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post #3736 of 7687
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Originally Posted by mechgamer123 View Post
 

This is gonna be a weird request, but is there any way we can get one of the Alpha Dog stands separately? I actually think the stand works really really well with the Mad Dog!


I don't think it's a weird request at all. I think an even less weird one would be to request a taller stand to be sold separately ;)

post #3737 of 7687
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Originally Posted by Lillee View Post

OK I'm in. Sold. Ordered my pair. I've been hanging out for LCD XC for AGES, slowly saving, thinking this is it, this is end game for me and then this comes along.

I so hate head-fi! After a 6month self imposed avoidance of this forum, I come back for 3 days and I place an order!  rolleyes.gif

Slowly reading this thread from beginning to end, want to say: I personally love the red colour, would probably not have ordered so hastily had it been lime green or something so THERE! (but in truth, I probably would have anyway)

I want to congratulate Dan on the remarkable amount of fuss (in a good way) that everyone is paying to his creation. Also want to say offering an Upgrade Option is holycow good. Nice work. It is am achievement, well done.

Ok back to my man cave I go and await delivery...
Lillee... cool Senna tribute!
Edited by deafanddumb - 11/5/13 at 12:07am
post #3738 of 7687
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Originally Posted by Nimzerz View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mechgamer123 View Post
 

This is gonna be a weird request, but is there any way we can get one of the Alpha Dog stands separately? I actually think the stand works really really well with the Mad Dog!


I don't think it's a weird request at all. I think an even less weird one would be to request a taller stand to be sold separately ;)

True. I wouldn't mind a larger stand if it had to be shipped in a different box for a little bit more dough. That's just my opinion though... :rolleyes:

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If you don't want to read the big block of text and photos below, you can listen and/or watch my review video here:

 

 

 

Bah, these days pass by so quickly when you have stuff to do. >_<
Here is my overview of the Alpha Dog from the time I've had it. I tried to be as detailed as possible to describe my observations. I did not adjust bass screw at all in respect for other people later in the tour.
 

Rig Setups (Click to show)

A/B amp rig:

  • iPhone 4S or iPod 5th Generation
  • My Playlist (see spoiler below)
  • FiiO L9
  • 3.5 mm female to 3.5 mm female adaptor
  • Headphone splitter
  • FiiO HS2 interconnect cables
  • Objective 2 or JDS Labs C5 or FiiO E12 (approximate volume-matching with a 1 kHz sine wave WAV file generated from Audacity)
  • FiiO HS2 interconnect cables
  • FiiO HS2
  • Alpha Dog


Portable rig:

  • iPhone 4S or iPod 5th Generation
  • FiiO L9
  • JDS Labs C5
  • 3.5 mm adaptor
  • Alpha Dog


Desktop rig:

  • MacBook Pro (OS X 10.8.5)
  • My Playlist (see spoiler below), but in 256 kbps VBR AAC, 320 kbps CBR LAME 3.98 MP3, or V0 LAME MP3
  • Audirvana Plus (exclusive access mode, direct mode, integer mode 1, extreme system optimizer [all boxes checked])
  • Monoprice USB to mini-USB cable
  • ODAC
  • RCA to 3.5 mm cable
  • Objective 2 with AC power
  • 3.5 mm adaptor
  • Alpha Dog


Briefly tested versus Mad Dog 3.2 rig:

  • MacBook Pro (OS X 10.8.5)
  • My Playlist (see spoiler below)
  • Audirvana Plus (exclusive access mode, direct mode, integer mode 1, extreme system optimizer [all boxes checked])
  • Monoprice USB to mini-USB cable
  • ODAC
  • RCA to 3.5 mm cable
  • Objective 2 with AC power
  • FiiO L2
  • FiiO HS2
  • 3.5 mm adaptor
  • Alpha Dog or Mad Dog 3.2


Briefly tested home receiver rig:

  • CDs
  • Yamaha CDC-565
  • RCA to RCA cable
  • Yamaha RX-V492 (no audio enhancements or equalisers applied)
  • Alpha Dog

 

^ My main rig: the desktop rig as listed above

 

 

