Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphones (full-size) › "Mad Dog" by MrSpeakers, modified Fostex T50RP review
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

"Mad Dog" by MrSpeakers, modified Fostex T50RP review - Page 362  

post #5416 of 6388

I find that they are above average for classical. Very nice imaging, good instrument separation and very realistic tonality of instruments. You won't have the biggest soundstage in the business which I find helps with classical, so that would be the one real shortcoming IMO for classical. 

post #5417 of 6388
Quote:
Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

I find that they are above average for classical. Very nice imaging, good instrument separation and very realistic tonality of instruments. You won't have the biggest soundstage in the business which I find helps with classical, so that would be the one real shortcoming IMO for classical. 

Ditto Matt's comments.  They are not an open can, and just don't have the same sound stage as a senn HD6xx or other fine open cans.  They may well be the best closed can under $1,000, though.

post #5418 of 6388
Quote:
Originally Posted by aamefford View Post

Ditto Matt's comments.  They are not an open can, and just don't have the same sound stage as a senn HD6xx or other fine open cans.  They may well be the best closed can under $1,000, though.

 

Bold statement. What other closed cans sub $1000 have you tried and compared the Mad Dogs to?


Edited by Greed - 4/28/13 at 5:45pm
post #5419 of 6388
Quote:
Originally Posted by aamefford View Post

Ditto Matt's comments.  They are not an open can, and just don't have the same sound stage as a senn HD6xx or other fine open cans.  They may well be the best closed can under $1,000, though.

 

I would support this claim. Thinking about high end closed hp's...the d7k comes to mind. But the MD is better than that IMO. The MD is more easily comparable to open hp's like the lcd2 and he500. The voicing and mids and treble immediately triggers thoughts of the lcd2 for me. And the bass now while not the equivalent of the lcd2, is true audiophile THUMP. 

post #5420 of 6388

Good to hear.  I have a pair of DT 880-600s, which sound great, but I just pulled the trigger on the Mad Dogs, and I can't really afford to keep both:P.

post #5421 of 6388

The MD will sound very different than the dt880. I see that you've own A LOT of hp's, but have you owned orthos? It's a very different sound alltogether. The dt880 was a bit too bright for me. I love the comfort of it though. 

 

I would venture to bet that you'll keep the MD. wink.gif

post #5422 of 6388
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marximus View Post

Good to hear.  I have a pair of DT 880-600s, which sound great, but I just pulled the trigger on the Mad Dogs, and I can't really afford to keep both:P.

 

You might also being underwhelmed, not because the Mad Dogs are a bad headphones, they certainly aren't. But if you enjoy the treble energy with the DT880, then you might find the signature ortho sound to sound somewhat congested, and not as clear sounding because of the smooth mids and slightly rolled off highs. Many people find that sound to be less "clear" but in all actuality it is really a matter a preference. The good thing is the Mad Dogs have an excellent return policy, so if you don't end up liking them, you can always return them.

post #5423 of 6388

Never owned an ortho.  I don't necessarily think the DT 880s are too bright, but I find that they're a bit sibilant, and they're lacking a little...weight, I guess.  I understand the Mad Dogs are pretty smooth, though.  Do you still have the 880s?  Do you find that the Mad Dogs have a bit more...presence, I guess, in the lower end of the spectrum?

post #5424 of 6388

Greed is right. The sound is very different. The MD to me has a more realistic and lifelike sound. It will have a good bit more bass presence than the dt800's. While the MD is velvety smooth and a touch dark, the dt880 is a touch bright and somewhat thin to my ears. I haven't owned the dt880 in over a year but remember the signature pretty well. 

 

With all the hp's you've owned it's hard to believe that you've haven't tried orthos. Welcome to the club!!

post #5425 of 6388
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marximus View Post

Never owned an ortho.  I don't necessarily think the DT 880s are too bright, but I find that they're a bit sibilant, and they're lacking a little...weight, I guess.  I understand the Mad Dogs are pretty smooth, though.  Do you still have the 880s?  Do you find that the Mad Dogs have a bit more...presence, I guess, in the lower end of the spectrum?

