Originally Posted by richbass
Originally Posted by spurxiii
I may offend others saying it here but there's a reason I kept the HE500s.
Would you mind PM'ing me the reason why you like Mad Dogs over HE-500 or vice-versa ? Strengths and weaknesses !
I recently was able to borrow a pair of HE-500s to audition in my setup, and I found the Alpha Dogs to be better in most aspects of sound quality. The HE-500 has a smooth, even quality, with a little better "micro-detail" than the Alpha Dog, but the Alpha Dog was better in every other aspect, most notably soundstage, instrumental timbre, and bass quality. Surprisingly, the closed Alpha Dog is more "open" sounding than the open HE-500.
The Mad Dog 3.2 has a more "fun" sound signature than the HE-500, with a fuller bass response, which I personally prefer for EDM. The soundstage of the Mad Dog is about equal to the HE-500 (and although I have not heard it, if the MD Pro has a soundstage that is partway between the MD and the AD, then the MD Pro soundstage is likely to be a little better than the HE-500).
The instrumental timbre on all the Mad Dog and Alpha Dog products is better than either the HE-400 or the HE-500. (The bass and soundstage on the HE-400 is actually better than that of the HE-500, although the HE-500 is flatter, more natural and clearer sounding than the HE-400.)
This is in my system with my amps. My reference points tend to be acoustic music recordings, although I also use electronic, EDM and rock recordings.