Is that the only difference?
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Speaking of aftermarket cables, I've read some mentions of Homegrown Audio's silver cables. I'm trying to figure out if you just buy the wire from them, source some plugs, and build it yourself... Or if there's any way to get already completed cables. I'd love to hear silver cabling on the MD's....
I'm currently using the V-moda cable on mine.
Homegrown only sells solid core stuff, unless they've changed, so I'd advise against that.
The MDs soundstage is nowhere near as big or "airy" as the K-701 IMO(driven on the same M-stage amp).
BUT: that's not a bad thing per se, the K-701 have a big unatural soundstage that is barely a circle with instruments placed on it. This give a sense of space in the soundstage but I don't hear it as natural.
By comparison, the layering is much better on the MDs and the resulting soundstage more natural. The only cons is that, at times (= on some recording) the sound is slightly closed-in (how suprising for closed headphones :D).
You should look at another way, the way and cost to make a a t50rp sound as good as mad dog yourself. It will cost you alot of time and money to get good result and even then I bet you will struggle to even be close to the Mad Dog. Yes it cost more than a stock one and that is natural as it is a upgraded product that is far better than the stock headphone.
What did you expect the differences to be? While I think that was oversimplified and intended to answer the question of why they weigh more than the stock T50RP, there's not really much else you can do. There aren't many other options remaining for altering the sound short of new cups or drivers.
They sound a ton better then the regular T50RP.
There are lots of 3.5mm-3.5mm cables out there. A fair number with one right angle plug (straight plugs look funny sticking out of the cup, because the plug is on the side of the cup) as well.
A while ago I bought this one for my T50rp (stock) because I didn't like the weight exerted on my headphone amp by the long 1/4" plug and adapter of the stock cable:
There are longer and shorter ones of the same style as well.
While that's about the upper end of what I'd pay for a standard-sized headphone wire (obviously something with proprietary connectors will be more, just because proprietary connectors are a means of rent-seeking), I assume that people who suffer from wire-religion disorder can find something that does the same job just as well for a vastly inflated price.
I don't quite understand the swaying of choice between buying a headphone that is slightly heavier vs. slightly lighter. The MD will be a heavy headphone mod or not, am I correct? Overall a little bit of weight to improve sound is usually always welcome as that is why we usually go from one headphone to another.
I think one of the downfall of the Mad dog is the thought of it being a Mod that people who never done Mod before (Me included) have to overcome the idea it can indeed make a difference in sound. I still have a hard time choosing between the Mad Dog and the HE400 because considering the two headphone can be swing towards in either direction. it's like choosing a new headphone vs. a practically new used headphone, people normally just like the idea that it's untouched. Then again, the MD are good enough that people are still buying it regardless of what it is because it sounds good.