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post #3631 of 7598
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Originally Posted by furyagain View Post
 

since i received the Alpha dog , it has became my main headphones at home.

My T1, HD800 and PS-1000 has been collecting dust since..

 

 

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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 


Put it more bluntly, It's called "new toy" symptom.

 

 

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

There is some truth here. It takes a few months for me to make final decisions on just how a hp really is and what the final verdict will be. 


True, true, true.  I suffer from said syndrome frequently.  I have heard the AD's on the Beta Tour, and again at the CA Audio show.  I don't have them (yet).  I still gush about them though.  I really like the sound quality and sound signature of them.  From photos only, the final release versions look about as good as possible and still hang onto the original Fostex headband.  I keep wondering if there is a better (looking) headband solution, but the standard Fostex with the comfort strap is really comfortable to me.  I think it would be pretty hard to get a different look, and get any better functionality and remain cost effective.  In other words, I have elected embrace the looks of the Fostex band.  It's kinda cool, and it works really well with the comfort strap.  I'll have a pair soon enough.

post #3632 of 7598

^ Count me in.  I will try some HD800 and possibly HE-6 soon.  If I am not ending up with HD800 or HE-6(much less possibility here), I will end up with a pair of AD.

post #3633 of 7598
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Originally Posted by aamefford View Post
 From photos only, the final release versions look about as good as possible and still hang onto the original Fostex headband.  I keep wondering if there is a better (looking) headband solution, but the standard Fostex with the comfort strap is really comfortable to me.  I think it would be pretty hard to get a different look, and get any better functionality and remain cost effective.  In other words, I have elected embrace the looks of the Fostex band.  It's kinda cool, and it works really well with the comfort strap.  I'll have a pair soon enough.

Or here is the new Fostex prototype - with the same T50RP driver inside - with a totally different headband:

 

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post #3634 of 7598
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Originally Posted by Craigster75 View Post
 


Based on past experience, my first impression is fairly consistent with my long-term listening experience and the Alpha Dog was love at first listen.

 

I'm like that as well... After a few weeks though I feel I have enough "data" in order to validate (or invalidate) my initial impressions. But they usually "stand"...

 

Love the Alphas... especially with better sources.

Rocking them right now at work listening to Ellie Goulding... :p

post #3635 of 7598
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Originally Posted by kstuart View Post
 

Or here is the new Fostex prototype - with the same T50RP driver inside - with a totally different headband:

 

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That is pretty much the Denon D5000 / D7000 headband, it looks like.  Looks great, fairly comfortable, quite fragile.  I had noticed this before.  I'd rather have the T50RP headband - it is much more robust.

post #3636 of 7598
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Originally Posted by aamefford View Post


That is pretty much the Denon D5000 / D7000 headband, it looks like.  Looks great, fairly comfortable, quite fragile.  I had noticed this before.  I'd rather have the T50RP headband - it is much more robust.
Yes, also the same as the TH600/900. I have to say, the headband is my only complaint on these. I agree about it being more fragile, also looks worn within a week of use.
post #3637 of 7598

I agree that the headband is not as great and the foam inside the headband tend to squash and I would feel the support wires in the headband rather quickly. I do not see a very easy way to replace the foam.

post #3638 of 7598
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Originally Posted by gelocks View Post
 

 

I'm like that as well... After a few weeks though I feel I have enough "data" in order to validate (or invalidate) my initial impressions. But they usually "stand"...

 

Love the Alphas... especially with better sources.

Rocking them right now at work listening to Ellie Goulding... :p

alphas vs Yamaha HPH-MT220

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post #3639 of 7598
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Originally Posted by grizzlybeast View Post
 

alphas vs Yamaha HPH-MT220

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Definitely two different beasts! 

 

Overall sound signature, the Alphas are still warmer and cleaner throughout the whole frecuency range and a bit more "laid back"! The Yammies are a bit colder, brighter but no slouch when it comes to represent the low-end (i.e. it is NOT a Shure SRH940/Spider Moonlight "monitoring"/"pro" type headphone). In a bit more detail, Highs are "boosted" up a bit on the Yamaha's. In fact, this "boost" actually introduce a bit of "hiss" to some already badly recorded songs. It definitely extends higher than the Alpha's but they are NOT as pleasant sounding, though they are never harsh. Mids are forward and clean but compared to the ADs, the Yammies sound more "in-your-face". Mids on the Alphas are lovely, and again, they're more warmer and I prefer them for straight-up music listening... too good! Bass... Both have excellent extension down there, both sound clean but the Yammies DO have more impact. Their sub-bass is more plentiful and enveloping as well so bassy tracks are, well... bassy. On the other hand on the Alphas, the same tracks lack "punch", the bass is there and it hits just not as hard! Finally imaging or what I call instrument separation is worlds apart, I just think that Dan knows how to tweak that T50RP driver cause it trounces the Yamaha's (and a lot of headphones I've tried) and kicks it's butt all over the place! :p 

