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?