 

Agree with Matt, the bass will be more impactful and definitely more bodied. It may come off as a bit weird at first, but give it some time. It took me awhile to adjust to the liquid sound of an ortho. One gripe I do have with orthos is sometimes vocals can be too smooth to the point that some voices can become to unrealistic sounding, especially if the vocalist has a signature sound (i.e Amy Winehouse). But overall, I'm definitely a huge fan of orthos, mainly because I'm very sensitive to harsh and sibilant treble. I don't own the 880's or any of the Beyer's I used to own, but the treble will be more smooth. Every Beyer I owned, aside from the T1, was just not bodied enough. I felt that the sound was too unrealistic, metallicy? (not a word) but you understand what I mean. Orthos just bring life and a warmth to music that is just so satisfying to listen to. The best thing to do is have a variety of headphones that offer different strengths depending on what kind of music you are in the mood for. For me, the HD800, LCD-3, TH-900 covers all my bases. I'm very content with my stable atm. A flavor for all genres I listen to (which is everything but country and metal). I hope you like the MD's, they truly are great headphones, especially for the price.


Edited by Greed - 4/28/13 at 6:20pm
post #5426 of 6388

More bass presence sounds good to me.

The closest I came to an ortho was the HE-300s:P.  I had looked at the HE-400s for a while, but closed is better for my current living situation.  And the weight of some of the orthos is a bit of a turn-off, although as long as they're comfortable, I suppose weight's not a huge factor.

post #5427 of 6388
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marximus View Post

More bass presence sounds good to me.

The closest I came to an ortho was the HE-300s:P.  I had looked at the HE-400s for a while, but closed is better for my current living situation.  And the weight of some of the orthos is a bit of a turn-off, although as long as they're comfortable, I suppose weight's not a huge factor.

 

I would probably rank the Mad Dogs as second most comfortable ortho I've ever tried. First being the LCD-3. Of coarse, many people will argue that the weight is a factor, but it will only be an issue until you strengthen your neck muscles. After that, the weight is irrelevant. 

post #5428 of 6388
Quote:
Originally Posted by Greed View Post

 

Agree with Matt, the bass will be more impactful and definitely more bodied. It may come off as a bit weird at first, but give it some time. It took me awhile to adjust to the liquid sound of an ortho. One gripe I do have with orthos is sometimes vocals can be too smooth to the point that some voices can become to unrealistic sounding, especially if the vocalist has a signature sound (i.e Amy Winehouse). But overall, I'm definitely a huge fan of orthos, mainly because I'm very sensitive to harsh and sibilant treble. I don't own the 880's or any of the Beyer's I used to own, but the treble will be more smooth. Every Beyer I owned, aside from the T1, was just not bodied enough. I felt that the sound was too unrealistic, metallicy? (not a word) but you understand what I mean. Orthos just bring life and a warmth to music that is just so satisfying to listen to. The best thing to do is have a variety of headphones that offer different strengths depending on what kind of music you are in the mood for. For me, the HD800, LCD-3, TH-900 covers all my bases. I'm very content with my stable atm. A flavor for all genres I listen to (which is everything but country and metal). I hope you like the MD's, they truly are great headphones, especially for the price.

 

Dang, that's a nice collection of hp's there. I would have said that the hd800 would have been too bright though for you...I don't like bright treble either.  I've got the MD's and my trusty hd650 and feel they are a wonderful complement and pretty much end game for me. One open dynamic driver and one closed ortho. 

post #5429 of 6388

I've got DT 770s for movies and games, and I'm hoping the Mad Dogs will prove sufficient for my main music headphones.  I don't really have $5500 to spend on top-tier headphones right now, so it might be a while before I can find some really good complements:).

post #5430 of 6388
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marximus View Post

I've got DT 770s for movies and games, and I'm hoping the Mad Dogs will prove sufficient for my main music headphones.  I don't really have $5500 to spend on top-tier headphones right now, so it might be a while before I can find some really good complements:).

 

Haha, didn't mean to rain on your parade. Everyone is on the journey at their own pace. I'm just lucky enough to have money to throw at these vultures tongue_smile.gif

 

Quote:

Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

 

Dang, that's a nice collection of hp's there. I would have said that the hd800 would have been too bright though for you...I don't like bright treble either.  I've got the MD's and my trusty hd650 and feel they are a wonderful complement and pretty much end game for me. One open dynamic driver and one closed ortho. 

 

It definitely can be too bright at times. Luckily with my LG amp, I can pair the HD800 with some excellent tubes that tame some of that treble spike. I also don't listen to any poorly mastered music or any treble happy music either. Strictly classical, and some acoustic. I still haven't played around with EQ, I might someday, but I'm not a huge fan of the technology so who knows. But yes, if the HD 800 was my only can, I would sell them in a heartbeat because of the treble. 


Edited by Greed - 4/28/13 at 6:40pm
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Headphones (full-size)
This thread is locked  
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphones (full-size) › "Mad Dog" by MrSpeakers, modified Fostex T50RP review