Originally Posted by mechgamer123
@deafanddumb: This isn't a SQ related point, but the comfort on the Alpha Dogs just completely destroys the comfort (or lack thereof) of the LCD-2.
See, this is where I'll disagree with you a bit mice. Keep in mind the last time I heard the LCD2 was a while ago on the Headamp tour, but at the time I had the Mad Dog 3.0, and I thought they sounded very similar to the LCD-2. Like, it took me a few switches between the headphones to even start hearing differences. Since then, I think the MD and AD have improved upon the overly thick midrange of the LCD-2, and I would honestly say that based on my memory, the Alpha Dogs have more treble, and better overall clarity, than the LCD-2.
I'll end it there before I go off on a rant about how bad the LCD-2 is...
Many of you know I'm an Audeze fan (and, as I pointed out in our CanJam Coverage on Audio360.org, including the Alpha's - and having recently been labeled an "Audeze Jihadist" by this fella in another magazines website - I realize I'm a non-stop advocate for their stuff.
But if I didn't love their cans I wouldn't be such a die hard freak about it.
That said - I'm with you in some respects for sure.
Now, I liked the LCD-2, but I loved the LCD-3 (so you see where my tastes lie there). I had a 2 for awhile though - so I was able to live with it and get to know it pretty well on multiple sources (tube and SS). Realizing that we all interpret differently, I try to stay away from making blanket statements (especially in my reviews) as my "best" may not be somebody else's and "better" to me may not be to the next guy...
But, when I bought the Mad Dogs I thought I was getting in the ballpark of the fidelity that I loved so much about the LCD-3 - with a closed back!!
Enter wifey falling in love with Dan..
I loved (and love) my Mad Dogs - latest version. I think they have terrific dynamic slam and acuteness in detail. They are warm without being overly carpeted in the midrange. They're engrossing to listen to. I agree on the Mad Dogs slight edge in midrange clarity over the LCD-2. That seems to be a magic spot in the Mad Dogs.
I think they sound FAR better than the price tag indicates - as with all Dan's stuff. I also think they may have an edge in overall clarity like you say - but I'd have to get an LCD-2 again for comparison to be certain...
But the Alpha's - and boy - listening to them as I type this - take everything to another level for me.
Their ability to truly sound "open" at times is startling. But for me, the wow-factor there came after an extended break-in.
I heard it immediately, but it became more pronounced as the headphones settled in.
I think they provide a stellar musical playback experience. It's engaging, dynamic, open (as mentioned before) and emotive.
I'm working on a full review for Positive Feedback to come ASAP.
back to rockin' the Alpha's!!!