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Should hopefully have my Alpha's tomorrow, sadly my Mad Dogs will be going today, so I wont be able to do an a/b comparison.

 

I will pop up some impressions also when I have a chance to do some listening.

 

Scott

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 there are some heavy-weight headphone enthusiasts weighing in on this thread

Way to call everyone here fat....

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Way to call everyone here fat....

 

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Do we have a new dog convert here? cool.gif

 

Not really. I've been interested in the Mad Dogs since Oct '12 when Dimitri/Musica Acoustics brought a pair back from the states. Then the AD got announced and I actually asked him to bring a pair back from Canjam which he did but somehow got lost (FedEx). I had a good listen to them at the show this past weekend and I really do like them. Someone here said (Craig??) that they produce sound that's equivalent to headphones in the 4-digit dollar range and I fully agree.

 

What got to me about the ADs aren't so much of the neutralness or staging which been talked to so much about (therefore I was expecting those already), but it was the finesse presentation of the signature across board the FR. Very fine micro detail which seems to be my new focus in signatures.

 

Sadly I'm a lazy chap and admittedly am too impatient to order one for a 6 week wait. I had a nice long chat with Dan last night and looks like he's flat out busy in churning these out as fast as he can but not sacrificing quality. Truly appreciate the dedication and attention he has to ensure he maintains good QC of his 3D printers.

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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................



Last installment from me as they are being shipped on to the next lucky guy on the traveling audition show tomorrow.

Ran them out of my portable setup, consisting of an iPod Classic feeding an Arrow 3G. Did this for a couple of reasons. First was simply to compare to the vintage amp sound, and more importantly to me whether they could satisfy my basshead leanings without a monster vintage amp driving it. They do.

No question, though I wouldn't consider using them as my portable phone, they sound great and do not lack bass response at all. Remember my early March Mad Dogs out of an E-11 and ZO completely underwhelmed me. So dug out my E-11, put it on high gain and bass on level 2 and still sounded adequate. Not great but not disappointing. Not sure what's at play here since March but something in the overall chassis tuning meets my needs.

Happy to say I'm going to be considering adding this to the stable in the near future. Glad there's a backlog at the moment.
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Happy to say I'm going to be considering adding this to the stable in the near future. Glad there's a backlog at the moment.

 

Totally understandable.  Since the announcement I've saved $300 for the upgrade, then spent it.  Saved another $300 and chipped a tooth so that's gone too.  Now saving again.

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I wonder how many units Dan produces per day, and how many orders have been made, for both the MD and AD?

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Sorry if that was posted already, but what is the rough ETA on starting upgrades for MD owners, I realize how busy is everything now, just need an idea on what to expect before trying something else out.
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Start/mid November I thought
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As long as they keep taking new orders while still being back ordered... who knows...
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Will 1/8" cables be made available? Want to upgrade, but have nothing that fits 1/4" and would rather not use an adapter.

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It looks like Mike Ting's impressions of the Alpha Dogs in Tokyo (that caused him to order them) will be posted as an addition to the existing pictures at:

 

http://www.headfonia.com/tokyo-headphone-festival-2013-autumn/6/

 

(Note that other pages have pictures of the Fostex Open Back T50RP (prototype), the new Shure SRH-1540 closed back version of 1440/1840, and other new products.)

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Will 1/8" cables be made available? Want to upgrade, but have nothing that fits 1/4" and would rather not use an adapter.

B-b-b-b-but it makes your connectors look abnormally long!

 

You bring up a good point though. I don't have anything that has a 6.3 mm port except for the family receiver.

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yeah I use one of these http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/121115_Blog_2012GiftGuide_Dinny_Grado.jpg

Doesnt get in the way that way.

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yeah I use one of these http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/121115_Blog_2012GiftGuide_Dinny_Grado.jpg

Doesnt get in the way that way.

Every head-fier should have one of these in their cable bag.  That one time you need it, it becomes the best $15 or so you've ever spent.

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