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Originally Posted by sonitus mirus View Post

 

Perhaps I overlooked this, but which version of the Mad Dogs were you comparing?  The picture looks like Alpha Pads, but is this tuned at version 3.2?

 

Thanks for pointing that out, I updated for clarity. These are Mad Dogs with Alpha Pads (version 3.0).

post #5822 of 6388
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Originally Posted by mrspeakers View Post

Just thought I'd share my workbench tonight.  

 

 

 

Hard at work finishing the cable prototypes.  It's a 4 conductor twisted configuration, same setup for balanced and single ended cables.

 

The connector on the center balanced phone is a HiRose style, which is how we'll terminate the balanced unit.  The cable is our own design, this isn't the final housing, the production cable had to be more flexible and less microphonic than these prototypes. 

 

On the right you can also see the prototype single-ended 1/4" cable, which I happen to be listening to now (this cable will be an optional upgrade, will work with current phones, and won't be ready for several months due to the difficult right angle connector.  

This may help with the difficult right angle connector. http://www.banggood.com/wholesale-3_5MM-Male-To-Female-Stereo-Adapter-Converter-Plug-90-Degree-L-Shape-p-58931.html

post #5823 of 6388
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Originally Posted by mrspeakers View Post

 

Picture of a dog with soundwaves in the ears = old

 

Raised white text = new

Are there any pictures of new stickers (artwork) ?  Where is video on how to apply stickers ? Looked on youtube , no luck.  Thanks

 

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Originally Posted by Greed View Post

 

I'm wondering if my pair of Mad Dogs have the "new" art or the old one? Is there some pictures of the new art so that I can ver

post #5824 of 6388
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Originally Posted by jibzilla View Post

This may help with the difficult right angle connector. http://www.banggood.com/wholesale-3_5MM-Male-To-Female-Stereo-Adapter-Converter-Plug-90-Degree-L-Shape-p-58931.html

These types of devices aren't going to work, but thanks!  I need a proper right angle jack to fit the socket. There are plenty of factories that make molded right angle plugs but ones made for quality cable are extremely limited.  The Neutrik is the best but it has to be ground down or the hole enlarged, neither option works well for production. 

post #5825 of 6388

Dear Dan, 

 

How does SQ compare on the balanced model to the regular?

post #5826 of 6388
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post
Mad Dog w/ Alpha Pads (3.0) and AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition Shootout

 

I'd shorten my own Mad Dog 3.2 vs AKG K702 65th AE review to just this:

 

K702 65th AE: frown.gif frown.gif

Mad Dog 3.2: smile.gif smile.gif

 

Summary: Mad Dog 3.2 destroys the K702 65th. Nothing else really needs to be said.

post #5827 of 6388
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Originally Posted by Asr View Post

I'd shorten my own Mad Dog 3.2 vs AKG K702 65th AE review to just this:

K702 65th AE: frown.giffrown.gif
Mad Dog 3.2: smile.gifsmile.gif

Summary: Mad Dog 3.2 destroys the K702 65th. Nothing else really needs to be said.

Good explanation...
post #5828 of 6388
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Originally Posted by eron View Post

Dear Dan, 

 

How does SQ compare on the balanced model to the regular?

 

The phones are identical in sound signature.  The balanced will come with a better cable, the better cable will be an option for the single-ended at some vague point in the future when I have found a production solution for the right-angle plug.

 

Any difference in sound quality would thus be strictly related to the choice of amp (and cable).

post #5829 of 6388
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Originally Posted by Greed View Post


Good explanation...

 

That explanation comes from someone who doesn't like the AKG's line of headphones to begin with.  Go figureeek.gif

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That explanation comes from someone who doesn't like the AKG's line of headphones to begin with.  Go figureeek.gif

 

Not sure where you got the idea that I don't like AKG's headphones. Although very disappointed by the K702 65th AE, I owned a set of the K701 for ~5 years. Wouldn't have owned it that long if I didn't like it. And I liked the K2xx series a lot too (specifically the K271S, but also the K240S). I also highly respect the out-of-production K340 and K1000 and would call them AKG's best headphones. It's just the K702 65th AE that I've been unimpressed by, and only mostly because it didn't improve that much over the K702, IMO. (Disclaimer: Not that I can say that without a direct comparison of course, as I'm going off memory.)

 

Also my post #5851 was intended as tongue-in-cheek if it wasn't obvious. Sorta like this: tongue.gif


Edited by Asr - 5/8/13 at 1:01am
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Originally Posted by Asr View Post

 

Not sure where you got the idea that I don't like AKG's headphones. Although very disappointed by the K702 65th AE, I owned a set of the K701 for ~5 years. Wouldn't have owned it that long if I didn't like it. And I liked the K2xx series a lot too (specifically the K271S, but also the K240S). I also highly respect the out-of-production K340 and K1000 and would call them AKG's best headphones. It's just the K702 65th AE that I've been unimpressed by, and only mostly because it didn't improve that much over the K702, IMO. (Disclaimer: Not that I can say that without a direct comparison of course, as I'm going off memory.)

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Asr View Post

 

I'd shorten my own Mad Dog 3.2 vs AKG K702 65th AE review to just this:

 

K702 65th AE: frown.gif frown.gif

Mad Dog 3.2: smile.gifsmile.gif

 

Summary: Mad Dog 3.2 destroys the K702 65th. Nothing else really needs to be said.

 

You were always a man for succinctness :) I didn't want to just blatantly say it, but basically as an audiophile headphone the Mad Dogs just top. The presentation is just so much more lifelike overall. 

 

I think the hype that evolved around the 65th anniversary edition will be unfortunate for its long term reputation. It was a good change (mainly for comfort reasons), but it got hyped up to be some giant killer perfect sounding headphone. 

post #5832 of 6388
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Originally Posted by mrspeakers View Post

 

The phones are identical in sound signature.  The balanced will come with a better cable, the better cable will be an option for the single-ended at some vague point in the future when I have found a production solution for the right-angle plug.

 

Any difference in sound quality would thus be strictly related to the choice of amp (and cable).

What's the difference in sound quality between the balanced, and the regular with the proposed better cable?

post #5833 of 6388
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Originally Posted by eron View Post

What's the difference in sound quality between the balanced, and the regular with the proposed better cable?

 

You keep trying to lift the lid of Pandora's Box, and Dan walks in and keeps trying to close it back down. 

post #5834 of 6388
As much as I dig the new MD, it still doesn't top the K702/65 to me. I still find the Annie to be more natural sounding, and better balanced. The MD sounds stuffy and congested in comparison, and it sounds like it wouldn't be great for low level listening. It demands higher volumes to me. The Annie sounds less fatiguing in the S sounds, and not as in your face in presentation. It also sounds cleaner.

I don't get how the MD is more lifelike than the Annie... AT ALL. it's darker, thick, and upfront. No sense of space compared to the Annie, which distributes sounds around you a lot better, IMHO.

But hey, this is the MD thread so the bias here is obviously skewed.

The MD is a great sounding closed headphone, but it doesn't come close to sounding as natural as open headphones with similar response.

I love it as a closed headphone, but I wouldn't compare it to any open ones I have owned recently.

Solid closed can. Still, it's closed. Presentation lacking vs open.

As for the newer MD, it seems that the bass was enhanced a bit, but mids aren't as special as the one before it. They're very good, but there was a definite tradeoff. They took a slight back seat compared to the richer mids the one before. Not that the mids in general are recessed, just, now they're less of a main focus.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 5/8/13 at 1:47am
post #5835 of 6388

d* mmmmm...... i was about to hit the BUY button...

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