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Originally Posted by ruleof72 View Post

Mad Dogs On The Way!

 

Well, to my surprise, I got an email a couple hours ago that they had already shippedsmily_headphones1.gif My guess is I'll have them by next Tuesday or so, probably before the Magni shows up.

 

 

We found a few more pads today, so despite what the site says there are a couple more that will still ship. 

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Originally Posted by sonitus mirus View Post

 

I think you are spot on about the Squeezebox DAC, it ain't half bad.  Unless you have some issues with ground loop noise and want to switch to the optical output, you would probably need to spend quite a bit of money on an external DAC to get any significant improvement.  That money would best be spent on headphones before dumping it toward a DAC.  The output should be 2.1 Vrms from the Squeezebox RCA to the amp, and there are no input sensitivity issues to worry about with your amp, so you should be good to go.  Just lock the volume to 100% on the Squeezebox, as this is a digital volume control similar to a typical computer volume adjustment.

Yeah, that's what I've heard. I've been happy with it for the past 6 years so I figured it was good enough that I won't be wishing I had another DAC right out of the box. I think I got a good amp in the Magni so I should be fine for the time being. Thanks for the tip on setting the SB volume at 100%!

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Originally Posted by mrspeakers View Post

 

We found a few more pads today, so despite what the site says there are a couple more that will still ship. 

I'm glad I placed my order when I did then! Thanks for the quick shipping and I'm looking forward to getting them!

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Sure, there are some fine options available, but the Squeezebox does not have a USB output, which a lot of the cheaper DACs require. (like the Schiit Modi or ODAC)

A usb out? Do you mean a Usb in... or is the squeeze box a DAP as well e.e 

 

still he will enjoy his mad dogs when he gets em ;3

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A usb out? Do you mean a Usb in... or is the squeeze box a DAP as well e.e 

 

still he will enjoy his mad dogs when he gets em ;3

The Squeezebox is a streaming player. It can be connected to the computer with a network cable or wireless, there is no USB. It does have optical output as well as RCA. I have my music on the upstairs computer and stream my files (flac) to the Squeezebox.

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Originally Posted by ruleof72 View Post

The Squeezebox is a streaming player. It can be connected to the computer with a network cable or wireless, there is no USB. It does have optical output as well as RCA. I have my music on the upstairs computer and stream my files (flac) to the Squeezebox.

Neato that is pretty interesting! 

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Neato that is pretty interesting! 

Yeah, it is a cool little thing. It really is an audiohpile quality device. I've had mine since 2006 and haven't had a single issue with it or the software that streams the music. Unfortunately, Logitech bought Slim Devices (the creators of Squeezebox) and stopped producing them last yearfrown.gif. I plan on keeping mine as long as I can since it works so well.

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Anybody have the Purity Audio KICAS?  I'm wondering if mine would be sufficient to power the Mad Dogs properly.  I've thought about getting the Magni (due to its alleged ample power), but part of me thinks it'd be a downgrade.

 

I don't own Mad Dogs but I have DBV#3 and I can say that my KICAS can power modded T50RP. The power's definitely there.

 

I will offer one proviso: my KICAS is configured as the more-thumping Caliente model (with the jumpers removed) and the bass can be a tiny bit too fat for my taste, depending on the recording. Otherwise, the SQ is very good. Configured as a standard KICAS, it could be just fine. 

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Good news on the Alpha Pads; instead of shipping late March/early April they will ship end of next week, so the shortage will be less than two weeks.  We'll substitute a pad that will sound OK and will ship Alpha Pads to anyone who is shipped a headphone with the older pads, and you keep the old pads as spares.

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Mine is stuck at the Norwegian customs now, will take a while as always. At times it can seem like they are extra careful for stuff coming from U.S instead of stuff from Europe or Asia.
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Mine is stuck at the Norwegian customs now, will take a while as always. At times it can seem like they are extra careful for stuff coming from U.S instead of stuff from Europe or Asia.

 

The price for a pair of Mad Dogs, including shipping costs to Sweden (the cheapest option), customs fee and VAT is $440.

 

A pair of unmodded t50rp, including shipping costs to Sweden, customs fee and VAT is $169.


Edited by muxamed - 3/8/13 at 1:49pm
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Will cost me a total of 2500NOK in total, need some good performing closed headphone so the price is worth it. And I bet that stuff in Sweden aswell cost much so the price is not bad when compared to other headphones.
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After having to return both the Sennheiser Momentum (small cups caused comfort issues) and the Sony MDR-1R (creaking and jack rattle due to poor build quality), I've been reading into the Mad Dogs.

 

The most important feature of a headphone to me is comfort. Having demoed or purchased close to a dozen units in the $200-300 range over the past few weeks, I'm shocked how often comfort is ignored by the manufacturer. Are Mad Dogs the kind of headphones you put on and forget about (like the MDR-1R)? I ask this because I see they weigh 400g, which is about double that of the 1R and Momentum, which I can't imagine that being comfortable. I need something to get me through several hours of listening at work.

 

A few more questions...

 

- how long is the 3.5mm cable?

- are these good for vocal trance and other electronic music?

- I'll be bringing these to and from work everyday -- do these run well driven by Macbook Air, or would I need a portable amp? If so, what pairs well with these?

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Originally Posted by Leonarfd View Post

Will cost me a total of 2500NOK in total, need some good performing closed headphone so the price is worth it. And I bet that stuff in Sweden aswell cost much so the price is not bad when compared to other headphones.


The problem is that I cannot audition the Mad Dogs and actually compare them to other headphones. The only reference I have is a couple of frequency response graphs, a bunch of enthusiasts on head-fi and the Mr Speaker homepage. I wouldn't dare to spend so much money on a pair of headphones that I haven't heard and compared to other headphones in the same price range. For 2500 NOK there are so many other closed-backs that I actually can listen to before buying. I mean, the original T50RP has been compared as similar to ATH-M50 in sound quality with all pros and cons. The M50 costs only 1200NOK here in Sweden. I don't know, I am just ambivalent here.

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The problem is that I cannot audition the Mad Dogs and actually compare them to other headphones. The only reference I have is a couple of frequency response graphs, a bunch of enthusiasts on head-fi and the Mr Speaker homepage. I wouldn't dare to spend so much money on a pair of headphones that I haven't heard and compared to other headphones in the same price range. For 2500 NOK there are so many other closed-backs that I actually can listen to before buying. I mean, the original T50RP has been compared as similar to ATH-M50 in sound quality with all pros and cons. The M50 costs only 1200NOK here in Sweden. I don't know, I am just ambivalent here.

I live one hour from Mr Speakers but I just bought without listening first and I don't regret it at all. My M50s, while fun for some occasions, aren't even in the same league as my Mad Dogs.
There are pretty good reviews about what they sound like. I find them to be pretty accurate to what I hear. I suggest reading those over.
Its a lot of money, and a luxury for many of us, so do make a prudent decision.
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