 

Due to their nature, I actually like the Yamaha's for movie watching and gaming. Their sound-stage is a bit narrower than the ADs but their clean, brighter, in-your-face sound help them over the ADs to my ears. But For straight up music listening, the Alphas are just too good!

 

Comfort definitely goes to the Alpha Dogs. The Alpha pads are just so good and since they are deep as well, your ears never touch the driver enclosure. Not so with the Yamaha's. Even though the earpads are big enough to envelop the whole ear, since they are not deep pads, the ear RESTS on the driver. Is it bad? No, not really but I can see people having problems with how they "feel".

 

Miscellaneous, well, no detachable cables, no stand, no bags (that I remember), etc. for the Yamaha's. Alpha Dogs, well, you have probably read with all the things that it comes with. Yammies are well constructed though, they feel good, they are lighter but built to last with good materials. With the ADs I'm super careful, not so with the Yammies.

 

Over all, I like both. 

I feel that the MT220s can provide some things that the AD is missing (mostly more bass impact and a brighter more in-your-face sound that's never harsh to my ears!) but all in all the Alpha Dogs are the winners on this battle! As with everything though, it comes to a battle of... Price. For $250, the Yamaha's are an EXCELLENT choice if you are looking for a brighter (north of neutral definitely) sound with pleasant in-your-face mids and slamming bass... but I have to ADMIT that at $600 the Alpha Dogs do offer a whole lot for the price, maybe not a whole lot of "air" nor brightness and a bit more laid back but they are a lot of headphone....

 

 

Now I can't wait to compare against the Shure SRH1540 and the Beyer T5p... :eeeeeeeeeekkkk:

 

 

Hope it helped.

post #3640 of 7598

I tried the Alphas a little bit today. I didn't think the seal was quite as good on the ADs as my Mad Dogs, then I remembered I had angled the pads on my Mad Dogs a little while ago. Angling them on the ADs improved the seal and comfort, with about a 10-15 degree twist. So, if anyone wants to make their Dogs a bit more comfortable, try twisting the pads!

post #3641 of 7598

Some initial impressions:

Listening to the intro of this song -

I can really tell that the soundstage of the Alpha Dogs has been improved, as well as the clarity. You do lose a tad bit of bass volume, but in exchange you get more clarity throughout the spectrum. The Mad Dogs sound more congested in comparison.

 

I'll have pictures from my DSLR tomorrow as well as some more impressions. Good night to everyone for now!

post #3642 of 7598
helped a bunch....

 

 

Hope it helped.

post #3643 of 7598

thanks gelock....:beerchug:

post #3644 of 7598

Have decided not to upgrade to the Alphas right now, Judging by peoples impressions I think I will prefer the Liquid and juicy sound of the Mad dog. LCD 2 looks like my next move! Will consider upgrading in the future.

post #3645 of 7598
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Originally Posted by Primetime86 View Post
 

Have decided not to upgrade to the Alphas right now, Judging by peoples impressions I think I will prefer the Liquid and juicy sound of the Mad dog. LCD 2 looks like my next move! Will consider upgrading in the future.

Actually I'm maybe getting an MD 3.2 my self to hopefully upgrade in the future to an AD

 

That said, I really need a closed Bass Heavy HeadPhone. The HE 400 is my current EDM can and well it doesn't get much love... I don;t listen to a TON of EDM at home and sadly on the go the HE 400 loses it's sub due to outside noise SO the SUPER ISOLATING MD and AD are my next choice. Seeing as ironically I EQ'd the HE 400 and MD with the same settings [without knowing it until I loaded my old MD EQ]

 

EHm that said, my MAIN question is about the Bass Tune for the AD... any one try it and with what results! I would ofc like a smidge bassier AD that stock. Seeing as I can't have the AD replaceing my w1000x ;3 [gatta keep my w1000x the neutral one xD] 

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