Originally Posted by Theogenes
Nice write up!! One quick question: the Mad Dogs are often cited as a rather dark-sounding headphone, and you noted that the balanced 3.2 has a "neutral to ever so slightly dark reproduction." I saw that you were impressed with the treble overall, so I suppose my question is whether you find the overall balance of the 3.2 balanced to be slightly brighter (or less dark, if you prefer that) or if the tonal balance is essentially the same but with improved treble and bass performance.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts you care to share!!
I looked at your profile to see what you have and have had as far as headphones go. To me, they are in the same neighborhood as the HD650. My comments are essentially that the 3.2 has improved treble and bass as compared to the 3.0, at least to my and Dan's ears, and from what I've read, to many others as well. They are not "V" shaped like your HD25's. They are not a bright headphone. I keep coming back to silk domed tweeters vs. metal dome tweeters in speakers. Both have fine detail presentation. The metal domed tweeters (ala Paradigm) grab your attention with sparkle and air in the store. Get them home, and to me, they get a bit bright and fatiguing. A good silk domed tweeter won't necessarily wow you right off the bat, but it just sounds great all day long, without the bright, brittle treble that the metal domed tweeters seem to have. The MD's and the HD650 are like that to me, and that's what I refer to as "ever so slightly dark". I've heard (owned) the Ultrasone Pro 750 and the HFI 780, as well as Grado SR125's. The treble IS NOT like that! The 3.2 is a bit more defined, with a bit better detail retrieval than the 3.0 tuning. The price for that, is that the 3.2 is a bit harder on poorly recorded, mastered or ripped material - you are more aware that the source material is not so good. To my ears, balanced does not change this at all, but I can't easily isolate and compare SE vs. balanced. Does that help at all?
Edited by aamefford - 6/22/13 at 8:31pm