My Playlist (FLACs, Red Book, EAC ripped CDs, and HD formats) (Click to show)
  • I Ching - Of the Marsh and the Moon (24/96) - 01 Tibet, 02 Young Girl's Heart, 07 Gadamaylin
  • Lenny White, Jamey Haddad, Mark Sherman - Explorations in Space and Time (24/88) - 01 Stank [Binaural], 05 Seven [Binaural], 07 Groove [Binaural]
  • Ottmar Liebert - Up Close (24/96) - 01 Carrousel, 02 La Luna, 03 Cocteau
  • Ottmar Liebert - The Hours Between Night + Day - 02 Snakecharmer
  • Various Artists - Dr. Chesky's Sensational, Fantastic, and Simply Amazing Binaural Sound Show (Binaural Plus) (24/96) - 09 Drum Solo, 10 Binocerous
  • Hiromi - Move (24/192) - 01 Move (ft. Anthony Jackson, Simon Phillips)
  • 2CELLOS - In2ition - 07 Clocks (ft. Lang Lang), 13 Benedictus
  • Battles - Gloss Drop - 01 Africastle, 03 Futura
  • Matt Mayfield - A Dozen Doughnuts For Feeding Thirteen - 02 It's All About You
  • 古巨基(Leo Ku)-Strings Fever(限量日本印製24K金碟版)- 01 大師作品(ft.李垂誼), 02 以你為榮, 03 男左女右(ft. 關淑怡), 04 亂
  • Daft Punk - Random Access Memories (24/88) - 01 Give Life Back to Music, 06 Lose Yourself to Dance, 08 Get Lucky
  • Daft Punk - Discovery - 02 Aerodynamic, 10 Voyager
  • Seal - Best 1991 2004 (24/88) - 01 Crazy, 02 Kiss From A Rose, 06 Dont Cry
  • Beth Orton - Sugaring Season - 01 Magpie
  • Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul - 02 Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalmistic
  • Fourplay - Between the Sheets - 01 Chant, 03 Between The Sheets (ft. Chaka Khan & Nathan East)
  • Fourplay - Fourplay - 01 Bali Run
  • Chick Corea, Return to Forever - Return to Forever - 01 Return to Forever
  • Yo-Yo Ma - Simply Baroque - 01 J.S. Bach / Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren, BWV 167
  • Gabriela Montero - Baroque - 01 G. Sanz / Canarios
  • Kazuhito Yama****a - Chamber Orchestra of Leoš Janáček - Guitar Concertos: Antonio Vivaldi, Ferdinando Carulli, Mauro Giuliani - 01 M. Giuliani / Concerto for Guitar and Strings in A, Op. 30 -  I - Allegro maestoso
  • Opus Two, Charles Bernard, Marin Mazzie - Leonard Bernstein: Violin Sonata, Piano Trio, New Transcriptions - 01 Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (arr. William Terwilliger) - I - Grazioso - Un poco piu mosso
  • László Szendrey-Karper - Hungarian Chamber Orchestra - Guitar Concertos & Sonatas - Antonio Vivaldi & Francesco Geminiani - 01 A. Vivaldi / Concerto in A major, RV 82 - I - Allegro non molto (quasi Andante), 06 A. Vivaldi / Concerto in C major, RV 425 - III - Allegro
  • Emmanuelle Bertrand, Pascal Amoyel - Strauss, Reger- Sonates pour Violoncelle et Piano - 01 R. Strauss / Romance en Fa majeur, AV 75 - Andante cantabile
  • 東京フィルハーモニー交響楽団 - 涼宮ハルヒの弦奏 - 02 いつもの風景~激烈で華麗なる日々
  • Dj CUTMAN - WiiU Grooves - 04 Remain Calm & Adjust Your Settings
  • Fila Brazillia - Luck Be A Weirdo Tonight - 09 Heat Death of the Universe
  • Tiësto - Magikal Journey: The Hits Collection - 1-02 Suburban Train
  • Ambidextrous - A & M - 01 In
  • Yosi Horikawa - Wandering EP - 01 Bubbles, 02 Bump, 06 Wandering, 13 Letter
  • Massive Attack - Mezzanine - 03 Teardrop
  • Vanessa-Mae - Choreography - 06 Emerald Tiger
  • Lindsey Stirling - Lindsey Stirling - 01 Electric Daisy Violin, 03 Crystallize, 08 Elements, 09 Shadows
  • 女子十二樂坊(12 Girls Band)- Eastern Energy - 01 Miracle, 02 Clocks, 08 A Girl's Dream, 09 Forbidden City, 10 The Great Valley
  • 女子十二樂坊(12 Girls Band)- Romantic Energy - 02 Ruten(流轉), 09 Whispering Earth(大地輕聲), 11 Carnival(花樣年華)
  • 女子十二樂坊(12 Girls Band)- 敦煌 - 07 莫高窟
  • Pet Shop Boys - The Most Incredible Thing - 1-08 The Meeting
  • Pet Shop Boys - Please - 02 West End Girls, 04 Love Comes Quickly
  • 1724 Records - Beijing Post-Rock - 01 Anything But Postrock
  • Nightwish - Once (US Version) - 03 Nemo
  • 許哲珮(Peggy Hsu)- 奇幻精品店 - 03 深淵的蝴蝶
  • MALICE MIZER - Merveilles - 10 Le ciel
  • MALICE MIZER - Ma Cherie - 02 Regret
  • 王若琳(Joanna Wang)- Joanna & 王若琳 - 01 Tikiville (英文版)
  • 王若琳(Joanna Wang)- Start From Here - 1-02 Lost in Paradise, 2-03 Now (OT- Now)
  • 陳奕迅(Eason Chan)- U87 - 04 16月6日晴, 11 新美人主義, 12 遇見了你

