Originally Posted by Oregonian
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.