Originally Posted by kstuart
Could someone upload an attachment with the MrSpeakers newsletter that was sent out at the end of April ?
Any subsequent newsletters would be interesting too, but evidently that one has a lot of helpful information.
Our apologies if this is a duplicate. For some reason the newsletter only went to about 1/3 of the subscribers, and to resend I have to send it to everyone.
MrSpeakers in the News
We received several positive mentions after the New York Audio Show and the New York Head-Fi meet, where our latest version was on display. You’ll see write-ups from:
- The Absolute Sound
- The Frugal Audiophile
My favorite was “find of the show” from Brent Butterworth at Sound+Vision. Given the show’s plethora of high-end gear, this was very high praise. Also, 6Moons is reviewing the phones.
Check out the news coverage of the version 3.2 (see below on versions) at www.mrspeakers.com on the News and Reviews tab.
You asked for it, here it is. The Balanced Mad Dog.For the last six months, I’ve gotten a steady stream of requests to do a balanced headphone. It’s more complex, as we have to rewire and reterminate the headphone, and also build a custom cable.
We expect the phones to ship in late May. Pre-orders are available now, at $349, once shipping starts the price is probably going to be $399, but this is not yet certain.
This will include the Alpha Pads, velvet bag, and our own custom 6’ 4-pin XLR cable. An option will be available for current owners to convert to balanced operation. Details and price are TBD.
New Service: Mad Dog Tune Ups!
It is probably safe to say most people expect us to ship our best, and we make every effort to do so. Our goal is to create the best value headphone on the market, and that is a journey, not a destination, so we roll out improvements when we find them.
After all, who would want us to know how to improve the product but not to do it? Of course, the flip side is it can be frustrating to purchase a product and have a new version come out.
To allow us to innovate, and to provide investment protection for our customers, I am pleased to offer a service that allows you to tune up your headphones any time you think we’ve made an improvement you’d like to hear.
Our pricing for the “Tune Up Service” is only $29.99 plus shipping. Tune ups don’t include new ear pads, cables, or other hardware updates, though these will usually be available as an option. The service includes:
- Voice and tune your phones to the latest configuration.
- Retest and check your phones to verify performance is optimized
- A sticker on top of the leather comfort strap with a version number and date so it’s easy to tell what revision you have
Note: to reduce waste and keep cost low we plan to reuse packing materials if they are in good shipping condition, we’ll replace packaging if needed or requested.
I know this is different, but in talking with a number of you about this idea, I’m certain most of my customers will appreciate the concept of continuous improvement with upgradability vs the normal practice of stagnation and obsolescence. We’re committed to always delivering the best we can, and to giving users a convenient and affordable path to upgrade at their convenience should an upgrade be of interest.
For customers overseas, we will be marking these as warranty service so you don’t have to pay duties a second time. Of course some countries charge import fees not related to price, etc, so I’m also exploring an option to have an authorized service center in the EU to perform regional upgrades to , shorten turn around time and keep costs down.
Revision History for the Mad Dog
I want to be transparent as possible about changes to the product, so we’ll share information on updates in our newsletter, which should go out once a quarter.
We’ll be using versions going forward, so it should be much easier for people to discuss their experience online.
- Version 1-Shure 840 Pads
- Version 2-Dog Pads
- Smoother and more balanced sound
- Improved comfort and isolation
- Version 3-Mad Dog with Alpha Pad purchased before March 17 or Dog Pad units upgraded to Alpha Pads
- Even better comfort, isolation
- Smoother neutral/dark signature
- Warmer lower mids
- Version 3.1-Mad Dog with Alpha Pads purchased between March 17 and April 12
- Increased bass extension (slightly) and increased upper mids and treble to make the phone less dark (still dark/neutral)
- Version 3.2-Mad Dog with Alpha Pads purchased April 13 and on
- Still more sub-bass extension
- Also a bit more upper mid energy for more presence, reduced congestion, and more air up top. Cymbals have more brass to them, and strings are more airy and natural sounding
Version 3.2 is certainly the version I am most proud of and satisfied by. The sound is extremely neutral, just a tiny bit dark, and incredibly lively and dynamic. The phones sound even more “open” and mids are cleaner and less congested at higher volumes or in more complex passages. The phone is never shrill or sibilant, and the bass is flatter, more powerful and stronger, but never over-bearing.
Who should upgrade?
- Anyone with 840 pads should consider moving to Alpha Pads when it comes time to replace their pads or if they want a smoother presentation and better isolation and comfort. You will also need to purchase Alpha Pads.
- Owners with Dog Pads: yup, this is a worthwhile upgrade. Yes you’ll need pads and a tune to get the most. You can upgrade the pads yourself, and get a sonic and comfort upgrade to version 3.0 level, or send them for a tune up and pads to 3.2.
- Dog Pads already upgraded to Alpha Pads: it’s optional and worth considering if you’d like more top end air and more midrange presence or more punch down low (not bass head, bass lover! The bass hits harder, is better filled in between 60-90Hz, and goes down to about 12Hz, but it’s not going to THUD like a bass head phone). It’s optional, but if you ever wish your phones were a little less dark or had more energy in the upper mids and highs with more solid lows, this is worth consideration.
- Update not recommended if you purchased Mad Dogs with Alpha Pads after March 17 the upgrade from 3.1 to 3.2 will be noticeable, but I suggest you wait at least 6-12 months before considering a tune up.
And remember, if you love your phone as-is, leave them alone. The service is available any time.
I believe the phones are at a point where we will likely be making fewer and fewer changes. I love the pads and am not changing them, and am not doing any testing to change the sound. Instead, we’re working on new efforts like the balanced phone. But improvements aren’t predictable, and new products can sometimes trigger updates to the current product, so this service is there to ensure you get the most from your Mad Dogs.
Due to lack of demand, we’re discontinuing the Mad Dog with Dog Pads.
I’m always interested to know how we’re doing, as well as to hear your experiences with different amps, etc. Drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to share your feedback.