Mad Dog w/ Alpha Pads (3.0) and AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition Shootout
First, the pictures:
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(All HDtracks for testing)
Alison Krauss - Paper Airplanes
Bill Evans - Waltz for Debby
Jazz at the Pawnshop
Norah Jones - Come Away with me
Getz / Gilberto - Getz / Gilberto
But first, for a little story:
A few years back I was attending a particular head-fi meet in San Diego (mrspeakers actually had the table right next to me). At this time the LCD-2 was reigning king, and was still new. The HE-6 was just a month or so on the market. A head-fier sat down with me with his brand new HD650 and we sat with my gear and did a quick 3 way bout. After it all he said something along the lines of "if you listen to something in particular, like the cymbals, the HD650 sounds like a really good recording of a cymbal, but the planar magnetic headphones sound like the cymbal is really there". I think back to that every now and then while comparing dynamic and planar headphones, and I think that it really holds here as well.
AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition: Light, light light. The pads are soft velour, and the headband is now smoothed out (after how long?). It get the points for comfort.
Mad Dog: Noticeably heavier. The pads feel much better. The leather is just soft and incredibly comfortable.
AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition: Treble is less extended and a little softer. It is a little warmer and less impactful.
Mad Dog: Treble has a bit more extension and more microdetail. Norah Jones is +++ on these. It get the points for treble.
AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition: Smoother, more pronounced. The mids (similar to the bass, partially due to bass) somewhat 'linger in the air' in a romantisized way. They aren't as controlled or tight.
Mad Dog: Mids still sound a little drawn back compared to the bass. Sound is still very tight and controlled in this region. It means instruments in here get a lot of breathing room for detail.
Mids are a toss up based on personal preference/the mood I'm in.
AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition: Bass is a little tougher to put my finger on. The AKGs had more bloom overall. Similar to the mids, the bass would hit, and float out a little bit more. It makes fast moving bass that various notes harder to differentiate.
Mad Dog: It's somewhat difficult to pick out which one has more overall bass impact, since the AKGs don't control the bass notes as well, and the MD have a lot more control. In the end, I think the MD have more overall impact in the bass, but it also has a little more control. It get the points for bass.
AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition: Definitely a winner in stound stage overall It get the points for Sound Stage.
Mad Dog: Good competition for a closed headphone. Actually some of the best I've heard considering how much of a seal is provided.
AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition: Imaging is very good, and retains some of the strengths of the original K702.
Mad Dog: Imaging is just more accurate. Within the smaller soundstage, it just feels like there is pinpoint accuracy on where instruments are located. You can pick out exact placement a little easier. It get the points for imaging.
AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition: Good detail retrieval, but some details get lost due to the bass lingering out.
Mad Dog: Excellent overall details. Individual instruments being plucked. In "My Foolish Heart" you can really hear the drum brush on the snare drum. The individual strands on the brush start to stand out. It get the points for details.
Edited by elwappo99 - 5/7/13 at 2:38pm