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I think you're overestimating what gear does to a headphone's sound. Even unamped, you will get the gist of a headphone's sound, including it's tonality, unless it's a very amp dependent headphone like the HD800. What it does do is add refinement, more fullness, etc, but a headphone isn't all the sudden going to transform into a brand new sound. Though, there is the head-fi hyperbole, so YMMV.

And I agree, the MD is definitely on the dark side of neutral, but it's still a dark/neutral mixture. LCD2 (vegan/leather-free pads), K702 Anniversary, HD650 all have that similar characteristic.
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I think you're overestimating what gear does to a headphone's sound. Even unamped, you will get the gist of a headphone's sound, including it's tonality, unless it's a very amp dependent headphone like the HD800. What it does do is add refinement, more fullness, etc, but a headphone isn't all the sudden going to transform into a brand new sound. Though, there is the head-fi hyperbole, so YMMV.

And I agree, the MD is definitely on the dark side of neutral, but it's still a dark/neutral mixture. LCD2 (vegan/leather-free pads), K702 Anniversary, HD650 all have that similar characteristic.

 

I would agree that the MD's are on the dark side of neutral.

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1) Electrically, the Fostex is inherently a symmetric driver.  From a pure system architecture, I like the elegance of balanced amps mated to balanced drivers, and I like the fact that noise and distortion that show up on both inputs to the phones gets summed to zero electrically, so the output will have lower noise and distortion.  How audible that is is a question because there is generally more circuitry in a balanced design, which can increase noise, much depends on the quality of the implementation as to whether it ends up being a net improvement.

 

 

Does it mean the connectors on the phone will be 3-pin type? The internal wiring of the the driver is with GND, V+ and V-?

 

Or is it like Hifimans: 2-wires coax plug that prevents them from being fully balanced and taking advantage of noise immunity of a true balanced design?

post #4909 of 6388

You guys may cringe at the sight of this but I think the cable works better than the stock and looks better.

 

 

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^^ Oh no you didn't. eek.gif

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After having my alpha pads install today and remove the white tape, I found the Mad Dog became much more sufficient. It add more volume while unamped (iphone 5 as source), and the change in sound and comfortability is definitely much better. It's worth 1 month wait for me.

Thanks Dan for the great product.

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You guys may cringe at the sight of this but I think the cable works better than the stock and looks better.

 

 

Well thats one more cable we know we can add to the list

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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I think you're overestimating what gear does to a headphone's sound. Even unamped, you will get the gist of a headphone's sound, including it's tonality, unless it's a very amp dependent headphone like the HD800. What it does do is add refinement, more fullness, etc, but a headphone isn't all the sudden going to transform into a brand new sound. Though, there is the head-fi hyperbole, so YMMV.

And I agree, the MD is definitely on the dark side of neutral, but it's still a dark/neutral mixture. LCD2 (vegan/leather-free pads), K702 Anniversary, HD650 all have that similar characteristic.

1) I absolutely agree with your comments regarding what an amp adds to a headphone.  In my opinion, if it drastically changes the sound, it is likely a crappy amp.

 

2) K702 and warm in the same sentence????  I gotta hear a pair!

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You guys may cringe at the sight of this but I think the cable works better than the stock and looks better.

 

 

I actually like it in a SCREAMING RED sort of way.  Does it lock?

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The Beats cable looks good. Aesthetics is one of the biggest things Beats have going for them (besides the name) so it's not really surprising. I don't ever use my MDs on the go but I would rock that for a bit. 

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Wonder if this one would work... I'll take flat over coiled, not that I have an issue with V-moda's.
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Wonder if this one would work... I'll take flat over coiled, not that I have an issue with V-moda's.


I can't really tell from the picture but certain Oyaide connectors don't fit, they are just a little little too big. I have Trevor from Norse Audio make me a cable for my MD's and I used a dremel to carefully widen the hole

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^^ How about a pic?

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^^ How about a pic?

 

 

 

 

 

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2) K702 and warm in the same sentence????  I gotta hear a pair!

Absolutely. For the money, it's the best headphone I have ever heard. Even next to the LCD2, I felt the K702 Annie was superior in more things, and great at everything else. Yes, the Annie is warmer, and noticeably more bass forward than the non-Anniversary models, due to the memory foam pads.
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Wonder if this one would work... I'll take flat over coiled, not that I have an issue with V-moda's.
It may not work because of the fact it's a TRRS connector (4 pins) instead of TRS (3pins) but I guess the only way to know for sure is to buy one and try it out!
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^^ How about a pic?














How much did you have to widen it out with the Dremel? I've heard the plastic in that area is relatively thin and can easily get messed up with a but of enlarging...
And I see a fellow contacts wearer too? biggrin.gif
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