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I spent some astounding quality time with my Mad Dogs this evening, and I can say with utmost truth that I had an epiphany, one that will soon see me rid of my T5P and PS1000 in favor of it.

I'm not saying that the Mad Dog is in any way technically superior to either of those two flagships: it's not. However, what I realized today was that the PS1000 and T5P never truly allow me immersion into my music; they lose sight of the goal of musical enjoyment in favor of sonic reproduction.

What I get from the headphones I'm keeping (my Mad Dog and ESP950) is something much more important to me than pure resolution or accuracy. I found myself truly enjoying my music for the first time in what seems like months today, coming through a meek uDAC2 and a $300 pair of headphones. In the past I've longed for an SR009 or an Orpheus, but I think my ears have found their true home here. The Mad Dog never sounds screechy, never lets me down on a song I love, and yet is able to astound me with detail almost at the same level as the TOTL gear I own, even on a modest setup.

I listened to Passengers, Sparklehorse, Broken Bells...and by the time I realized it was 10:30 and I'd done nothing with my evening by society's standards, I simply didn't care anymore. Thank you, Dan, for making what is definitely my sweet spot.

That, my friends, is what it's all about. After all the scouring and searching for the best of the best, we sometimes lose sight of what's best for our own ears. I'm thousands into this hobby, and only now am I realizing that the greatest satisfaction I get in it is with a half-K committment of cash between every audio component in my system. I'm rethinking it all, and I'm loving the way it sounds.
Edited by ssrock64 - 3/15/13 at 8:34pm
post #4292 of 6388
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Originally Posted by ssrock64 View Post

I spent some astounding quality time with my Mad Dogs this evening, and I can say with utmost truth that I had an epiphany, one that will soon see me rid of my T5P and PS1000 in favor of it.

I'm not saying that the Mad Dog is in any way technically superior to either of those two flagships: it's not. However, what I realized today was that the PS1000 and T5P never truly allow me immersion into my music; they lose sight of the goal of musical enjoyment in favor of sonic reproduction.

What I get from the headphones I'm keeping (my Mad Dog and ESP950) is something much more important to me than pure resolution or accuracy. I found myself truly enjoying my music for the first time in what seems like months today, coming through a meek uDAC2 and a $300 pair of headphones. In the past I've longed for an SR009 or an Orpheus, but I think my ears have found their true home here. The Mad Dog never sounds screechy, never lets me down on a song I love, and yet is able to astound me with detail almost at the same level as the TOTL gear I own, even on a modest setup.

I listened to Passengers, Sparklehorse, Broken Bells...and by the time I realized it was 10:30 and I'd done nothing with my evening by society's standards, I simply didn't care anymore. Thank you, Dan, for making what is definitely my sweet spot.

That, my friends, is what it's all about. After all the scouring and searching for the best of the best, we sometimes lose sight of what's best for our own ears. I'm thousands into this hobby, and only now am I realizing that the greatest satisfaction I get in it is with a half-K committment of cash between every audio component in my system. I'm rethinking it all, and I'm loving the way it sounds.

I'm happy to hear you enjoyed them :D, I had that moment when I put on my dt 880s for the first time out of my hybrid tube :O 

post #4293 of 6388
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Thanks for picture, interesting looking. Not what I thought it would look.

Ssrock,

Congrats in finding happiness as many search long and hard for that one right sound signature that is pleasing to the ear. I think I'm coming closer, but not yet. The MD got the mids down pretty well and instrument separation.

I need to go to the meet and compare as I'm not 100% sure what I like. Too many combination with amp and headphones with little money cool.gif
post #4294 of 6388
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Originally Posted by ssrock64 View Post

I spent some astounding quality time with my Mad Dogs this evening, and I can say with utmost truth that I had an epiphany, one that will soon see me rid of my T5P and PS1000 in favor of it.

I'm not saying that the Mad Dog is in any way technically superior to either of those two flagships: it's not. However, what I realized today was that the PS1000 and T5P never truly allow me immersion into my music; they lose sight of the goal of musical enjoyment in favor of sonic reproduction.