 

 

 

 

My Intended Use:
From the portable rig, which was what I was originally intending to use the Alpha Dog for, the sound was not too bad. Of course it does not sound as good as the desktop rig (see the Amp and Portable Media Player Comparisons section below), but it is still quite passable in terms of sound quality. Now I am not saying this is a really portable headphone to bring along with you. The cables are thick, non-pliable, hard to manage (the Y-split of the cable reaches my navel), and have lots of cable microphonics (I think the connection from the cable to the earcup wiggles, so you hear noise from there); you can see the sides of the earcup when you turn your eyes to the side; the 3.5 mm adaptor sticks out like a sore thumb (unless you use an extended adaptor); and the whole rig is just big and heavy with signs of it being anything but portable. If you consider this a portable headphone, then you are crazy. On the other hand, these headphones are really, really comfortable to wear! Despite its large mass, the earcups have just enough clamping force to stay on my head comfortably and they is plenty of room for my ears.

 

 

^ Image editing courtesy of Asr, hahaha
 

 

 


Sound:
Usability aside, the sound quality as a whole generally reminds me of that of the LCD-2. I am not going to go into specific comparisons between the two because it has been a while since I last heard the LCD-2, but the Alpha Dog seems to have a similar sound signature:

  • Extended, weighty, rumbly bass response with a "tactile feeling" (read: not lacking at all)
  • Warm, rich and full midrange that is slightly laid-back
  • Lower-midrange has excellent tonal quality(?)
  • Tonal quality of upper-midrange seems slightly off
  • Somewhat mellow and smooth treble with no hint of harshness
  • Treble seems lacking in air (16 kHz and above according to this frequency chart)
  • Moderately sized soundstage (how big the room of music sounds) that seems to be more of an oblong shape with the smaller dimension along the left/right horizon
  • Decent instrument separation
  • Great imaging
  • Not transparent to me
  • Sounds good with a variety of music genres


Yes yes, I know "good," "great," decent," "moderately," "excellent," and others words of the sort are vague. There is no way to quantify this information though, nor is there a convenient way to describe them. This is why graphs and headphone measurements will never tell the complete story of how a headphone sounds, and why I always recommend listening to the headphone yourself. i.e. the LCD-2 measured quite flat with a nice sloped frequency response after 1 kHz. It is probably an objectivist's dream headphone, but there are certain aspects of its sound that I hear and cannot explain using measurements. I could go on to describe how the Alpha Dog sounds with a particular song, but I am not fond of this method of evaluating a headphone because 9 out of 10 times I do not know the song the reviewer is using, so I just skip it altogether and it is ultimately not useful to the reader.


Bass:
The bass on the Alpha Dog is very tactile from my listenings. It is not the most textured bass I have heard, nor is it the most punchy, but it does have good extension and weight. The kick of a drum pedal for example has a satisfying gut-hitting sound. I do not know if this part of the frequency spectrum accounts for "feeling" the bass, but I do very much "feel" the bass from the Alpha Dog (i.e. when you play a song with a catchy bass line and your body can "feel" those notes). In terms of punch, the mid to upper-bass frequencies, the Alpha Dog again does have some punch to it, but it does not seem very impactful; it is just a light "thump." I personally do not find the bass lacking at all and it actually gives the midrange some richness or fullness to it, but it does seem like a "one note" kind of bass similar to what I experienced with the LCD-2. Maybe this contributes to the lack of air that I also experience with the Alpha Dog (see the Air, Soundstage, Instrument Separation, Imaging section below).


