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post #3661 of 7598
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post


Yes. Both the Mad Dog and Alpha Dog are fine out of the iPhone. Jude says so too in his video on the first post.


Thanks.  I may need to take a leap and order these, hopefully my 150mW V-Moda Vamp will be up to the task.

post #3662 of 7598
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Originally Posted by Craigster75 View Post
 


Thanks.  I may need to take a leap and order these, hopefully my 150mW V-Moda Vamp will be up to the task.

Depends.  I can listen to them from an iPhone and enjoy them.  If you are the guy that hates everyone else's stereo because it just isn't good enough, the guy who rips out the factory stereo in his car because he HAS to, not because he wants to, the guy who can't listen to the radio because of the poor fidelity, the guy who NEVER streams Pandora or any other streaming service because the files aren't lossless, and the guy who's gonna go deaf from music that is too loud, you will need a super-amp, whether it be vintage or otherwise.

 

If, on the other hand, you are a member of the other 5% of head-fi :rolleyes:, you will do just fine.  I drove my mad dogs from a Pico Slim for a while.  Not "ideal" but fine.  I couldn't quite get loud enough to do temporary ear damage, but close enough.  I did end up getting an iBasso PB2 and then a HIFI-M8, and both of those drive the Mad dogs and Alpha Dogs by extension (I've had the AD's and the MD's side by side for a couple of days, very similar in power desires) quite well.  Well enough that I don't feel the slightest need for a 1/4 mile long extension cord and an old Sansui stuck into a backpack.

 

So, it depends.  If you are a member of the 95%, that weak little Vamp just aint gonna cut it.  Why would anyone sell something so anemic anyway?  Who would buy such an anemic thing? Power measured in MILLIWATTS fer cryin' out loud?

 

If on the other hand you are a member of the 5% of head-fi that has emerged from over the top obsession (or somehow managed to avoid it), that Vamp will do just fine.  Until the itch that can never be scratched strikes again...

post #3663 of 7598
The issue at hand was the volume and yes it's loud enough through the iPhone. Of course it wont sound amazing, but it sounded good to me.


And...THIS....IS...HEAD-FI!!!!!!!! *Spartan kick* Only a 1.21 GW amp is good enough, nothing less.

No but really, as from my listen between amps, power isn't the only thing to make something sound good.

I still need to write my impressions. I just saw Ender's game and I should have bought the soundtrack on HD Tracks with the 10% off sale..
post #3664 of 7598
Amen @aamefford, amen. I have to agree. I personally tore into my car stereo because the newest technology it supported was cassette, not iPod. Music is music to me. I'd rather listen to music on my phone speaker than be a picky snob when I want to hear a certain song.
I used the fiio e11 to amp a concert speaker while we were pulling apart the car stereo.
Of course, that doesn't mean I don't want to get the absolute best whenever it makes sense, just that I'm okay with "good enough".
I guess that should be considered when anyone reads my AD review.
post #3665 of 7598
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Originally Posted by mechgamer123 View Post

Amen @aamefford, amen. I have to agree. I personally tore into my car stereo because the newest technology it supported was cassette, not iPod. Music is music to me. I'd rather listen to music on my phone speaker than be a picky snob when I want to hear a certain song.
I used the fiio e11 to amp a concert speaker while we were pulling apart the car stereo.
Of course, that doesn't mean I don't want to get the absolute best whenever it makes sense, just that I'm okay with "good enough".
I guess that should be considered when anyone reads my AD review.

Yep, right with ya @mechgamer123 I bounce between the 95% and the 5%.  I like music.  I am finding myself more desirous of listening to music, than of requiring fidelity lately, again, and finally!  I'm still a snob, but not as bad as I used to be.  One has to still be an audio snob at least a little to pay $600 or $300 or $1800 for a pair of headphones!  ($650 is my tops so far, D7000's back when they were heavily discounted.)


