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Sony MDR-1R Vs Mad Dog

post #1 of 21
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Hey all,

 

I just cant seem to make up my mind on what headpones i want  After purchasing these, i wont be buying anymore for a year.

 

Both the 1R and the MDs are in the same price range.  I am currently leaning towards the MDs with ALPHA dog pads

 

How do these compare in

 

Isolation

Comfort

Sound Quality

Portability

Soundstage

 

I will be using an iphone 4s with a C&C BH portable amp (300mw output) with an LOD for a source

 

 

Thanks


Edited by Noahjaws - 2/24/13 at 9:17am
post #2 of 21
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Originally Posted by Noahjaws View Post

Hey all,

 

I just cant seem to make up my mind on what headpones i want  After purchasing these, i wont be buying anymore for a year.

 

Both the 1R and the MDs are in the same price range.  I am currently leaning towards the MDs with ALPHA dog pads

 

How do these compare in

 

Isolation

Comfort

Sound Quality

Portability

Soundstage

 

I will be using an iphone 4s with a C&C BH portable amp (300mw output) with an LOD for a source

 

 

Thanks


For portable use go with Sony, really. I own both, btw.

post #3 of 21
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For portable use go with Sony, really. I own both, btw.

You are the reason i started this thread haha.

I was set on the mad dogs until you came around my other thread and made me have second thoughts.

post #4 of 21
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You are the reason i started this thread haha.

I was set on the mad dogs until you came around my other thread and made me have second thoughts.


I am surprised anyone even consider or recommend them for portable use when no one even think of doing the same for LCD-2.

They do have the same power requirements, yes, you'll be able to hear them out of your portable rig, but really that would be just a shadow of what they can do properly amped. And even though MD are more comfortable than LCD they are heavy and bulky, and look is also not very "take me out" inspiring.

Don't take it wrong, I like MD, a lot, but the SQ difference to my ears is not that great, it's more about presentation, and MDR-1R IMO is a definite win for on the go application, for the record they scale extremely well with the system too.

post #5 of 21
I liked the Mad Dogs much more than the MDR-1R.
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by Andrew_WOT View Post


I am surprised anyone even consider or recommend them for portable use when no one even think of doing the same for LCD-2.

They do have the same power requirements, yes, you'll be able to hear them out of your portable rig, but really that would be just a shadow of what they can do properly amped. And even though MD are more comfortable than LCD they are heavy and bulky, and look is also not very "take me out" inspiring.

Don't take it wrong, I like MD, a lot, but the SQ difference to my ears is not that great, it's more about presentation, and MDR-1R IMO is a definite win for on the go application, for the record they scale extremely well with the system too.

 

 

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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

I liked the Mad Dogs much more than the MDR-1R.

See... this is why i cant make my decision.  I will be using them mostly at home, but i might buy a HE400 headphone case to put them in to bring them around sometimes.

 

Whats the durability difference of the two?

post #7 of 21

If you can somehow get to a meet where you can try them yourself, you can make the best informed decision.  Otherwise make use of a good return policy when you can't make up your mind.  Your ears will tell you whether you like them or not.

post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by Andrew_WOT View Post

I am surprised anyone even consider or recommend them for portable use when no one even think of doing the same for LCD-2.
They do have the same power requirements, yes, you'll be able to hear them out of your portable rig, but really that would be just a shadow of what they can do properly amped. And even though MD are more comfortable than LCD they are heavy and bulky, and look is also not very "take me out" inspiring.
Don't take it wrong, I like MD, a lot, but the SQ difference to my ears is not that great, it's more about presentation, and MDR-1R IMO is a definite win for on the go application, for the record they scale extremely well with the system too.

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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

I liked the Mad Dogs much more than the MDR-1R.
See... this is why i cant make my decision.  I will be using them mostly at home, but i might buy a HE400 headphone case to put them in to bring them around sometimes.

Whats the durability difference of the two?
Thats why this hobby is so great.
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

I liked the Mad Dogs much more than the MDR-1R.


Out of the portable mp3 player?

post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

I liked the Mad Dogs much more than the MDR-1R.


Out of the portable mp3 player?
No.
post #11 of 21

I have both and would definitely go for 1R for portable use. It's a no-brainer.

post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by syryanyang View Post

I have both and would definitely go for 1R for portable use. It's a no-brainer.


Finally, words of wisdom. No doubt, powered with hefty amp MDs will outshine the Sony, but for portable use ...

BTW, listening to Ott latest album "Mir" on Alpha Dogs MD right now, nice is not strong enough word to describe how great it sounds. They are really punching well above their weight.

post #13 of 21

home use = mad dog it looks fugly specially with the stickers on (no offense mr. speakers!), the t50rp is heavy as well i tend to get dizzy after an hour of wearing it when i had my modded t50rp

 

outside and home use = 1R

post #14 of 21

Well the build quality of the MDR-1R is only decent.

post #15 of 21
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Well the build quality of the MDR-1R is only decent.

 

Doesn't it also include in-line volume controls, Bluetooth connectivity, etc.?  Maybe Sony should just make a stripped down MDR-1R for music, and chop $50 off the price for dumping Bluetooth and the in-line volume control.

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