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post #2731 of 9033
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Wow that action figure is life sized!

post #2732 of 9033
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I'm not really the best person to ask, as in my experience I've never really heard a great difference between amps if the headphone in question is properly driven. Aaand I don't really want to lie to you. :P

 

 

Good choice! The song that got me into Opeth. I've never done a play-by-play on a song before, so forgive me if this is a bit of a crude summary.

 

One thing I really like is the Martin's playing; you could pretty much see him moving around his set as  Mikael sings in front of you and the very clean acoustic guitars play to the side. Guitars here are cleanly separated, especially in the solo, where the solo is in a very distinct position from any of the rhythm guitars, which I believe was a problem with the 3.0's; you can also much more distinctly here each guitar channel independently with the AD's. Due to the lack of smooshiness that I described earlier, more subtle details of the song come out, like Martin messing up his fill at 3:54, which I've never noticed until now, or how clear and distinct his crash hits sound on the acoustic section. Mikael's voice is good, but nothing really that stands out, though again, in terms of detail retrieval, I hear the reverb of his harsh vocals more clearly than with the 3.0's.

 

Generally however, the song is very evenly represented throughout the spectrum like I said in my initial impressions. Pretty much an accurate representation of the song.

 

Wow, I have the feeling that I will really like the Alpha Dog!

 

Thanks a lot for your comment Vaed, much appreciated ;)

 

Patrick

post #2733 of 9033
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Wow that action figure is life sized!
LOL

So I have a little time for some thoughts now. First: the bass adjustment was set to factory and it was absolutely perfect, I wouldn't touch it. That great planar bass is absolutely there (and I'm someone who loves good bass).
Second: I have to mention this right away, these were the most comfortable headphones I tried today, bar none. A lot of people want the planar sound with more comfort - this is it.
Third: The sound is still a closed, intimate sound. I really can't say they sound open at all. But I will say that there is no congestion, despite sounding closed.
The best comparison I could make would be that these sound like a closed he-500 to me, which is pretty darn great IMO. And BTW, I brought my wife to the event, and though she's not that into this stuff, she was convinced I should be getting the AD.

Oh, and Dan is a super nice guy smily_headphones1.gif
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LOL

So I have a little time for some thoughts now. First: the bass adjustment was set to factory and it was absolutely perfect, I wouldn't touch it. That great planar bass is absolutely there (and I'm someone who loves good bass).
Second: I have to mention this right away, these were the most comfortable headphones I tried today, bar none. A lot of people want the planar sound with more comfort - this is it.
Third: The sound is still a closed, intimate sound. I really can't say they sound open at all. But I will say that there is no congestion, despite sounding closed.
The best comparison I could make would be that these sound like a closed he-500 to me, which is pretty darn great IMO. And BTW, I brought my wife to the event, and though she's not that into this stuff, she was convinced I should be getting the AD.

Oh, and Dan is a super nice guy smily_headphones1.gif

Would you say it's something similar to this frequency response, just from memory?

 

 

(ignore the yellow/grey/magenta lines, those are distortion)

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Would you say it's something similar to this frequency response, just from memory?




(ignore the yellow/grey/magenta lines, those are distortion)
Lol, do they sound like "Jerged" 500's? I don't know. All I know is that if you want that thick planar bass, but like an open sound, and comfort isn't paramount, he-500 is wonderful. Want that bass, but in a closed, more intimate sound, with COMFORT, then AD.
post #2736 of 9033
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Lol, do they sound like "Jerged" 500's? I don't know. All I know is that if you want that thick planar bass, but like an open sound, and comfort isn't paramount, he-500 is wonderful. Want that bass, but in a closed, more intimate sound, with COMFORT, then AD.

Sounds like the most honest answer that I've read yet

post #2737 of 9033
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The best comparison I could make would be that these sound like a closed he-500 to me, which is pretty darn great IMO.
Oh, and Dan is a super nice guy smily_headphones1.gif

Everything I was hoping for, as I love the HE-500 signature. :atsmile:


Edited by M-13 - 10/11/13 at 7:36pm
post #2738 of 9033
Why has no one given any detailed impressions compared to the MD 3.2? All I've seen is Matt's brief impressions and that's it. If there are some, forgive me for not seeing them.

