Originally Posted by mrspeakers
I was on the test group as well.
Here are my impressions giving on July 30th. Although, I don't see them the same as Jude and others. I still see them as an improvement in every single area when compared to the MD 3.2.
I was able to compare both side by side for two days on two different amp for many hours. Enjoy.
Day 1 of the Alpha Dogs 4 hours of listening:
I've refrained from reading most of the impressions thus far. I want to give a honest un biased opinion.
Appearance / Design:
Fist I really like the cups. I would like them even more if the brass bars were power coated black as well. It would give a complete stealth look.
I'm not a fan of the cable and the connectors. Dan as you know I just like them to be hardwired with my choice of cable. But the connectors was sort of tricky for me at first but I got em on. As I wear them more the cable becomes a non factor. So all in all the cable is OK..
Will there be any writing on these ie. Alpha Dogs, L / R or just all black?
I get a real good clamp so not a lot of adjusting that I have to do. They fit me just right. Of course the Alpha Pads are a "HIT".
Alpha Dogs vs. Mad Dogs 3.2
GS-X mk2 / Master 7- All music listened to at 1:00pm on the volume knob:
Diana Krall = Love me like a Man
Rachelle Ferrell = Bye Bye Black Bird
Patricia Barber = Crash
All is IMO of course:
Both are similar sounding - I noticed a few difference. I would say first off the Alpha Dogs sound like a more refined Mad Dog. More linear throughout, even the bass. I think the Mad Dogs have a tad bit more bass presence, while the Alpha Dogs have the more refined bass as in more clear and clean, just more accurate.
I think the Alpha Dogs are voiced a tab bit brighter - only a tad bit. So that would make the Mad Dogs the darker of the two. So yes the Alpha Dogs has the most air of the two.
I like the highs better on the Alpha Dogs. They extend out more when compared to the Mad Dogs. Also more crisp with more energy.
Patricia Barbers vocals are to die for. They're pretty darn good on the Mad Dogs as well. The Alpha Dogs just improves on what the Mad Dogs have to offer in every way. As I listen, I think the mids on the Alpha Dogs are very well rounded and beautifully articulated. Again, more refined in this regard compared to the Mad Dogs.
For a closed headphone the Alpha Dogs are pretty darn revealing not as revealing as some of the open headphones = HE-6 and HD800. However, better at when compared to the Mad Dogs.
The tonal balance is what sets it apart IMO from the Mad Dogs. While not totally transparent the tonal balance of the Alpha Dogs are really neutral.
Tomorrow Round 2: Alpha Dogs vs. Mad Dogs on the F1J / PWD mkII.
Impressions on August 1st.
Day 2 Alpha Dogs vs. Mad Dogs 4 hours of listening:
F1J / PWD mkII - All music listened to at 10:00am on the volume knob:
Lots of Michael Buble live.
So yes this amp seemed to bring out the best in both headphones. Both opened up more than before. Also again, for me these two are some what close. However, the Alpha Dogs pulls ahead by a larger margin.
The AD at this point and IMO would be stepping into the Reference category of headphones. Very refined, a real good tonal balance, has a realistic transient response (not on the level as the HD800 and HE-6) but still good none the less. Not a very large sound stage, but a more real and accurate sound stage on music other than classical.
I like the ADs because no specific region of the frequency spectrum stands out. However, the midrage does keep the warmth.
The overall bass presentation is great, it has great extension and good impact. This may not be your ideal headphone if your a bass head or you like your bass a little tilted south. Again, the bass here is reference type of bass tight and focused.
The treble has absolutely no grain at all that I can hear - very smooth without being rolled.
Overall I will more than likely have both..
Edited by preproman - 8/9/13 at 2:25pm