Midrange:
Speaking of the midrange, the Alpha Dog has a very smooth midrange that is slightly laid-back (read: not forward). It is not have a really engaging midrange, but it is pleasant to listen to; a relaxing kind of listening experience if you will. As for the tonal quality(?) (sorry, I am not a musician, nor do I play any musical instruments, so I do not know if these terms are accurately used around here on Head-Fi) I cannot say if a certain instrument sounds exactly as it should, but the lower- and mid-midrange sound natural to me. The weight of the bass gives the lower-midrange a nice warm, full, lush, and rich sound that allows male vocals, lower-frequency stringed instruments, and especially cellos to have a very "emotional" quality to it. Upper-midrange instruments also sound very good, but at the opposite end of "weight," I think they lack "air." Female vocals to me have a nice smooth quality, but they do not sound light and airy like I am used to with other headphones, as if the Alpha Dog has too much weight or warmth to them, or they have a steeper downward slope in the frequency response. Having heard the Chinese erhu in-person on multiple occasions, the Alpha Dog just does not accurately present its characteristic higher-pitched, airy, and whiny sounds.


Treble:
I have always struggled to define how to measure the extension of the treble (after all, it is the higher frequencies that diminish over time as people age, etc.), but to my ears, the Alpha Dog seems to have a slight roll-off of the highest frequencies. I think it is the treble section of the frequencies that I start to have problems with the Alpha Dog, just like the LCD-2. The treble just seems kind of dull and not-lively to me. It does have some sparkle in the treble for cymbal hi-hats though, which may give the impression of having a somewhat detailed treble. On the other hand, the treble as a whole is very smooth and any sort of harshness or sibilance is completely gone in the Alpha Dog. Poorly mastered Japanese rock and music from anime for example do not sound nearly as ear-grating as with other headphones (if you analyse the frequency spectrum of such music, you will often find tons of treble, and upper-treble, energy throughout the song). That being said, for most normal songs, the Alpha Dog's treble sounds okay to my ears. They are not that engaging for people who like to drum along with the cymbal crashes and snare drums such as myself. My cousin plays a drum set, and hearing the snare drums hits and cymbal crashes through the Alpha Dog just does not sound nearly the same. As I found out in the sound Science Section of Head-Fi, a headphone with more bass presence may give the impression of the headphone sounding "slow," and I definitely feel that way with the Alpha Dog. I guess I was expecting too much from the speed department after seeing Jude say over and over again that this headphone is fast. This is not to say the Alpha Dog's treble sound bad though, I enjoy it for rock music if I just want to relax and listen to the music, not being engaged in the song.


Air, Soundstage, Instrument Separation, Imaging:
Killing four birds with one stone in the above list, I have been exploring the audio terms since they were recently brought up, and I think "air" contributes to the "floatiness" sensation of the headphone (is this what the soundstage height sounds like?), as well as instrument separation and imaging. To be clear, my definition of instrument separation is how clearly defined an instrument is in a given piece of music (does X instrument have its own identity, is it separated from the other instruments, or is it smeared with other instruments?). On the contrary, imaging is where the instrument is located in my head, a phantom image if you will (where is X instrument placed in the soundstage?). These two terms are related since most people combine the two terms into one "imaging" term, but to me they do not necessarily correlate with each other. Although the soundstage of the Alpha Dog is pretty spacious considering it is a closed-back headphone (it sounds deeper than wide to me), and I am able to clearly imagine where instruments are located in the soundstage in my head, I do not think it has the airiness quality or instrument separation that other headphones offer. I believe it is these qualities that make the Alpha Dog seem more like a closed-back headphone as opposed to an open-back one. To my ears, and it may be due to the bass response or lack of airiness, the Alpha Dog's instrument separation makes the instruments seem a bit blurred together compared to what I am used to hearing in most open-back headphones.

 

Transparency:
From Stereophile's definition of transparency, probably as a result of the instrument separation and lack of airiness, the Alpha Dog does not sound completely transparent to me. It is still really, really obvious to me that the sounds I am hearing are coming from headphones on my head. On a somewhat related note, I do not know how the original sound engineers wanted their music to sound, so I cannot say if the Alpha Dog is "neutral" or not.


