SO I like the hm 601 with the mad dogs I also like my cMoy, which is very lush as opposed to the colder e11, voices are really fabolous with the hm 601 and the cMoy. Now I miss the tighter bass of the e11, but the mids are much better, so I can live with slighty "loose" bass for the sake of RICH mids, the highs are also better on the e11, but again they are not bad with the cmoy, but the cmoy [the jds 18v with a opa2227] for me a much more mid focused amp [with a bigger stound stage and more lush treble] suits the mad dog nicely. I feel the e11 is a little sharp, the treble is nice on it, the mids r balanced and the bass is tight, great for edm, but I'll take a little extra color with my neutral cans xD
The dt 880... sounds equally as good! The hm 601 is so freaking warm and the cMoy adds EVEN more, so the voices are a little more detailed on the dt 880, where as the Mad Dog has a little more personal feel to it with still great detail... well it's a little to forward... the piano [listening to "To Build a Home Cinmeatic ORchestra] the Piano really pairs RIGHT UP against his voice, where as the dt 880 buts the piano back a little and has his voice still very forward... still the Mad Dog has a great personal feel to it... [the smaller sound stage is tolerable]
And I of course prefer open cans in every way over closed. Always and forever, but open [or semi open] leaks and does not isolate... so they are pretty useless outside of my house, where as the Mad Dogs sound WONDERFUL and they isolate :D, and ofc with the hm 601 the mad dogs has PERFECT bass, the dt 880 doesn't have quite enough and using bass boost ruins the nice mids. Still the bass is not as nice simply because it's a solid state amp, all my tubes have GREAT bass for the dt 880s
So yea I do like them very much ^^ They are both great cans, and I'll use the Mad Dogs at home for sure [my crazy room mates like to scream at night lol (I think they r going deaf)]
:D I'm likeing my mad dogs! The pleather how ever is a little warmer than Velour e.e but it's not a big deal, I only noticed the aplhas were warm because my ears where cooled with the dt 880s xD
And again treble is better on the dt 880, but horns have a nice fullness to em on the mad dogs :D :D
Now going back to my oDac and my rca CLear Top Tube, the Mad Dogs are wonderful! The treble and sound stage open up beautifully, the voice is still warm and engaing and the bass is still awesome.
Edited by Mshenay - 3/7/13 at 4:50pm