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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post

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...


I had the 3.0s and the 3.2s are on their way to me. Your post makes me think I'll be pretty happy with them (I did like the 3.0s, but I never had a proper amp for them).

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Got the Mad Dog 3.2 (single-ended cable) for few days and has been enjoying the sound of it since then. 

I have read lot of reviews on mad dog as well as the HE-400 but since the first time I read those reviews, Mad Dog was more interesting (to me) than HE 400.

 

I'm running it from my iMac - iFi iDac - G3 amp, not sure if this give full potential to the Mad Dog but since I can't afford getting new amp so I just stick with it for this moment.

 

I had Denon AH-D2000 with wood cup (from D5k) and LA pad (not full mod) for my primary headphone for quite sometime.

 

Between those two to my ear Mad Dog much more smooth and relaxing sound compare to my denon which I find it harsh sounding. This is funny because before I got the Mad Dog, I was pretty much 'in love' with my denon. I also notice right away is the bass which my denon has more impact and its just not as smooth (to my taste) as Mad Dog.

 

I'm not sure if I want to do full mod to my denon or just sell it to buy new amp for Mad Dog..

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Originally Posted by kupleh View Post


I had Denon AH-D2000 with wood cup (from D5k) and LA pad (not full mod) for my primary headphone for quite sometime.

Between those two to my ear Mad Dog much more smooth and relaxing sound compare to my denon which I find it harsh sounding. This is funny because before I got the Mad Dog, I was pretty much 'in love' with my denon. I also notice right away is the bass which my denon has more impact and its just not as smooth (to my taste) as Mad Dog.


I'm not sure if I want to do full mod to my denon or just sell it to buy new amp for Mad Dog..

From having experienced a pre Lawton to post Lawton D7000 mod I'd recommend going for it. To me the change was large enough to sell me on the Lawton mods along with the angle pads. Have the mods on my D2000 as well and a wood cup mod happening next week. The bass of Denons is the sound I have come to appreciate as my favored signature.
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From having experienced a pre Lawton to post Lawton D7000 mod I'd recommend going for it. To me the change was large enough to sell me on the Lawton mods along with the angle pads. Have the mods on my D2000 as well and a wood cup mod happening next week. The bass of Denons is the sound I have come to appreciate as my favored signature.

 

Hhmmm.. Maybe I would send my denon to the Lawton instead of doing the mod myself.

I had plan to do send it for mod for quite sometime but always got tempted with other headphones..

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Hhmmm.. Maybe I would send my denon to the Lawton instead of doing the mod myself.
I had plan to do send it for mod for quite sometime but always got tempted with other headphones..

From Singapore that could take some time and cost a pretty penny for shipping. Do you not feel comfortable enough with disassembling them yourself? I don't blame you, just trying to save you money. I had him do my D7000's for me.
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From Singapore that could take some time and cost a pretty penny for shipping. Do you not feel comfortable enough with disassembling them yourself? I don't blame you, just trying to save you money. I had him do my D7000's for me.

 

Yeah, you are right.. it might add about $100 to the shipping (return). I did dissassembled it and made hole on D5000 cups to sit nicely on D2000. But getting hard time to get dynamat/damping and because its really messy I'm not sure if I want to do it by myself. hahhahah .. and also I'm planning to do re-cabling which I'm not capable of..

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Hello!   A lot of stuff to catch up on so I'll try to get answers to any open questions addressed within the next two days.  

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Originally Posted by mrspeakers View Post

Hello!   A lot of stuff to catch up on so I'll try to get answers to any open questions addressed within the next two days.  
On your website you said the Alpha pads can fit the HE-400. I don't have the HE-400 so may I know what is the diameter of the HE-400's driver housing? 100 mm or more? I want to see if it fits my AKG K550 which is 110 mm!
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Originally Posted by mrspeakers View Post

Hello!   A lot of stuff to catch up on so I'll try to get answers to any open questions addressed within the next two days.  
The dogs came an hour ago and I'm listening to them at this very moment. Two nitpicks for you to be aware of:
1. The pads are quite squished together in the box (see pic). Hopefully they are not permanent.
2. When I removed the cable I noticed that there were loose plastic black bits near the hole. I carefully removed them in case they go into the 3.5 mm hole.

They don't spoil my enjoyment but I thought you'd like to know.

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Originally Posted by noxa View Post

I just recieved a Fiio X3 and it does suprisingly well running the Mad Dogs, more than acceptable as a portable set up.
While it is nowhere near what I heard using Eximus Dp-1 and Mini Torii amp for the Mad Dogs, I think it is quite remarkable to be able to run the Mad Dogs to this level through the X3 for its price. I still prefer my ES5 on the X3 than the Mad Dogs, even though for the ES5, I usually run it through my EE Minimax and O2 amp.
post #1542 of 2841
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Originally Posted by georgelai57 View Post

1. The pads are quite squished together in the box (see pic). Hopefully they are not permanent.

 

Can't speak for your second point, but this is common. The pads will regain their full shape within a day (if not just an hour or two). They might not fit or sound their best until then, but that's just what happens when you ship these headphones.

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Originally Posted by georgelai57 View Post


On your website you said the Alpha pads can fit the HE-400. I don't have the HE-400 so may I know what is the diameter of the HE-400's driver housing? 100 mm or more? I want to see if it fits my AKG K550 which is 110 mm!


Wouldn't that be a question best placed in an HE-400 based thread ?

post #1544 of 2841
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Originally Posted by georgelai57 View Post


The dogs came an hour ago and I'm listening to them at this very moment. Two nitpicks for you to be aware of:
1. The pads are quite squished together in the box (see pic). Hopefully they are not permanent.
2. When I removed the cable I noticed that there were loose plastic black bits near the hole. I carefully removed them in case they go into the 3.5 mm hole.

They don't spoil my enjoyment but I thought you'd like to know.

 

Hi,

 

The pad squishing is temporary and will go away as the foam warms on your head.  Until the foam warms and shapes to conform you may have poor bass response.  We're looking at a solution for this, while it is harmless and cosmetic I'd like to make the "first impression" better.  

 

The little black bits are gasket material, they're harmless and easy to remove if we miss a few specs.

 

Cheers, and thanks for your business!

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Originally Posted by kupleh View Post

 

Yeah, you are right.. it might add about $100 to the shipping (return). I did dissassembled it and made hole on D5000 cups to sit nicely on D2000. But getting hard time to get dynamat/damping and because its really messy I'm not sure if I want to do it by myself. hahhahah .. and also I'm planning to do re-cabling which I'm not capable of..

If you freeeze the Dynamat it is easier to work with.

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