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Would You consider the Mad Dogs Neutral?

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Are these cans considered neutral?

 

What do they compare to?

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Anyone??
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Nope. They are very very very very (keep adding more "very") far from neutral to me.

 

Mad Dogs have a warm-ish sound signature that's spacious and fairly clean, with some slight midrange emphasis.

 

If I have to compare them to any headphone, they would be like the HD 650, only with an even warmer sound signature.

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Originally Posted by Noahjaws View Post

Are these cans considered neutral?

 

What do they compare to?

 

I strongly disagree with Bill on this question, but we use wildly different amplification.

 

If you're just concerned about neutrality, here's a rank of my headphones (once again, the order here is just based upon neutrality):

1) HE-6

2) Mad Dogs with Alpha Pads

3) LCD-3

4) ESP-950

5) HD650

I use a Schiit Magni, Schiit Asgard, Decware Taboo, and Cavalli Liquid Glass for amplification.  I do imagine that when under-powered, they may indeed be quite far from neutral.  

post #5 of 11

I am more with Jazzer here. I find the Mad Dogs to be pretty neutral but maybe a slight bit warm due to the bass. That may just be the sound of a closed headphone talking too. Wont find a more neutral/enjoyable closed back headphones in that price range that can match them though IMO. 

 

cheers

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I don't think it's just the amp. I was driving the Mad Dog through Dan's Schiit Lyr at the recent SF Bay Area meet, with the iPhone 5 as the source (using Apple Lightning to 30-pin connector adapter, which has a Wolfson DAC). The pairing was as far from neutral as I can remember.

 

I also had a lot of HD800 and LCD-2 around the area to compare. The Mad Dog was significantly warmer than all of them.

 

It was only when I heard the Mad Dog through the Meridian Explorer DAC, and later with my C&C BH that I could hear some neutrality.

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Originally Posted by jazzerdave View Post

 

I strongly disagree with Bill on this question, but we use wildly different amplification.

 

If you're just concerned about neutrality, here's a rank of my headphones (once again, the order here is just based upon neutrality):

1) HE-6

2) Mad Dogs with Alpha Pads

3) LCD-3

4) ESP-950

5) HD650

I use a Schiit Magni, Schiit Asgard, Decware Taboo, and Cavalli Liquid Glass for amplification.  I do imagine that when under-powered, they may indeed be quite far from neutral.  

 

This is right on the money to my ears.

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I found them to be on the warmer side of the spectrum.  Warm, smooth and pleasant overall.  Maybe some slight lower midrange / upper bass emphacis compared to my K701.  I wish I had the forethought of A/B comparing Dans phones to my K701 on his demo rig... so keep my commentary in its proper perspective.

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How do the Mad Dogs compare to Sony's MDR-R1???

I've been looking at both.
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Originally Posted by jazzerdave View Post

 

I strongly disagree with Bill on this question, but we use wildly different amplification.

 

If you're just concerned about neutrality, here's a rank of my headphones (once again, the order here is just based upon neutrality):

1) HE-6

2) Mad Dogs with Alpha Pads

3) LCD-3

4) ESP-950

5) HD650

I use a Schiit Magni, Schiit Asgard, Decware Taboo, and Cavalli Liquid Glass for amplification.  I do imagine that when under-powered, they may indeed be quite far from neutral.  

Add a +1 to that.

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Originally Posted by Noahjaws View Post

How do the Mad Dogs compare to Sony's MDR-R1???

I've been looking at both.

I have both and say with the right amp Mad Dogs any day. If you don't have an amp then the MDRR1 will be a much better choice. Overall quality goes to Mad Dogs though IMO. 

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