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Get thee behind me, devil.

 

Better in what ways? I find the HD600 to be perfect sound signature-wise.

 

Slightly better in treble balance. It sounds a bit more linear in treble rather than small peaks and valleys. The mid range also sounds more linear and there's a slightly different quality to it. It's hard to explain in words, but the mid range just sounds a little more clear even though I think it's a tiny bit lower in level than the HD600. Somebody else would have to give you the details on that one. In the bass, it's significantly more linear and has much better sub-bass presence. The bass also seems a bit cleaner. I'm not sure if this is because of decay or distortion, but the bass notes seem to be better separated on the Mad Dogs. Details in the bass are much easier to hear. At the same time, the bass doesn't get in the way of anything. It's there. It makes itself known. However, it isn't overbearing or anything. It's just a more linear sound, overall, and the mid range that you mentioned loving on the HD600 gets even better with the Mad Dog + Alpha Pad, IMO.

 

Edit: Sorry for taking a while to respond. High school interferes with a lot of stuff as far as time is concerned.


Edited by C.C.S. - 3/8/13 at 8:42pm
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Well, Friday came and Friday went and as I suspected no CIEM's were delivered. Yesterday tracking said my package was in my city but this morning my 4A's somehow magically appeared in Korea. The more amusing part about UPS's tracking is the upper part of the page indicating the delivery was on time and would still be delivered by the end of Friday. yeah right. Currently, according to UPS my 4A's are somewhere in the wilds of Anchorage and the dumb tracking page is still indicating they will be delivered by the end of Friday. Who would have thought a multi billion dollar outfit with fleets of jets, semis, and trucks couldn't afford to have a decent tracking system in place and not some shoddy, God only knows where your 700 dollar package is, tracking system that leads customers to think it was thought up by Daffy Duck


On the lighter side of life, being both disappointed my new toy hadn't arrived and bored I decided to entertain myself by talking a few photos of our snowy downtown streets, skywalks, complete with their own very entertaining buskers, which in turn interconnect our underground shopping center, highrises, and main downtown mall. Sit back and enjoy a quick glimpse of a day in the real life of a DigitalFreak.

 

(Please click to enlarge)


By the way, I think real life acid bleeding aliens have finally reached Earth and they have infiltrated our ranks by depositing their face hugger eggs amongst us disguised as funky water fountains

 

 

 

 

post #7668 of 21760
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Slightly better in treble balance. It sounds a bit more linear in treble rather than small peaks and valleys. The mid range also sounds more linear and there's a slightly different quality to it. It's hard to explain in words, but the mid range just sounds a little more clear even though I think it's a tiny bit lower in level than the HD600. Somebody else would have to give you the details on that one. In the bass, it's significantly more linear and has much better sub-bass presence. The bass also seems a bit cleaner. I'm not sure if this is because of decay or distortion, but the bass notes seem to be better separated on the Mad Dogs. Details in the bass are much easier to hear. At the same time, the bass doesn't get in the way of anything. It's there. It makes itself known. However, it isn't overbearing or anything. It's just a more linear sound, overall, and the mid range that you mentioned loving on the HD600 gets even better with the Mad Dog + Alpha Pad, IMO.

 

 

 

Thanks for the comparison. It sounds a lot like the DT880 I just sold, minus the brilliant treble. I got the HD600 because I needed a more relaxed phone to use while studying. The DT880 was too attention grabbing, while I can zone in and out of the music at will on the 600. The mids are also just where I want them. Also, I have my GR07 for when I need the kind of sig you described.

post #7669 of 21760
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Originally Posted by DigitalFreak View Post

Well, Friday came and Friday went and as I suspected no CIEM's were delivered. Yesterday tracking said my package was in my city but this morning my 4A's somehow magically appeared in Korea. The more amusing part about UPS's tracking is the upper part of the page indicating the delivery was on time and would still be delivered by the end of Friday. yeah right. Currently, according to UPS my 4A's are somewhere in the wilds of Anchorage and the dumb tracking page is still indicating they will be delivered by the end of Friday. Who would have thought a multi billion dollar outfit with fleets of jets, semis, and trucks couldn't afford to have a decent tracking system in place and not some shoddy, God only knows where your 700 dollar package is, tracking system that leads customers to think it was thought up by Daffy Duck


On the lighter side of life, being both disappointed my new toy hadn't arrived and bored I decided to entertain myself by talking a few photos of our snowy downtown streets, skywalks, complete with their own very entertaining buskers, which in turn interconnect our underground shopping center, highrises, and main downtown mall. Sit back and enjoy a quick glimpse of a day in the real life of a DigitalFreak.

