Mr. Speakers offer no questions 15 day return policy. I know it's good on the MD and I would think for the AD as well.
MrSpeakers Alpha Dog Revealed! - The World's First Production 3D-Printed Headphones - Page 101
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I really hope I'm part of the audition group. Here's why - all the talk about how impressive the bass is has me intrigued as I tried the 3.1 version (I think) and was underwhelmed beyond words. However, with my vintage Spec amp setup the source is so much better than six months ago and with respected members comparing the bass to D5000's and TH600's, I have GOT to hear these.
If true, Dan will have converted the most skeptical listener in history.
People talking about the bass quantity in the Alpha Dog need to remember that it comes with the Bass Screw that allows you to set the bass quantity to taste. It's understandable that the beta testers don't remember this, because it was added after the beta tests...
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No amount of adjustment would equate the quantity the TH-900 has (IMO).
And for people unsure whether to buy Headphone X or Headphone Y, I don't see how asking here "What should I buy?" is going to work out for you. Note that Amazon and Headroom both have 30-day return policies as well, so the way to go about it is to have both headphones arrive at the same time and compare them yourself.
For those few who've heard the Alpha Dog...
I've got a conundrum. I do 80-90% of my listening at work, like lots of us, mostly classical. I can get away with either open or closed. Closed can be nice, because I can leave my door open. Open can be nice, because when the door is closed, I can hear people knock. I may prefer closed though with the door open.
Here's the choice: Do I get a HE-400 to compliment my HD600 or do I sell the HD600, not buy the HE-400, and get the Alpha Dog? The HE-400 would be to something fun and different to compliment my HD600 and because I got a little room in my budget. The Alpha Dog would be the pursuit of the next level, as close to TOTL as my budget will likely ever take me. Either way, its likely to be the end of my headfi search for quite some time. So I guess what I'm asking, with the HD600 and HE-400 both being great cost to ratio phones, is Alpha Dog > HE-400 + HD600 or is the HD600 + HE-400 > Alpha Dog?
(If it helps, my at home headphone is likely to be the 3.2 Mad Dog, where I need closed. I liked the 3.2 more than the 3.0 for classical but I probably prefer the HD600 at this point... The 3.2 is much more of a challenger to the HD600 for classical than the 3.0 was.)
I say go with the AD + HD600 combo if you can stretch your budget. If not, I don't see how you can resist the temptation of the Alpha Dog. Early impressions imply that it is on a whole other level compared to the region occupied by the likes of the HD600/HE400, which are certainly very good cans. I'm also thinking that there is no way the HE-400 is as comfortable as the Sennheiser, which I think may matter to you if you're working - they felt a bit heavy to me and I instantly thought that they may not be the best for long sessions because of this. Edit: BTW, I'm eagerly awaiting those 3.2s!
I have not heard the th-x00, so I can't comment or make comparative remarks between those hp's and the AD. But I did own the d5k for a year and more recently the d7k. These hp present MUCH more quantity of bass coloration to the music than the AD ever begins to. VERY different approach.
The AD presents bass with a very linear approach. It is deep and textured and while matching the recording very accurately and it does not COLOR the material with more bass than the original recording was mastered with like the d5k does.
Some people will want a warmer heavier bass coloration with their hp because it's more "fun" for some. If you want are looking for more realism across the spectrum including bass texture, then the AD is something you should have on your short list. If you want a more colored bass presentation then you should look elsewhere.
I know this is a strong opinion but here it goes:
I think one of the reasons people prefer a colored bass is because when it is done right it sounds millions of miles more like a live concert etc than headphones that don't have this so called "coloration". It is just so hard to do right because headphones are so small and in your head.
When I play the d2k I don't find the bass too much at all. That is how bass should sound. Who goes to a concert, church, theatre or anywhere outside of headphones in the real world and hears anemic, little, and/or rolled off bass? Jazz shows or even classical or anything for that matter doesn't have that. What people call neutral or not emphasized would sound horrible at any live venue.
Bass has to be the most talked about area of a headphone and a top concern of most(NOT ALL) people.
Ill def mess with the bass adjustment. Hopefully I dont mess it up.
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True indeed I see what you mean. So inversely it doesn't show up where it is not supposed to.
I understand. I like that as well and don't need over emphasized bass but I do find it to be quite more realistic than the two modded t50's that I have had that people called "not emphasized but not lacking".
Its a perspective of mine but not what would make me skip out on appreciating a hp. I find the D2k however not so aggressive as people mention. Tastes change over time.
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I also had version 3.1. Missed out on 3.2 by four days. I was impressed but also found them lacking. I really wish I could have tried the 3.2 so I would have no doubt. I'm eager to try out the Alphas and give this another go. Perhaps running them from speaker taps might help. Preproman has been using his on an Emotiva so I know they sound pretty decent from them.
Yup. I use the Emotiva + Ciunas/Concero with the AD's/MDs sounds great.
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