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post #241 of 2824
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Originally Posted by 24grant24 View Post

anybody found a good fitting hard/ hybrid case that fits the mad dogs? The velvet bag is nice but something that offers a little protection and discretion would be nice. Btw Love the Mad Dogs. I'm gonna let the rest of my return period expire. Right now I'm running them straight from a schiit bifrost unamped. The schiit doesn't really add much but I use it for a variety of things so it stays. I'm gonna make a trip to radioshack and get some a 3.5 jack to run them straight out of my lepai Ta-2020 amp I have laying around. 20w a channel at 8 Ohms. Hopefully I don't blow it all up, lol.

 

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post #242 of 2824
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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
post #243 of 2824

It sure does!! Thanks for the reply!! I got to hear a set of MDs at a meet (I think they were 3.0s, but I have no idea in actuality), and I really like them but found them a bit dark for my tastes, hence the question. Sounds like they might be coming along a bit in that regard-- may have to give 'em another listen soon ;)

 

Again, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts!!

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

 

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Yeah the bifrost was bought for my speaker setup ( adam f5 monitors) so I have no dedicated headphone amp. It runs from rca splitters, to rca/3.5 converter. A bit convoluted but it works well for me.

post #245 of 2824
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It sure does!! Thanks for the reply!! I got to hear a set of MDs at a meet (I think they were 3.0s, but I have no idea in actuality), and I really like them but found them a bit dark for my tastes, hence the question. Sounds like they might be coming along a bit in that regard-- may have to give 'em another listen soon ;)

 

Again, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts!!

I think they have become a bit less dark, but the house sound is still very much the same.  I also think if the HD650 was too dark for you, you may find the MD that way as well.  They are certainly worth another listen, and worth spending a week or so with (meet conditions are far from ideal).  I would consider taking advantage of Mr. Speaker's 14 day no risk (well, maybe shipping cost one way) trial.  Dan sells them off at a fair discount after refurbishing them to like new condition if you send them back.  You get to try with minimal risk, Dan comes out ok if you decide they aren't your preferred signature.  I bought my second pair (the balanced prototype) as a refurbished return.  They are the ones I have now, upgraded to current shipping balanced configuration.  I sold my original new purchase pair.  Another good story here:  I sent them to Dan, and he upgraded them to 3.2, and sent them on to the new owner for me.  Dan does as much as it is possible for a family business to do, to make happy customers.

post #246 of 2824
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anybody found a good fitting hard/ hybrid case that fits the mad dogs? The velvet bag is nice but something that offers a little protection and discretion would be nice.

 

Check out this case from ebay, works perfectly for me with the mad dogs and comes with extra foam padding:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Headphone-Case-For-HD650-HD600-HD518-HD-600-650-518-Add-Accessories-/251285784294?pt=US_Rack_Cases_Hard_Cases_Bags&hash=item3a81ccc6e6

post #247 of 2824
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Originally Posted by evilhippie View Post

 

Check out this case from ebay, works perfectly for me with the mad dogs and comes with extra foam padding:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Headphone-Case-For-HD650-HD600-HD518-HD-600-650-518-Add-Accessories-/251285784294?pt=US_Rack_Cases_Hard_Cases_Bags&hash=item3a81ccc6e6

 

Another one that one of my customers sent his phones back in really was a perfect fit... 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Slappa-Sized-HardBody-Headphone-SL-HP-07/dp/B009NE7B06

post #248 of 2824
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Originally Posted by 24grant24 View Post
 

Yeah the bifrost was bought for my speaker setup ( adam f5 monitors) so I have no dedicated headphone amp. It runs from rca splitters, to rca/3.5 converter. A bit convoluted but it works well for me.


Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 6:48pm
post #249 of 2824
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Originally Posted by 24grant24 View Post

Yeah the bifrost was bought for my speaker setup ( adam f5 monitors) so I have no dedicated headphone amp. It runs from rca splitters, to rca/3.5 converter. A bit convoluted but it works well for me.

You have no idea what you are missing without an amp!! The MDs are orthos and love power. A Lyr or at least an Asgard 2 would be so much better than no amp. Did you upgrade the Bifrost to Uber?

post #250 of 2824
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Yes, you're really missing out on what the MD is capable of without an amp. But no matter...they'll be there and ready to unfold for you with an amp when you get one. 

 

I agree with the recommendation above, at least an A2. 

post #251 of 2824
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Originally Posted by mrspeakers View Post

Another one that one of my customers sent his phones back in really was a perfect fit... 

http://www.amazon.com/Slappa-Sized-HardBody-Headphone-SL-HP-07/dp/B009NE7B06
Have this case and it fits perfectly
post #252 of 2824
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Originally Posted by jibzilla View Post

Man I really love my adam monitors. What do you think of your f5's so far?

Love em. I haven't had much dedicated listening time on them but they are easily the best speakers I have ever owned. Which isn't saying all that much.

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Yes, you're really missing out on what the MD is capable of without an amp. But no matter...they'll be there and ready to unfold for you with an amp when you get one. 

 

I agree with the recommendation above, at least an A2. 

Yeah. Like I stated earlier the plan in the interim is to use a lepai Ta-2020 amp to power them until I can get a dedicated headphone amp. It just isn't in the budget for right now. I think I may also get a mini portable amp like a Govibe Minibox for cheap to power them on the go.

 

 

 

On the case front I found some old threads about this exact issue. And I'm gonna go ahead and try this case.

post #253 of 2824

I got mine one week ago, paired with Nuforce Icon HDP. Beautiful, less punch than HE-500 but not in the bad. I mean, bass is just right. Airy and detailed. Very comfy too.

post #254 of 2824
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Welcome to the club!! Glad to hear that you like them with the Icon.  

post #255 of 2824
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Originally Posted by 24grant24 View Post
 

Love em. I haven't had much dedicated listening time on them but they are easily the best speakers I have ever owned. Which isn't saying all that much.

 


Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 6:40pm
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