 

 

Thanks for sharing, DF! Sorry to hear about your tracking experience - who wouldn't want to enjoy their new goodies on the weekend?

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LOL these avatars keep getting better and better.
post #7671 of 21760
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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

 

Thanks for the comparison. It sounds a lot like the DT880 I just sold, minus the brilliant treble. I got the HD600 because I needed a more relaxed phone to use while studying. The DT880 was too attention grabbing, while I can zone in and out of the music at will on the 600. The mids are also just where I want them. Also, I have my GR07 for when I need the kind of sig you described.

 

That's the thing, though. It's not really an "exciting" signature to me. I actually find it even more relaxed than the HD600. Didn't think I'd ever say that until I tried these out. Or, to correct myself, they sound more relaxed if you're listening to relaxed sounding music. They can be pretty hardcore, too. Listening to metal, for example, is a joy. These can be aggressive if you feed them aggressive sounding music. But, try listening to First Suite in E Flat by Gustav Holst, and you'll get some relatively relaxed sounds out of it. Until the big crescendos and loud dynamics get you excited again. It's a strange headphone. I wish I could listen to a Paradox as well to see if it produces a similar effect.

 

Edit: These are also way, way flatter sounding than GR07. GR07 is too boosted (relative to HD600 and Mad Dogs) in the bass and has a sharp something or other in the treble that can make it sound a bit fatiguing, from what I recall. Certain music made me cringe a little at times. Never had that problem with these.


Edited by C.C.S. - 3/8/13 at 9:06pm
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That's the thing, though. It's not really an "exciting" signature to me. I actually find it even more relaxed than the HD600. Didn't think I'd ever say that until I tried these out. Or, to correct myself, they sound more relaxed if you're listening to relaxed sounding music. They can be pretty hardcore, too. Listening to metal, for example, is a joy. These can be aggressive if you feed them aggressive sounding music. But, try listening to First Suite in E Flat by Gustav Holst, and you'll get some relatively relaxed sounds out of it. Until the big crescendos and loud dynamics get you excited again. It's a strange headphone. I wish I could listen to a Paradox as well to see if it produces a similar effect.

 

Edit: These are also way, way flatter sounding than GR07. GR07 is too boosted (relative to HD600 and Mad Dogs) in the bass and has a sharp something or other in the treble that can make it sound a bit fatiguing, from what I recall. Certain music made me cringe a little at times. Never had that problem with these.

 

Oh, but I'm loving the guitar crunch on the HD600 with rock (which i listen to a lot), and the snare snaps are delicious.

 

Different strokes for different folks I guess. I'm pretty happy with how the 600 portrays my music at the moment. I'll probably look into the Mad Dogs should I ever come across any glaring faults in the 600's sound.

 

Good luck in that Darwinian jungle called high school.

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Oh, but I'm loving the guitar crunch on the HD600 with rock (which i listen to a lot), and the snare snaps are delicious.

 

Different strokes for different folks I guess. I'm pretty happy with how the 600 portrays my music at the moment. I'll probably look into the Mad Dogs should I ever come across any glaring faults in the 600's sound.

 

Good luck in that Darwinian jungle called high school.

 

Thankfully, I'm almost finished. I'm basically even a real high school student anyway. All of my academic classes are AP courses and I satisfied my graduation requirements, except for a fourth year of English and a third year of Social Studies, last year. High school is a joke. And none of the other students really mess with me all that much, so I'm getting through it pretty easily, except for the more rigorous course schedule.

 

Also, I'm not really trying to sell you on the Mad Dogs. If you like the HD600 that much (as well you should), then that's great. I just think that it'd be interesting to hear your thoughts. And there's never anything wrong with trying another new headphone, right?


Edited by C.C.S. - 3/8/13 at 9:26pm
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Hey eke quick question. What exactly are you using to amp your 600's? Is it that modded O2 amp boweii and others got together and decided to build?

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Man, I really wanna see some 4-on-the-floor action! Even willing to share my day. rolleyes.gif

Actually, it's a 5-spd Tremec manual, which is more practical, but it does have the "Go Baby Go" button wink.gif (which we're re-wiring to engage the electronic overdrive, because now OD automatically comes on when I shift into 5th, and I don't like that).
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Thankfully, I'm almost finished. I'm basically even a real high school student anyway. All of my academic classes are AP courses and I satisfied my graduation requirements, except for a fourth year of English and a third year of Social Studies, last year. High school is a joke. And none of the other students really mess with me all that much, so I'm getting through it pretty easily, except for the more rigorous course schedule.

