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post #2671 of 9033
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Don't forget that's HE500s without Jergpads which Matt is judging from, which is a pretty significant step down from how it sounds with the modifications.

He was sarcastic. I know that for sure :P

post #2672 of 9033
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20% more seems like it would be noticeable.   The AD cables were heavier than the MD cables, so it might be more like 25%.   IIRC, the HE-500 to HE-400 difference is similar...

 

OK but it is 20% more of a small number. Weight is only one aspect, the weight distribution is another. Fostex TH900 is 400g without the cables and I have never heard anyone say it was heavy

 

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In fact, it is clear that MattTCG understands this, hence the 121 headphone trades in one year or so.

 

Fair play but would be cheaper to support your local hi-fi dealer and demo

post #2673 of 9033
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Don't forget that's HE500s without Jergpads which Matt is judging from, which is a pretty significant step down from how it sounds with the modifications.

 

Is there somewhere I can barrow a pair of these?  I'm really not a total believer of "Pad-Fi"   But I would like to try them out.

post #2674 of 9033

You can have a pair for about $50. :wink: Seriously, if you have the he4/400/500 they are a must have item. 

post #2675 of 9033
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You can have a pair for about $50. :wink: Seriously, if you have the he4/400/500 they are a must have item. 

 

From where?

post #2676 of 9033

probably from member Modular

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Some quick impressions of the (loaned tour) alpha dog on the emotiva mini-x:

 

Bass is about perfect, really. All that needs to be said has been said; great linearity and authority with a slight but nice rumble. Everything from bass-cannon music like Emptyset to hyper-speed double-bass on death metal is satisfactory clear, and thus, visceral. Melodic bass is also very distinct.

 

Mid-range is pretty darn neutral, but most importantly coming from the 3.0's, don't have any of that "smooshiness" or "fogginess" that plagued earlier models. Balance between all ranges has been found, really.

 

Treble has that slight sparkle missing from earlier Mad Dog iterations, and is truly neutral. Haven't had any experience of sibilance with my whole day of listening, and no fatigue, really. I think it's definitely approaching summit-fi territory, as its neutrality is comparable to my HE-6's. 

 

That being said, there is a sort of a rough qualia that makes these sound less refined than my HE-6. Additionally, my HE-6 (obviously) sounds more open than the AD's, but the AD doesn't feel closed in either. To be more precise, switching between the HE-6 and AD definitely reveals the AD's undeniable closed nature But spending time with the AD for a while without switching dials back that feeling.


Edited by vaed - 10/10/13 at 4:04pm
post #2678 of 9033
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Remember that everyone's ears are physically different, everyone's experience of music is different, everyone's taste in music is different.

 

In fact, it is clear that MattTCG understands this, hence the 121 headphone trades in one year or so.  He realizes that he needs to see if a particular headphone (or amp) is right for his particular tastes.  This is because each pair of headphones has strong points and weak points.

 

So, don't take any one person's opinion - even if you find them reputable.

Which is why head-fi can be so infuriating sometimes. I can't say how many times I've read completely conflicting statements on a product... and they're usually posted in the same thread! ugh

post #2679 of 9033
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probably from member Modular

*Modulor

post #2680 of 9033
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Which is why head-fi can be so infuriating sometimes. I can't say how many times I've read completely conflicting statements on a product... and they're usually posted in the same thread! ugh

It's not just head-fi - if you go to Amazon or IMDB you get the same thing ... "A fast-paced movie wlth endless thrills" and "A long drawn out bore-fest" said about the same movie. :D

post #2681 of 9033
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It's not just head-fi - if you go to Amazon or IMDB you get the same thing ... "A fast-paced movie wlth endless thrills" and "A long drawn out bore-fest" said about the same movie. :D

+1

post #2682 of 9033
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It's not just head-fi - if you go to Amazon or IMDB you get the same thing ... "A fast-paced movie wlth endless thrills" and "A long drawn out bore-fest" said about the same movie. :D

True, but I'm generally not spending some 1000 dollars give or take on a movie :tongue:

post #2683 of 9033
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Originally Posted by vaed View Post
 

Some quick impressions of the (loaned tour) alpha dog on the emotiva mini-x:

 

Bass is about perfect, really. All that needs to be said has been said; great linearity and authority with a slight but nice rumble. Everything from bass-cannon music like Emptyset to hyper-speed double-bass on death metal is satisfactory clear, and thus, visceral. Melodic bass is also very distinct.

 

Mid-range is pretty darn neutral, but most importantly coming from the 3.0's, don't have any of that "smooshiness" or "fogginess" that plagued earlier models. Balance between all ranges has been found, really.

 

Treble has that slight sparkle missing from earlier Mad Dog iterations, and is truly neutral. Haven't had any experience of sibilance with my whole day of listening, and no fatigue, really. I think it's definitely approaching summit-fi territory, as its neutrality is comparable to my HE-6's. 

 

That being said, there is a sort of a rough qualia that makes these sound less refined than my HE-6. Additionally, my HE-6 (obviously) sounds more open than the AD's, but the AD doesn't feel closed in either. To be more precise, switching between the HE-6 and AD definitely reveals the AD's undeniable closed nature But spending time with the AD for a while without switching dials back that feeling.

 

Nice!  I'm happy to hear that they sound great with death metal.

post #2684 of 9033
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Don't forget that's HE500s without Jergpads which Matt is judging from, which is a pretty significant step down from how it sounds with the modifications.

I am sure he is joking. There is no way that they can be the best orthos to date. That is funny.

post #2685 of 9033
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Originally Posted by pfillion View Post
 

 

Nice!  I'm happy to hear that they sound great with death metal.

Since I'm a metalhead, if you have any requests for impressions of songs on the AD, I'll be happy to follow up.

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