What I get from the headphones I'm keeping (my Mad Dog and ESP950) is something much more important to me than pure resolution or accuracy. I found myself truly enjoying my music for the first time in what seems like months today, coming through a meek uDAC2 and a $300 pair of headphones. In the past I've longed for an SR009 or an Orpheus, but I think my ears have found their true home here. The Mad Dog never sounds screechy, never lets me down on a song I love, and yet is able to astound me with detail almost at the same level as the TOTL gear I own, even on a modest setup.

I listened to Passengers, Sparklehorse, Broken Bells...and by the time I realized it was 10:30 and I'd done nothing with my evening by society's standards, I simply didn't care anymore. Thank you, Dan, for making what is definitely my sweet spot.

That, my friends, is what it's all about. After all the scouring and searching for the best of the best, we sometimes lose sight of what's best for our own ears. I'm thousands into this hobby, and only now am I realizing that the greatest satisfaction I get in it is with a half-K committment of cash between every audio component in my system. I'm rethinking it all, and I'm loving the way it sounds.
That distance from the music is something I felt with my HE-500 and I thought it was a flaw of the headphone or maybe planars in general. It's only when I amped them properly that I realized where the flaw lay.

I'm thinking the Mad Dogs will be my portable when I find a good portable amp - and the heck with how weird I might look wearing full cans out and about.
post #4295 of 6388
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Originally Posted by soundeffect View Post


Thanks for picture, interesting looking. Not what I thought it would look.

Ssrock,

Congrats in finding happiness as many search long and hard for that one right sound signature that is pleasing to the ear. I think I'm coming closer, but not yet. The MD got the mids down pretty well and instrument separation.

I need to go to the meet and compare as I'm not 100% sure what I like. Too many combination with amp and headphones with little money cool.gif

Tell me about it, sadly the w1000x Scales well with amps as well -.- oh well another reason to buy a new amp for me seeing as my current desktop amp has pissy rca ins. I think I might save some pay checks though and go for a Dark Voice

post #4296 of 6388
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That distance from the music is something I felt with my HE-500 and I thought it was a flaw of the headphone or maybe planars in general. It's only when I amped them properly that I realized where the flaw lay.

I'm thinking the Mad Dogs will be my portable when I find a good portable amp - and the heck with how weird I might look wearing full cans out and about.

 

ALO Rx mk3 works pretty darn well....

post #4297 of 6388

Is it just me or did this thread turn into a big gathering of midrangehead?

 

On a side note, if Dan offered a white Mad Dog, I'd jump on the thing, call it the best thing since sliced bread, and end my audio journey.

 

The only reason I haven't gotten a pair of MD is because I don't like the look of the stock T50RP...


Edited by Bill-P - 3/15/13 at 9:09pm
post #4298 of 6388

Hey guys, I'm looking for a pair of headphones to complement my Denon D2000s, and Mad Dogs are on my list of considerations along with K550s and K702s.  I like the d2k's and their sub-bass, but I'm not so keen on them for stuff like rock and female vocals (from jpop and whatnot).  A couple examples of the kind of music I mean:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlSxN98y7Z4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdPwvBJiQJY

 

I have an X-Fi Titanium (non-HD) and I don't have a desktop amp, but I do have a Fiio E11 I could use until I have enough money to get something like the O2.  So, intro aside, I'd just like to get some opinions about whether or not they would be a good choice for my purposes (something more accurate with quality mids to complement the D2Ks' bass and smoothness).  I've also thought about getting a plain T50RP and applying BmWr75's Simple Mods to them since I'd have enough money to get an O2 for around the same total cost (my current budget is $300) but I'm not really certain of where they'd stand in a performance aspect.

post #4299 of 6388
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Originally Posted by Bill-P View Post

Is it just me or did this thread turn into a big gathering of midrangehead?

 

On a side note, if Dan offered a white Mad Dog, I'd jump on the thing, call it the best thing since sliced bread, and end my audio journey.

 

The only reason I haven't gotten a pair of MD is because I don't like the look of the stock T50RP...

