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post #3391 of 8023
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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post

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

[Snip!]
Wait, that's me on the right talking to Dan But I don't think I was I introduced to you there? It's ok, I know who you are now ;-).
post #3392 of 8023
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Wait, that's me on the right talking to Dan But I don't think I was I introduced to you there? It's ok, I know who you are now ;-).

 

Aside from the pleasant conversation with Dan, I had a wonderful time demo-ing the Alpha Gods Dogs via my HM-901 and it was extremely impressive. Recently there's been some sub $1000 closed headphones that are neutral-ish but the one thing that the ADs stood out or separated from those were the refined quality and the micro detail to the sound. I was already a fan of the MD 3.2s but I was highly impressed with the quality of the ADs. I heard them both in SE as well as balanced with the Schitt Mjolnir that Dan brought along with him. Highly impressive in SQ and in comfort.

 

Rather unexpectedly though my ADs are lost in FedEx ;-).

 

post #3393 of 8023
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Originally Posted by maricius View Post

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?

Thank you. It's been eye opening what these can do with the proper amping.

Never heard the HD650 so can't comment on them. The X1 is a good open Bassy phone that should fit that "need a truly open can with bass" itch a lot of us have.
post #3394 of 8023
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Originally Posted by Oregonian View Post
 

Brighter than my Denon's,

 

 

What you talkin bout willis?

 

post #3395 of 8023
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

Aside from the pleasant conversation with Dan, I had a wonderful time demo-ing the Alpha Gods Dogs via my HM-901 and it was extremely impressive. Recently there's been some sub $1000 closed headphones that are neutral-ish but the one thing that the ADs stood out or separated from those were the refined quality and the micro detail to the sound. I was already a fan of the MD 3.2s but I was highly impressed with the quality of the ADs. I heard them both in SE as well as balanced with the Schitt Mjolnir that Dan brought along with him. Highly impressive in SQ and in comfort.

Rather unexpectedly though my ADs are lost in FedEx ;-).

Do we have a new dog convert here? cool.gif
post #3396 of 8023
I remember someone said some number of posts ago that Mad Dogs sound much better from balanced source, so I assume same would apply to AD. I'm not talking just about the cable, but about fully balanced chain, let it even be dual mono with separate power supply per channel. I'd expect to hear more detail, more depth, more air, bigger soundstage, as sounds from one channel wouldn't mix with sounds in other channel. Is that the case with dogs?
post #3397 of 8023
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Easiest way is pig tail.

Cable end goes to the speaker taps.  No changes to your headphone cables.

 

 

Most direct is re-terminate your headphone  cable with these.

I personally don't like this because if you want direct then just put the stripped cables directly on the binding posts.

 

 

For me I had to do this because I needed to use speakers too.

That's a pretty sweet adaptor in the bottom pic. Care to share more about it, some pics of the back, internals, parts used?

post #3398 of 8023

Pigtail is the way I am going to do mine with a headphone extension cable to keep costs low.

I am going to use Banana Plugs this time around for the pigtall and I am using solder-able type since the wire thickness is small. With Banana Plugs closed screw or deadbolt is generally better than open screw for this application.

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Dan, in the future will it be possible to order a thinner cable terminated by a 3.5mm (1/8") plug? I know most people attend to use these at home, but I would love to also use them on the go. The single-ended cable currently offered is quite thick and is terminated with a 6.35mm (1/4") plug.

post #3400 of 8023
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Originally Posted by floeezy View Post
 

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.

If my Alpha Dogs are shipped on (current) schedule, I should be able to do an Alpha Dog vs Mad Dog 3.2 vs HE-400 comparison in about a week from now, using both a headphone amp and a "vintage" amp.

post #3401 of 8023

I am not in Tokyo.  The candid pic of Dan was by Mike Ting, founder of Headfonia.com review site.  I have been bugging Mike to hear the Alpha Dogs, and since both he and Dan went to the Tokyo Headphone Festival, he posted today:

 

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Dan Clark and the Alpha Dog.

 

 

 

World First 3D printed headphone. What a lasting impression on my head. GOOD STUFF and I’ll tell you more about this next week (check back to headfonia.com ). I ordered one too!

 

 

 

JUDE [ head-fi founder ] with his funky Iphone video rig!

 

 

Go to headfonia.com for more on the Tokyo Headphone Festival and later for Mike's impressions of the Alpha Dogs.

post #3402 of 8023
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That's a pretty sweet adaptor in the bottom pic. Care to share more about it, some pics of the back, internals, parts used?

 

 

You are the second request so I hope it's OK to be a little off topic.

 

 

 

 

 

Parts are simple.  Project box, XLR 4 pin, 4PDT switch, speaker terminal and some speaker wire.  

 

Box can be anything, another member said he will make a wood box which I think is a great idea.  

 

Any kind of connectors can be in the back.  Most commend would be binding posts.  I chose a pig tail input because the box is right next to my amp and I don't want any unnecessary extra connection in the path.  Not even banana plugs for the pig tail.  Reference listening is with the headphones.  The speaker output however is a afterthought for the computer.  No critical listening so I used a cheap speaker terminal.  I have to say though it sounds pretty damn good.

 

The switch is a 4PDT like this:

Amplifier out goes to the middle row of contacts.  Out to the headphones and speakers can either be top or bottom row which ever you like.  Just remember when the switch points up it contacts the bottom row and vice versa.

post #3403 of 8023

I just heard the Alpha Dogs along with several summit-fi headphones for the first time at the Philly headphone meet and all I can say to Dan is BRAVO! 

 

Not only did I feel the Alpha Dogs held their own against some VERY expensive headphones, I actually preferred their sound to some and am reluctant to even name models for fear of losing credibility.  I love the finish on the cups and thought the pads are incredibly comfortable.  In deference to some of the other headphones, they are open and there was a fair amount of noise as the meet was in a large, open room.  Regardless, I consider the Alpha Dog to be the best headphone value I heard at the meet.

post #3404 of 8023
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Originally Posted by sunneebear View Post
 

 

 

You are the second request so I hope it's OK to be a little off topic.

 

 

 

 

 

Parts are simple.  Project box, XLR 4 pin, 4PDT switch, speaker terminal and some speaker wire.  

 

Box can be anything, another member said he will make a wood box which I think is a great idea.  

 

Any kind of connectors can be in the back.  Most commend would be binding posts.  I chose a pig tail input because the box is right next to my amp and I don't want any unnecessary extra connection in the path.  Not even banana plugs for the pig tail.  Reference listening is with the headphones.  The speaker output however is a afterthought for the computer.  No critical listening so I used a cheap speaker terminal.  I have to say though it sounds pretty damn good.

 

The switch is a 4PDT like this:

Amplifier out goes to the middle row of contacts.  Out to the headphones and speakers can either be top or bottom row which ever you like.  Just remember when the switch points up it contacts the bottom row and vice versa.

Awesome. Thank you for the reply!

post #3405 of 8023
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Originally Posted by Craigster75 View Post
 

I just heard the Alpha Dogs along with several summit-fi headphones for the first time at the Philly headphone meet and all I can say to Dan is BRAVO! 

 

Not only did I feel the Alpha Dogs held their own against some VERY expensive headphones, I actually preferred their sound to some and am reluctant to even name models for fear of losing credibility.  I love the finish on the cups and thought the pads are incredibly comfortable.  In deference to some of the other headphones, they are open and there was a fair amount of noise as the meet was in a large, open room.  Regardless, I consider the Alpha Dog to be the best headphone value I heard at the meet.

 

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