Music Genres:
Last but not least, from the above list, I find that the Alpha Dog sounds good with pretty much every music genre I throw at it, but in particular, I found it to excel at midrange-focused music as well as bassier music genres. Soul music for example sounds particularly great with the Alpha Dog, giving me the "emotional" feeling from the singers' voices and deep bass. Likewise, music involving the use of traditional Chinese instruments such as the guqin, lower notes of the pipa, or the guzheng, as well as acoustic-based music all sound very rich and pleasing to my ears. Instrumental hip-hop and smooth jazz also sound very "emotional" with the Alpha Dog's warm midrange and bass response. The deep and somewhat punchy bass of the Alpha Dog sounds excellent with chill step and electronic music in general; the smooth treble response also reduces sibilant peaks from being heard in some electronic music. Faster music genres with more of a treble presence were okay to my ears, but they did not sound particularly engaging and realistic to me. Instrumental metal just does not sound right to me with the Alpha Dog. Classical and/or orchestral music sounds okay with the Alpha Dog, but I would prefer to have better instrument separation and air for such a genre.

 

 

 


Amp and Portable Media Player Comparisons:
I did a variety of A/B tests between the amplifiers I have at hand and for a quick summary: Objective 2 > JDS Labs C5 > FiiO E12 > iPhone 4S > Sansa Clip Zip

 


Objective 2:
The Alpha Dog sounds the cleanest from the Objective 2, having the largest soundstage, best instrument separation, and most dynamic sound (from the deepest lows, to the highest highs). I have the gain on the Objective 2 set to 1.0x gain, and the volume potentiometer never reached past 12 o'clock.

 

JDS Labs C5:
Being my portable amplifier of choice, the JDS Labs C5 sounds almost as good as the Objective 2, but not quite there, as I found to be the case even with sensitive, easy-to-drive headphones. The soundstage is decreased in depth and a bit in width, instrument separation is not as clear, the bass is not as low-hitting, and the midrange is presented in a slightly forward manner. I usually use the default low gain of 2.3x on the C5, and the volume level was around 23/63 digital steps from when I tried it on the public bus (63/63 is the maximum volume). I tend to use the [sub-] bass boost switch of the C5 while on-the-go and it adds a nice rumble to the music while in a noisy environment.

 

FiiO E12:
Although the E12 offers the most power output of all of my amps at 32 Ω, I found to be the least suitable amp for the Alpha Dog in terms of sound quality. With the E12, the Alpha Dog's soundstage becomes narrowed, the instrument separation is diminished, the sub-bass rumble is less apparent but the mid-bass punch increases, the midrange is laid-back, and the the upper-midrange/lower-treble becomes a tad bit brighter. I used the default low gain on the E12 and the volume potentiometer never reached past 12 o'clock.


iPhone 4S:
Yes the Alpha Dog gets plenty loud straight out of the iPhone 4S. Suffering from the iPhone's sound quality on the other hand, the Alpha Dog does not sound that optimal. The iPhone's sound signature is definitely shown through the Alpha Dog: the bass is looser, the treble grainier, and the soundstage smaller.


Sansa Clip Zip:
As the smallest unit of in the bunch, the Alpha Dog sounded the most messy out of the Clip Zip. The bass was loose and bloated, the midrange a bit hollow-sounding, and the treble somewhat piercing. Yeah, I would not recommend using the Alpha Dog with the Clip Zip by itself.


Home Receiver Rig:
Honestly, I did not really like the sound of the Alpha Dog out of this combo. The soundstage out of the Yamaha receiver was even narrower and deeper, making the imaging seem really weird, the midrange was warmer overall, the bass more textured, and it did become slightly more airy. I was not expecting much from this rig as it has somewhat disappointed me in the past with other headphones.

 

 

 

 


Alpha Dog versus Mad Dog 3.2 with early Alpha Pads:
I generally do not like to compare headphones in a review, but since it is related, I will post my impressions.

