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^roflmao.

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Since no one uploaded a photo of the Alpha Dog on someone's head from the front (it's always been to the side...), here ya go:

 

FTFY :p

 

Hahaha. Epic face! :p

 


Still on the portable setup, I'm actually quite surprised at the differences between this CMoy-like amp and the C5 and the O2. I find it to have the forward midrange of the C5, but with the O2's spaciousness and bass extension.

 

iPod Video 5th Generation + Rockbox (I was playing I-Ching's Of the Marsh and the Moon album) -> FiiO L9 -> headphone splitter -> C5/CMoy-like amp -> HS2 -> Alpha Dog

 

So from what I've been hearing with the Alpha Dogs today: O2 ≥ CMoy-like amp > C5 > FiiO E12 > iPhone 4S > Sansa Clip Zip

 

 

 

Now that that's taken care of, with the iPod Video 5th Generation + Rockbox -> FiiO L9 -> O2 setup the Alpha Dog actually sounds pretty spacious considering it's a closed-back headphone, but it still sounds like a closed-back headphone. Maybe it's the music I'm using, maybe it's the DAC, or maybe it's the amp, but although the Alpha Dog has a pretty spacious soundstage for the overall presentation, the clarity of the instruments (what I call instrument separation, what others call imaging) isn't the clearest. I can't recall enough about the LCD-2 to make a fair comparison between the two for you all, unfortunately.

 

Actually, listening to this album, which I listened to with the LCD-2, the Alpha Dog's soundstage reminds me of that of the LCD-2. But again, don't quote me on that since it's been a while since I heard the LCD-2.

 

In other news, this headphone has some really sweet mids! I actually like it much more than my STAX for that reason.

 

 

I'll post impressions with my desktop setup later today after I get some sleep and go to classes. XD

But to me, I think the Alpha Dog would be a great transportable headphone from my listening tests today.

 


A general question to anyone, what makes a headphone sound bassy? The STAX SRS-2170 measures pretty flat along the bass frequencies, so does the LCD-2, and so does the HE-500. Why does the bass on the LCD-2 sound so much more prominent than on the STAX or HE-500 (without the Jerg pads)? I'm finding that to be similar for the Alpha Dog (LCD-2-like bass?) and SRS-2170.


Edited by miceblue - 10/30/13 at 12:29am
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A general question to anyone, what makes a headphone sound bassy? The STAX SRS-2170 measures pretty flat along the bass frequencies, so does the LCD-2, and so does the HE-500. Why does the bass on the LCD-2 sound so much more prominent than on the STAX or HE-500 (without the Jerg pads)? I'm finding that to be similar for the Alpha Dog (LCD-2-like bass?) and SRS-2170.

Could be you're getting a better seal with the lcd2. Could be that the housing is a bit more closed than the others. If the bass really is the same in quantity as the others, then it could be it dips a bit more than the others in mids, making the bass sound emphasized (don't know, not looking at any charts). Just a few ideas.
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FYI, as of tomorrow we'll have shipped Alpha orders through Sept 6, so we're keeping pretty close to our 6 weeks.

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Could be you're getting a better seal with the lcd2. Could be that the housing is a bit more closed than the others. If the bass really is the same in quantity as the others, then it could be it dips a bit more than the others in mids, making the bass sound emphasized (don't know, not looking at any charts). Just a few ideas.

Wouldn't the effect of the housing show up on the frequency response graphs? Pad seal does make sense though. 

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FYI, as of tomorrow we'll have shipped Alpha orders through Sept 6, so we're keeping pretty close to our 6 weeks.

Do you charge on order or when you ship?

 

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Wouldn't the effect of the housing show up on the frequency response graphs? Pad seal does make sense though. 

Don't know

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Hey, while I am awaiting shipping of my Alpha Dogs, I am going to take suggestions for sub-bass and bass impact test tracks, in other words, tracks that are particularly good for checking whether headphones can produce sub-bass and/or good bass impact.

 

Most of my aforementioned acoustic instrument tracks have excellent bass quality and sometimes quantity, but rarely go below 60hz and never below 40hz.

 

So what tracks do you like to use ?

Most of these tracks have some sweet sub bass:

https://soundcloud.com/ethan7000/sets/bass

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Do you charge on order or when you ship?

 

 

We are accepting payment at the time of order.  If our backlog gets longer we'll start a wait list, but we're working hard to avoid that and keep the back log reasonable...  

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We are accepting payment at the time of order.  If our backlog gets longer we'll start a wait list, but we're working hard to avoid that and keep the back log reasonable...  

Do you plan to offer a cable with a 1/8" connector for use with portable amps?

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Probably but not just yet.  There are great cheap adaptors from Grado and Sennheiser...  

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FYI, as of tomorrow we'll have shipped Alpha orders through Sept 6, so we're keeping pretty close to our 6 weeks.

 

Thanks.. it makes the wait easier seeing progress updates.

 

not long to go now.. (gotta keep telling myself that)

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Hey, while I am awaiting shipping of my Alpha Dogs, I am going to take suggestions for sub-bass and bass impact test tracks, in other words, tracks that are particularly good for checking whether headphones can produce sub-bass and/or good bass impact.

Most of my aforementioned acoustic instrument tracks have excellent bass quality and sometimes quantity, but rarely go below 60hz and never below 40hz.

So what tracks do you like to use ?
Bjork - Virus. I'll link you to number of tracks on soundcloud when I'm on a computer tomorrow.

I have that track... it seems a good test track, since it seems relatively unprocessed, and I'm very familiar with Bjork's voice by now.  I'll add it to my Test playlist.

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Probably but not just yet.  There are great cheap adaptors from Grado and Sennheiser...  


When/if you do, one like this-

 

with the screw off quarter inch adapter would be amazing.

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When/if you do, one like this-

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

with the screw off quarter inch adapter would be amazing.


+1 for me - I love those connectors. It covers all single ended needs for me.  The fancy cable / fancy connector guys don't seem to like them as much...

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When/if you do, one like this-

 

with the screw off quarter inch adapter would be amazing.

 

+1 would buy

 

if the quality loss of that adapter bothers you, you probably should be looking at balanced anyway

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Those out there with cable knowledge.
How much would I be looking at for a hirose terminated, light weight approx 1.2m or 4ft cable for the alphas. I want a more friendly cable for my pb2 on the train
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