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He prob be busy with the Alphas for the next 12 months...
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Ok, so the postman finally delivered last night and got them cracked open today after work.

Presentation - amazing. Classy look, well protected foam cutout greets you after you slide the sleeve off the box. Nicely understated appearance. Reminds me of Denon's D7000, not a bad product to emulate. The headphone stand is nice, simple sheet metal, powder coated with the Mr Speakers wording screened. First demerit is the height of the stand. Can't use it with the cables installed. I know what I read as to why (shipping box fit/cost related) but something this amazing in presentation and appearance NEEDS the proper height stand.

Remove the headphones and take in the paint job.........wow. First class. I'm a wood guy (have all three Denon D-XXXX series phones, all with exceptional wood cups) but these are GORGEOUS and classy looking. The black anodized sliders are done perfectly. Very nice and again, understated. Connect the cables.........ok, another incredible job. These are snap on/quick connect and the cables are just the right thickness and flexibility. First class. Perfect execution.

Put them on my head, get the sliders adjusted and take in the feel. Heavy........no doubt they are a bit on the heavy side but I don't think it's too much, and the balance is good. I have a neck issue (spinal stenosis) so I'm careful about weight of my headphones and I think these would be ok. My Denon D7000's are definitely lighter for comparison.

Comfort.......yep, this they have for sure. I'm an Alpha pad fan, have them on four other headphones and think they rock. Headband is good, tho I might add a HD650 pad if/when I get these for myself (I'm listening as part of the audition group). Comfort strap is just right on softness.

Ok, what did I not cover? Oh, yeah, sound. I am a confirmed audiophile basshead and I'm proud to say it. I like a fun V shaped phone, and own a few of the best basshead headphone examples there are, with the Denons at the top of the list. Guys, I drive my music with vintage amps, of which I own FIVE different systems centered around these 1970's solid state amplifiers. They range from a low power Realistic receiver to two midrange Kenwood integrated amps pushing 45 watts per channel up to a Pioneer Spec system, separates that include a 250 WPC amp. Serious power and quality. The headphone outs on these are spectacular, no opamps, just pure power direct off the amp with a resistor in the path.

The Alpha Dogs have been on my head for 25 minutes on my Kenwood amp fed by an iPhone 4. No fancy DAC, just straight into the amp. These sound FANTASTIC and do NOT LACK BASS. They have enough slam to keep me smiling, and frankly I'm surprised. Shocked really. Never thought they would meet my approval. I had a Mad Dog for a few days back in March that completely underwhelmed me to the point of returning them after four days. I was only feeding them with a FiiO E-11 and Digizoid ZO double amped and folks, that didn't cut it. **At the time, this was all I had, before the world of vintage was presented to me. The key is whatever Dan has done to tune these, but more importantly I think is what is feeding them. Powerful amp feeding them and you have a basshead sitting here considering selling his Edition 8 to buy one of these.

They don't sound open at all to me, sound a lot like a nice mostly closed headphone with some good imaging a la the Denons. Good mids, balanced sound to me. Not a golden ears by any measure but know what I like.

Dan, you took a gamble putting me on the audition list. A calculated risk, one you were smart to do, knowing what you know. You have done it. Made a headphone that satisfies a bass craving when fed right. My hat is off to you.

Music pumped through thus far is a range of smooth jazz, with a lot of fast, Bassy artists like Wayman Tisdale, Dave Koz, Paul Hardcastle and Quintin Gerard. More variety of genres and artists tomorrow off the Spec system including Pink Floyd Animals and some vinyl Eagles One of These Nights.

Hope you enjoyed the read, as gelocks said, any feedback is good since there's been a dearth of it up to now.


Day 2 with the Alpha Dog's.................and more of the same - being impressed.  I've been running them out of my Pioneer Spec rack system today and comparing them A/B style to my D7000's.  They DO sound more open than the Denon, which is considered to many and myself as a "partially open" closed headphone.  So to Jude's comments, I can see where he's coming from now.  Not a truly open headphone like my Fidelio X1's were but I'd say midway between them and my Denon's. 

 

Vinyl - put on my original copy of Steely Dan Aja - the title track is one of my favorites of all time and a good percussion test (*not only bass but just all the different drums used in the solo by Steve Gadd <amazing studio drummer by the way>).  Well................it did it again.  Handled all I could throw at it (adjusted the sub bass and mid bass on the Spec 1 pre), played with the EQ a bit, turned it up a bit louder than usual................very impressive.  For Aja I went head to head with my newly re-cupped D2000's (Cocobolo Rosewood from Martin Custom Audio) and though the Denon's were crisper and deeper on the kick drum in the solo, the voices and imaging/soundstage went to Alphie.  If you know the song, you know of the drum solos I am referring to.  Makes you want to drum along with him.  Epic.  