All I'm saying is some of us would actually like to know what the specific differences are even if they are subjective. I'm tired of only seeing praise for the AD and no actual details.
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Why has no one given any detailed impressions compared to the MD 3.2? All I've seen is Matt's brief impressions and that's it. If there are some, forgive me for not seeing them.

All I'm saying is some of us would actually like to know what the specific differences are even if they are subjective. I'm tired of only seeing praise for the AD and no actual details.

+1

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Why has no one given any detailed impressions compared to the MD 3.2? All I've seen is Matt's brief impressions and that's it. If there are some, forgive me for not seeing them.

All I'm saying is some of us would actually like to know what the specific differences are even if they are subjective. I'm tired of only seeing praise for the AD and no actual details.

 

There are two facets of the AD signature that pop out immediately when comparing them to the MD. First the bass goes a good bit lower without loosing any weight. Immediately puts a big smile on your face. The AD bass is impressive. It's true ortho bass going deep with nice texture...never out of control. I love how dub and electronic sounds on these. It kicks you hard but is never out of control. Acoustic jazz with the double bass is smooth and punchy as hell...makes me want to swill some nice vino and sit in my recliner. 

 

The second aspect that you'll immediately recognize is that the AD is more resolving. Going from the upper mids to the treble, the AD is able to reproduce a better/more natural tone throughout this spectrum. It's clarity I suppose with no harshness. You'll love female vocals on the AD. 

 

Hope this helps. 

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There are two facets of the AD signature that pop out immediately when comparing them to the MD. First the bass goes a good bit lower without loosing any weight. Immediately puts a big smile on your face. The AD bass is impressive. It's true ortho bass going deep with nice texture...never out of control. I love how dub and electronic sounds on these. It kicks you hard but is never out of control. Acoustic jazz with the double bass is smooth and punchy as hell...makes me want to swill some nice vino and sit in my recliner. 

The second aspect that you'll immediately recognize is that the AD is more resolving. Going from the upper mids to the treble, the AD is able to reproduce a better/more natural tone throughout this spectrum. It's clarity I suppose with no harshness. You'll love female vocals on the AD. 

Hope this helps. 
Thanks Matt,

This does help and hopefully others can eventually contribute as well.
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Further on MattTCG's comments, at least for me. The AD bass is not boosted as the mad dog's is slightly, or the previous generation Denon triplets or the HD650's or... Many of the warm, lush headphones. The bass is very there, but not in an artificially warm way. Caveat here - it's been a few months since I've heard the ADs.
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Further on MattTCG's comments, at least for me. The AD bass is not boosted as the mad dog's is slightly, or the previous generation Denon triplets or the HD650's or... Many of the warm, lush headphones. The bass is very there, but not in an artificially warm way. Caveat here - it's been a few months since I've heard the ADs.
Would the bass adjustment help it have more impact without hampering the rest of the frequency? The reason I am hesitant to upgrade is because I absolutely love the MDs bass.
post #2744 of 9033
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Would the bass adjustment help it have more impact without hampering the rest of the frequency? The reason I am hesitant to upgrade is because I absolutely love the MDs bass.

 

I can attest that with the bit of tinkering with the bass screw (not too much, since this is a tour pair), I haven't ever experienced the bass hampering the rest of the frequencies. It does add more oomph, but unless you go too crazy, the bass adjustment is subtle but impactful. I can't speak for the 3.2's since i don't own them, but I echo Matt's thoughts in that the AD's bass is just better all-around than the 3.0's in terms of clarity and bandwidth.

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Would the bass adjustment help it have more impact without hampering the rest of the frequency? The reason I am hesitant to upgrade is because I absolutely love the MDs bass.

 

I can attest that with the bit of tinkering with the bass screw (not too much, since this is a tour pair), I haven't ever experienced the bass hampering the rest of the frequencies. It does add more oomph, but unless you go too crazy, the bass adjustment is subtle but impactful. I can't speak for the 3.2's since i don't own them, but I echo Matt's thoughts in that the AD's bass is just better all-around than the 3.0's in terms of clarity and bandwidth.

As someone who recently owned both the 3.0 and 3.2 at the same time, the 3.2's bass is just better all-around than the 3.0's in terms of clarity and bandwidth.

 

Since Matt did compare the AD to the 3.2, then it seems that the AD is even more so (and I would be inclined to trust his assessment).

 

BTW, the 3.2's treble is just better all-around than the 3.0's in terms of clarity and bandwidth as well.

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