 

Also, I'm not really trying to sell you on the Mad Dogs. If you like the HD600 that much (as well you should), then that's great. I just think that it'd be interesting to hear your thoughts. And there's never anything wrong with trying another new headphone, right?

 

 

Nice. What are you majoring in? Do they even have majors in high school? I didn't go through it in the States.

 

No worries. I'm actually interested in them, but it's a little difficult to galavant around picking up headphones here and there when you're an "international" student paying out-of state fees, on top of a back breaking pharmacy school tuition...along with other living expenses. Did I mention I'm doing this with an on-campus minimum wage job?

 

I can't b!tch too much though. I've had several breaks over the years, with most of them simply amazing me to the point where I have to say "Did that just happen?!"

 

Good luck with your studies though. From what I've seen in your manner of posting, the rest of your education should be a breeze.

 

 

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Hey eke quick question. What exactly are you using to amp your 600's? Is it that modded O2 amp boweii and others got together and decided to build?

 

You know, I really don't know what it's called or what's in it. It was an amp raffled off at a meet in Washington by the guy who runs Front Parts Express. It was gifted to me after the owner upgraded to a TOTL amp (see "lucky break" section above). According to him, it sounds better than his O2 and UHA-6S MKII, neither of which I've heard.

 

 

 

The little black box on the left is my hifimediy sabre dac. Overall it's a pretty transparent setup.

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You know, I really don't know what it's called or what's in it. It was an amp raffled off at a meet in Washington by the guy who runs Front Parts Express. It was gifted to me after the owner upgraded to a TOTL amp (see "lucky break" section above). According to him, it sounds better than his O2 and UHA-6S MKII, neither of which I've heard.

 

 

 

The little black box on the left is my hifimediy sabre dac. Overall it's a pretty transparent setup.

I wonder what that amp is? I took a look at the front parts express website headphone amp section and couldn't find anything to match your picture. You think it's a DIY job by the owner?


Edited by DigitalFreak - 3/8/13 at 10:05pm
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I wonder what that amp is? I took a look at the front parts express website headphone amp section and couldn't find anything to match your picture. You think it's a DIY job by the owner?

 

I'm not even sure if that's the company. Either way, it was a one-off design by the guy.

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Nice. What are you majoring in? Do they even have majors in high school? I didn't go through it in the States.

 

No worries. I'm actually interested in them, but it's a little difficult to galavant around picking up headphones here and there when you're an "international" student paying out-of state fees, on top of a back breaking pharmacy school tuition...along with other living expenses. Did I mention I'm doing this with an on-campus minimum wage job?

 

I can't b!tch too much though. I've had several breaks over the years, with most of them simply amazing me to the point where I have to say "Did that just happen?!"

 

Good luck with your studies though. From what I've seen in your manner of posting, the rest of your education should be a breeze.

 

No majors in high school. I'm planning to major in engineering for my undergraduate studies and then get a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering. That should open up more than enough career opportunities for me. I would prefer to end up doing audio-related work in the end.

 

I can understand the finances issue. I spend a bit of extra spending money on audio gear, but those extra funds are, unfortunately, finite. I actually would almost consider myself blessed to be in such a low income bracket. My mother is single and makes so little money that at least one of the colleges I applied to will most likely offer me a free education (no loans) for four years just for getting accepted. Combine that with my rather impressive high school transcript including multiple introductory college-level science and math courses, and I make a pretty good candidate for an engineering major.

 

I would not say that the rest of my education should be a breeze, though. I expect that I'm going to find a few courses challenging enough to keep me interested as I go to school for 4-6 more years. At least, I'd better be challenged by some of this stuff. I will be disappointed if that isn't the case.

 

It sucks having to pay the international and out of state fees. A good college education can get expensive very quickly for local residents who get to pay much lower tuition fees, etc. I'm very glad that I qualify for so many scholarships and am in a low enough income bracket that others will pay for my education. I know that my education is going to be very expensive for whoever ends up paying all those bills.

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Keep it up. I have a friend who did Chemical Engineering at Columbia University in NYC, and got a full scholarship. He's working for Proctor & Gamble now.

 

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In other news, I recently got this little thing mainly as an extra battery for my iPhone 4; the built in amplifier was just a bonus.

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/390550180873?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

 

I just decided to plug in my HD600, and I got a huge shock. On high power mode (you have the option to switch), it drives the 600 effortlessly. At the same volumes, it actually has a slight edge in clarity over my desktop amp. Just...whoa. 

 

Just giving out the heads up for those who may be interested.

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