Send 'em in for a nice glossed white powder coat. It ain't too pricey either.

post #4300 of 6388
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Send 'em in for a nice glossed white powder coat. It ain't too pricey either.
where could I do that? Will it come off easily? Will it work on metal as well?
post #4301 of 6388
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where could I do that? Will it come off easily? Will it work on metal as well?

PM me. I don't want to derail thread.

post #4302 of 6388
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Originally Posted by ssrock64 View Post

I spent some astounding quality time with my Mad Dogs this evening, and I can say with utmost truth that I had an epiphany, one that will soon see me rid of my T5P and PS1000 in favor of it.

I'm not saying that the Mad Dog is in any way technically superior to either of those two flagships: it's not. However, what I realized today was that the PS1000 and T5P never truly allow me immersion into my music; they lose sight of the goal of musical enjoyment in favor of sonic reproduction.

What I get from the headphones I'm keeping (my Mad Dog and ESP950) is something much more important to me than pure resolution or accuracy. I found myself truly enjoying my music for the first time in what seems like months today, coming through a meek uDAC2 and a $300 pair of headphones. In the past I've longed for an SR009 or an Orpheus, but I think my ears have found their true home here. The Mad Dog never sounds screechy, never lets me down on a song I love, and yet is able to astound me with detail almost at the same level as the TOTL gear I own, even on a modest setup.

I listened to Passengers, Sparklehorse, Broken Bells...and by the time I realized it was 10:30 and I'd done nothing with my evening by society's standards, I simply didn't care anymore. Thank you, Dan, for making what is definitely my sweet spot.

That, my friends, is what it's all about. After all the scouring and searching for the best of the best, we sometimes lose sight of what's best for our own ears. I'm thousands into this hobby, and only now am I realizing that the greatest satisfaction I get in it is with a half-K committment of cash between every audio component in my system. I'm rethinking it all, and I'm loving the way it sounds.
 

Those happen to be the two cans I'll be listening to tonight.  Both are great.

post #4303 of 6388
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Originally Posted by aak57 View Post

Hey guys, I'm looking for a pair of headphones to complement my Denon D2000s, and Mad Dogs are on my list of considerations along with K550s and K702s.  I like the d2k's and their sub-bass, but I'm not so keen on them for stuff like rock and female vocals (from jpop and whatnot).  A couple examples of the kind of music I mean:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlSxN98y7Z4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdPwvBJiQJY

 

I have an X-Fi Titanium (non-HD) and I don't have a desktop amp, but I do have a Fiio E11 I could use until I have enough money to get something like the O2.  So, intro aside, I'd just like to get some opinions about whether or not they would be a good choice for my purposes (something more accurate with quality mids to complement the D2Ks' bass and smoothness).  I've also thought about getting a plain T50RP and applying BmWr75's Simple Mods to them since I'd have enough money to get an O2 for around the same total cost (my current budget is $300) but I'm not really certain of where they'd stand in a performance aspect.

 

Those simple mods are pretty outdated...I'd look into BMF's work first.

 

I was going to type up a response as to why you should go with the Mad Dog...but...just go with the Mad Dog. Send them back within 15 days if you don't like them! :)

post #4304 of 6388
If you look at it objectively, you'd probably put in a good 10+ hours trying to tune them right... That's like $80 right there if you value your time at all, let's lowball and say $50 tho. Some good pads and other mod materials will easily total $50+ themselves, the TR50P are about $100... You're already $200 in without the extra V-Moda cable, warranty, etc. The price Dan charges seems pretty fair.
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If you look at it objectively, you'd probably put in a good 10+ hours trying to tune them right... That's like $80 right there if you value your time at all, let's lowball and say $50 tho. Some good pads and other mod materials will easily total $50+ themselves, the TR50P are about $100... You're already $200 in without the extra V-Moda cable, warranty, etc. The price Dan charges seems pretty fair.
I agree. The only reason to choose to tinker with the Fostex yourself instead of choosing a nearly perfected mod is if you love the tinkering.
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