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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post

I did forget to ask responders to mention whether they use the headphone jack or not on each item, thanks !

I use the headphone out jack on my Sansui 5000A. I've read it has a very high output impedance, but that it should not be an issue for headphones with a flat impedance curve (such as the Mad Dog or other orthos).
post #1037 of 3191

Give the AudioGD some times if it is still new. By the way I did not like my Fiio E10 much because I found it was dark, boring with sound-stage, tonal balance or I must say I hate most of its sound.


Edited by LoveKnight - 8/3/13 at 12:35am
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

I love you :O [jk] But I am now the proud owner of an M Stage [with a nice lean LME 49990 in it[ My last mad dogs sounded HORRIBLE with every Hybrid Tube I owned... so I got the M Stage [and loved it with my dt 880s] And The Trebele on the M Stage is GREAT, it kicks my Clear Top RCA Hybrid Tube in the Tuckus! 

 

Non the less, I had maybe 3.1 and for me it was to dark out of my hm 601 and my E11 [as well as too dark out of my oDac and my Hybrid Millet Tube]

That being said, I want to own the MD's again [they isolated wonderfully] suggestions on a good DAP amp portable combo to open the Sound Stage and tighten the MDs up. I'm thinking the Fiio X3 [buying my MDs again in October] with a e12 or an JDS Labs C5.

 

So from the users who already have it any suggestions? [And btw I still love my Ath w1000x, but there's no way in hell I'm carrying those to Class with me]


Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 5:38am
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Originally Posted by aamefford View Post


I'm a fan of the iBasso PB2 / DB2 combo, balanced (or SE, nice either way) amp / dac combo.  Portable, but a bit clunky.  Sounds great with the MD's though.

That sounds pricyer than I can afford atm xD 

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Mmm. I remember the m-stage working better with the d2-7k line than the mad dog but if they work for you then that's awesome. I also thought the mad dog liked the burson more than the d2-7k which some people have reported the opposite.

Maybe so but I need a portable can, something comfy and great on the isolation. The Out of Production DxK line is to pricy for me to be walking around campus with them 

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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post

That sounds pricyer than I can afford atm xD 

Maybe so but I need a portable can, something comfy and great on the isolation. The Out of Production DxK line is to pricy for me to be walking around campus with them 

 

MDs are a bit heavy and clumsy for portable use, IMO. There are other headphones better suited. 

 

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Originally Posted by jibzilla View Post

Mmm. I remember the m-stage working better with the d2-7k line than the mad dog but if they work for you then that's awesome. I also thought the mad dog liked the burson more than the d2-7k which some people have reported the opposite.

 

 

Was your M-Stage modded? It is almost a complete different amp when modded. 


Edited by Greed - 8/3/13 at 10:43am
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Originally Posted by Greed View Post

 

MDs are a bit heavy and clumsy for portable use, IMO. There are other headphones better suited. 

 

Well I used my MDs portably when I had them. By Portable I mean around campus, I don't run anywhere and I'm a computer Networking major so I won't be getting to sweaty lol

 

Non the less though I think the Shure 940 SRH are the winners, teh reviews are great. just what I wamt. Detailed, very light n bright and best of all free hard case and the fold flat again'st ur neck [damnit why is that so conveient] plus I can pair them with a Dark Source such as an Hm 601/602 or a Fiio X3 depending on what I get [SO tempted to grab the good ole Hifiman Hm 601 again] and use a nice light bright amp like the C5 

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Okay, I pulled the trigger on a Marantz 1040 Integrated Amp on ebay for $125.  The guy seems to be a top notch seller, and previous vintage receiver sales by this guy (eg Pioneer SX-1250 for $$$) had excellent responses in the feedback.   Unlike most sellers, he described the sound, the channel balance, and the cleanliness of the pots.   Shipping was relatively low.   Given the generally good condition and Marantz name, I can resell it if i don't like the sound.  When it arrives, I will compare it to the Bellari HA540 hybrid with the MD 3.0, the HE-400 and hopefully the MD Universal will have arrived by then too.

 

I expect that it was this low simply because it is "only 20 watts RMS per channel".  Of course, for headphones, that will be plenty.

 

In fact, I would suggest looking for other low power vintage amp & receiver models that are undesirable because most people want to use them with speakers.

 

In my searches, most vintage items under $100 have a flaw ("untested" or "buzz in one channel" etc) and most of the mid-70s Marantz and Sansui in good shape go for $250 or more.

 

(I didn't opt for Pioneer amps only because I actually had them back then, and wanted an opportunity to try something else...)


Edited by kstuart - 8/3/13 at 12:34pm
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In fact, I would suggest looking for other low power vintage amp & receiver models that are undesirable because most people want to use them with speakers.

That's exactly how I ended up with my PAT-4. Even though it's a much better piece of equipment than the matching ST-120 speaker amp (which has a habit of blowing up), it cost a hell of a lot less than the amp did when I bought both. There's not a lot of guys out there who buy vintage stuff that's pure pre-amp and not ready to drive speakers on their own.

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These have officially crept up to being my favorite HPs. Sorry, Annies... frown.gif

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They are sneaky good. wink.gif

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They are sneaky good. wink.gif

 

Yes, they really are!!!

 

Do you find yourself using these more than you're HD650s?

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Thread Starter 

It's pretty close. The MD gets an awful lot of head time for me. They are incredibly good IMO. 

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I find myself using the MD slightly more than the Annie only because I listen to more rap/hip hop than any other genre. I use the Annies for jazz, classical, gaming, and movies so that is where their use kind of evens out with the MD.
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I'm finding myself grabbing the Mad Dog a fair bit even with the LCD2, HE500 and T1. I still enjoy it the most out of all my cans for hip hop and electronic. There is something about the Mad Dog that always draws me back to it.

 

I hope some of the people I've recommended it to consider it. Seems like a lot of people gloss over it when it gets recommended due to being a modded model.

 

 

I have a question for you Greed, might have been asked before, my bad if so. How does the Mad Dog compare to the Fostex TH600?


Edited by Leliana - 8/3/13 at 8:14pm
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Matt, do you remember by any chance which version your Mad Dogs were when you brought them to the Canlanta meet? Just trying to get a feel for what 3.2 might sound like, and yours is the only MD data point I have ;). TIA, man!!

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