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Maybe I need to save up for the Centrance M8 to pair with the Alpha Dogs?

I would think that would be a much better option than the VAMP/Verza. I'm sure someone has tried this already but I didnt pay attention to how the M8 sounds with either the Mad Dogs or the Alpha Dogs

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Would it be a compliment or an insult to call the Alpha Dog a poor man's Audeze LCD-XC if that was hypothetically how I assess them (and not taking for granted that "poor man" is just an expression not to be taken literally and anyone who can afford either should consider themselves fortunate)?

 

Probably,,,

 

Check out these reactions --> http://www.audio360.org/events_a0004_canjam-2013_an-audio360-special-report.php

 

More views/impressions regarding the Alpha Dogs!

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Hey, I plan on purchasing the Alpha Dogs soon, but I just have a few questions on amping them. I have an around $500 budget, and was considering the ALO PanAm. Would this be a reasonable amp/DAC for them? I was also considering going balanced, and looked at the Ibasso PB2/DB2. Would this drive the Alpha's reasonably well? Any other suggestions for what others have been using are welcome, too. Sorry if this has been asked before, I'd love to read through 200+ pages, but I fear I'd miss the next shipment of Alpha Dogs if I did.
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Probably,,,

 

Check out these reactions --> http://www.audio360.org/events_a0004_canjam-2013_an-audio360-special-report.php

 

More views/impressions regarding the Alpha Dogs!


Thanks gelocks.  This was an excellent read.  As I am inexperienced with top-tier headphones, it is nice to read that I am hearing similarly to those with much more expertise based on my relatively brief impressions at the meet.  Since the Alpha Dogs are at the top end of my budget, the choice is a no-brainer, but I also don't feel that I am compromising as the Alpha Dog is really something special at any price point.  I will wait until Dan is caught up with orders sometime in 2014.

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Would my Creative ZXR be able to drive the Alpha Dogs? I need some closed cans for gaming. If the ZXR is not enough to drive them properly, would using my ZXR as a DAC and a Schiit Vali amp be better?

The ZXR is very nice for a PCI-E card, the amp may or may not work, but give it a try before deciding.  The Vali is not even on Schiit's web site yet, and while a handful of people have heard it, I doubt there is a definitive answer yet to that question (although Dan has heard it).

 

Also, f you are only going to use these headphones for gaming, then it might be better to just get the Mad Dogs for $300 instead of the Alpha Dogs for $600.   I suppose it depends on how much you value subtle differences in the sound while you are gaming.  If you are going to use them for music listening and gaming, that's a different story.

 

Or see this exhaustive guide on headphones for gaming:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-9-2-2013-sony-ma900-added

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Mike Ting of headfonia's full impressions of the Alpha Dog from Saturday are now up at:

 

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

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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.


I just purchased from Audeze for $20 since I would think theirs is the highest quality available, plus I like the idea of saying I purchased something from Audeze since everything else on their website would seriously damage my bank accout.  I wish I had this adapter at the Philly headphone meet :triportsad:

 

Audeze-Adapter-14-to-18-01.jpg?itok=QQudS9WT

Wow, the Grado one actually looks like it uses a thicker cable, while being $5 less:

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Mike Ting of headfonia's full impressions of the Alpha Dog from Saturday are now up at:

 

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

 

I've always liked, though not agreed, with Mike's reviews; I've asked many questions he's graciously answered. And yet, he gets mugged on headfi all the time. I hope he catches some good will for this one :) 

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Wow, the Grado one actually looks like it uses a thicker cable, while being $5 less:

 

I think that might just be a slight difference in perspective. I think they'd be nearly identical if you could both of them side by side.

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Hey, I plan on purchasing the Alpha Dogs soon, but I just have a few questions on amping them. I have an around $500 budget, and was considering the ALO PanAm. Would this be a reasonable amp/DAC for them? I was also considering going balanced, and looked at the Ibasso PB2/DB2. Would this drive the Alpha's reasonably well? Any other suggestions for what others have been using are welcome, too. Sorry if this has been asked before, I'd love to read through 200+ pages, but I fear I'd miss the next shipment of Alpha Dogs if I did.

