Just saw this thread. Thought I'd x-post my statement of 'appreciation' I posted in the review thread here too...
I figured out why everyone loves their new Mad Dogs so much .. and it's not the sound ... they have a NEW CAR SMELL! And who doesn't love a new car?! We're trained over decades to love it after all . ;^D
Have you ever smelled a headphone? No... certainly, No ... I haven't either. But I picked a set up yesterday @ the NYC Audio Show and more than a few times, on the bus ride home & at home with them I thought I smelled "new car". Of course it's the leather pads, and I put it to my nose just to get a good whiff. But it's not only a 'leather' I got, I smelled "new car" signature in there. ;) Too bad the smell is subsiding. I bought a new car in 1999 and then just in 2008, so I'm not due for another new car for a 1/2 decade. -haha
Aside from the sound that endless others have written about much better than I can, another thing I appreciate about them is the dampening. I'd been buying closed headphone after closed headphone lately trying to find something that I could crank in close proximity to my wife, and her not hear it. But it's become a joke here that every one I get seems louder to anyone around me than the next. But w/these MadDogs there's finally hardly any sound bleeding out of them to the environment around me (unless I "go to 11"). Hurray. Putting your finger on the housing explains why quickly. With all the dampening added by Sir Speaker, there's hardly any vibration making it to and thru the housing.
Thank You Mr.Speakers! It was a pleasure to meet you @ the show and I look forward to speaking more @ the NYC meet if there aren't too many vying for your attention ... and if you're still healthy and up for another long trip.