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post #4096 of 6388
The same people that claim any AKG headphones have deep, punchy bass are probably the same folks that consider the Denon D5000 to have overly muddy, bloated bass.

The Mad Dog, properly amped, seems to fall someplace in the center, though leaning closer to the impact of the Denons.
post #4097 of 6388
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It's actually a close fight but I'd give a slight nod to the he400 for overall quantity. The he400 will sprinkle a touch of extra bass to that end of the spectrum. Whereas the MD does not such extra sprinkling. I give a nod to the MD for quality for it's texture and accuracy. Bass drums sound like bass drums. A bass guitar sounds very much like that instrument. 

Don't mean to cop out on an answer, but I want to be fair and accurate as possible in my response. 

Fair enough. I should have my HE 400's next week. It still boggles my mind how the Mad Dog's at $299 are compared to much more expensive headphones. It certainly piques my interest.
post #4098 of 6388

I'd actually compare the MD to the he500 and he4 more so than the he400. 

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I'd actually compare the MD to the he500 and he4 more so than the he400. 

I find it hard to believe that little Fostex driver can compete with those headphones you mentioned.
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Anyone think the mad dog sounds closed in and lacking air because of it's closed back design (compared to open headphones)?

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It comes with the stock t50/6.3mm cable and the vmoda/3.5mm cable. 

 

Anyone upgraded cable since buying or even with Dan, through, e.g. BGT before buying?

post #4102 of 6388
I'm in love with the planar magnetic sound and don't have really good closed portable cans. I may have to try these with a good portable DAC/amp for my phone. I wonder how these would sound with the HiFi M8 when it comes out.
post #4103 of 6388
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I find it hard to believe that little Fostex driver can compete with those headphones you mentioned.

 

Yeah, I completely understand your skepticism. I was hard for me to believe what I was hearing also. But you have to call it like you hear it, right? I was on the test panel when the Alpha Pads were beings demoed. We all had lots of long discussion about the sound signature of the new MD's. I wasn't the only one who made comparisons to the he500 and to the lcd2 as well. 

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Anyone think the mad dog sounds closed in and lacking air because of it's closed back design (compared to open headphones)?

You always give a little ground to a truly open headphone, but the air and sound stage is truly impressive for a closed back hp. The new pads really open them up and you end up with is a great sound stage with awesome isolation. That's quite a trick!!

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Initial Impressions:

OK, I've been listening to the Mad Dogs for a while while enjoying an awesome Fresh-Hop Imperial IPA from San Diego's Stone Brewing:

 

 

700

 

 

I've run through tracks from a few different albums, in different genres, so far:

 

Tuck Andress: Reckless Precision

Jaco Pastorius: Jaco Pastorius

AC DC: Back In Black

Albert Collins: Deluxe Edition

Diana Krall: The Girl In The Other Room

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Californication

 

On each of the tracks I listened to from these albums I switched between the Mad Dogs and the Sony MDR-V600's, which I've had for over 20 years. The overriding difference I notice on just about every track is that the Mad Dogs are more "solid". By that I mean that the sound is more full and substantial. When called for, the bass is plenty solid but not boomy. Based on hearing Diana Krall in both headphones, if I were a single guy, I would definitely be more likely to want the Mad Dog Diana Krall over the Sony version. Her voice was a whole lot more sensual and sultry through the Mad Dogs.

 

Overall, compared to the Mad Dogs, the MDR-V600's were a lot "thinner" sounding in comparison.. Everything seemed to be floating in a cloud. The Sony's are a more efficient headphone so I'm sure that makes a difference as far as perceived loudness goes. The Squeezebox is able to drive the Mad Dogs but just barely. I'm definitely glad that I ordered the Schiit Magni because the Mad Dogs seem to need a decent amount of power.

 

Overall, after about 3 hours of listening, I'm very happy with my decisionbiggrin.gif The sound I'm getting through them is solid and spacious without being "otherworldly". Everything seems to be where it should be in the sound stage. The Mad Dogs are a little bit on the "dark" side as far as sound goes but I'd rather have that than too bright, which is what my old Sony's are/were. Build quality seems great and comfort is, well, comfortable.

 

No complaints so far and I don't expect that to change any time soon. I think I made a good 1st choice in an audiophile quality headphone. Two thumbs-up!

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With the Magni amp, things will only improve.

I had a chance to try Stone's February Enjoy By IPA a week after it was bottled in January. Good stuff! Emphasizes just how important freshness is with beer. I'm a hop head, and I have my favorites that I bounce around between depending on what is the freshest.

To me, a tasty beverage is just as important as a good DAC. biggrin.gif
post #4106 of 6388
Nice impression and thanks for sharing. On your gear that's pretty much exactly how I hear them. BUT, you should hear them on the lyr :-)
post #4107 of 6388
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Anyone think the mad dog sounds closed in and lacking air because of it's closed back design (compared to open headphones)?

 

As was mentioned, they have one of the largest soundstages of a closed headphone. Listening to the Mad Dog vs K702, the K702's soundstage isn't noticeable enough to write home about. It's larger but in the type of music I listen to (rock/metal/electronic/jazz/blues) they sound very similar.

 

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Which has better bass slam, the HE 400 or the Mad Dogs?

 

I find the K702 has more slam than the Mad Dog. blink.gif I can feel it more than the MD, and that's what I equate with slam. Take that for what it's worth. It's just IMO. I prefer the MD bass, by a long shot. It's just way more detailed, as MattTCG mentioned.

 

 


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*snip*

 

 

Props for the Enjoy By IPA. It is quite delicious.

post #4108 of 6388
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Originally Posted by sonitus mirus View Post

With the Magni amp, things will only improve.

I had a chance to try Stone's February Enjoy By IPA a week after it was bottled in January. Good stuff! Emphasizes just how important freshness is with beer. I'm a hop head, and I have my favorites that I bounce around between depending on what is the freshest.

To me, a tasty beverage is just as important as a good DAC. biggrin.gif

I'm expecting the Magni to make a difference.

 

The bottle I'm enjoying is very tasty, I could only imagine how much "fresher" it was brand new. Like you, fresh beer is a major thing with me. I've almost gotten to the point that I won't buy a beer if it doesn't have a date on the bottle. As far as the Beer vs. DAC thing goes, I think a couple of tasty beers can override the best DAC in the world! beerchug.gif

post #4109 of 6388
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Nice impression and thanks for sharing. On your gear that's pretty much exactly how I hear them. BUT, you should hear them on the lyr :-)

You're welcome!

 

I'm sure if I did hear the Lyr I'd buy one. That's why I plan on becoming a hermit once I get the Magni!

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Anyone think the mad dog sounds closed in and lacking air because of it's closed back design (compared to open headphones)?
I did, thus is why I bought the HE400s, but they sound totally different honestly.
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