 

Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here CD - Welcome to the Machine is another of those songs that was a joy to hear through the Alpha's.  About 6 minutes into track 1 you get this big rumble buildup....................big rumble it was.  Alpha's do good with orchestral music that Floyd is famous for................and just about everything I've heard today! 

 

So am I still a convert?  YES................they sound great.  Brighter than my Denon's, better mids (voices are amazing with these) and still the bass holds it's own. 

 

The weight is a bit of a concern still but as someone said, as long as I'm in my recliner that's a non-issue.  That and the short stand are the only negatives and I have a couple of Brainwavz stands for that................

 

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You've got a lot of wood.

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I envy you...
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You've got a lot of wood.
That's what sh.... Never mind.
post #3381 of 9033
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 That and the short stand are the only negatives

Again (and perhaps Dan should put this on a little piece of paper in the box!) - Dan says to glue some foam to the top of the stand, in order to "complete" the stand.   I think you can also screw the stand into a wooden base, which gets it higher off the desk.

post #3382 of 9033

Dan,

 

Maybe a part of the packing foam could be pre-cut to be glued on top of the stand by the buyer.  Include a piece of double sided tape to the box.

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Dan at the Tokyo Headphone Festival today (it is Saturday morning in Tokyo right now):

 


Edited by kstuart - 10/25/13 at 7:01pm
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Dan at the Tokyo Headphone Festival today (it is Saturday morning in Tokyo right now):

Oh no, we've become the paparazzi.

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Oh no, we've become the paparazzi.

 

I think we're better than that. I mean, nobody is camped outside his hotel room right now, right?

 

Right?

 

...

post #3386 of 9033

I am sorry. You can edit you text too. I think Dan should do something more to decrease the weight of Alpha Dogs.


Edited by LoveKnight - 10/25/13 at 7:28pm
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Somehow I find Dan is very hot, hot likes his hot dogs.

 

Context.   With your user name the context of your phrase will be misunderstood no matter how it's read.

post #3388 of 9033
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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post

Again (and perhaps Dan should put this on a little piece of paper in the box!) - Dan says to glue some foam to the top of the stand, in order to "complete" the stand.   I think you can also screw the stand into a wooden base, which gets it higher off the desk.

If it were my set, I would have done that already, but I still maintain "out of the box" it is a miss. My Brainwavz works with no mod.
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I'm eagerly looking forward to Alpha Dog vs Mad Dog comparisons, as I'm looking for another "semi-portable" closed pair of headphones . What I mean by this is that I'm planning to carry these to various places to listen while studying, etc, but I will not have them around my neck all the time.

 

Owning the HiFiMAN HE-400, I've been spoiled by and now love planar magnetic headphones, so the Mad Dogs seem like an excellent candidate. However, with the introduction of the Alpha Dogs, I need to step back and re-evaluate my choices.

 

As some of you might have noticed, I've asked about the comfort and weight of the Alpha Dogs because this is the main issue holding me back right now from joining the crew. Hopefully, when more of these headphones end up in head-fiers hands, we will have a better idea of the audio and comfort differences between these two fabulous T50RP modified headphones.

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Day 2 with the Alpha Dog's.................and more of the same - being impressed.  I've been running them out of my Pioneer Spec rack system today and comparing them A/B style to my D7000's.  They DO sound more open than the Denon, which is considered to many and myself as a "partially open" closed headphone.  So to Jude's comments, I can see where he's coming from now.  Not a truly open headphone like my Fidelio X1's were but I'd say midway between them and my Denon's. 

Vinyl - put on my original copy of Steely Dan Aja - the title track is one of my favorites of all time and a good percussion test (*not only bass but just all the different drums used in the solo by Steve Gadd ).  Well................it did it again.  Handled all I could throw at it (adjusted the sub bass and mid bass on the Spec 1 pre), played with the EQ a bit, turned it up a bit louder than usual................very impressive.  For Aja I went head to head with my newly re-cupped D2000's (Cocobolo Rosewood from Martin Custom Audio) and though the Denon's were crisper and deeper on the kick drum in the solo, the voices and imaging/soundstage went to Alphie.  If you know the song, you know of the drum solos I am referring to.  Makes you want to drum along with him.  Epic.  

Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here CD - Welcome to the Machine is another of those songs that was a joy to hear through the Alpha's.  About 6 minutes into track 1 you get this big rumble buildup....................big rumble it was.  Alpha's do good with orchestral music that Floyd is famous for................and just about everything I've heard today! 

So am I still a convert?  YES................they sound great.  Brighter than my Denon's, better mids (voices are amazing with these) and still the bass holds it's own. 

The weight is a bit of a concern still but as someone said, as long as I'm in my recliner that's a non-issue.  That and the short stand are the only negatives and I have a couple of Brainwavz stands for that................



Great review and impressions so far!! I just have a question. In terms of sound signatures, would the X1 be a good complement to the Alpha Dog, or would the HD650 provide a greater contrast to the Alpha Dog?
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