
Quote:
Originally Posted by gopanthersgo1 View Post


I found out that through various amps, the HE400 was much more crisper, where the Alpha Dogs were a lot more "Syrupey" and bassy... The HE400s were great out of a tube, and made my jaw drop a couple times... after using it with the X-Sabre DAC, it was even better! biggrin.gif

All IMHO of course. (Will be returning the Alpha Dogs for the HE400s.) wink.gif

I'm definitely looking forward to the headamp he-400 demo. I'll be able to settle my curiosity between the two cans once and for all. I'd assume the crispiness comes from the treble peak of the HE400's and recessed upper mids/lower treble. Interesting that you found the Alpha dogs to be more bassy compared to them, though.

 

I'm probably not going to sell off the MD's for the HE-400's regardless... for I plan on going straight to the HE-500's! L3000.gif


Edited by vaed - 3/3/13 at 7:52pm
post #3908 of 6388
Quote:
Originally Posted by vaed View Post

I'm definitely looking forward to the headamp he-400 demo. I'll be able to settle my curiosity between the two cans once and for all. I'd assume the crispiness comes from the treble peak of the HE400's and recessed upper mids/lower treble. Interesting that you found the Alpha dogs to be more bassy compared to them, though.
I think the Mad Dogs were just a lot darker sounding, causing the bassier feeling, but I didn't compare them for a while, as I immediately knew that the HE400 sounded more like something I'd like... (Note they had velour pads being fed with a DIY dual tube amp (Most likely fixing the mid range). wink.gif Also note that I tried the Alpha Dogs through the Schiit Magni as well...
post #3909 of 6388

The Mad Dogs are darker than the HE-400, but I wouldn't say a lot darker.  Compared to some brighter headphones like the DT 990 then definitely a lot darker.  I really like the HE-400, but I need closed. beerchug.gif

post #3910 of 6388

I finally got to demo the HE-400 yesterday. Gotta say, even though I really liked them, I still prefer my Mad Dogs. It was difficult to evaluate an open headphone in a noisy room full of people at the meet though.

post #3911 of 6388

Also listened to the LCD-2, and what people have already said is right—they sound very similar. Definitely not worth the jump in price.

 

Only headphones I heard that I felt bested my Mad Dogs was the HD-800 out of some killer Burson Soloist/Fostex Signature/Fostex HP-P1 tube set-up. 

post #3912 of 6388

Hopefully that's not just confirmation bias! biggrin.gif (I tease.)

 

There didn't happen to be a HE-500 at the meet that you tried, was there?

post #3913 of 6388

No 500s, but I'd love to hear them. Honestly, when I turned the 400s on out of an HP-A3, I smiled really big. They sound amazing, just liquid smooth with more bass emphasis than the MDs. Vocals are sweet and intimate. But I need a closed can so there's no reason for me to get them. I would be happy with either headphone if I had to choose one though.

post #3914 of 6388
I wasn't terribly impressed by the HE-400. I returned them in favor of my K601. I now have the Mad Dogs as prefer them for various reasons. Just received the HE-500 last week. I've been wanting to hear these since they were released. They're easily the best I've heard.
post #3915 of 6388

It seems that person liked them at home with their own gear.  Then some how didn't like them at a meet with other gear they don't even ownblink.gif  Influence sure does play a big role on some people.  

 

Meets are not the optimal place to judge gear.  It's meant to give you an idea on what you would try at home in your setup - if possible.  this is the first I've heard someone liking something at home.  then not liking it at a meet.  Funny..

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Headphones (full-size)
This thread is locked  
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphones (full-size) › "Mad Dog" by MrSpeakers, modified Fostex T50RP review