Edited by aamefford - 11/2/13 at 5:02pm
post #3666 of 7598
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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post

I like the bass on the Alpha Dog much more than on the Mad Dog 3.2. I find it to have more rumble and more impact (a la LCD-2). Then again, the Alpha Dog might have had a better seal on my head due to the ultra-squishy earpads.

I'm still writing up my impressions slowly but surely...

 

they have the same pads.

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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post


Yes. Both the Mad Dog and Alpha Dog are fine out of the iPhone. Jude says so too in his video on the first post.

If I had mice ears or was as quiet as a blue mouse.(just playin lol) In this matter just throw an 1/8th inch adapter on an lcd2, he500, hd-650,so on and so forth....I just know they say "sounds good out of an ipod BUT they do their best.... "


Edited by grizzlybeast - 11/2/13 at 5:26pm
post #3667 of 7598
"Great, fine, fantastic, wonderful, unbelievable...." are words that can make little sense in the end in a review unless you are familiar with the reviewer and the gears he is exposed to. When you have been around in head-fi for long enough, you will become more skeptical of everything said than accepting everything you read. My advice is just order a pair of the headphone and listen to them yourself with your own gears. At least that's what I have just done instead of waiting for the upgrading program, which seems like an endless wait at the moment.
post #3668 of 7598

Been away from this thread a little while.  Need to get caught up on 250+ posts but figured I'd through up some pics for fun this Saturday evening.  After a 2 week break from listening due to work load it's great getting re-acquainted with these AD's.  That sexy cable is a Q-audio cable that Steve made for me.  More to come later.............

 

 

post #3669 of 7598
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Originally Posted by Craigster75 View Post
 


Thanks.  I may need to take a leap and order these, hopefully my 150mW V-Moda Vamp will be up to the task.

How much does the  V-Moda Vamp usually cost about $225? What about the V-Moda Vamp Verza? God forbid it cost $600 for that tiny little thing? My new Emotiva Mini cost about $169. It is the smallest 2 channel amp that Emotiva sells but it is still 15” depth and weighs about 11 1/2Lbs. Even the DAC cost about $200 for a total of $369 for the DAC/AMP combination and I have all the power needed for full scale classical music that I heard for many years in concert unamplified.  Just trying to show a user with a different perspective.

You will do just fine. :smile:

post #3670 of 7598

Can anyone explained this pinout on the AD.

 On the Mrspeaker's website. ..https://www.mrspeakers.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=69

..

Pinout For Custom Cables

The Alpha Dog use a dual-entry cable attachment.    The plug is available to cable manufacturers at www.evalucon.com, and the part number is SN-8-4(P).  We will have these available for purchase on our site begining October 9, 2013.  

Left:  

1 = L+

2 = L - (or ground for single ended cables)

3 = L+

4 = L- (or ground for single ended cables)

 

Right:

1 = R+

2 = R - (or ground for single ended cables)

3 = R+

4 = R- (or ground for single ended cables)

 

does this mean that both the L&R connectors have pin 1 & 3 shorted & 2 & 4 shorted?

post #3671 of 7598

For those who've had the AD, does anyone listen to classical, especially strings? Any impressions for how these do with classical? 

post #3672 of 7598

There is something odd on the Mr. speaker's website. The two cable options are showing both for 1/4 instead of one for a 4-pin XLR.

post #3673 of 7598
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post
 

For those who've had the AD, does anyone listen to classical, especially strings? Any impressions for how these do with classical? 

I haven't really done any comparisons to my Stax, but I think the Alpha Dogs do strings better than the Mad Dogs. The mad dogs just sounded too dark and weird for strings to sound right, but I don't think that's really the case with the Alphas.

post #3674 of 7598

I agree that the Alpha Dog is much more natural, cleaner for classical music over Mad dog.

post #3675 of 7598

I'm listening to Arvo Part's "Tabula Rusa" and the AD has the speed, clarity, and neutrality to make the string instruments sound natural to my ears.  That's all I can ask for.  

 

 

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Originally Posted by imackler View Post
 

For those who've had the AD, does anyone listen to classical, especially strings? Any impressions for how these do with classical? 

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