Well, maybe just one- Even if the Alpha Dog and the Abyss were the same price, I would still choose the Alpha Dog.
Edited by Craigster75 - 10/26/13 at 4:01pm
What about the AD did you prefer over the Abyss? I haven't heard either yet, simply asking out of curiosity. And I can fully understand, when taking price into account, going with an AD over Abyss. Diminishing returns and all that. And like you said, it's hard to compare against open cans in a meet setting.
Well, I think my critical, pay-attention to every little detail period with the AD's has come to an end.
I just received the King Crimson DVD-A of "Islands". I have not listened to this album, on headphones, in about 33 years. Sure, I had the crappy CD version, but it was definitely not a headphone-worthy version. Now, Islands is a strange album, and one of the least popular of the early Crim catalogue. But when I was 17 I listened to it with the same frequency that the rest of my peers listened to Dark Side of the Moon. Back then it was a Garrard turntable, Sansui receiver and Sennheiser HD414's or AKG 240's. Nowadays it's all modern equipment...
Man, I totally forgot I was trying to pay attention to the headphones. That was the same experience I think I had back then, just mesmerized by the weird, yet somehow coherent soundscapes from that album.
That's why I spend money on this hobby. Now it's on to 'Red', to hear how they handle the heavy stuff.
AD cost $5000 or Abyss cost $600. Either way the Abyss would win...but there's no way in hell they would ever be the same price.
I dunno, I've read a lot about the Abyss being...*puts on glasses* pretty Abyssmal. Yeah...
8:00 is comfortable. 9:00 is moderately loud with the Mini-X. IMO don't bother with the resistors unless your amp is 100+ watts. Even at 100w that I've used to drive the HE6 I did not like resistor because you can hear the change in sound. Expensive audio grade and boutique resistor also color the sound.
One more thing: I've been listening to the AD's and putting them up against the Hifiman HE-5LE's. My original intent was to keep one, sell the other.
But after two weeks of some of the most enjoyable HP listening I've ever had, they're both staying put. It was not a slam-dunk anyway I looked at it. the AD's are still a closed can, and lack the 'air' and dramatic impact of the 5LE's, especially on percussion. On the other hand, they are truly a neutral can, and seem to add and subtract nothing. There is more detail on the harmonic content of the AD's, where the big bass response of the 5LE's tends to overshadow detail.
But seriously, these are both fantastic headphones, and I can afford to keep them both. I actually feel pretty lucky to be able to do so.
I might be done with buying headphones for a while. Which means next up, I might actually get an amp instead of speaker taps.
You have no argument from me there. I was being "polite" and didn't wanna go extreme in my previous answer.
Let's stop trying to make excuses to buy a $600 pair of headphones and compare it to where it doesn't belong.
I will most likely buy the AD too when Dan is up with his production/shipping but I won't buy thinking it's on the level as the abyss because I know to my ears, they are not regardless of the price. Just like now, I am listening to my Q701 on WA22. The sound quality is incredible but I won't say I would prefer or think it's better than HD800/WA22 cuz I know clearly that it's never going to be the case.