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**MrSpeakers Mad Dog: Impressions and Discussion Thread** - Page 102
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I am currently running SE mad dogs through the Magni/Modi stack. Whilst it is clear and very precise it was just a bit too bright. it does have plenty of power and is a great combo for the price. It just didn't suit my ears. I have heard the mad dogs through a couple of amps now( lyr and RSA Intruder) and it seems to me that the more power you can feed them the better they sound.
You can't really compare the Magni with a Lyr considering the $300 max budget for doublea71
My mate also has a mad dogs and wanted an amp/dac combo for under $300 and I steered him to the schiit stack. Might give it a try with my HE500s also when he gets them. Any other suggestions that would sound good for below $300?
I was hesitating to comment further on the Magni, but just now on another site, I read this comment:
This was my impression, and also that of a reviewer.
$99 seems to go a little bit farther with a DAC, because it is mostly digital circuits that can be very inexpensive. Whereas amplification requires more than just chips, and so the $99 amp does a great job for the price, but only if the headphones are very "sensitive" (i.e. put out a lot of sound with very little input).
Again, the Mad Dogs do nicely straight out of a laptop, but conversely the more power the better is also true.
So, if someone's budget is $300 for a DAC and Amp for Mad Dogs, if they are buying from schiit.com I would stretch to $348 and get the Modi and Asgard 2 (although I have not heard the Asgard 2, so I am basing this on reports - and there is a full 14-day no questions asked return policy on it anyway.)
Given all the attention from head-fi and the shows, it's possible that they are so backlogged that they have more orders and messages than they can deal with...
Depends on if you can deal with the HE-400's upper treble peak, missing midrange and lower comfort than the Mad Dogs. The bass is a tad better on the HE400s though, I must say.
Here is why:
|Part of the Performance Parameter of Phone out|
|Output Power 1||> 540 mW@16Ω||Output Impedance||<0.3Ω|
|Output Power2||> 270 mW@32Ω||Crosstalk||>75 dB@1KHz|
|Output Power3||> 30 mW@300Ω||THD+N||< 0.005%@1KHz|
|Frequency Response||10Hz~20KHz（+/-0.2)||MAX output voltage||> 8 Vp-p|
|SNR||> 105 dB (AUX IN)||MAX output current||> 250 mA|
It actually puts out a hell of a lot of power for a portable player. It puts out more power at 32ohms than the E17.
I have both the HE-400 and the Mad Dog 3.2 Universal (with 1/4" cable) and I will probably be selling my HE-400s.
I was surprised by how much of an improvement the 3.2 are over the 3.0 version. The 3.2 revision pretty much fixes all the problems with the earlier versions. This makes the extreme clarity and transparency of the Mad Dog work well with most genres of music.
The two things missing are "air" and soundstage depth, and from the reports, the Alpha Dog fixes both of those, which is why I have pre-ordered the Alpha Dog (while keeping the Mad Dog 3.2).
The Mad Dog has less "ringing" and "smearing" that any headphones I have heard. It is like the difference between speakers in a room with a lot of hard surfaces (no carpeting) versus the sound of the same speakers in a well stuffed room with lots of drapes and carpeting...
Does anyone know if it would be possible to get v3.2 Mad Dogs new, but with these decals? http://www.headfonia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/mrspeakers_maddog_03.jpg
As in, could I request that somehow or something?
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