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.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 4/6/13 at 5:06am
I would agree that the MD's are on the dark side of neutral.
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?
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.
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!
I actually like it in a SCREAMING RED sort of way. Does it lock?
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.
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