Here are a few brief impressions on the Mad Dog Pro that I received today. Oddly enough it's signature is pretty much where Dan describes it...between the Mad Dog 3.2 and the Alpha. It's immediately appearent when you put on the Mad Dog Pro that you've got a different signature than the Mad Dog 3.2. It sounds more "finished" than the MD 3.2 and more natural. My initial impression is that it has a signature closer to the Alpha Dog than the MD 3.2 This is just what I was hoping for.
The bass really hits the sweet spot for me. It gives up a bit of texture and tightness to the Alpha Dog but offers more weight and slam without ever getting sloppy. The decay is impressive and considerably better than the MD 3.2. Daft Punk sounds tremedous with these, but so does the new Beck album which has a heavy bass line. Pat Metheny: Kin was tremedous on the MDP.
Mids are smooth and natural. I would have to say that the mids are a little closer to the MD 3.2 than the Alpha. So if you are serious about vocal centric music then the Alpha may be the better option. I listened to several jazz vocalist to test the mids...Diana Krall, Patricia Barber and KD Lang. The MDP reproduces vocals nicely with little noticeble grain or unnaturalness....just not as lifelike as the Alpha. I listen to a considerable amount of female jazz vocalist and the MDP left me impressed.
And finally on to the treble. The part of the signature is always a real sticking point for me because I have always been sensitive to bright/harsh treble. I actually liked the treble best on the MDP, even over the Alpha. It has qualities of both smooth and detailed without ever sounding strident. I never picked up any silibance even on material I know to be harsh and bright. The treble is a breath of fresh air for me on the MDP. The Alpha was a little edgy on the treble for me. Please note that Dan tuned this MDP using the new Obedience kit and when I owned the Alpha it did not have the kit.
Okay, that's all for now. I need to go through my battery of test tracks and gives these Dogs a real workout!!
Thanks so much for the quick shipping Dan and a fine hp.