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Originally Posted by TrantaLocked View Post
 

Do the 3.2 phones still sound balanced? I disliked the DT 770s for their overly thumpy and muddy bass. I like neutral bass if you know what I mean. 

 

With the 3.2 set, does metal sound ok? Is electric guitar textured and not stranded like it is in V shaped responding headphones? 

 

These have some of the better balanced sound out there. They don't seems to be genre specific and seem to do all types of music and instruments well. 

post #1637 of 2951

What would you NEED to drive the mad dogs to some extent guys?

post #1638 of 2951
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If you are  talking about desktop options, the Asgard 2 will get them going nicely at the $250 mark. They will scale with nicer amps some for sure. Just depends on what you're willing to spend. 

post #1639 of 2951

Alright but they wont sound good using a soundcard built in amp?

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I think that we may have had this conversation already. You can power the MD from your ipod, but it won't sound very impressive. The soundcard would be better but you'd still be holding this hp back a good bit. 

 

To do it justice, you'll want a desktop amp. As long as you plan to get a good amp later, there is no reason that you couldn't get started on a decent soundcard. 

post #1641 of 2951

Alright, what about a DAC, does it need that too? or is it just soundcard>amp or soundcard>dac>amp

 

How does that work actually do you plug in your amp in your sound card?

 

Sorry im a huge noob :3

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Mrspeakers. com didn't open. Where can I buy?
post #1643 of 2951
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The site is working, just checked it. There are some sound cards that work as decent dacs. Which do you have?

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I did some AB'ing yesterday, comparing string quartets from the HD600 and the Mad Dog 3.2. The Mad Dog's upper mids/treble was different in a really good way, like the notes were thinner and had more clarity. Almost if you could visualize them as lasers rather than beams, but in a really engaging way... Tough to explain. Is this what people are talking about when they're talking about grain? Was I hearing grain in the HD600 but not in the Mad Dog? 

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I have a Xonar Phoebus, it says up to 600 Ohm but i doubt itl be strong enough
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I have a Xonar Phoebus, it says up to 600 Ohm but i doubt itl be strong enough

 

Buy a Mad Dog and try it. You can always return it and be out a modest amount! 

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Buy a Mad Dog and try it. You can always return it and be out a modest amount! 

I dont know if it would actually be worth it, my sound files arent very high quality, just itunes, so probably portable 300 headphones are about the best i can get out of my current system?

post #1648 of 2951
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Originally Posted by TrantaLocked View Post
 

Do the 3.2 phones still sound balanced? I disliked the DT 770s for their overly thumpy and muddy bass. I like neutral bass if you know what I mean. 

 

With the 3.2 set, does metal sound ok? Is electric guitar textured and not stranded like it is in V shaped responding headphones? 

For the record, I had DT770/600's when I bought my mad dogs with the dog pads, so pre-3.0.  I sold the DT770's as I found the mad dogs to be better balanced, with better mids and less brittle highs.  The 3.2's brought some bass response and sparkle back, so even better.

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Originally Posted by imackler View Post
 

I did some AB'ing yesterday, comparing string quartets from the HD600 and the Mad Dog 3.2. The Mad Dog's upper mids/treble was different in a really good way, like the notes were thinner and had more clarity. Almost if you could visualize them as lasers rather than beams, but in a really engaging way... Tough to explain. Is this what people are talking about when they're talking about grain? Was I hearing grain in the HD600 but not in the Mad Dog? 

You are the first person to echo what I have been talking about.   The Mad Dog has very little "ringing" or "smearing", meaning sound that is added right after the note.   It actually makes it sound dull at first listen, because we are so used to hearing that ringing.

 

It is similar to the "sharpness" control on TVs, that add extra high frequency content to images, which looks like buzzing that makes edges stand out more, which makes the edges look "sharper".

 

But in both cases, the extra ringing and buzzing is not part of the original, it is a distortion.

post #1650 of 2951
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Originally Posted by Aerathion View Post
 

What would you NEED to drive the mad dogs to some extent guys?

I use them straight out of my laptop, and they sound just fine, so they don't "need" anything.

 

But the better the equipment, the better they will sound.

 

So my two setups:

 

* Straight out of T61 Thinkpad laptop

 

OR

 

* Jriver Media Center on a PC -> HRT MusicStream TwoPlus USB DAC -> 330 Watt per channel Kenwood power amp with built-in headphone jack

 

so that covers both ends of the spectrum!

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