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"Mad Dog" by MrSpeakers, modified Fostex T50RP review - Page 393
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Any of you run these out of a vintage amp? I wish I had owned my Kenwood KA-5700 integrated amp when I tried out the MD's, cause as said, these are power hungry and that amp of mine could drive ANY headphone.
I probably still would have returned them but ya never know.
Vintage tuners/amps are the bomb.
I have an old Denon receiver that is stated for orthos on the headphone output stage. It sounds really good. Unfortunately it occasionally goes on the blink and enters "protect mode." If it weren't buggy it would be my only amp.
I heard a Sansui this weekend that actually sounds much better than my Denon.
Their descriptions seem to give a good idea what it will sound like. Mr.Speakers (Dan), described the sound in the recent newsletter as follows,
"The sound is extremely neutral, just a tiny bit dark, and incredibly lively and dynamic. The phones sound even more “open” and mids are cleaner and less congested at higher volumes or in more complex passages. The phone is never shrill or sibilant, and the bass is flatter, more powerful and stronger, but never over-bearing."
I hadn't even read this before my impressions. Just as I stated earlier, the MD likes to be played a bit louder than normal. Funny how Dan basically confirmed this.
I still think it's leaning on the darkside a bit, despite the treble being sparklier than I remembered. The bass is the new star of the show, and is easily the best improvement. I have ZERO issues with the bass, though it's extra weight may be why the MD is still a bit dark. It's bass is fantastic though and definitely not overbearing. The mids lost a little forwardness, which CAN be a good thing, as it allows the sound to breathe a little more. Consider them better integrated to the overall sound.
If I had a need for a closed headphone, I would easily tell Dan to let me keep these and I'd pay him soon enough. That's how good they truly are. Unfortunately, I don't, and I favor all the open cans I've heard recently.
As for 3.0 to 3.2, It's different enough that I WOULD go for the upgrade. The new bass definitely adds to the immersion, and is still quite natural sounding. Where I felt the 3.0 was too safe, this one doesn't hold back in it's presentation.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 5/8/13 at 6:30pm
I agree w/the 1st part but not necessarily the 2nd part.
The other day I spent the night watching/listening to a few concerts on Palladia. I'm currently just using an old Advent 300 receiver for 2-ch TV sound thru some small Fostex AV speakers in my NYC apt (all my 'loud gear' is in my LI home). Its HP out is connected to the speaker terminals via a simple resistor L-pad to reduce the power to the headphone out (and headphone-out doesn't mute the speakers which I like).
The last concert that came on was a real old remastered Doors concert. And everything was so seemingly perfectly meshed and engaging driving my MD. It was in the wee hours of the morning and I needed to get-up to go to work the next morning and it was such a struggle to turn it all off.
This was my impression with the MD in my initial reviews, although I am certainly not as adept at describing my experience as some others.
"To hear the bass or treble, I have to increase the volume level more than I would like to seek balance across the frequency spectrum."
Bass: 9/10. A noticeable improvement in presence, texture, and integration. One of the best. Natural, full bodied, and impactful.
Mids: 8.5/10. Though not as 'magical' as the early MD, it's actually better integrated.
Treble: 7.5/10. It's not overly smooth, or overly pronounced. It is in the realm of neutral, but there is some peakiness somwehere that makes certain S sounds, sound artificial
Soundstage: 6.5/10, People say good fort a closed headphone. I say it's decent, but clearly lacking. I won't give it a crutch by saying it's good for a closed headphone. In the end, it's merely passable in the grand scheme of things.
Imaging: 9/10. Stellar. That planar magic proves true here. Sound placement is among the very best
Immersion: 9.5/10. The immersion factor is an absolute strength of the MD. You're closed off from the outside world, and lost in the middle of the MD's great, great sound.
Overall sound quality: 9/10. Yes, IMHO, the best closed headphone I've heard outside of the D7000, no question. Hard to compare them to my other faves, but it definitely deserves to be put in homes that need the exceptional seal/isolation. I mean, I want one, though I have no need for it.
One thing I PARTICULARLY like about the MD, is that it has gained it's own sound characteristics. It's not an LCD-2 clone, but has come around on it's own. The latest iteration is even more of a standout. I like that.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 5/8/13 at 7:40pm
I do mainly listen to EDM, and I think it does that justice.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 5/8/13 at 10:55pm
i basically go for closed cans, d7k, pro900, dt770...
now considering tossing a "magnetic planar" into my collection.. shouldnt it be faster than dynamic drivers?
LCD is OUT ..its heavy, its costly, its its its its....
It's hard to limit this headphone to one or two genres. If it had a specific sound characteristic (like the Ultrasone Pro 900) it would be easy to pick out a few genres it would stand out in. This headphone is balanced and very fast, so it's a little more difficult to narrow it down. My personal favorites are
a) faster moving rock (small notes get picked up on very easily)
b) anything live (definitely my favorite headphone for live recordings)
I'd like to chime in here with my personal opinion and say I think the MDs are fairly quick in the bass department compared to other headphones I've heard. They definitely sound good with EDM if you want "clean" and low distortion bass, but if you want earth shaking bass, it's probably best to avoid these. I also think the MD is beautiful with classic rock. That's probably just because I think the sound sig fits guitars really well. If music is mastered with "hot" treble, the MD is good as well, but I do find myself wanting a bit more treble when listening to classical pieces. Just my 0.02 though.
way better sounding than the 3 cans you mentioned above.
please don't use that 3 letter word again.
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