Originally Posted by Greed
Interested to read your reasoning for such. First person I've read that actually says the MD is superior to the current King of Mid-Fi (IMO).
Understandable. The HE-500 was my primary headphone since it's first release up until the LCD3 was released, it is one of my top few favorites. Personally, I believe the standard MD to have a much more enjoyable sound signature, it is far less sterile and bland to my ears. I believe the MD sound staging experience is vastly superior and more realistic, more dynamic and more spacious given the proper source and amplifier. In a points game that I would host, the Mad Dog outscores the HE-500 by a mile.
Again though, that is just my assessment and not etched in stone. Subjective experiences are subjective and in my reviews I tend to leave as much subjectivity out of it, or at least define clearly which statements are my opinion. Originally, Headfonics asked Mr. Speaker for their newest model for review, I assumed it would be a pre production Alpha since it was due out relatively soon. This is entirely my fault for not making sure of what I actually had and assuming I was holding the newest model. When it arrived, I was a bit confused but thought nothing of it. Their service and support have been extraordinary, Dan and Laurie are incredible and I certainly should have made certain what was delivered. But, I do not fear stating my opinions on this subject of the Mad Dog vs the HE-500. I'd take the Mad Dog all day long. My favorite headphone of all time is the LCD3 and side by side with the standard Mad Dog, the Audeze's overall value plummets to the ground instantly. I personally do not believe that the HE500 clarity superiority is worth the few hundred extra over the Mad Dog, nor do I believe the LCD3 is worth anywhere near that price tag by comparison to the Mad Dog. I think the HE-500 is massively overrated in regards to its clarity qualities on the low end and mid range. That is just my subjective view. With all of them here and A/Bing them together, I just can't hear the HE-500 being a vastly superior headphone over the standard Mad Dog. To me, it isn't and the thought that the Alpha is even better yet only intrigues me more.
Edited by 24Bit - 9/11/13 at 5:25am