 

 


By far, the size of the Alpha Dog's soundstage becomes apparent against the Mad Dog, which sounds very flat and stereo-like in comparison to the Alpha Dog's more three-dimensional soundstage. Although the Mad Dog seems to have an elevated bass response next to the Alpha Dog and it sounds punchier to me, the Alpha Dog has a better extension with more rumble in comparison. The weight of the midrange of the Alpha Dog also gives it a characteristic sound that the Mad Dog just does not have. On the other hand, I find the Mad Dog to sound airier than the Alpha Dog, so the upper-midrange that I did not like too much from the Alpha Dog is more enjoyable with the Mad Dog. Likewise for the treble, the Mad Dog seems to have better extension, hence it sounding airier, compared to the Alpha Dog. This sense of air may contribute to me thinking the Mad Dog sounds faster than the Alpha Dog. Oddly enough, I also found the Mad Dog to have a better sense of instrument separation, and this was most apparent with instrumental metal to me; the cymbals, snare drum, electric guitar, and bass pedal all had their own identity with the Mad Dog as opposed to the more blurred-together-sounding Alpha Dog, even though the soundstage of the Alpha Dog is larger than that of the Mad Dog and the Alpha Dog has better imaging, or placement of such instruments in the soundstage.


In terms of overall fit and comfort, yes the Alpha Dog is much heavier-feeling on the head compared to the Mad Dog, but it also feels much more comfortable. The earpads of the Alpha Dog are deeper than those on the Mad Dog and they are also much more squishy and pliable. Wearing glasses with the Alpha Dog presented very little, if at all, a change in sound, but I cannot say the same for the Mad Dog since I have not tried it with glasses.

 

I still cannot believe these two headphones use the same driver...they sound like completely different headphones!

 

 

 

 

Package:
The Alpha Dog's package comes with some nice goodies. The box itself is all cardboard, and it just feels like regular 'ol thick cardboard (read: no paint job, no glossy finish, etc.). Sliding off the outer sleeve of the box, you are presented with a foam sheet, and under it is the user's manual in the form of 3 pieces of 8.5"x11" printer paper. Under that is a 3M brand cleaning cloth to keep your earcups clean. Finally, you are presented with the Alpha Dog wrapped around the matte-black steel stand, which wraps around a black, floppy, fabric carrying pouch and contains the cables of your choice. I used the fabric carrying pouch to store the Alpha Dog in my backpack, and it did the job in there. It will not provide much protection other than to prevent gunk and scratches from getting on the Alpha Dogs. I know mrspeakers had his reasons for the headphone stand, but I feel that the package would have been more complete with a taller stand. Having to do one of the following just to place the headphone on the stand seems tedious, and the process takes more effort than it should.

  • Tilt the headphone diagonally on the stand with shortened risers
  • Put the headphone on the stand on the edge of a table and have the cables hang off the table
  • Put the headphone on the stand after taking the cables off, with shortened risers

 

 

 

 


Appearance:
Lastly, the overall appearance of the Alpha Dog is pretty unconventional. The earcups are freaking gigantic when held in one's hand, the gloss finish of the earcups are really shiny, the claret colour with sparkles (read: metallic claret) is pretty unique amongst the sea of headphone colours out there, the anodised, matte-black risers match the black plastic pieces and headband of the original Fostex T50RP, and the earpads themselves are 2-inch thick pieces of fluffy leather-wrapped pillows. I also found it unique that the rim right next to the earpads retain the 3D printer material finish, having the lines/layers of the 3D printer printing material. Likewise, the stoppers placed on the risers have the same 3D-printed material. I do not think there is any headphone that can match its appearance. The Alpha Dog has a dual-entry cable, so there are no external wires sticking out of the earcups like in the original T50RP. Also, the bass port is unobtrusive, being at the top of the earcup, and is hard to access.

 

 

 


Summary:
As a quick wrap-up of what I think about the Alpha Dog:
+ Excellent overall sound quality despite some problems I had with the upper-midrange to treble region
+ Superb comfort; one of the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn

+ Beautiful finish

+ 3D printing technology! (no but really, that is just plain awesome that this is happening for a headphone)

+ Tunable bass screw, although I did not adjust it in this demo unit
- Not transparent to me
- Bulky size and mass

 

 

 


Conclusion:
Now the million-dollar question is: is it worth the price? Considering the Alpha Dog:

  • reminds me of the LCD-2's sound signature
  • has a retail price $400 less than the LCD-2
  • provides extremely good noise isolation
  • is amongst one of the most comfortable headphones I have ever worn despite its large mass


I would say yes, this is worth the money if you enjoy the general sound signature of the LCD-2. Despite my complaints for it, I would honestly tell you that I will probably be saving up for one myself in the future because it is a headphone that I would enjoy for a relaxingly fun listening experience. It is by far one of the best-sounding closed-back headphones I have ever heard, if not the best, and if you value a good-sounding closed-back headphone, I would highly recommend giving the Alpha Dog a try!

