Yes. The upgrade is 100% upgrade.
Here's the "photo of the day" de jour... (I actually saw a sign saying "Soup De Jour of the Day" once).
This is the headphone stand that is in the box with the Alpha Dog. Surprise!
It's black powder coated steel. It's a little short, perfectionists will note that the phones rest a bit on the cable, but this was due to the limit of shipping in a USPS flat rate box, which cuts a lot off the shipping. Anyone bothered by that can simply make a 1" foam or other material block to rest on the top of the stand.
Thereby creating a cottage industry for the cottage industry - selling specially designed foam pieces that attach to the top of the stand.
And I like the holes that let you screw down the stand to a wooden audio furniture item.
the fact that I bought headphone stands will make the AD look like its in a class of its own while sitting on its own hp stand.
Knowing my indecisiveness I have to battle not getting an akg k712 pro first. Though I will always have the MD here to upgrade.