I will be having this (alo+ad) setup in few days, so I'll be able to tell:D
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This thread is making me want to try the AD's.....Can anyone compare the bass quantity / impact to other headphones? HE400? D2000? HD650? Also what effect does changing the bass knob have?

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 The sound signature of the Alpha is also more laid back with fuller mids and lows when compared to the Thunderpants. Blacker background too. These are all good improvements and in no area do I feel the Thunderpants to be better for music listening.

Hm, interesting to "hear." I actually liked the Thunderpants headphones when I tried them.

 

Then again, if the housing *ahem 3D printed earcups* makes a difference in the sound quality, so would the wood used on a Thunderpants, no? Therefore, each Thunderpants would sound different since each one is hand, and I mean hand, crafted with different materials.

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 Overall I think the Thunderpants are still more spacious, but what the Alpha lack in width, it makes up gobs by improving the soundstage depth far beyond the Thunderpants’. So, that’s a win to the Alpha in my book.

I'm not sure if I'd like that super depth-of-vision sound listening experience since I tend to prefer a wider soundstage.

 

I guess I'll "hear" for myself if the Alpha Dog does indeed sound like that tomorrow. :-o

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Generally the phrase " the ____ headphones totally destroy the ____ headphones " is equivalent to " I only have three tracks in my music collection ".

 

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I'm lovin' my Alpha Dogs!

I wish I had something negative to say - wait, NO I don't!!

:) 

 

As I said in my Alpha impressions in my RMAF/CanJam coverage for Enjoy The Music & our collective

CanJam coverage for Audio360.org (where others shared their thoughts as well)

 

Sorry in advance for all the scrolling to get to them!!

 

They make a fantastic mate for the ALO Island (KILLER overall presentation)

 

They're comfortable and easy to deal with (man the cables snap into place so easily - no havin' to talk dirty to get

em to snap in like some of the other mini-XLR connectors).  And the stand is a great touch!  

 

The sound w/ the Island is superbly reproduced: Clean and coherent.  The low end is extended and free of distortion, but not too overwhelming.  The midrange is silky and detailed.  The highs open and engaging.

 

I've been transfixed listening to Radiohead in-particular over the last couple days (had a MAD writing marathon goin' on) and this combo draws me in.

Kid A on the Alpha's is an incredible sonic joyride.  

 

I had a ton of fun bumpin' the Radiohead TKOL Remix double-LP as well.  The bass waves of Carabou's remix of "Little by Little" (the track I picked for a group demo of the Audeze LCD-XC at Headmasters during the California Audio Show) were luscious and smooth with amazing power.  The vocals floated across the soundstage from left-to-right, right-to-left with holographic-like imaging.  I'm havin' a BLAST with these!

 

Also rockin' Four Tet's Pink is a head-knocker.  The drums pound with intense velocity, the transient attack is sublime.  All the various triggered sounds exist in their own space: Thus the headphones capabilities

for dimensionality.  The sound is warm, but not "warmed-over" - at least not to me.

 

The ear pads are like ear-muffs and I can wear em all day!!

 

Some further impressions coming, but I don't know of any other closed ortho cans I'd rather have anywhere near this price range,

personally.  I think Dan has a stunning achievement under his belt here.

 

I've also run them w/ my two top reference tube rigs: My ALO Studio Six & E.A.R. HP4 - and on both occasions I woulda listened alot longer had my wifey not come and grabbed me!  My only quandary is do I keep my Mad Dogs now??  I love those too.  It's a disease, though there are worse addictions!

 

I plan on doing a full review of the Alpha Dogs for my Sonic Satori column at Positive Feedback and bestowing a Writers Choice Award upon

these wonderful headphones for 2013!

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