 

 

 

 

Thank You:
A big pat on the back to mrspeakers for creating this wonderful headphone, and a big, BIG thank you for allowing me to participate in the Alpha Dog tour!

 

Thank you to everyone else for taking the time to read my review.


Cheers to all, and happy listening.

:L3000: 

 

*And now I need to sleep. It is 2:10 AM right now. XD


Edited by miceblue - 11/27/13 at 4:56pm
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Thank you MiceBlue....u deserve a goodnight sleep !
post #3741 of 7687

@MiceBlue

 

That's an awesome review!!! You deserve a discount coupon for the Alpha Dog or discount upgraded price if you ever want to.

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@miceblue- congrats to you for a detailed and thorough review.  I suppose one of the consequences of placing a headphone under such a detailed microscope is that the review may seem more critical than intented, particularly since your conclusion is enthusiastically positive.  What I would like to ask is what do you consider the ultimate headphone sonically as a reference point to compare to the Alpha Dog?  Have you heard a headphone that gets everything right to your ears? 

 

Also, since we are comparing closed headphones, has anyone compared the Alpha Dog to the Ultrasone Signature line?

 

As a fan of the Sig Pro and owner of the Sig DJ, I would be curious to read more comparisons.  From my brief listen, the more forward, smooth yet highly detailed, mids and comparative neutral sound of the Alpha Dogs would be a great complement to my Ultrasone.  It is really saying something about the $600 Alpha Dogs that they truly hold their own against $1,000+ headphones.

post #3743 of 7687
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Originally Posted by Nimzerz View Post
 

I've just discovered the album It Is What It Is by Brian Bromberg and it's my first Jazz album... I feel weird getting into Jazz as I never liked it... ever.

Slap Happy, Elephants On Ice Skates, My Bass (different album) are all great songs with that bass slapping. All thanks to Koiloco for that first song he recommended to listen to on my HE-500, My Bass, that got me to get this album.

 

I wonder how it sounds on the Alpha Dogs actually. I could see it being quite good. Although the nice bass AND sparkley treble on the HE-500 really help with these songs.

 

I got into Jazz a little late also. But now it's my favorite genre to listen to. There is something about the intimacy of listening to Jazz with hp's that really makes it enjoyable. Bromberg also has an album called Wood that is great. Check it out. Sound fantastic on the AD. 

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

I got into Jazz a little late also. But now it's my favorite genre to listen to. There is something about the intimacy of listening to Jazz with hp's that really makes it enjoyable. Bromberg also has an album called Wood that is great. Check it out. Sound fantastic on the AD. 
Ok, will do.

And @miceblue I agree with nearly everything you said. It's very accurate, and leads me to thinking that I probably don't like the sound of the lcd2. To be, the treble is the deal breaker from what I heard. And the bass isn't what I expected coming from the he-500. Either way, I gotta say, for a closed back you have so many limitations and this headphone got so many things right that it might satisfy a good amount of people
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True. I wouldn't mind a larger stand if it had to be shipped in a different box for a little bit more dough. That's just my opinion though... :rolleyes:

 

An extendable stand would also be possible, though more expensive too.

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Nice post mice!!!

@craigster75: I honestly don't think there is a perfect headphone that does everything perfectly. I think that's what Mice was trying to get at with his review, is that even though the Alpha isn't perfect for everything, it's pretty darned good.
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^ the he-500 does everything well wink.gif
Maybe nothing is perfect, but everything it does, it does very well still.
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Thanks for the nice review, Mice!  

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I got into Jazz a little late also. But now it's my favorite genre to listen to. There is something about the intimacy of listening to Jazz with hp's that really makes it enjoyable. Bromberg also has an album called Wood that is great. Check it out. Sound fantastic on the AD. 


I've been converted from a rocker to a smooth jazz fanatic.  Started in 1984 with Kenny G's Songbird........................and I bet 70% of my music collection is now a form of smooth jazz.  Brian Bromberg is a good one....................and when I auditioned the Alpha's they do great with that genre. 

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