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Giant killer is NOT the claim here. That's the whole point. 

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The problem with using the cliched terminology "giant killer" is that it's not clear as to how a headphone has to perform to qualify. I mean, does it need to kill ALL giants? Most giants? Or only some giants? Also, is a "giant" a relatively more expensive headphone (if so, how many more times the price of the "giant-killer" wannabes?), or an absolute expensive headphone e.g. >$1000?

 

In conclusion, nothing and everything qualifies as giant killers depending on the criteria.

 

 

This is pointless. The term was never used to describe either headphone. 

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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. 

http://www.amazon.com/Switchcraft-35HDRABAU-3-5mm-Right-Stereo/dp/B008BMK71G/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1368020435&sr=8-4&keywords=Switchcraft+right+angle

I have a couple of these(just about to get started soldering) and they look easy enough..

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I think the word hyped is a better description than giant killer. The M.D., annies, lcd, and he-500 are def. some hyped headphones and at least imo the hype is real. To say that the M.D.'s are in he-500, lcd territory is a bit exaggerated. The md's perform above their price imo and I'm using dog pad ver. but $400-$450 is about as high as I would go. That isn't to say the md can't scale. If matt tcg says he gets awesome results with his lyr/bifrost combo I believe him but if you add all 3 items (md,lyr,bifrost) together you can also buy an lcd-2.

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^^ True...but then you'd have no amp or dac. 

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http://www.amazon.com/Switchcraft-35HDRABAU-3-5mm-Right-Stereo/dp/B008BMK71G/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1368020435&sr=8-4&keywords=Switchcraft+right+angle

I have a couple of these(just about to get started soldering) and they look easy enough..


I'll be curious to see how these Switchcraft work out with the MDs.  They appear to be both too big (in diameter) and too short (in insertion length).  The MDs have an jack opening of about 7.9mm.  The Neutrik starts out at 8.4mm before trimming. The Switchcraft appear to be closer to10mm.  I've made three cables for mine so far and had to trim down the Neutrik right angle to 7.9mm to get a snug fit. 

 

Also, the jack depth on the MD is about 3mm and the collar on this Switchcraft appears to be close to 1.5mm - 2mm. The tip rod on the Neutrik is 1mm longer than the Switchcraft, which helps a bit, also.

 

If they work without modification that would be great.  Please let us know how it turns out.


Edited by btrancho - 5/8/13 at 7:40am
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Matt, a headphone doesn't need to have emphasized treble to have sibilance. The MD is definitely a dark headphone, without question. Smooth overall, but certain s sounds have a tizz to them that isn't exactly natural. I heard that off both MDs I have used so far. Not a problem I had with the LCD2, HD650s, or Annies.

One AMAZING strength the MD has its it's imaging. That's a planar trait, and the MD is no exception. The MD's imaging in Dolby Headphone is also quite excellent, and it really helps make positional cues easy to tell where they are coming from, despite the soundstage not being anywhere near as good as the headphones I'm used to, though again, open vs closed.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 5/8/13 at 7:42am
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I'll be curious to see how these Switchcraft work out with the MDs.  They appear to be both too big (in diameter) and too short (in insertion length).  The MDs have an jack opening of about 7.9mm.  The Neutrik starts out at 8.4mm before trimming. The Switchcraft appear to be closer to10mm.  I've made three cables for mine so far and had to trim down the Neutrik right angle to 7.9mm to get a snug fit. 

 

Also, the jack depth on the MD is about 3mm and the collar on this Switchcraft appears to be close to 1.5mm - 2mm. The tip rod on the Neutrik is 1mm longer than the Switchcraft, which helps a bit, also.

 

If they work without modification that would be great.  Please let us know how it turns out.

I've worked with these right angle Switchcraft jacks (I currently use one for my ODAC cable) and they are large in diameter and flush, so from observation it wouldn't be an option without modifying the MD/T50RP plug area itself.  Apart from that, they are nice quality-wise.

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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.


Is 3.2 that much better than 3.0? I own 3.0 and to be honest quite underwhelmed by their performance. So it's either sell out or upgrade to 3.2 decision for me, not sure which to go.

Anyone compared 3.0 with 3.2 to comment?

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I have, and the 3.2 is a definite improvement in bass, fullness, and musicality (IMHO). I liked the 3.0, but wasn't as enthusiastic as others here. The 3.2 sounds more like I was expecting them to be. They are clearly not perfect (a bit too dark, artificial S sounds, too upfront and congested), but they do so many things right, compared to their shortcomings.

I felt the 3.0 (If that's the first Alpha pad MD) was a bit flat and un-engaging. The 3.2 is anything but boring. It's clearly the best closed headphone I've heard that actually seals well (the D7000 did not)
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 5/8/13 at 7:52am
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I have, and the 3.2 is a definite improvement in bass, fullness, and musicality (IMHO). I liked the 3.0, but wasn't as enthusiastic as others here. The 3.2 sounds more like I was expecting them to be. They are clearly not perfect (a bit too dark, artificial S sounds, too upfront and congested), but they do so many things right, compared to their shortcomings.

I felt the 3.0 (If that's the first Alpha pad MD) was a bit flat and un-engaging. The 3.2 is anything but boring. It's clearly the best closed headphone I've heard that actually seals well (the D7000 did not)

I feel that 3.0 has enough of that to my taste, what is missing is air and some sparkle at the top, everything sounds sort of stuffy and bland flat, may be orthos are just not for me as I like my phones sound more "dynamic".confused.gif


Edited by Andrew_WOT - 5/8/13 at 8:02am
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That's not a trait of all planar magnetics (orthos is an incorrect term, btw, as that is a specific brand's labeling...Yamaha's, that's like Monster calling electrostatic, "electrodynamic" or something. The HE-4 and HE-400 are both quite lively and airy, as well as sparkly. I'm sure the HE-5 variants and HE-6 are also sparkly and lively.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 5/8/13 at 8:21am
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That's not a trait of all planar magnetics (orthos is an incorrect term, btw, as that is a specific brand's labeling...Yamaha's, that's like Monster calling electrostatic, "electrodynamic" or something. The HE-4 and HE-400 are both quite lively and airy, as well as sparkly. I'm sure the HE-5 variants and HE-6 are also sparkly and lively.

All Hifimans are airy/sparkly/lively in the treble to some degree.

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OT

Listening to Elton John/Pnau on the HE6 yesterday and it was bright as the whole album is treble heavy.

Not a single note of sibilance though and very well presented and controlled treble.
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All Hifimans are airy/sparkly/lively in the treble to some degree.

+1 

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